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CPR Examines Impact of Globalization on ADR at Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC



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Wendi Chason


New York, NY – February 28, 2014: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor opened the Annual Meeting of The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), Feb. 20 – 22, 2014, at Charleston Place, Charleston, SC, with a rousing keynote address stressing the continued importance of the work done by CPR to promote alternative means of resolving commercial disputes and the need to train young attorneys in these important skills.

This year’s Annual Meeting, “Through the Looking Glass: Divergence in Global ADR Practice,” was attended by over 200 ADR practitioners and thought leaders, comprising an elite group of attorneys from the top corporations, law firms and academic institutions.

“At this key moment in history when all aspects of business have become increasing global, it is important for us to explore the impact of globalization on ADR practice, and the implications of divergence in ADR practices and processes around the world,” said Beth Trent, Senior Vice President and Director of Programs for CPR. “For the past several days, we’ve had the gratifying opportunity to delve into these issues with some of the brightest minds in the ADR world. CPR is proud to be at the forefront of thought leadership in ADR.”

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • Keynote address by retired Professor Eric D. Green, one of the pioneers of ADR and a 2010 recipient of CPR’s James F. Henry Award for outstanding contributions. Prof. Green addressed the phenomenon of the “vanishing trial” and its implications for effective dispute resolution and our perceptions of the justice system.
  • CPR’s Business Roundtable addressed the strategic issues they face as they develop effective global ADR programs. The Roundtable  included Debra Clements, VP, Senior Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Milliken & Company; Don S. De Amicis, Vice President and General Counsel of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); Noah J. Hanft, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Franchise Integrity Officer of MasterCard Worldwide; and Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr. Esq., Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Walgreen Company, and was moderated by Tara M. Lee, Managing Partner, Northern Virginia Office of DLA Piper.
  • Ethics Panel addressed arbitration and mediation issues that can arise under varying legal and ethical frameworks regarding privilege, disclosure and the role of in-house counsel. The panel was moderated by Prof. Eric Green and Eugene Farber, Past President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and Chair of the ABA Arbitration Committee.

Expert panels addressing:

  • jurisdictional differences in key ADR issues focusing on practices and processes, mass claims and collective redress and industry perspectives;
  • the role of “Big Data” in shaping effective global ADR strategies;
  • the development of ADR in Brazil, one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing economies in the world;
  • the next generation in the evolution of managing and resolving workplace conflict;
  • the varying approaches to IP ADR and the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on IP ADR both here and abroad;
  • the thesis that the emergence of modern discovery and pretrial procedure under the Federal Rules has made trial “obsolete,” and its implications for ADR.

The full program can be found on the CPR website at:

About CPR:
CPR is the only independent non-profit organization whose mission is to help global businesses 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

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