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Institute Presents Its 2009 Diversity In ADR Award To Laurel Pyke Malson

CPR Institute’s National Task Force on Diversity created this Award to recognize a person who has contributed significantly to diversity in the alternative dispute resolution field by providing access to or creating opportunities to people who have historically been excluded from active and meaningful participation in ADR, including, but not limited to, women, minorities and/or people of color. 

According to Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of the CPR Institute, “Laurel Malson has demonstrated initiative, leadership, and commitment to diversity in the legal profession, particularly in the field of alternative dispute resolution.” 

Ms. Malson has been a long-time advocate of diversity in the legal profession generally, and within the alternative dispute resolution field in particular.  She currently serves with distinction on the CPR Institute’s National Task Force on Diversity in ADR.  Established in 2006, the Task Force initiates and develops strategies for increasing the participation of women and people of color in mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes.  With Ms. Malson’s participation, the Task Force has launched a number of initiatives, including the development of an ADR Diversity Survey to assist corporate legal departments in identifying, and holding their outside law firms responsible for using, women and attorneys of color in ADR.

In addition to her diversity-related work in the area of ADR, Ms. Malson plays a major role in Crowell & Moring’s diversity initiatives.  A partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring LLP, Ms. Malson is currently Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Business Development Initiative (DBDI), an initiative focused on enhancing business development opportunities for diverse counsel and partner-level attorneys at the firm.  As part of this initiative, Ms. Malson and the DBDI have developed a series of materials for firm clients and potential clients who seek to embrace diversity by placing business directly with racially and ethnically diverse lawyers who will be the first or second chair on major matters.  Through her work on the firm’s Diversity Council, and as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, she has promoted diversity and inclusivity within the firm, with a special focus on mentoring and professional development of more junior lawyers. 

In addition, she was also a featured speaker at the 2007 National Conference for the Minority Lawyer, a joint program, sponsored by the ABA Section of Business Law and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, which offers training sessions and CLE programming on cutting-edge legal issues while at the same time fostering the development of networks among lawyers of color. 

Ms. Malson serves as a mediator for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and on the CPR Institute’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.  From 2001 to 2004, she served as Chairman of the Committee on Grievances for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

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