CPR Announces 2021 Award Winners at Annual Meeting for Contributions to ADR

New York, NY—The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) announced the recipients of its 2021 Awards for contributions to ADR at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, as part of CPR’s Annual Meeting.

  • Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR: Gail Wright, Esq.
  • Outstanding Book in the Field of ADR: America's Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights (The University of Missouri Press 2020).
  • Outstanding Professional Article: Sharing Dispute Resolution Practices with Leaders of a Divided Community or Campus: Strategies for Two Crucial Conversations, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution [Vol. 35:5 2020].
  • Joseph T. McLaughlin Original Student Article Award: Ana Ubilava, University of Sydney Law School (Australia).
  • CPR Partner of the Year: John J. Buckley, Jr.

Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR:
A leader, advocate and mentor, Wright helped to establish CPR’s Employment Pathways program to further the inclusion of diverse neutrals on the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.  She served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Section as well as associate counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is also the Diversity Co-Chair of the International Academy of Mediators, an international membership organization comprised of commercial mediators. Diversity Task Force Co-Chair Shira Scheindlin will present Wright with the award.

Outstanding Book in the Field of ADR:
America’s Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights (The University of Missouri Press 2020), authored by the late Bertram Levine and Grande Lum, chronicles the history of the Community Relations Services office of the Justice Department. In this work, Lum expands upon the prior work of  Levine to present a timely ADR perspective of the history of Civil Rights in the U.S. with a focus on events since 9/11.

Outstanding Professional Article: 

Sharing Dispute Resolution Practices with Leaders of a Divided Community or Campus: Strategies for Two Crucial Conversations, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution [Vol. 35:5 2020] was authored by William Froehlich, Nancy H. Rogers and Joseph B. Stulberg.


The Joseph T. McLaughlin Original Student Article Award: 

Awarded to Ana Ubilava, a PhD student at the University of Sydney Law School (Australia) for her article, “Amicable Settlements in Investor-State Disputes: Empirical Analysis of Patterns and Perceived Problems”, The Journal of World Investment & Trade 21, 4 (2020): 528-557.

CPR Partner of the Year Award:

Recognizing an outstanding volunteer in CPR’s work, the award will be given to John J. Buckley, Jr. for his service as Chair on the Fast Track Rules Committee, Model Concurrent Mediation Clause and Model Delegation Clause Task Forces, service on the Construction Rules Committee and his overall support of CPR through his law firm, Williams & Connolly, LLP.

“The winners of these awards exemplify the potential and purpose of ADR, and we are certain 2021 will only serve to produce more exciting and innovative works from our members, helping to advance dispute resolution so we can work together to find more purpose,” said Allen Waxman, CPR’s CEO & President.