Angelia Tolbert Receives Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award

The Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award was established as a tribute to Marvin Johnson, a long-time SPIDR and ACR Board Member and a champion of diversity and equity within both organizations and throughout the dispute resolution field. It recognizes a sustained, outstanding contribution or a specific extraordinary achievement that has enhanced diversity and equity within an area of society. The award honors individuals and organizations who have successfully contributed to removing barriers or obstacles to full and equal participation at all levels of society. Recipients are those who have contributed to bridging the divides between groups of people or have successfully created opportunities for expanded diversity and equality within an area of specialty, a community or beyond.

As this year’s Marvin E. Johnson Diversity Award, Angelia Tolbert’s contribution to the inclusion and practice of diversity is commendable. Angelia has served as a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, and conflict resolution service provider for more than thirty (30) years.  She is the Founder and President of Absolute Resolution Services, Inc., based in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She is also the Executive Director of the Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers (ACDRC), the first state-wide community dispute resolution center established in the state of Arkansas.  ACDRC provides mediation and facilitation services, mediation training, and diversity, equity, and inclusion training.  Among her many accomplishments, Angela has developed and implemented a wide variety of conflict resolution programs for youth, and families in high poverty, minority and underserved communities throughout Arkansas. 

Angela has held numerous positions in ACR, including Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Tri-Chair of the 2005 ACR Annual Conference, and Chair of the Diversity Committee. She has also served as the Vice-Chair of the ABA Diversity Committee.  Angela was also a lead member of the recent Online Mediation Task Force.

Join us as in congratulating Angela on receiving this well-deserved award.


Colin Rule

Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of,,, and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded,… MORE >


Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc.

Angelia Tolbert, Esq. is Founder and President of Absolute Resolution Services, Inc., based in Little Rock, Arkansas, which provides alternative dispute resolution services to court systems, corporations, businesses, federal/state government agencies, industries and individuals. She is a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, conflict resolution service provider, and has served as a neutral… MORE >


Marvin E. Johnson

Marvin Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator and trainer with over 27 years of dispute resolution experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and previously was Associate Professor at Bowie State University. Mr. Johnson received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Catholic… MORE >

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