CIArb & CPR Joint International Arbitration Training - Detroit

May 3, 9 AM - May 5, 5:00 PM

General Motors’ Headquarters 
100 Renaissance Center 
Detroit, MI 48243


The CPR Institute and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American & Canada Branches are pleased to offer a joint three-day international arbitration training and qualification program, leading to CIArb’s prestigious Fellow status.

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CPR has joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North America and Canada Branches to offer a joint three-day Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program in Detroit. This program is designed for attorneys with approximately 10 years of litigation and/or dispute resolution experience and will take place at General Motors’ Headquarters in Detroit.

This program focuses on applicable laws and procedures for the conduct of efficient arbitration hearings in complex international cases. Satisfactory assessment of performance in role play exercises will permit the candidate to take the award writing examination for qualification as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which will be administered as part of the program.  Fellowship status allows the use of the designation "FCIArb."  

CLE Credits:  This program has been approved for 15.5 New York CLE Skills Credits** CLE credits for Illinois pending.

All participants that register by April 18, 2019 will receive a VIP invitation to 
CPR’s Cocktails and Conversation panel and networking event
taking place on May 2, 2019.

More information, including about hotel accommodations available HERE.


Timing and Scheduling:

The workshops will commence at 9:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2019, and will conclude at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  The award writing examination will commence at 9:00 AM and conclude at 1:30 PM on Sunday, May 5, 2019. There will be a cocktail and dinner for Candidates and Faculty on Saturday, May 4, 2019 starting at 6:30 PM. The cost of this dinner is included in your tuition fee.



Trey Bergman, FCIArb:  Trey Bergman has served as single arbitrator, panelist and chairman on hundreds of national and international arbitrations since 1990 in cases ranging from complex multi-party to simple disputes including banking, commercial, construction, consumer, contract, copyright, employment, franchise, health law, insurance, malpractice, oil & gas, partnership, personal injury, real estate, securities, and trademark matters. He is the current chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas, a Fellow and Board Member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  He is Board Certified in Civil Trail Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has arbitrated and mediated more than $95 Billion in disputes.

Gary Birnberg, FCIArb:  Gary Birnberg is a full-time neutral with JAMS and a member of CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, specialized in resolution of international commercial disputes, including automotive, insurance, transportation, oil & gas, sports & entertainment, and art.  He is affiliated or has arbitrated and/or mediated with various institutes, including CAM-CCBC, CPR, FINRA, ICC, and the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration.  Fluent in English, French, and Portuguese, he holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and has served as a business relations intermediary, management consultant, corporate board member, entrepreneur, trainer, speaker, and advisor to companies worldwide. 

Katherine Smith Dedrick, FCIArb: Katherine Smith Dedrick has years of experience as lead counsel and consultant in domestic and international complex commercial trials, arbitrations and mediations, and serves as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial arbitrations and insurance matters.  As the co-founder of an international consulting company with a joint venture in Asia, she has significant experience with international courts, mediations and arbitrations, having managed cases through some of the highest courts in the Asia Pacific Region, and handled disputes in other countries. She is a CPR Distinguished Neutral, the current Vice-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

David E. Harrell Jr., FCIArb:  David Harrell is Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of Locke Lord LLP and chairs the Firm's International Arbitration practice group. He has extensive trial and arbitration experience in the areas of energy litigation, commercial litigation and land use/permitting litigation including representations of plaintiffs and defendants in contract disputes, fiduciary relations issues, usury claims, real estate litigation, fraud, securities collection, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act and first party insurance defense.  Additionally, he is Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center where he teaches International Arbitration Advocacy.

Amb. (r.) David Huebner, C.Arb:  David Huebner has more than 25 years’ experience as an arbitrator and advocate in international, investment, and complex commercial arbitrations and is a CPR Distinguished Neutral. He has particular expertise in technology and life sciences disputes but has handled matters across a wide range of industry sectors, legal issues, and geographic regions. Currently based in California, he hears cases internationally and has in the past been based for extended periods in Tokyo, Shanghai, and New York.  Amb. Huebner served as the American Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa from 2009 to early 2014, appointed by President Barack Obama.

Daniel Urbas, FCIArb:  Mr. Urbas is an experienced arbitrator with 25 years of dispute resolution experience.  He sits regularly as a sole arbitrator and as chair or member of three-member panels.  His appointments have been by individual parties, jointly by the parties, the court, and institutions such as ICC, CCAC and IATA.  Mr. Urbas is listed on various rosters including AAA, ICD and CIETAC.  Fluent in both English and French with degrees in both Common Law and Civil Law, Mr. Urbas is an active member of the Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland, and Labrador law societies.  He is frequent speaker and guest lecturer at law societies and law schools regarding international arbitration and arbitration ethics

James Reiman, FCIArb:  Chair of the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Jim Reiman is an arbitrator and mediator of domestic and international commercial disputes and is a CPR Distinguished Neutral. He has 18 years experience as a trial and commercial transactions attorney practicing in Chicago, IL law firms followed by 15+ years as CEO, chairman and board director of public and private companies in the US, UK and China.  In addition to his ADR and board work, Jim is a member of the faculty of the University of Oxford’s Oxford Programme on Negotiation.


The three-day program is comprised of three elements:

  1. Oral Assessment - This element of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship Programme consists of two days of oral assessment based on a case study of a dispute.  You will be assessed on your knowledge, judgment and self-presentation on a series of problems, written exercises and role play, as well as your reasoned award writing ability
  2. Written Assessment- Written assignments will be part of the assessment process during the workshop.  One of the written assignments will be prepared in advance of the workshop and will be collected early on the first day of the workshop.
  3. Award Writing Examination- This element consists of a written open book examination in which an Award must be written and fully reasoned, based on the evidence in an arbitration proceeding.  The exam is administered as part of this program.  To receive a passing grade, the Award must meet international standards for enforcement.  This element is included in the tuition cost of this program.

Following successful completion of the three elements described above candidates may apply for a Peer Interview. There is a separate charge for the Peer Interview process; it is not included in the tuition cost of this program.


US $1,650.00 (CPR members and CIArb members upgrading to Fellow status)

US $1,750.00 (per registrant for groups of 3 or more registrants from same firm)

US $1,950.00 (non-CPR and non-CIArb members)

Payment can only be made in US Dollars.


* Fee includes all workshop materials, coffee, refreshments, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on May 3, 2019, continental breakfast and lunch on May 4, 2019, a continental breakfast on May 5, 2019 and a VIP invitation to CPR’s Cocktails and Conversation panel and networking event on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Tuition for Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program includes the Oral Assessment and Award Writing examination.  For applicants requiring a Visa Letter there is an additional cost of $75 (to defray expenses).

Cancellation:  A cancellation fee of $150 will be charged if cancellation is prior to April 1, 2019; $500 if after April 1, 2019 but prior April 12, 2019.  No tuition refunds will be made if cancellation is after April 12, 2019, however the full tuition sum paid less $500 may be credited toward a future Accelerated Route to Fellowship program offered by the North America Branch or the Canada Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Please note CPR and CIArb reserve the right to cancel for low enrollment. Email for more information.

**This course is non-transitional, for experienced attorneys only. The CPR Institute has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. CPR is a non-profit organization. Under financial hardship guidelines, at its discretion, CPR may waive the fee for attorneys who demonstrate that they are not currently employed (not retirees). CPR may also provide a special discounted price to attorneys, full-time judges and administrative law judges practicing in the non-profit and public sectors full time.  E-mail for more information.