CPR Announces New Co-Chairs for Diversity in ADR Task Force

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New York, NY – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that helps others manage conflict so that they might better pursue their purpose, is pleased to announce new co-chairs for its Diversity in ADR Task Force.

The mission of the Diversity in ADR Task Force is to devise practical strategies to increase the participation and inclusion of women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, persons living with disabilities, and other under-represented groups in mediation, arbitration and other dispute prevention and resolution processes around the world.

The new co-chairs are Kabir Duggal, Ph.D. of Arnold & Porter, Judge Faith Hochberg (ret.) of Hochberg ADR, and Myron Lloyd of General Motors.

Kabir Duggal, Ph.D., is Senior International Arbitration Advisor at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he focuses on international arbitration serving as arbitrator, mediator and counsel. He is a Lecturer-in-Law and Managing Editor of The American Review of International Arbitration at Columbia Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Duggal is also co-founder of R.E.A.L. – Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers, a group of global lawyers practicing in international arbitration and striving to achieve racial equality for all arbitration lawyers.

The Honorable Faith Hochberg served on the U.S. District Court, New Jersey, for over 15 years. Prior to ascending to the bench, Judge Hochberg served as the U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. She now serves as an independent mediator and arbitrator, as well as a court-appointed Special Master and Monitor, with expertise in many areas of law, including intellectual property and licensing; international cybersecurity; insurance, and complex multi-district litigation.

Myron Lloyd is an attorney and Lead Counsel for Global Information Technology at General Motors. He joined General Motors in 2007 working on intellectual property issues and currently manages a team responsible for complex transactions involving software licensing, development and related licensing disputes. His team is also responsible for advising on information security, open-source and other strategic technology matters. Myron devotes a significant amount of time to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession being a member of the Legal Staff Diversity Engagement Team and GM’s corporate One DEI Team. He also serves on the steering committee for CPR’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution program.

The outgoing co-chairs of the Diversity in ADR Task Force are Judge Timothy K. Lewis (retired) of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP and Judge Shira Scheindlin (retired) of Strook & Strook & Lavan LLP, who served together since late 2017. During their tenure, the Task Force made meaningful progress through many initiatives and programs including adopting a model Diversity Commitment Clause that commits the parties to including a diverse neutral on their tribunal, launching the CPR Diversity Commitment in 2020, and adopting the Ray Corollary Initiative pledge as part of the CPR Diversity Commitment in 2022. As chairs, they also played roles in recognizing individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to diversity in the alternative dispute resolution field with the annual CPR Diversity Award.

“We are very grateful to Tim and Shira for their tremendous dedication to the objective of increasing diversity in the ADR space, to their leadership of the CPR Diversity in ADR Task Force and to their persistence in making progress in improving diversity in dispute management,” said Allen Waxman, President and CEO of CPR. “Change takes fortitude and imagination. Tim and Shira demonstrated both.”

“We now are fortunate to look forward to the leadership of Kabir, Faith and Myron as we build upon the work of the Task Force and welcome their ideas and initiatives,” Waxman continued.

CPR is committed to encouraging all forms of diversity, equity and inclusion in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on increasing the number of diverse neutrals selected to mediate or arbitrate disputes, as well as increasing the opportunities for diverse attorneys appearing before neutrals, to enhance the accessibility and acceptance of ADR, and to ensure that all available talent is deployed in support of dispute management.

CPR holds events and pursues initiatives that further this goal, such as the “Driving Toward More Diverse Neutrals” event on May 16, 2023 in Washington, D.C. This event is designed to break down two of the persistent barriers to diverse neutral selection – hidden biases and selectors’ lack of familiarity with more diverse neutrals.

Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict to better enable the pursuit of purpose through the CPR Institute and its subsidiary, CPR Dispute Resolution Services LLC.

The CPR Institute builds capacity for dispute prevention and resolution through the thought leadership of its diverse members – companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics – who share best practices and develop innovative tools for dispute management through committee discussions and projects, publications, education and training, and hosting events.

CPR Dispute Resolution is a boutique-style provider of leading-edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, custom appointing services, a panel of dispute prevention specialists, and more - that leverages resources generated by the CPR Institute. The case administrators have extensive backgrounds in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is a carefully curated, diverse group of prominent, experienced subject matter and ADR professionals based in 35 countries. To learn more about CPR Dispute Resolution, visit drs.cpradr.org.

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