Diversity Scholar Recipients

Diversity Scholar Recipients

Diversity Scholar Recipients

Overview

Encouraging diversity and inclusion within the field of ADR

The Diversity Scholarship Fund was established by the AAA-ICDR Foundation through a special gift by the American Arbitration Association. The Fund provides diverse law students/professionals with up to $2,000 of financial assistance towards participation in a degree program or fellowship in alternative dispute resolution or attendance at a well-recognized conference. The mission of the Diversity Scholarship Fund is to encourage diversity and inclusion within the field of ADR by supporting the pursuit of knowledge and skill development through training experiences that encourage inclusive leadership growth in the field of ADR.

In addition to these individualized grants, the AAA-ICDR Foundation has established diversity scholarships at Howard University and North Carolina Central University, two historically Black colleges and universities that offer certificates in dispute resolution programs in their law schools.

Both scholarships involve a three-year commitment of $150,000, $50,000 annually, to award scholarships to second- or third-year law school students in certificate in dispute resolution programs. Scholarship recipients will be selected yearly, in September, by each law school.
$152K+
IN GRANTS FUNDED
Since inception the Foundation has funded $152,068 in Diversity Scholarship Grants.
$1,365
IN AVERAGE GRANT 2021
The average Diversity Scholarship grant amount in 2021.
38
SCHOLAR RECIPIENTS
Since inception the Foundation has awarded 38 Diversity Scholars.

2021 Scholarships Totaled $39,605.
2020 Scholarships Totaled $12,463.
The AAA-ICDR Foundation is proud to support the following scholars:

2021 Scholarships Totaled $39,605.
2020 Scholarships Totaled $12,463.
The AAA-ICDR Foundation is proud to support the following scholars:

Scholar Recipients

Sharon Price-Cates

Scholar

Sharon Price-Cates

New Jersey, United States

School

I am working diligently to embark on a new career as an ADR professional. I have two decades of experience as an advocate in labor and employment, including in the arbitral forum. In addition to becoming an arbitrator for labor, employment and consumer matters, I want to expand my work as I gain experience and also undertake high-quality mediation training and development.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

AAA Fundamentals and Best Practices and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service - Becoming a Labor Arbitrator

Milagros Maribel Rojas Blas

Scholar

Milagros Maribel Rojas Blas

Peru

School

Arbanza School of Arbitration

My career goals include:
• To collaborate with and support other initiatives that deal with diversity and inclusion towards making international arbitration equitable for all participants
• Gain experience in both international arbitration and general litigation
• Advance the interests of woman practitioners and promote the diversity in international dispute resolution
• To support in the writing of academic articles related to international arbitration and information
• To promote the publication of articles aimed at discussing problems and challenges about systemic discrimination in international arbitration

GRANT AMOUNT

$390

Program

Arbanza School of Arbitration - Investment Arbitration Course

Suzanne W. Ockleberry

Scholar

Suzanne W. Ockleberry

Georgia, United States

School

Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations

My career goal is to be one of the best arbitrators/neutrals in the field, become a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and eventually teach courses on labor/employment at the college level. I decided to become an arbitrator due to my experience and keen interest in labor/employment matters as well as the lack of diversity (Females/African Americans) in the field.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

Three courses at Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations

Marjorie Vieira

Scholar

Marjorie Vieira

Brazil

School

Humboldt University of Berlin

My career goal is to become a lawyer specialized in international dispute resolution in order to act as counsel, mediator and arbitrator in international disputes. I also plan to pursue a PhD to become a university professor in the IDR field.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LLM program at Humboldt University of Berlin

Lauren Jones

Scholar

Lauren Jones

New York, United States

School

Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Class

I would like to ultimately have my own ADR practice covering all the ADR disciplines or work in an ADR capacity with a corporation.

GRANT AMOUNT

$1,995

Program

Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Class

Jessica Yeh

Scholar

Jessica Yeh

California, United States

School

ABA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Training Conference

I wish to be a full time Arbitrator and Mediator. I eventually hope to create more community programs in ADR that will be accessible to underserved and differently-abled communities that do not have widespread access to arbitration or mediation as a means to solve their disputes as an alternative to traditional litigation.

GRANT AMOUNT

$475

Program

ABA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Training Conference

Edwin Roman

Scholar

Edwin Roman

California, United States

School

American University Washington College of Law

Chiefly, my goal is to become a high-caliber expert in International Arbitration and Mediation in Mexico. Likewise, at the same time, I am going to study some subjects in order to sit to the New York Bar, so this LLM program will help me to understand the common law and see the differences with the civil law.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law at American University Washington College of Law

Ashley Meadows

Scholar

Ashley Meadows

New York, United States

School

Pepperdine School of Law

To become a member of the arbitration roster for FINRA and AAA.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LLM in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law

Ashita Alag

Scholar

Ashita Alag

India

School

Harvard Law School

After my LL.M., I intend to work at an international law firm to gain additional arbitration experience before returning to India to start my career as an arbitration practitioner. While working as an arbitration practitioner I want to push for inclusion of more women, especially women from my region and community to have access to the arbitration profession. In the long run I also want to build on the research done for my dissertation titled “Third Party Funding in International Commercial Arbitration” and author a book on the subject.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LLM Program at Harvard Law School

