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CPR Announces Prestigious New Y-ADR Steering Committee


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Wendi Chason

New York, NY,  October 22, 2013 – Today, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) announced a new Young Attorneys in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) Steering Committee comprised of seven in-house practitioners at leading law firms in the US, France, the UK, Switzerland, and five in-house counsel from the US and Brazil. The purpose of this prestigious Committee is to launch new exciting initiatives for CPR’s highly successful Y-ADR program and to promote ADR among young lawyers. For more information about Y-ADR, please contact Olivier AndrĂ©, CPR Liaison for Y-ADR, at

CPR’s Y-ADR program, chaired by Dana MacGrath of Sidley Austin LLP, engages practicing lawyers 45 years old and younger or those with less than eight years of professional experience in the international ADR practice area.  Through periodic seminars and networking events hosted by CPR member law firms, young lawyers are introduced to the role of ADR systems in corporations and multinational organizations.  

CPR’s Y-ADR Steering Committee members, who were selected through a competitive vetting process, will serve for a two-year term and include the following: Vanessa Alarcon-Duvanel, Winston & Strawn LLP, Geneva, Switzerland; Suzana M. Blades, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas; James Clark, Allen & Overy LLP, Paris, France; Kiera S. Gans, DLA Piper LLP, New York; Hagit M. Elul: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, New York; Fabiana K. Leschziner, DuPont do Brasil, S.A., Barueri, SP, Brazil; Andy Moody: Eversheds, London; Rick Richardson: GlaxoSmithKline, Durham, North Carolina; Charles B. Rosenberg: White & Case LLP, Washington, D.C., Brett Stacey, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois; Laura J. Stipanowich:  Sutherland, Atlanta, Georgia; Debra Verstandig: GE Capital, Americas, Norwalk, Connecticut.

Kathy A. Bryan, CPR’s President& CEO spoke about the benefits of this new Steering Committee: “The purpose of this Steering Committee is to magnify the power and international reach of CPR’s Y-ADR Program for young ADR practitioners.  We are very excited by the interest in this program, and I am confident that the Steering Committee will result in greater promotion and use of ADR internationally by junior attorneys and those with 8 years or less experience.”

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