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AABANY Co-sponsors: "Diversity Matters"
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When: 3/31/2015
5:30-8:30 pm
Where: Dechert LLP
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 
United States

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Dispute Resolution Section, Diversity Committee

Co-Sponsoring Minority Bar Associations

Asian American Bar Association of New York

Association of Black Women Attorneys

Nigerian Lawyers Association

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Puerto Rican Bar Association


Diversity Matters

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – Registration

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Program and Reception

Dechert LLP
1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

This program qualifies for 2.0 MCLE Credits (1 in Professional Practice and 1 in Skills)

This program is transitional and therefore qualifies for newly-admitted attorneys

Cost:   Free to Members of Sponsoring Bar Associations | $40.00 for Non-Members

Panel One: Developing Cross-Cultural Competency in ADR

As the use of mediation and arbitration rapidly increases around the world, appreciation of the value of cross-cultural skills has led to this being an important aspect of ADR training. Developing cultural sensitivity and cultivating awareness of subtle statements and actions in an ADR proceeding -- so that cross-cultural issues are promptly recognized and addressed in the manner most useful for the unique proceeding at hand -- is not a simple process. There are endless opportunities for cross-cultural misunderstandings, including among citizens of the same country. Our distinguished panelists have expertise in diverse cultures and extensive experience in international and cross-cultural dispute resolution. This discussion will benefit professionals who are arbitrators and mediators, as well as in-house attorneys and outside counsel for parties involved in cross-cultural dispute resolution.

Tai-Heng Cheng Esq.,
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Esq., Director, Arbitration and ADR, North America, International Court of Arbitration

Theodore K. Cheng, Esq.,
Partner, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP
Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq., International Attorney, Mediator and Arbitrator

Panel Two: Searching for Answers to Why Diversity in ADR Matters

A panel of renowned ADR providers, scholars, and administrators with a wealth of experience in the development and marketing of neutrals throughout the United States and internationally will address the fundamental, but often overlooked, question of why it is important to focus on diversity in ADR in the first place. They will address how we can make diversity as important a consideration in the selection of neutrals as experience and success rates. The panelists will discuss what steps can be taken by law firms, in-house attorneys, outside counsel, and ADR administrators to achieve greater diversity, not just with respect to the pool of available ADR practitioners, but particularly with respect to the number of ADR practitioners who actually are selected by parties to serve as neutrals.

Robert L. Jones, Esq., Senior Labor & Employment Attorney with American Airlines
Laura A. Kaster, Esq., Arbitrator/Mediator
Deborah Masucci, Esq., Chair and Board Member of the International Mediation Institute
Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director in the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group of Stout Risius Ross

Anta Cissé-Green, Esq., Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
William Crosby Jr., Esq., is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Managing Attorney at Interpublic Group


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To register over the phone please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452

For questions: Beth Gould at