CPR’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) program educates the next generation of leaders on the full spectrum of dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms and offers unique networking and professional development benefits to participants.

Through periodic seminars and other initiatives, participants are introduced to CPR and gain an insider’s view into how CPR’s community of corporate counsel, law firm counsel, and other experts in the field are using dispute prevention and resolution techniques to manage conflict to enable purpose.

Y-ADR is open to the conflict prevention and resolution community-- attorneys, professionals, academics and students -- 45 years old and younger, or those with less than 8 years of professional experience in international or domestic ADR practice or other areas of conflict prevention and resolution.

Y-ADR is at the heart of the organization’s mission to diversify the players in the ADR world and to create a global culture for dispute prevention and resolution.

Y-ADR participates in many CPR events throughout the year. Some recent examples:

  • Hosted the December 2023 Global Conference and organized the panel "Early Mediation of Disputes: When, Why and How?"
  • Served as moderators and panelists for the "Arbitration Advocacy Skills Training Program" in Spring 2022
  • Attended and participated as panelists in the 2022 and 2023 CPR Annual Meetings
  • Presented on "The Role of Artificial Intelligence in International Arbitration" to the CPR Arbitration Committee
  • Held a year in review event devoted to the topic "The Future of Work in Dispute Resolution" in Decenver 2021
  • Conducted the "Y-ADR Interview Series: Career Advice From An Insider's View" interviews in 2021 and 2022. The 25 video-recorded interviews were held with general counsel, law firm counsel and ombuds around the world in a variety of industries.
  • Held a roundtable discuss with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in May 2021, "Yes You Can! Pathways to a Career in Conflict Prevention & Resolution" featuring an all-star panel of conflict prevention and resolution professionals who shared their personal - and varied - paths to where they are today.

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The Y-ADR Steering Committee is the leadership group for Y-ADR.

The Y-ADR Steering Committee is a global group composed of young in-house counsel, practitioners at law firms, and neutrals - who serve on staggered three-year terms.

The Steering Committee is led by Co-Chairs Kate Gonzalez of Airbus and Sam Zimmerman of Hogan Lovells, supported by Committee Secretary Brigitte Kiu of Hogan Lovells.

View the current Y-ADR Steering Committee members

Applications to join the Y-ADR Steering Committee.

The Y-ADR Steering Committee terms run September through June of each year. Applications to join the Y-ADR Steering Committee can be made once per year when the application period opens, typically running from May to June of each year.

Steering Committee members must be an attorney or other professional 45 years old or younger or with less than 8 years of professional experience in international or domestic ADR practice or other areas of conflict prevention and resolution.

*While students are eligible to be members of Y-ADR, they are not yet eligible to serve on the Steering Committee.

Interested candidates, please visit the application page to learn more. Please note, applications are now closed. 

 Go to Y-ADR Steering Committee Application Page

For more information about Y-ADR, Y-ADR Steering Committee, or to sponsor an event, please contact Knar Nahikian