IF NOT NOW, WHEN? ACHIEVING EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IN THE COURTROOM AND IN ADR
Previously Recorded: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Join NAM neutral, Hon Elizabeth Bonina and Assistant General Counsel, Global for Philip Morris International in a pre-recorded webcast, If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women in the Courtroom and in ADR.
Recently, the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association prepared the report: IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Achieving Equality For Women In The Courtroom and In ADR. With the full support and commitment of the section’s leadership, these female alumnae section chairs met and formed an ad hoc task force devoted to the issue of the apparent dearth of women litigators in the courtroom and women who serve as arbitrators and mediators in complex commercial and international arbitrations and mediations. Based on the survey results, the task force found continued disparity and gender imbalance in the courtroom and ADR cases.
On February 6, 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution affirming that women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and outlined steps that can be taken by the judiciary, law firms, clients and ADR providers to address this disparity.
Among the topics discussed included:
- How the needle can be moved with the support of law firms, in-house counsel, outside counsel, ADR providers and neutrals and establish procedures and policies to increase the appointment of women and minorities as hearing officers in complex commercial ADR cases; and
- Address how law firms must establish formal programs through which management and heads of litigation departments ensure that women and minority associates are provided with the opportunity to argue motions in court.
Judge Bonina, has advocated for gender equality for women in the courtroom and ADR for over three decades as a lawyer, judge and award winning Alternative Dispute Resolution hearing officer.
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About NAM’s Presenter
Hon. Elizabeth Bonina | Hearing Officer | NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)
As a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, the Honorable Elizabeth Bonina facilitates the settlement of cases involving a range of areas of practice including personal injury, premises liability, labor law, sports and recreation, and employment law cases. More significantly, it is Judge Bonina’s skill as a mediator and arbitrator that makes her an effective neutral as she is known for her intelligence, determination, patience, and ability to get even the most complex, highly emotional and contentious cases resolved.
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