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New York, N.Y., March 2015 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) held its 2015 Annual Meeting on Feb. 19-21, 2015, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. This year’s event, themed, “Forging the Future: Redefining Winning and Adapting to Change (#CPRADR15),” was attended by more than 180 diverse and elite executives, corporate counsel, law firm partners and academics.

“CPR is proud to lead the charge to redefine winning and change the way companies address business conflict through creating a unique opportunity for collaboration, dialogue and debate amongst the leaders in the legal community, in-house practitioners, advocates, arbitrators and mediators, and academics,” said CPR’s President & CEO Noah Hanft.

Day 1 of the meeting began with a moving keynote address from Senator George Mitchell. The recipient of such honors as the Presidential Medal of Freedom & Liberty Medal, the Truman Institute Peace Prize and the UN (UNESCO) Peace Prize for his work, Senator Mitchell addressed the state of current conflicts around the world, underlying issues that drive global conflict and potential pathways to resolution.

Day 2 began with a keynote address by Lord Peter Goldsmith, former UK Attorney General and London co-managing Partner, and Chair of European and Asian Litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, who discussed the importance of the rule of law in government and society, as well as challenges that arise when dealing with global conflict.

Highlights from the meeting included:

  • A panel highlighting the shift towards Stage III Mediation – Following up on AM14 Keynote address, Professor Eric Green moderated a panel of in-house and outside counsel addressing corporate perspectives on the transition from dispute resolution as a form of combat to a more open-minded, thoughtful and productive approach. Panelists included Noah Hanft, CEO & President of CPR; Scott S. Partridge, VP of Global Strategy, Monsanto Company; and Peter Rees QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers.
  • A panel highlighting CPR’s New Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes – Moderated by Ank Santens, Partner at White & Case LLP, panelists included David H. Burt, Esq., of Burt Resolution, LLC; Dana C. MacGrath, Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP; and Helena Tavares Erickson, Esq., Senior Vice President, Dispute Resolution Services and Corporate Secretary, CPR.
  • “Leveraging Diversity to Enhance Dispute Resolution”The American Lawyer once described law as “the palest profession.” This panel addressed the needs and challenges faced by parties, neutrals and counsel in achieving greater diversity, as well as concrete steps towards creating change. Moderated by L. Tyrone Holt, Holt Group LLC, speakers included Jennifer Hagle, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; David Burt, Burt Resolution, LLC; and Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, Former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and Counsel, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • CPR’s Business Roundtable – This popular panel addressed the strategic considerations that leading General Counsel face as they make thoughtful choices regarding the appropriate form of dispute resolution for different subject matters and in various regions of the world. Participants included Richard Abramson, VP and General Counsel, SRI International; Johnston Barkat, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Ombudsman & Mediation Services; Mary Beth Cantrell, Senior Associate General Counsel, Amgen, Inc.; and Shawn Miles, SVP, Global Public Policy & Regulatory Strategy, MasterCard Worldwide. Peter J. Rees QC, Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers, served as moderator.

  • CPR’s Ethics Panel – Another annual favorite, this panel facilitated an interactive audience discussion of ethics-related issues that arise in mediation and arbitration. The moderator was Eugene Farber, Past President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and Member, Farber, Pappalardo & Carbonari.
  • “Everything You Wanted to Know from Corporate Counsel but were Afraid to Ask” – Moderated by Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, this Y-ADR panel was geared towards those ages 45 or younger or with less than eight years of professional experience in ADR practice. Panelists were Craig Bryson, Head of Legal, Abbott Medical Optics; Mary Beth Cantrell, Amgen, Inc.; Erin Gleason Alvarez, Assistant VP, Global Head of ADR Programs, AIG; and Jose Antonio Lau, Senior Counsel, Sempra Energy.

Additional expert panels addressed:

  • “News from the Front” – Two panels discussing dispute resolution issues in the context of recent survey results from the 2013 College of Commercial Arbitrators – Strauss Institute Survey on Arbitration Practice
  • Developments in actual implementations of online dispute resolution (ODR) in the areas of commercial dispute resolution, resolution of government/citizen disputes and court processes
  • The intersection of technical standards with dispute resolution, in the context of Intellectual Property
  • The role of the organizational ombudsman as a best practice in sustainable dispute resolution
  • The fundamentals of arbitration for in-house counsel
  • How issues such as transparency, enforceability, conflicts and confidentiality are changing public policy, law and arbitral rules

About CPR:
CPR is the only independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve 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 practical solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises the leading thinkers and practitioners in dispute resolution, 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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Tania Zamorsky