ADR CORNER ADR in Florida, Th LAWRENCE GORDON What do the Academy Award Nominations, the National Football League and ADR in Florida have in common? There is an appalling lack of diversity in each of them. All are controlled by white men. In most cases, older white men who are adept at protecting the status quo and fighting the tides of change. Some argue that diversity should not be considered in the arts, professional sports, and even ADR. Therein lies the problem. People of color didn’t receive Oscar Nominations and African American assistant coaches didn’t receive consideration for head coaching positions despite seventy-five percent of league players being African American. Of the thirty-two NFL teams, only two Head Coaches were African American in 2019. According to the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, there are approximately thirty-two hundred Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediators in the state. Unfortunately, only 3.8 percent or 122 are men and women of color. People of color are often excluded from the process. One cannot win if one is not allowed in the game. Seeking quality and seeking diversity aren’t mutually exclusive. The belief that diversity will work itself out without being fostered and nurtured is rubbish. Diversity isn’t created by good thoughts and well-meaning. One creates diversity deliberately and intentionally. Bias must be recognized and rooted out for diversity to exist and thrive. Access and power are rarely given up voluntarily. This usually requires strong and direct actions for change. In 2006-2007, the Florida Supreme Court changed the rules of qualifications for one to become a mediator. It created a path for non-lawyers to become Certified Mediators. The lack of diversity among Florida mediators contributed to this rule change. In a 2019 report, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation (JAMS) called on the legal profession to work harder toward diversity. It asked firms to institute the Mansfield Rule which pursue diverse candid percent of their employ This is very similar t the NFL which requi head coach opening to candidate of color. Whi efforts, they are volunt changed. Mediation firms hav for non-lawyer med participate in the ten a required for certificat many of these candid open them to seriou and take jobs from Malpractice insuranc and certainly the Supr these issues before Some mediation firms too many mediators. H Florida’s population i million and there ar six hundred in all c Mediators? What th saying is, if there is an mediators, it is becaus who are white males become mandatory for a certain number of m color each year to rem with the Florida Bar. must change. The larger and more greater the chance fo and perspectives. ADR diversity forward by u Mediators and Arbitrat In 2018, business mo was involved in a arbitration. He noti African American ar select. He complaine agreed that the lack arbitrators was discr Constitution of New Y situation demonstrate diversity. Recently, I received a c personal injury law fir PBCBA BAR BU