Gender diversity in dispute resolution: The role in-house counsel can play

How to promote the advancement of women and minority mediators and arbitrators

Reliable data on the percentage of women mediators and arbitrators or the frequency with which they are chosen to serve compared to men is hard to come by. Anecdotally, while women neutrals can maintain steady work handling cases in the employment area, they are less likely than their male colleagues to be chosen for more complex commercial matters or in specialty practice areas that are dominated by men.

Women tend to be selected more often in employment matters than securities litigation or intellectual property disputes, for example. Whether this suggests a biased view that women aren’t “tough” enough to handle certain cases, or whether it reflects a choice about the background and experience of the mediator is hard to quantify.

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Margaret Shaw

Margaret L. Shaw, Esq. is a JAMS neutral and is widely respected for her persistence and creativity in reaching settlement. She has participated in the resolution...

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Kim Taylor

Kimberly Taylor, Esq. is the Chief Operating Officer at JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide.  She oversees JAMS operations in the United...

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