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Now Accepting Applications for


November 23 and 24, 2019

The American Arbitration Association®  (AAA®) is the global leader in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and as such,  is committed to the growth of diversity and inclusion within the ADR field. Since 2009, the AAA A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Fellows  Program has provided training, networking, and mentorship for up-and-coming diverse ADR practitioners—many of whom have advanced to appointment to the AAA Roster and have been  selected to serve  on cases.

THE DIVERSITY STUDENT ADR SUMMIT: As part  of our ongoing commitment, the AAA is launching a 1½-day ADR Summit for diverse law students to provide an in-depth understanding of what it really takes to become a successful arbitrator and/or mediator.

Presenters will include  experienced ADR professionals and litigators from various  backgrounds who will outline  a successful career path as an arbitrator or mediator and discuss how to avoid potential pitfalls  along the way. Attendees will learn the importance of focusing  on a specific industry, networking, connecting with mentors, gaining relevant experience, and building a good reputation in the field.

The program is open to diverse students. Selected applicants will receive a $1,300 stipend to cover travel and hotel expenses to New York.

When: Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24

Where: American Arbitration Association

New York, NY

TO APPLY, please provide the following materials:

•  Resume

•  Statement of interest

•  One faculty or professional recommendation

•  An essay on the future of ADR (350-500 words)

Application Deadline: October 7, 2019

Send Applications to: Kron Vollmer at