Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

Law360 (January 16, 2019, 10:51 AM EST) -- Arbitration panels are more diverse than ever before — but alternative dispute resolution, like the legal industry as a whole, still has a long way to go.

Our nation is more racially, ethnically and religiously diverse today than ever before. Yet, the legal profession still lacks representation of the races, ethnicities, religions and genders in proportion to the populations served.

The American Bar Association’s National Lawyer Population Survey shows that, over the decade between 2007 and 2017, the proportion of licensed women lawyers in the U.S. increased by only 5 percent, from 30 percent to 35 percent — and according to...

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