October 01, 2020

GAR featured Jenner & Block Partner Mélida Hodgson for her inclusion in “The New List – Arbitrators of African Descent.” The list serves as a directory of arbitration professionals, including lawyers, independent practitioners, former judges, and academics, whose international dispute resolution practices have a connection to the United States.

According to GAR, the guide was created as a direct response to the perceived shortage of African American arbitrators, highlighted by a dispute against the American Arbitration Association over a lack of diversity on the institution’s roster. Mélida is quoted in the GAR article expressing that the list is important to help improve diversity in the arbitration field. “Hopefully it provides those looking for colleagues, counsel, and arbitrators with a larger pool of options,” she said.