In this article, Slate expresses his thoughts about the field and the most pressing challenges it faces today, the AAA’s contributions to the ADR community, and how he envisions the future of ADR.
In 1994, William K. Slate II became president and CEO of the American Arbitration Association, the largest and most widely recognized dispute resolution organization in the world. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and the University of Richmond law school (J.D.), Slate brought with him a wealth of experience as a lawyer, a former executive in the U.S. court system, an educator, and an entrepreneur (having founded and led the Justice Research Institute, an interdisciplinary research entity focused on the justice system). More importantly, he infused the world’s oldest ADR organization with new vitality and business leadership that positioned the association at the forefront of an extremely competitive, fast-changing global ADR market.