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A Scholarship Opportunity for Diverse Neutrals from AAA-ICDR Foundation with Special Guests, Bruce Meyerson and Tracey Frisch on The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast #201

February 3, 2021

We are kicking off Season 2 of The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast with not one but two esteemed guests, The Honorable Bruce Meyerson (ret.) and Tracey Frisch, Esq. who are sharing some of the amazing opportunities for scholarships and grants through the AAA-ICDR Foundation that benefit and support dispute resolution programs and professionals.

The AAA-ICDR Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization funding projects and proposals that address important needs in the U.S. and international ADR community to expand the use and improve the process of ADR, increase access to ADR for those who cannot afford it, and share knowledge across different cultures.  In this episode, Susan Guthrie speaks with Bruce Meyerson, a member of the Board of The AAA-ICDR Foundation, and Tracey Frisch, Senior Counsel for the American Arbitration Foundation, about the wonderful work of the Foundation in supporting dispute resolution programs.  In fact, the Foundation has distributed more than $2 million dollars in grants in just the five years since it was founded.

In addition to grants, AAA-ICDR Foundation has established scholarship opportunities and Bruce and Tracey join the podcast in order to shine a light on a new opportunity created in 2020 intended to support diverse neutrals in the field: The AAA-ICDR Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fund which grants diverse law students/professionals with up to $2,000 of financial assistance towards participation in a degree program or fellowship in alternative dispute resolution or attendance at a well-recognized conference.  This is an amazing opportunity so listen to the podcast and help spread the word!

For more information:

AAA-ICDR Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fund

The AAA-ICDR Foundation is pleased to announce the Diversity Scholarship Fund which has been established through a special gift by the American Arbitration Association. 

The fund grants diverse law students/professionals with up to $2,000 of financial assistance towards participation in a degree program or fellowship in alternative dispute resolution or attendance at a well-recognized conference. The mission of the Diversity Scholarship Fund is to encourage diversity and inclusion within the field of ADR by supporting the pursuit of knowledge and skill development through training experiences that encourage inclusive leadership growth in the field of ADR.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly until appropriated funds are expended. Please click here to access the application and further instructions. 


For more information on this week's very special guests:

Bruce E. Meyerson is a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (1972) where he was an Editor of the Law Journal.  He received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.  Mr. Meyerson was the founder and first Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (where he now serves on the board of directors).  He served on the Arizona Court of Appeals for almost five years where he heard over 1000 appeals. He served as General Counsel of Arizona State University from 1986 to 1990.  From 1990 through 2000, Mr. Meyerson practiced commercial and employment litigation in Phoenix.  Since 2000, his practice has focused on conflict resolution.  He is a Past Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the State Bar of Arizona ADR Section. He is an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University College of Law teaching courses in all aspects of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. He is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the International Academy of Mediators, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  He serves as a board member of the AAA-ICDR Foundation where he chairs the Grants Committee.  He is the Chair of the City of Phoenix Civil Service Board and a member of the City of Phoenix Police and Fire Pension Board and Sister Cities Commission.  He is one of the initial members of the NCAA Independent Resolution Panel.

  • Arbitrator and mediator in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Former Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals and General Counsel of Arizona State University
  • Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor at the Arizona State University College of law teaching courses in mediation and arbitration
  • Member of the Board of the AAA-ICDR Foundation

Tracey Frisch

As Senior Counsel for the American Arbitration Association Tracey is involved in a variety of legal matters that impact the Association.  Tracey also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University Law School teaching Commercial Arbitration Law and previously served as an adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law supervising law student mediators.  Tracey is a member of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York pro bono mediation panel specializing in employment discrimination cases and is a New York State certified community mediator and has mediated cases at many of Metropolitan New York’s community mediation centers, Small Claims and Civil Courts.  Tracey has authored and spoken on numerous ADR focused topics.

Tracey earned her law degree, cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and B.A. from Tulane University, magna cum laude.


About Our Host: Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years. Susan provides online divorce mediation and legal coaching services to select clients around the world.

As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee. Susan also is one of the leading experts in online mediation in the country and trains other professionals in the practical and ethical considerations of conducting their mediations online through her business Learn to Mediate Online (


Susan recently partnered with mediation legend, Forrest "Woody" Mosten, to form the Mosten Guthrie Academy for Mediation and Collaborative Law Training to provide the gold standard of training for professionals in an online format.  Upcoming Mosten Guthrie trainings include:

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40-Hour Divorce & Family Mediation Training September, 2021

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