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Where Are the Women Arbitrators? The Battle to Diversify ADR

Winter 2018, ABA Perspectives

When Laura Kaster was a young lawyer in 1975, she was accustomed to being the only woman in the room. But by the time she left Jenner & Block in Chicago in 1997 to work at AT&T Corporation, there were many women partners. In 2007, she founded her Princeton, New Jersey, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice and immediately noticed something. “I was surprised how white and male [the field] was—it was like when I first started—it was quite shocking to me.”

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