Exercises for Improving Impartiality: Becoming a Better Arbitrator

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Session ID: 18PRW005

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Complimentary FREE

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    Always Available
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    Self Paced
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Faculty and Summary

David Waddell
David W.Waddell

Houston, TX

30 Minutes

The most fundamental attribute of an arbitrator should be their ability to assess evidence and make decisions free from pre-conceived notions or biases. In a word: neutrality. But this essential ability is also one of the least examined aspects of our work. Efforts to improve arbitration usually address better management of the arbitral process (preliminary conference, hearing, award writing, etc.). Neutrality is presumed to be something arbitrators already possess, by dent of experience and intelligence. This session posits that impartiality is not a capability accrued passively through legal and judicial experience, but a specific skill that can be and should be, honed through deliberate practice and reflection. This session will provide resources that you, as an arbitrator, can use to identify pre-judgments, and habits of the mind that cause them. More than a dozen specific exercises put you on the path toward recognizing pre-judgments and enhancing neutrality. These practices will not only positively affect the way you conduct all aspects of the arbitral process, they will instill confidence in parties that their case is being heard with an effort to mitigate bias.

You will learn to identify personal experiences and habits of the mind that give rise to pre-judgments and affect your impartiality.

You will acquire a collection of specific exercises for refining non-judgmental listening and analysis.

You will develop a deep understanding of impartiality as a habit to be cultivated through intentional practice and daily introspection.


This program does not qualify for the AAA's annual Arbitrator Continuing Education (ACE) requirement.  

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