Foundations Support RCI With Joint Grant of $750,000

The JAMS Foundation and the AAA-ICDR Foundation have partnered to create a joint grant of $750,000 to support the Ray Corollary Initiative (RCI, Inc.), and all of its activities to address the lack of diversity in the selection of ADR profession.

We would like to extend our appreciation to the AAA-ICDR Foundation and the JAMS Foundation for believing in and supporting our mission to break down the barriers that prevent ADR professionals from reaching their full potential. We look forward to our continued work to share knowledge, awareness and the resources that will help make meaningful improvements in the selection of diverse ADR neutrals,” said Prof. Homer C. La Rue, Chair of the Board of Directors for the RCI.

Improving diversity in ADR is an enormous and important undertaking–one that requires every selector and every institution to make deliberate efforts toward ensuring that the best neutrals are put forward and selected in each case. This is the mission of RCI, which is supported financially and in practice by JAMS and the AAA. Our combined efforts promote the sustainability of ADR and promote user trust and satisfaction,” said Dr. Katherine Simpson, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the RCI.

The JAMS Foundation is proud to partner with the AAA-ICDR Foundation to support the Ray Corollary Initiative. Its work is vital to help address head-on the need for greater diversity within the ADR field, and we believe its mission is crucial to helping to build a more equitable future that benefits us all,” said David Brandon, managing director of the JAMS Foundation.

This funding will aid the RCI’s goal of increasing awareness of the RCI Pledge and the 30% metric within the industry and will support organizations that have already signed the pledge. Additionally, the funding will help with the RCI’s work to prepare and execute educational programs, conduct research and data collection on the impact of the pledge, and increase networking opportunities for ADR professionals, as well as other initiatives. These efforts are intended to help support every neutral’s ability to have a fulfilling career in ADR, regardless of their background or any diversity-related obstacles they may face.

Creating long-term, sustainable change in an industry as large and multifaceted as the ADR industry is no small undertaking. We are so pleased to be able to support the Ray Corollary Initiative and its tremendous work in finding opportunities to bring together the legal community in a way that reinforces the need for diversity and embraces all neutrals and their skills, aptitudes and passion,” said Bridget McCormack, President and CEO of the AAA-ICDR.

JAMS and the AAA signed the RCI Pledge in Spring 2023. The RCI Pledge reinforces both organizations’ long-standing work to promote diversity in ADR.