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CPR Institute Presents 22nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Conflict Resolution

The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution today announced the winners of the 22nd Annual CPR Awards Program at a dinner held at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The CPR Awards Program honors outstanding use and scholarship in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). General Mills, Kaye Scholer LLP and Peter and Linda Hoffman are sponsors of the Awards Program. Further information on the CPR Awards Program can be found at

Senator George J. Mitchell was selected as the winner of the James F. Henry Award, named in honor of the CPR Institute’s founder, for his sustained, outstanding ADR contributions. Senator Mitchell’s contributions include his work in mediating the settlement of the Northern Ireland dispute, the Deutsche Bank Building dispute following 9/11 and his tireless support of NAFTA and other bills containing ADR provisions. The James F. Henry Award is sponsored by Kaye Scholer LLP.

The award for Outstanding Practical Achievement Award was presented to both the International Bar Association, which acting through its Working Group on Conflicts of Interest in International Commercial Arbitration adopted the Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest and the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, Evaluation of the Early Mediation Pilot Programs for its distinguished contribution to the field of dispute resolution.

The Professional Articles Prize was awarded to Scott R. Peppet, “Contract Formation in Imperfect Markets: Should We Use Mediators in Deals?,” 19 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 2 (2004) with Honorable Mention to Peter N. Thompson, “Enforcing Rights Generated in Court-Connected mediation – Tension Between the Aspirations of a Private Facilitative Process and the Reality of Public Adversarial Justice,” 19 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 2 (2004).

The Student Articles/Papers Prize was awarded to Jack Wilson, “No-Class-Action Arbitration Clauses,” State-Law Unconscionability, and the Federal Arbitration Act: A Case for Federal Judicial Restraint and Congressional Action,” Course Paper (2004) (forthcoming - Quinnipiac L.R.(2005)) . Peter A. and Linda R. Hoffman sponsored the Student Articles category.

Book Prizes were presented to Mayer, Bernard S., “Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution,” Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2004 and Abramson, Harold I., “Mediation Representation: Advocating in a Problem-Solving Process” and accompanying “Teacher’s Manual”, NITA, Indiana 2004.

Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum was presented to Professor Christine Ver Ploeg & Adjunct Professor Michael Landrum for their Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution Course, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN.

About The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution

The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution is a pioneer and leader in the area of dispute resolution. In February 2004, CPR received the highest ratings in alternative dispute resolution performance in a survey of General Counsel and their Deputies by Corporate Legal Times. Most recently, CPR in partnership with The China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) established the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center in New York and Beijing. Founded in 1979 as the Center for Public Resources, CPR promotes excellence and innovation in public and private dispute resolution, and serves as a primary multinational resource for avoidance, management and resolution of business-related and other disputes. CPR’s wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated America toward an increased reliance on negotiation rather than litigation. CPR’s proprietary Panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide.

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