Tara Brin

Scholar

Tara Brin

Michigan, United States

School

Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center

I use my mediation training on a daily basis as a Civil Rights Investigator for the City of Detroit and general civil volunteer mediator for the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center. I hope to further my career in public service and volunteering with goals of criminal justice reform, enhanced communication opportunities between parties, and deterrence of escalation in cases through mediation. At the City of Detroit Civil Rights Department, I hope to expand mediation opportunities to residents and employees of the City prior to becoming part of the legal system. I aspire to become a full time mediator in the public sector

GRANT AMOUNT

$1,095

Program

Domestic Relations Mediation Training and Domestic Violence Screening Training through Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center

Scholar Recipients

Sharon Price-Cates

Scholar

Sharon Price-Cates

New Jersey, United States

School

I am working diligently to embark on a new career as an ADR professional. I have two decades of experience as an advocate in labor and employment, including in the arbitral forum. In addition to becoming an arbitrator for labor, employment and consumer matters, I want to expand my work as I gain experience and also undertake high-quality mediation training and development.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

AAA Fundamentals and Best Practices and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service - Becoming a Labor Arbitrator

Milagros Maribel Rojas Blas

Scholar

Milagros Maribel Rojas Blas

Peru

School

Arbanza School of Arbitration

Arbanza School of Arbitration

My career goals include:
• To collaborate with and support other initiatives that deal with diversity and inclusion towards making international arbitration equitable for all participants
• Gain experience in both international arbitration and general litigation
• Advance the interests of woman practitioners and promote the diversity in international dispute resolution
• To support in the writing of academic articles related to international arbitration and information
• To promote the publication of articles aimed at discussing problems and challenges about systemic discrimination in international arbitration

GRANT AMOUNT

$390

Program

Arbanza School of Arbitration - Investment Arbitration Course

Suzanne W. Ockleberry

Scholar

Suzanne W. Ockleberry

Georgia, United States

School

Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations

Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations

My career goal is to be one of the best arbitrators/neutrals in the field, become a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and eventually teach courses on labor/employment at the college level. I decided to become an arbitrator due to my experience and keen interest in labor/employment matters as well as the lack of diversity (Females/African Americans) in the field.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

Three courses at Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations

Marjorie Vieira

Scholar

Marjorie Vieira

Brazil

School

Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin

My career goal is to become a lawyer specialized in international dispute resolution in order to act as counsel, mediator and arbitrator in international disputes. I also plan to pursue a PhD to become a university professor in the IDR field.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LLM program at Humboldt University of Berlin

Lauren Jones

Scholar

Lauren Jones

New York, United States

School

Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Class

Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Class

I would like to ultimately have my own ADR practice covering all the ADR disciplines or work in an ADR capacity with a corporation.

GRANT AMOUNT

$1,995

Program

Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Class

Jessica Yeh

Scholar

Jessica Yeh

California, United States

School

ABA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Training Conference

ABA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Training Conference

I wish to be a full time Arbitrator and Mediator. I eventually hope to create more community programs in ADR that will be accessible to underserved and differently-abled communities that do not have widespread access to arbitration or mediation as a means to solve their disputes as an alternative to traditional litigation.

GRANT AMOUNT

$475

Program

ABA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Training Conference

Edwin Roman

Scholar

Edwin Roman

California, United States

School

American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law

Chiefly, my goal is to become a high-caliber expert in International Arbitration and Mediation in Mexico. Likewise, at the same time, I am going to study some subjects in order to sit to the New York Bar, so this LLM program will help me to understand the common law and see the differences with the civil law.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law at American University Washington College of Law

Ashley Meadows

Scholar

Ashley Meadows

New York, United States

School

Pepperdine School of Law

Pepperdine School of Law

To become a member of the arbitration roster for FINRA and AAA.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LLM in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law

Ashita Alag

Scholar

Ashita Alag

India

School

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School

After my LL.M., I intend to work at an international law firm to gain additional arbitration experience before returning to India to start my career as an arbitration practitioner. While working as an arbitration practitioner I want to push for inclusion of more women, especially women from my region and community to have access to the arbitration profession. In the long run I also want to build on the research done for my dissertation titled “Third Party Funding in International Commercial Arbitration” and author a book on the subject.

GRANT AMOUNT

$2,000

Program

LLM Program at Harvard Law School

Tara Brin

Scholar

Tara Brin

Michigan, United States

School

Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center

Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center

I use my mediation training on a daily basis as a Civil Rights Investigator for the City of Detroit and general civil volunteer mediator for the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center. I hope to further my career in public service and volunteering with goals of criminal justice reform, enhanced communication opportunities between parties, and deterrence of escalation in cases through mediation. At the City of Detroit Civil Rights Department, I hope to expand mediation opportunities to residents and employees of the City prior to becoming part of the legal system. I aspire to become a full time mediator in the public sector

GRANT AMOUNT

$1,095

Program

Domestic Relations Mediation Training and Domestic Violence Screening Training through Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center

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