CPR Featured in Law.com Article on Diversity
October 5, 2016
In "ADR Business Wakes Up to Glaring Deficit of Diversity," American Lawyer Media's Law.com examined what the article described as "the least diverse corner of the legal profession," ADR. Noting that "Representatives of JAMS and AAA both declined to provide detailed demographic information on their panels, or to disclose the gender and racial breakdown of the neutrals most frequently selected," the piece added that "[t]he most detailed information came from the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, or CPR."
We shared with law.com that, of our more than 550 neutrals worldwide, roughly 15 percent are women and 14 percent are non-white. We also shared data on the most frequently selected neutrals. Between 2010 and 2016, 20 of these individuals were selected for three or more mediations or arbitrations--of that group, 12 were white men, five were women, two were Hispanic men and one was an African-American man. (However, our data only encompasses instances in which CPR was approached by parties to help make a selection, and not disputes where litigants conducted the selection independently.)
In a continuing effort to further diversity in dispute resolution, CPR and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity have created a program intended to provide participants with the opportunity to gain early and unique access to professional development opportunities in dispute resolution through: (a) exceptional substantive formal training in mediation and arbitration skills, including CLE-certified education on important issues in domestic and international dispute resolution; (b) mentoring by skilled neutrals; and (c) networking opportunities within CPR’s commercial dispute resolution community. The program is structured to facilitate early skills development and exposure to better enable participants to be qualified as neutrals and to be better positioned to become neutrals of choice.