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ABA 2024 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

CPR Sponsored Event

4/11/2024 - 4/13/2024

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Join CPR at the ABA 2024 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference! 
This conference brings together the cutting edge of technology and professional strategy, offering over 50 high-impact sessions designed to immerse you in the next wave of dispute resolution advancements while also enhancing your essential dispute resolution skills. 

Who should attend? 
Mediators, arbitrators, ombuds, judges, dispute resolution leaders, attorney advocates, young professionals, court administrators, neutral providers, ADR consumers, legal educators, or anyone who wants to learn more about ADR - all are welcome!

Two panels will feature speakers from CPR, including incoming CPR President and CEO Serena Lee and CPR Institute Vice President Ellen Waldman.

More of This! Stop Doing That!: ADR Providers & Arbitrators Talk

Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Join this frank conversation between ADR providers and two seasoned arbitrators, who will examine the major ADR rules and how arbitrators should react to them from a case management/administrative point of view. From budgeting/billing for a hearing, considering dispositive motions, dealing with motions to disqualify an arbitrator, making supplemental disclosures, and other topics that require collaboration with the administrator (or ad hoc), this is an essential conversation for arbitrators!

Serena K. Lee, incoming President & CEO, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
Scott L. Metzger, Partner, Duckor Metzger & Wynne
Randa Trapp, ADR Professional, JAMS
Jeffrey T. Zaino, Vice President, AAA-ICDR

Dispute Prevention: The New Mediation?

Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Mediation’s original vision was glorious: a place where dialogic expertise and a steadfast focus on party interests would work to transmute disagreement into opportunities for understanding and, perhaps, healing. In the commercial sphere, little of this vision survives. By the time mediation occurs, often an “us”vs. “them” atmosphere prevails and parties are simply searching for ways to limit their transaction costs. However, in the burgeoning dispute prevention field, building trust, optimizing business relationships and enhancing communication remains paramount.

Negotiating for implementation, adopting governance procedures that incentive collaboration and quell opportunistic advantage-seeking and embedding a standing neutral into the contract as a relationship coach are examples of proven dispute prevention mechanisms. Notably, each of these mechanisms contemplates the sorts of relationship-preserving conversations and search for understanding that was imagined to be the essence of the mediation process.
This panel will offer a high-level over-view of common dispute-prevention mechanisms and urge their adoption in business law curriculums.

Joan Stearns Johnsen, Director, Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Florida, Levin College of Law and CPR Distinguished Neutral
Ellen Waldman, Vice President of Advocacy and Educational Outreach, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)


Additionally, the following programs all feature speakers from CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals:

What You CAN Do: Court-Appointed Neutrals, ADR and Courts
Sanctioning Attorneys in Arbitration
Transforming Mediation - The Early Dispute Resolution Protocols
Cybersecurity + International Arbitration: Beware of the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
Lawyers Roles in Civil Discourse, Public Disputes, and Democracy
Generative AI in Arbitration - Disaster or Deliverance?
Dealing with Difficult Behaviors In Arbitration
Unlocking Solutions: An Analytical Framework for Successful Dispute Negotiation
Preparing the Next Generation of Neutrals

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