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CPR Institute Presents its 2010 Diversity in ADR Award to Louise Barrington

New York, NY, January 11, 2011 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a nonprofit think tank and alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions dedicated to the principles of commercial conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), presented the organization’s third annual “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution“ to Louise Barrington. The Award was presented on January 11 at a ceremony held at the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

CPR Institute’s National Task Force on Diversity created this Award to recognize a person who has contributed significantly to diversity in the alternative dispute resolution field by providing access to or creating opportunities to people who have historically been excluded from active and meaningful participation in ADR, including, but not limited to, women, minorities and/or people of color.  

According to Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of the CPR Institute, “The CPR Institute is pleased to recognize Ms. Barrington for her initiative, leadership, and commitment to diversity in the legal profession, particularly in the field of international dispute resolution.”

Seventeen years ago, Louise Barrington envisioned a group that would support women in arbitration. Five years ago, that group, ArbitralWomen, was founded. ArbitralWomen is a group of professional women from around the globe who are active in international dispute resolution. Today, it boasts members from all continents and from more than 40 countries.

ArbitralWomen is not the only example of Ms. Barrington’s diversity vision. Under her guidance and direction, the Vis Moot East was created and the first competition was held in 2003-2004 in Hong Kong. In 2009, teams from 17 countries -- Australia, Denmark, Indonesia, Korea, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Slovenia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, Spain, Thailand, and the United States -- competed.

To further cement Ms. Barrington’s vision, ArbitralWomen has provided a scholarship each year to one team that would otherwise be unable to attend the Vis Moot East. The only requirement for consideration of this scholarship is that at least one team member be a woman.

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CPR Institute provides thought leadership and innovation as the global resource for conflict management and resolution of complex business-related disputes. Its wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated General Counsel and their law firms around the world toward an increased reliance on alternative forms of dispute resolution rather than litigation. CPR Institute’s membership is comprised of general counsel and senior lawyers of Fortune 1,000 organizations, partners in the top law firms around the world, as well as leading judges, government officials, neutrals, and academics.  Its proprietary panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide. For more information, please visit


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