Sideman & Bancroft Partners Gilda Turitz and Constance Yu Appointed to Co-Chair Two Distinguished ABA Dispute Resolution Committees

September 2015

Sideman & Bancroft LLP is proud to announce that two of the firm’s litigation partners, who also have active practices as neutrals, have been appointed leadership positions within the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. Gilda R. Turitz, the litigation and ADR practice group leader, will co-chair the ABA’s Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) committee and Constance J. Yu will co-chair the ABA’s Advocacy in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committee.

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution was established in 1993 and has over 18,000 members. In addition to promoting and facilitating effective dispute resolution policy and practices, this section holds numerous in-person educational programs throughout the year, including a spring conference, the Arbitration Institute, and the Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute.

Ms. Turitz, in her capacity as co-chair of the Women in Dispute Resolution committee, will lead new initiatives to increase participation of women neutrals in the Dispute Resolution profession by expanding access to the full scope of opportunities to serve and by identifying barriers that prevent women neutrals from full participation.

In addition to this position with the ABA, Ms. Turitz serves on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the prestigious organization CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution and the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has also served on mediation panels for the federal and state courts, International Trademark Association (INTA) and American Arbitration Association, and has worked as a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1989.

As co-chair of the Advocacy in ADR committee, Ms. Yu will work to promote the effective use of alternative dispute resolution processes and offer its resources to help guide ADR professionals in their navigation of complex resolution matters.

Ms. Yu currently serves as a mediator and an early neutral evaluator on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, panel of neutrals. She is also the past-President of The Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco’s Inn of Court, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Inn.