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Accelerating Change from our Blind Spots in International Dispute Resolution

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

SVAMC is proud to participate in this webinar hosted by the California Lawyers Association (CLA).

Where are our blind spots when it comes to culture and diversity in international dispute resolution? Arbitration and mediation are processes premised on their constituencies agreeing to resolve future or existing disputes with the assistance of an independent neutral or group of neutrals. In arbitration, we rely on the arbitrator to fairly decide the merits; in mediation, we rely on the mediator to facilitate a sound settlement.  A key component in these arrangements is an inherent trust in not only the decision-making systems and rules but also the independent character of all the individuals involved in the dispute resolution process. We continue to reassure and justify to ourselves that our experiences in arbitration and mediation are sufficiently inclusive, diverse, reasonable, substantive, and even fair. But we need to acknowledge that there is still a gap between where we think we are and where we need to be with these issues. This panel will discuss and challenge our presumptions and provide valuable insight into what we can do individually and collectively to consciously overcome these dispute resolution blind spots.


  • Angela Banks, Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Gary Benton, Chairman, SVAMC
  • Jeffery Daar, Principal, Daar & Newman
  • Reginald Holmes, Mediator, Arbitrator and Settlement Counselor
  • Mimi Lee, Managing Counsel, Chevron
  • Montserrat Manzano, Partner, Von Wobeser y Sierra
  • Luan Tran, Partner, King & Spaulding
  • Steven Andersen (Moderator), Vice President, ICDR

Eligible for 1.5 participatory MCLE credits; 1.5 recognition and elimination of bias

Date & Time

October 12, 2021
12:00pm – 1:30pm Pacific


Non-CLA member price: $25
CLA member price: $15

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October 12, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm