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Around the world, effective dispute resolution requires effective collaboration: between inside counsel and outside counsel, between business lawyers and litigators, between clients and counsel, and, ultimately, if resolution is to be achieved, among opposing parties and their lawyers. At its best, that collaboration begins long before any dispute appears on the horizon and enables the parties to tailor the basic elements of ADR to their specific business needs and create a framework to anticipate, avoid and manages disputes in a manner that minimizes the risk that the process will be prolonged – and costs multiplied – by disputes over the dispute process itself.

Join CPR and our esteemed colleagues for the 2015 Annual Meeting as we explore the roles of inside counsel and outside counsel and the manner in which they can collaborate to improve dispute resolution processes and practices around the world.


As those of you who joined us in Charleston last February know, AM14 was an exceptional meeting. CPR's 2015 Annual Meeting promises to be equally engaging. Once again, meeting panelists and participants will include an outstanding group of General Counsel, top attorneys, noted academics, leading jurists, and expert international arbitrators and mediators. Day One will open with an address by Senator George Mitchell, who has served the cause of peace and peace-making around the world – work for which he has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Liberty Medal (in recognition of his work presiding over the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998), the Truman Institute Peace Prize, the German Peace Prize and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize.

Following Senator Mitchell's opening address, the program on Day One will continue with a panel moderated Prof. Eric Green in which he and an extraordinary panel of inside and outside counsel will address corporate perspectives “Stage Three Mediation” – the transition from dispute resolution as a form of combat to a more generous, thoughtful and productive approach Prof. Green's panel will be followed by the first of two panels providing “News from the Front”, data from recent surveys conducted by Tom Stipanowich of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine that provide in-depth analyses of attitudes and approaches to a broad range of issues in arbitration and mediation. Breakout sessions on the First Day include: a panel addressing the role of the organizational Ombudsperson an a model for sustainable dispute resolution; a panel addressing critical issues in IP dispute resolution arising out of recent legislation and court decisions; and a panel focused issues of importance to in-house counsel as they seek to tailor arbitration processes to their business needs in a cost-effective manner. Day One will close with a panel discussion of how changing perspectives on key issues in commercial arbitration – issues such as transparency, enforceability, conflicts, and confidentiality – are impacting public policy, law, and arbitration practice.

Day Two of the meeting will open with an address by Lord Peter Goldsmith, the former Attorney General for England and Wales and now London co-managing partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation at Debevoise. As the UK's Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith acted as chief legal adviser to the government on matters of domestic, European and international law. He represented the government in numerous cases in UK and international courts. Prior to becoming the UK's Attorney General, he was ranked by Chambers UK as being in the top tier of leading silks in London for international arbitration and commercial litigation. He became Queen's Counsel in 1987 at the early age of 37 and has judicial experience as a Crown Court Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge. Consistently acknowledged for his prominence, American Lawyer states that “[he has] the advocacy skills of one of the finest barristers of his generation.” Lord Goldsmith was made a Life Peer in 1999 and Privy Counsellor in 2001. In 1996, he founded the Bar of England and Wales' Pro Bono Unit, of which he is now President. He has been awarded the Lifetime Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Development of Pro Bono Culture in Europe at the 2014 PILnet European Pro Bono Forum.

Following Lord Goldsmith's address, Day Two will continue with the second panel on News from the Front, this one focused on mediation. Other highlights will include a panel the role of each stakeholder in addressing the dismal state of diversity in the legal profession as a whole – called “the palest profession” in a recent issue of the American Lawyer – and the ADR profession in particular; and a panel focused on the real-world advances of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Our second day will conclude with two CPR perennial favorites. First, CPR's Business Roundtable, during which leading General Counsel from around the world will address strategic issues they face as they implement a thoughtful approach to dispute resolution. Second, we will once again convene a dynamic and interactive ethics panel addressing key issues faced day-to-day in dispute resolution.

We look forward to seeing you at The Lodge at Torrey Pines!


The registration period for CPR's 2015 Annual Meeting has closed. For additional program information, please e-mail Mara Weinstein at

What Attendees are Saying:
"Participation in CPR’s meetings has enabled me to acquire innovative ADR strategies and gain valuable insight regarding current trends and practices in dispute resolution."
Barbara E. Daniele
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
GE Capital, Americas
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