CPR welcomed the award-winning author Scott Turow as its keynote address on Thursday. Friday’s keynote speaker was the much-respected Harriet Miers, former White House Counsel to President George W. Bush, who reflected on the unique opportunities and challenges inherent in issues involving government interests.
This year’s panelists and participants included an outstanding group of leading General Counsel, top attorneys, and international arbitration and mediation experts. The program began with a discussion of research regarding corporate legal practice and ADR, including the Cornell/CPR/Pepperdine survey of the Fortune 1000, the Deloitte Global Corporate Counsel Report, an analysis of the RAND Report on B2B Arbitration, and the Queen Mary International Arbitration Survey.
Other highlights included a panel addressing the myriad ways that we unintentionally undermine our ability to engage in successful ADR; a panel addressing key developments on the international front, including online dispute resolution and implementation of the EU Mediation Directive; a robust roundtable discussion by experts regarding mediation with the government; and an interactive ethics panel that addressed key issues that arise in mediation and arbitration. As in previous years, CPR’s popular In-House Counsel panel addressed how companies have adapted their ADR strategies to a complex legal environment.