National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Brings High Standards

Corporate Counsel
June 23, 2011

A new ADR organization has emerged called National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). This directory of neutrals does not charge a fee for subscriptions, referrals, or administrative fees nor are the members subject to exclusivity agreements. One unique aspect of the NADN is that the neutrals are selected by invitation only.

Unlike organizations like the AAA which only require mediators to have five cases, the NADN requires that mediators have at least 200 civil disputes and arbitrators have at least 20 cases. Director Darren Lee created the structure of an organization on the principle known as “the ‘90-10 Rule’—the idea that the top 10 percent of mediators or arbitrators get approximately 90 percent of ADR cases—and he created NADN to try to get that top 10 percent under the same wing.”

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