Synopsis By: Dissen - Proceeding Author: Martin A. Cohen

Noting that, given their average age, arbitrators constitute a community of ‘establishment neutrals,’ Cohen observes that decisions rendered in the arbitration of life style disputes nevertheless reflect both establishment and, arguably, anti-establishment outcomes. Drawing from a number of arbitration decisions involving life style disputes, including those cited by Valtin, Cohen concludes that arbitral commitment to deciding cases on the basis of the evidence presented, and according to established arbitral principles rather than subjective preferences and personal biases, yields a diversity in decisions among similarly situated arbitrators.