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William K. Slate II (Bill)

Bill is co-founder of DRD and serves as Chairman and CEO. He led AAA/ICDR for 19 years. and he has served as both an arbitrator and a mediator. For 12 years he was a member of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Working Group. He founded CAMCA (the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Americas), and has been a Visiting Senior Fellow in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration at Duke University Law School, and a visiting professor at Seton Hall University Law School, University of Richmond Law School, Virginia Union University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had 46 articles and book chapters published in professional journals, and has edited and authorized the filing of 9 amicus curiae briefs on a range of arbitral issues before the Supreme Court of the US and with other state and federal courts. He has delivered over 80 keynote addresses on arbitration and mediation at business and legal conferences worldwide. He is an elected member of the ICCA Governing Council. At an earlier time he was an executive in both federal and state courts in the United States, and was the Director of a seminal study of Federal Courts in America mandated by the US Congress and reporting to the President, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress. He is the former Chairman of the Board of the American Management Association, and of Girard College. He was a Poteet Fellow at Wake Forest University, and holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Richmond Law School, and an MBA Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Debora Moore Slate (Debi)

Debi is co-founder of DRD and serves as the President and COO.  She began her ADR career as the Founding Director of the SC Council for Mediation and Dispute Resolution, a program which worked with the courts and trained over 700 lawyers in civil and family mediation  throughout the state of SC. She also worked  as the National VP online dispute resolution with American Arbitration Association, where she helped develop and oversee a 2-state mediation initiative for homeowners in Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. She is trained as a mediator, and she is a former board member and editor of publications for an international organization headquartered in Paris, France — Arbitral Women. She holds a BA from the University of SC and an MBA from the McColl School of Business, Queens University in Charlotte, NC.

Brian Canada, PhD.

Brian Canada, PhD, has been serving as a data analytics consultant to DRD since 2017. He is a tenured associate professor of computational science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), where he teaches courses in programming, web development, database management, and high-performance computing. He is also the faculty advisor and founder of the USCB Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He also serves as USCB's resident liaison to the Beaufort Digital Corridor, an extension of the Charleston Digital Corridor. For his efforts in the classroom as well as in service to the community, Dr. Canada was recognized as USCB's Professor of the Year for the 2016–17 academic year. In addition to his expertise as a data analyst, Brian brings to DRD more than 15 years of experience as a freelance graphic designer, which underlies his strong passion for data visualization.

 


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