Sandra Partridge is the vice president of the Commercial Division (Northeast) of the American Arbitration Association. In addition to management activities and speaking engagements about ADR, she assists large and small businesses with the design and implementation of ADR programs. Ms. Partridge is the co-editor of the series of AAA Handbooks on Arbitration, Mediation, and International Arbitration. She is a member of the state bars of Pennsylvania and New York.
Frances Kellor, a well-known social activist in the early 20th century, was the only female founder of the American Arbitration Association.
This article looks at the path that led her to the AAA and her beliefs about the benefits of arbitration.
It is 1948 and Frances Kellor, one of the founders of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), is reflecting on the time before arbitration became readily available to people, before there were advocates for the process, and before collective bargaining agreements came into general use: