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PERSPECTIVES ON ADR: DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN AN INCREASINGLY FRACTURED WORLD From natural disasters to cyber-attacks to crumbling political accords, risk is on the rise. As a result, the challenges facing global business are increasingly sophisticated, fast-moving and multifaceted. Creating harmony amongst the growing cacophony of unstable fragments is no easy task. For the field of dispute resolution, however, the worst of times can be the best of times. Perspective changes everything. In a seeming chaos, the trained eye of an astute dispute resolver can predict and perceive patterns, identify symmetries and craft solutions. Master practitioners can turn a kaleidoscope of challenges into a coherent whole. Nimble, flexible, private, tailored and speedy – the promises of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) should be used not only to mitigate the cost of disputes, but to prevent them before they even appear. As Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) matures into a more widely used and accepted field, it is an ideal moment to reflect upon its evolution and to explore the possibilities of where it can lead. In a reality where taller, stronger walls are being built, how are the tools of the trade well-suited to transform and transcend entrenched, uncivil, fractalized positions? How can we use these skills to foresee and forestall? Where has the purpose and promise of ADR been distorted and how can we re-hone our tools? Join CPR and our esteemed colleagues for the 2018 Annual Meeting as we examine these and other issues and join forces in a partnership to find pathways forward in interesting times.

JOIN US AT THE WHITLEY IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA (FORMERLY THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD) CPR’s 2018 Annual Meeting promises to be the latest in a series of exceptionally engaging events. Once again, meeting panelists and participants will include an outstanding group of General Counsel, leading practitioners, noted academics and jurists, and experts international arbitrators and mediators. We look forward to seeing you at The Whitley in Atlanta, Georgia (formerly The RitzCarlton, Buckhead)!

Noah Hanft President & Chief Executive Officer Register today at WWW.CPRMEETING.ORG


7:00 am - 8:00 am

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Session 3: Mediation Fishbowl – Virtuosos in Action

8:00 am - 8:05 am

Welcome Remarks 8:05 am - 8:25 am

President and CEO Address 8:25 am - 8:30 am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Keynote Address: TBD 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Session 1: Prevention is the New Resolution As corporations become increasingly sophisticated, they are looking further upstream – not just at early detection and assessment, but at methodologies aimed to prevent disputes before they arise. From newfangled contractual dispute prevention language, to from-the-start techniques such as standing, hovering and on-call neutrals, this discussion will focus on how companies and counsel are practicing preventative dispute management. 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 2: Bots, Drones and AI: Navigating Disputes with “Virtual” Actors What happens when the opposing “party” is an algorithm? From our phones to our automobiles, artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous. How can we be prepared for alternative dispute resolution strategies in the increasingly technically-sophisticated world? What kinds of protections need to be in place and how are ADR leaders facing these challenges? 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


There is no better way to learn the best mediation tactics than to observe seasoned veterans plying their trade. This session would bring audience members into a hypothetical joint session as observers and commentators. A rare opportunity to explore trending challenges and real-time strategies to impasse. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 4: Alternative Fee Arrangements in ADR With more and more jurisdictions allowing for AFAs in arbitration, what is the impact on the kinds of cases that are filed and how they are argued? Who must know about the existence of AFAs and how are awards divvied up? Does this development bring us to a Grotian moment in ADR culture? 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Coffee Break 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 5: Why Don’t Arbitrations Settle? Data show that court proceedings are more likely to settle in advance of trial than arbitrations. This panel examines that phenomenon and the reasons for it and considers whether there are ways to modify the arbitral process to enhance the likelihood of the ultimate ADR tactic: settlement. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Inspiring Innovation Award Dinner

“CPR excels at helping companies like ours find and use the right tools to avoid or resolve disputes in a proactive, strategic way.” Steve Aeschbacher Former Associate General Counsel Microsoft Corporation

DAY 2: FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 7:00 am - 8:00 am

10:00 am - 10:30 am


Coffee Break

8:00 am - 8:05 am

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Session 7: ADR & Government (CPR Taskforce Launch)

8:05 am - 9:00 am

Keynote Address: TBD

CPR Taskforce Launch

9:00 am - 10:00 am

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Session 6: Tracked Sessions

Lunch (Y-ADR Award/Other Awards)

A: Global Corporate Culture as Dispute Prevention:

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How does one inculcate a culture of compliance? What are companies doing to train and prepare teams to identify and remedy budding disputes? This panel explores how dispute prevention is mechanized and maintained.

Session 8: Business Roundtable (1.5 CLE)

B: Resolution in the Wake of Disaster: Fire, flood, famine. The rising impact of natural disaster and political upheaval cannot be ignored. How are practitioners using ADR to mitigate costs and help to bring business stability in chaotic times? C: Mandatory ADR Clauses & The “Gig Economy”: Short-term contracts, freelancers, independent contractors – modern terms of employment create a host of legal challenges. When can ADR clauses be mandatory and what are the business and ethical implications? Is there a space for mediation, and what are the best practices in navigating smart policy for these neo-workforces?

“This is just a quick ‘thank you’ note for the terrific work you did to make the 2015 CPR Annual Meeting in San Diego a tremendous success. From my perspective as an attendee, the programs were terrific (as usual), and all of the logistics (meetings, meals, accommodations, etc.) functioned very smoothly indeed. Every detail was anticipated and addressed, and the entire conference was thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks to each of you for all the effort you made to make this another memorable CPR event.” Raymond G. Bender Arbitrator and Mediator

General Counsel discuss AM18 highlights. 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Coffee Break 2:45 pm - 4:25 pm

Session 9: Ethics (2 CLE) 4:25 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

21ST CENTURY PLEDGE “Our company pledges to commit its resources to manage and resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation and other ADR processes when appropriate, with a view to establishing and practicing global, sustainable dispute management and resolution processes.” For more information on the Pledge, > Learn more

DAY 3: SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

CPR Committee Meeting: Introduction of the Mediation Guide

“CPR attracts the best and the brightest in the ADR world – so my membership in CPR’s Advisory Council and CPR’s Arbitration Committee has exposed me to cutting-edge thinking about ADR-related issues that I would not otherwise have learned about.”

“CPR is particularly valuable to a company like VISA for a variety of reasons. First, it brings together a lot of stakeholders, from outside counsel to inside counsel, academics and experts in the field to develop a complete set of tools and resources for those of us who are engaged in trying to avoid conflict. If and when conflict does happen, CPR helps you deal with it in the best way possible.” Kelly Tullier Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, VISA

Richard F. Ziegler Partner, Jenner & Block Former General Counsel, 3M Company


Randall F. Hafer

William R. Poplin, Jr.

Mary Beth Cantrell

Noah J. Hanft

M. Darren Traub

Mark A. Cymrot

Barrett K. Hawks

Mark Wasserman

James Freeman

Joan Stearns Johnsen

Stephen P. Younger

Fox Rothschild, LLP Amgen Inc.

Baker & Hostetler LLP Allen & Overy LLP

Craig B. Glidden General Motors

Shelby R. Grubbs

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP CPR Institute

Barrett Hawks, Esq. University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law

John S. Kiernan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation

C.J. Mahoney

Jonathan Haag

Robert Particelli

FTI Consulting

Williams & Connolly LLP Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Akerman LLP

Eversheds Sutherland Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Richard F. Ziegler Jenner & Block LLP


Full Registration Fees

Venue and Accommodations

CPR Member:

CPR’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at The Whitley in Atlanta, Georgia (formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead). Enjoy the comforts of Southern Hospitality and the luxury of five-star accommodations at this unique hotel, located in downtown Buckhead, Atlanta’s trendiest neighborhood. Winner of innumerable awards, including the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hotels in the USA—2016”, The Whitley is just minutes from the finest dining, shopping, and culture that Atlanta has to offer. It also boasts a one of a kind full-floor Wellness Level, complete with a Relaxation Lounge and a suite of spa treatments. Experience the rich sense of place that this hotel brings to the smart sophistication of five star hospitality– or step outside into one of the swankiest neighborhoods in the Southern United States.

Early Bird Rate* Standard Rate

$1,295 $1,595

Non-Member: Early Bird Rate* Standard Rate

$1,595 $1,995

CPR Neutral: $1,570 For Spouse/Guest registration, please contact *Early Bird Rate ends on December 30, 2017.

One-Day Rate CPR Member: Early Bird Rate* Standard Rate

$695 $895

Non-Member: Early Bird Rate* Standard: CPR Neutral:

$895 $1,095 $850

For Spouse/Guest registration, please contact *Early Bird Rate ends on December 30, 2017. Y-ADR Special Rate: Attorneys who are 45 years old or younger or those with less than eight years of professional experience: $500 for a day or $950 for the whole conference. Call Zoe Chanin at +1.646.753.8213 or

What Does This Fee Cover Your registration fee includes conference and course book materials; all coffee breaks; Thursday’s breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception and awards dinner; Friday’s breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception; and Saturday’s breakfast. This fee also helps CPR cover the facility and administrative costs related to hosting our Atlantabased Annual Meeting.

For attendees needing overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the special CPR rate of $249 per night plus taxes. This is a significant savings on the standard room rate. Hotel Information: The Whitley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead 3434 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Tel: +1 404 237 2700 *Hotel accommodations and transportation are the responsibility of the attendee. Hotel Reservations: 1) B  y phone: Dial (800) 826-0708 and indicate that you are booking with the CPR Institute for AM18 2) O  nline: Follow this link for reservations under CPR’s special rate For CPR assistance with your registration, please contact Lois Miller at *The last day to receive the special discount rate is February 12, 2018.


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