The AAA-ICDR champions like-minded organizations in their diversity and inclusion efforts, playing an integral part in broadening the influence of ADR in conflict management and contributing to a more economical and timely resolution of disputes.

From co-sponsoring, organizing, funding, hosting, and providing speakers or marketing assistance to partnerships, the AAA has built relationships with national, racially and ethnically diverse, and local bar associations, law schools, and trade groups around the country. These events provide training and create opportunities for diverse practitioners. 

Partnerships and Coalitions

The AAA has built coalitions with national, racially and ethnically diverse, and local bar associations and law schools around the country, sponsoring and participating in events to provide training and create opportunities for diverse practitioners. These arbitrator-recruitment and training initiatives resulted in over 20 diverse individuals recruited to join the AAA Roster.

Not a comprehensive list, the following reflects the types of activities engaged in by the AAA:
Outreach to national, local, and racially and ethnically diverse bar associations to identify and recruit diverse panelists.

Organizations: Aspiring Arbitrators Academy, where members of a racially and ethnically diverse bar association received arbitration training and individual counseling about opportunities to become an arbitrator; the American Bar Association, The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), the National Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Diversity-related events with law school to provide training and create opportunities for diverse practitioners.

Partnership Profiles: Three Snapshots

The National Bar Association (NBA)
Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nations’ oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, representing the interests of approximately 66,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 10 divisions, 12 regions, and 80+ affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. 

The AAA has been heavily involved in this organization for decades, providing information, education, and resources. In 2020, AAA executives Sasha Carbone and Harold Coleman, on behalf of the AAA, received an award for service to the NBA in providing training, support, and guidance to the NBA’s ADR Section arbitrators and mediators since 2009.

National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law firms (NAMWOLF)
NAMWOLF was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association comprised of AV-rated U.S. law firms owned by racially and ethnically diverse and women, as well as other interested parties, with a mission to promote diversity in the legal profession. Its approach is to foster successful relationships among preeminent racially and ethnically diverse and women-owned law firms and private or public entities with the intent to achieve equity in legal opportunity. 

NAMWOLF assists its members in developing strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations with corporations, in-house counsel, and other legal trade associations.

The AAA has partnered with NAMWOLF for years on recruiting initiatives for AAA panels and providing information, education, and resources to their members, who include litigators and in-house counsel from major corporations.

American Bar Association Margaret Brent Awards
Arriving in the colonies in 1638, Margaret Brent was the first woman lawyer in America. The Commission on Women in the Profession established the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize and commend the accomplishments of women attorneys who have excelled in their field and paved the way to success for other women lawyers. 

Each year, the Commission honors up to five outstanding women lawyers at the Margaret Brent Luncheon at the ABA Annual Meeting. The AAA has provided years of sponsorship for the Margaret Brent Awards to celebrate and support the accomplishments and success of women attorneys. 

Support of Diversity-Related Events

For each of the following selected diversity-related events, the AAA was substantively involved in co-sponsoring, hosting, or organizing; providing speakers, funding, or marketing assistance; or otherwise supporting the program. 

  • ABA Commission on Women in the Profession: Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon
  • ABA Diversity Committee Forum Arbitral Women Implicit Bias Tool Box Training
  • ABA Litigation Sections Professional Success Summit for the Advancement of Racially and Ethnically Diverse Litigators
  • ABA Mediation Week: The Importance of Selecting Diverse Neutrals
  • ABA Women in Dispute Resolution Webinar
  • Chinese American Bar Association
  • Construction Institute’s Women Who Build Summit
  • CORE Training for NAMWOLF Members
  • Diversity Symposium New York Law School
  • Getting Started in ADR: A How-To For Women Attorneys
  • Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York and Marino Legal Entertainment Law Event
  • Hispanic Bar Association regional events
  • La Raza Lawyers of California–Central California Chapter Judicial Reception
  • LGBT Bar Association Annual Meeting 
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Annual Conference
  • NAMWOLF Annual Meeting
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 
  • National Bar Association Annual Conference
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference
  • NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Fall Meeting 
  • Women’s Construction Initiative Event—Good Foundations: Strategies for Self Advocacy 
  • Women in Construction Virtual Conference
  • Women-Owned Law and New York Women’s Bar Association Event 
  • National Hispanic Bar Association Annual Conference 
  • Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Presentation on Diversity in ADR 
  • Launch of Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (REAL) – Hosted by NYU/AAA-ICDR 
  • Presentation on Diversifying Corp. Governance Institutions: Who Should be At the Table 
  • Presentation on Cultural Differences in International Dispute Resolution