Synopsis By: Dissen - Proceeding Author: Clare B. McDermott

Because the history of the National Academy is important to understanding the arbitration profession, and because the Academy’s annual proceedings continue to have a significant bearing on the arbitration process, the author urges better care and organization of Academy records. Seminal events that thus far defined the identity of the Academy and shaped the arbitration process are described, including policy decisions by the founders not to compete with appointing agencies or to act as a lobbying organization, and the development of expedited grievance procedures in the steel industry in response to presentations made at the 1970 annual meeting.