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Meet La Rue

Professor La Rue is an experienced and highly-sought arbitrator and mediator of workplace and other disputes. He has over thirty-five years of experience in a variety of industries and settings including, but not limited to, airlines, railroads, retail, higher education, telecommunications, public sector state and local government and federal sector. Professor La Rue also is an accomplished educator, particularly in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He has been teaching law since 1983 and has been a full professor on the faculty of law at Howard University School of Law since 1994.


Over 40 Years of Experience

Service to the Dispute Resolution Community

Professor La Rue has spent over forty (40) years serving the dispute resolution community as an arbitrator, a mediator, a teacher, and as a trainer. He has dedicated himself to mastering his craft and breaking down artificial obstacles to entry and success in the field of ADR (alternative dispute resolution).

He currently is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ray Corollary Initiative,™ Inc. (RCI, Inc.), a not-for-profit with the mission of increasing diversity in the selection of arbitrators, mediators, and other dispute resolution neutrals. Major funding from the AAA-ICDR and JAMS Foundations will aid the RCI goal of increasing awareness of the RCI Pledge and the 30% metric within the industry and will provide support to organizations that have already signed the pledge. Creating long-term, sustainable change in an industry as large and multifaceted as the ADR industry is no small undertaking.

Professor La Rue is Past-President of the National Academy of Arbitrators (Academy). Founded in 1947, the Academy is the foremost membership organization of labor-management and employment arbitrators serving the United States and Canada. Professor La Rue also serves on the Board of Directors of CPR-DRS which offers dispute resolution services domestically and worldwide.

Professor La Rue is the recipient of the 2020 D’Alemberte-Raven Award for outstanding service to the ADR field. The Award is the highest honor given by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. La Rue also has been inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Professor La Rue is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and has served on its Board of Governors. The Peggy Browning Fund’s 2015 DC Awards Reception recognized Professor La Rue for his fair and impartial work as a labor-management neutral. Professor La Rue was the 2017-18 Neutral-In-Residence at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University.

Education and Experience

Professor La Rue has a MA in Industrial & Labor Relations and a JD from Cornell University. He has a BA from Purdue University. He is Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. where he has taught for more than thirty (30). He teaches experiential courses as well as lectures and gives seminars in traditional law courses. He is the founder and co-director of the Howard Law ADR Program. Professor La Rue is also founder and director of the Law School’s ADR Certificate Program.

For more than 40 years, he has served as an arbitrator and a mediator in numerous complex national and global matters, including labor-management, employment, commercial, Olympic and para-Olympic disputes.

He has published several scholarly [articles], including contributing a chapter in “Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution”, eds. Welsh and Gadlin (DRI Press, December 1, 2020).

Professor La Rue co-authored with fellow arbitrator Alan Symonette a law review article in 2020, The Ray Corollary Initiative: How to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion in Arbitrator Selection, 63(2) HOWARD L.J. 205 (Winter 2020).

To learn more about the RCI, Inc. and to become involved in its activities, please visit the website at: www.raycorollary.org

Member Of

Homer La Rue is proud to be a member of the following institutions.
International Academy of Mediators
Arbitration Assocaiton United States - Greyscale
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers