On Thursday, CPR welcomed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for a truly memorable keynote address. Friday’s keynote speaker was Prof. Eric D. Green, one of ADR's founding pioneers and the 2010 recipient of CPR’s James F. Henry Award for outstanding contributions to the field of ADR. Professor Green’s Keynote addressed the phenomenon of the “vanishing trial” and its implications for effective dispute resolution and our perceptions of the justice system.
Virtually every panel at this year’s meeting included a globally diverse set of speakers, including leading jurists, an outstanding group of General Counsel, top attorneys, noted academics and expert international arbitrators and mediators. Following Justice O’Connor’s keynote address, the program began with the first of three panels addressing jurisdictional differences in key ADR issues and focusing on: (1) practices and processes, (2) mass claims and collective redress, and (3) industry perspectives. Other highlights included a panel on the role of “Big Data” in shaping effective global ADR strategies; a panel on the development of ADR in Brazil, one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing economies in the world; a panel addressing the next generation in the evolution of managing and resolving workplace conflict; a panel addressing varying approaches to IP ADR and the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on IP ADR both here and abroad; and a panel debating the thesis that the emergence of modern discovery and pretrial procedure under the Federal Rules has made trial “obsolete,” and its implications for ADR.
Our second day concluded with two CPR perennials. First, CPR’s Business Roundtable, during which leading General Counsel from around the world addressed the strategic issues they face as they develop effective global ADR programs. Finally, we returned to our interactive format - incorporating instant audience response - for our ethics panel, which addressed arbitration and mediation issues that can arise under varying legal and ethical frameworks regarding privilege, disclosure and the role of in-house counsel.