Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
NAM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment that offers all employees the opportunity and support to succeed. We believe that a culture that prioritizes diversity and inclusion drives innovation and fosters solutions, not only is designed to benefit our employees but our clients, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) industry, and the legal community at large. NAM is proud of our efforts to promote diversity within our organization. Today, 56% of our management team and 67% of all employees within the company identify with diverse categories as defined in ABA Resolution 105 (minorities, women, persons with disabilities and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities).
NAM recognizes the benefits of retaining the top ADR professionals in the industry, inclusive of varied backgrounds and perspectives. To that end, we are committed to continuing to focus on further increasing diversity among our roster of neutrals, nationwide. Currently, approx. 25% of our panel of neutrals represent diverse groups. Our goal is to increase this percentage to at least 50% within the next 2-3 years. We also believe that our efforts can also help enhance the profile and increase the volume of dispute resolution matters for both existing and new neutrals representing diverse categories.
Key diversity initiatives in place for this year include the following:
- NAM’s “Diversity Recruitment Program”-consisting of a dedicated internal team focused on reaching out to diverse neutrals in key cities nationally, by expanding relationships with local, minority bar associations and soliciting input from clients on direct recruiting efforts;
- Promoting neutrals of diverse backgrounds by featuring them regularly and prominently on the NAM website;
- Leveraging the content we have accumulated as a top CLE provider to sponsor free training sessions for targeted groups of diverse neutrals.
NAM also supports a variety of Diverse Organizations, both locally and nationally, through sponsorships, donations and collaborative events. The list of organizations that we partner with includes:
- National Association of Women’s Judges
- National Hispanic Bar Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- National LGBT Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Association of Corporate Counsel
- NY Women’s Bar Association
- NYC Association of Insurance Women
- Autism Speaks
- UJA Federation
- Long Island Hispanic Association
- Caterina Grace Foundation
Selected Diversity, Equity & Inclusion events that NAM is involved with:
- October 25, 2022 | Upcoming CLE Webinar: Women in Law: 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back, to be presented by Jennifer Herscovici, Esq. and Sara Kane, Esq. to the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. To learn more and register click here.
- November 17, 2022 | Upcoming CLE Webinar: Inside the Mind of a Mediator: Avoiding Impasse and Maximizing Outcomes in Mediation to be presented by Susan Hernandez, Esq. to the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association. To learn more and register click here.
- NAM Executives Attend the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section’s 2022 Diversity Gala in NYC. To learn more click here.
- Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (Ret.) and Jennifer Herscovici , Esq. presented Women in Law: Achieving Gender Equality, to the American Bar Association. To learn more click here.
- Rhonda L. Epstein, Esq., Edward Garcia, Esq. and Liz Paris, Esq. presented Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace, School and Sports, to the ABA. To learn more click here.
- NAM Celebrates Women’s History Month – 2021. To learn more click here.
- Hon. Jeremy Weinstein (Ret.) participated in a CLE webinar: Virtual Reality. How to Successfully Conduct Mediations in a Post-Covid World presented to the South Asian & Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens (SAICBA-Q). To learn more click here.
- NAM is the exclusive CLE sponsor for the Tech Up for Women Conference. To learn more click here.
- Susan Hernandez, Esq. named “Latina Lawyer of the Year” by the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. To learn more click here.