The opening keynote address was provided by Gov. Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, presidential candidate, Chair of the Democratic National Committee and noted political commentator. The panels program on Day One began with “Are We Killing Mediation?” a panel continuing the robust debate at AM15 on changes in mediation practice and their impact on mediation effectiveness. The next panel, “Why I 'Hate' Arbitration”, was a lively discussion of reasons counsel avoid and/or delay dispute resolution. Following our morning dissecting issues and challenges in dispute resolution, the afternoon of Day One began with “Creative Approaches to Aligning Interests in Dispute Resolution”, a panel focused on the innovative approaches our neighbors in Brazil and Canada are using to enhance dispute resolution processes and outcomes. The panels on Day One concluded with “Redefining Winning – CPR Hot Topics”, addressing emerging issues and solutions in dispute resolution around the world.
On the evening of Day One, CPR was pleased to honor Monsanto Company and Scott Partridge, the company's Vice President of Global Strategy, with the inaugural Inspiring Innovation Award in recognition of Monsanto's development and implementation of a unique, business-led dispute management process creating a powerful, proactive industry-wide dispute identification and resolution program.
The program on Day Two began with a keynote address by Kenneth Feinberg, noted mediator, Special Master for victim compensation funds, including the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and One Fund Boston, and author of What is Life Worth? and Who gets What? Day Two continued with breakout sessions including an IP panel addressing Patent ADR around the world, a Healthcare panel addressing dispute resolution in the context of the industry consolidation and realignment that have followed in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, and an In-house panel addressing practical and strategic issues involved in arbitrator selection. The morning continued with “The Rising Global Debate Regarding Arbitration Ethics”, a spirited discussion of the nature and source of concerns and a range of proposals that have been made to “solve” the problems. Day Two concluded with two CPR perennial favorites. First, CPR's Business Roundtable, during which leading General Counsel from around the world addressed strategic issues they face as they implement a thoughtful approach to dispute resolution. Second, we once again convened a dynamic and interactive ethics panel addressing key issues faced day-to-day in dispute resolution.