Please see below some information regarding the AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program. Please pass this along if you know of anyone who might be interested in applying for the program. I have contacts with many past Fellows who can provide interested candidates with some first-hand feedback on the program and how it's helped them develop their ADR skills and mediation/arbitration practice.
Thank you in advance for your assistance!
The American Arbitration Association is currently accepting applications for the 2014 AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program. The Fellows Program was established in 2009 to address one of the challenges that the AAA has identified as discouraging diversity in ADR, which is the dearth of opportunities for diverse professionals to become future ADR leaders. Now entering its sixth year, the Fellows Program is showing concrete results with Fellows making gains in the ADR field. Six former Fellows are now on the AAA's Roster of Neutrals and all have been appointed to cases.
The program offers year-round opportunities for the Fellows, including:
* During the program, Fellows will engage with leading ADR practitioners for an intensive week of training, seminars and networking events.
* Invitation to attend AAA educational programs and events held in various cities throughout the year.
* Mentoring and networking opportunities.
The Fellows Program is a non-paid Fellowship, and is open to up and coming diverse lawyers, neutrals, and other alternative dispute resolution practitioners who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to alternative dispute resolution. The AAA will select approximately 15 participants to participate in the Fellowship. The initial programming will consist of a week long program hosted at the AAA's San Francisco office during the week of May 12, 2014 to coincide with the AAA's Annual Meeting.
The AAA named the program in honor of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., one of the country's most prominent African-American judges and a highly respected legal scholar and civil rights advocate. Judge Higginbotham was the first African-American judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He later served as chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Please note that participation as Fellows does not automatically qualify Fellows for consideration on the AAA's roster of neutrals. Application to the AAA's roster of neutrals is a separate process.
I have attached a link to the application materials for the Fellows Program. Please pass the application along to any aspiring neutrals.
The deadline for the application is January 10, 2014.