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CPR Appoints Bette Shifman as Vice President, Director of Publications & Special Counsel


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Wendi Chason

New York City, New York, August 19th, 2013
– CPR is pleased to announce that Bette Shifman has been appointed Vice President and Director of Publications & Special Counsel of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Institute. Ms. Shifman’s responsibilities will include managing and editing CPR’s award-winning newsletter Alternatives. Both a lawyer and digital information specialist, Ms. Shifman will explore plans to transition Alternatives to a user-friendly electronic format, and will be responsible for organizing CPR’s intellectual property in a digital medium, managing the delivery of all electronic CLE programs, overseeing delivery of ADR content to social media platforms, and providing leadership for CPR initiatives.

Ms. Shifman is an accomplished ADR professional, holding numerous senior-level positions over the course of her career.  Prior to joining the CPR Institute, Ms. Shifman was Of Counsel at DLA Piper in New York, where she served as Practice Group Manager for the firm’s global international arbitration practice group.  

Ms. Shifman served as Deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, during the institution’s period of rapid growth and revitalization in the 1990s and early 2000s, and has acted as registrar for numerous state-state and investor-state arbitrations.  She has also held positions as Senior Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice and Executive Director of ADR Chambers in Toronto, and has practiced law with firms in New York and Amsterdam.

Ms. Shifman earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, and received a recent Masters of Science in Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan. She has been an advisor to the arbitration portal since its inception in the mid-1990s  and is a former editor of the Journal of International Arbitration.    

“We are extremely pleased that Bette has decided to join CPR. She brings a wealth of high-level arbitration, editorial, and writing experience to this critically important position” stated Kathy A. Bryan, CPR’s President & CEO.

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About CPR
CPR is the only independent non-profit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government liaisons, retired judges, highly experienced neutrals, and leading academics. For more information, please visit