The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is Pleased to Announce the Launch of its ARKANSAS CHAPTER

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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is pleased to announce the launch of its Arkansas Chapter- the “Arkansas Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators” (AAMA) - online at



We’re delighted to welcome these top-rated neutrals to form the Arkansas Chapter of the Academy.

Just 10 attorneys and former judges have been recognized as Charter Members of the Arkansas Chapter, including most of the state’s most widely-accepted ADR professionals. The AR Chapter has an appointed Executive Committee of 3 leading ADR practitioners: Frank S. Hamlin (Little Rock), Robert E. Hornberger (Fort Smith) and Jim Tilley (Little Rock).

The Academy’s new website is designed to “make life easier” for local attorneys, counsel, adjusters and legal support staff. allows firms to quickly find a suitable neutral by identifying preferred practice criteria or dispute types, navigating straight to a roster of trusted local mediators and arbitrators. A majority of the Academy’s members also publish their availability calendars online for the benefit of clients. This allows the selection of a neutral and the scheduling of appointments to be greatly expedited for all parties involved. is connected to the Academy’s national database, already in wide use by attorneys across more than 30 state bars, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, the Carolinas, Tennesse & Texas.

In 2013, NADN was named Neutrals Database Partner to the national defense bar association (DRI) and the national plaintiffs bar (AAJ, formerly ATLA), providing these association’s 40,000+ litigators with vetted biographies of the nation’s top-rated mediators and arbitrators, via the DRI and AAJ websites. Only ADR professionals widely respected by local defense and plaintiff firms are invited to submit bio materials for review by NADN and state committees.

“We’re delighted to welcome these top-rated neutrals to form the Arkansas Chapter of the Academy,” commented Darren Lee, Executive Director of NADN. “We’re confident that the NADN database will prove as useful to litigation firms in Arkansas as it has to other state bar communities in recent years.”

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