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NY Diversity Equity and Inclusion Neutral Directory (“NY DEI Neutral Directory”)

The New York City Bar Association ADR Committee and New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section are committed to increasing the selection of ADR professionals from historically underrepresented communities. To promote this goal, NYCBA and NYSBA, along with seventeen partnering bar associations have created the New York Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Neutral Directory (“NY DEI Neutral Directory”).

The directory is a list of ADR professionals who self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented community including but not limited to: a person of color, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, as having a disability, or identify as a woman. Individuals seeking ADR professionals can search the directory alphabetically, by practice area, by language ability, and by other self-identifying characteristics. Individuals who wish to be included in the directory must be members of one of the partnering bar associations, and have filled out the Directory Questionnaire which is available here: Inclusion in this directory does not imply endorsement or recommendation by any organization.
Directory Partners include the following bar associations: The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of New York, The Bar Association of Erie County, The Brehon Law Society, Caribbean Attorney Network, Dominican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, New York Chapter, LGBT Bar Association of New York, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, The Network of Bar Leaders, New York County Lawyers Association, Rochester Black Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of New York, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Westchester Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

The NY DEI Neutral Directory is available online here:

Regarding the creation of the Directory, ADR Committee Chair, Philip Goldstein, stated “The ADR Committee is proud to create this resource for attorneys, clients and other ADR stakeholders. The Directory is one step to ensure that future generations of ADR professionals more closely resemble the diverse community we serve. I join New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Chair Ross J. Kartez in applauding the work of all involved in this important initiative.”  

Dispute Resolution Section Chair Ross J. Kartez states, “The Dispute Resolution Section is honored to be part of this trailblazing initiative. With the NY DEI Neutral Directory, parties and advocates will now have easy access to a list of quality neutrals with diverse backgrounds to assist with resolving disputes. This directory has become vital to our work in improving the ADR culture for everyone involved in the process. We applaud our own Stephen Marshall and Iyana Titus (Co-chairs of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee) and especially Robyn Weinstein for her leadership and relentless efforts.”

Access the NY DEI Neutral Directory here: