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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.

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Special Y-ADR Registration Rate: $500 for one day or $950 for the whole conference

To register at the discounted rate offered to members of CPR’s Young Attorneys in Dispute Resolution program, please contact Zoe Chanin at zchanin@cpradr.org.

* Early Bird Rate ends on December 30, 2017

AGENDA

Day 1
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Day 2
Friday, March 9, 2018
Day 3
Saturday, March 10, 2018

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.

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?

Session 3: Mediation Fishbowl – Virtuosos in Action

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.

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?

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.

Session 6: Tracked Sessions

A: Global Corporate Culture as Dispute Prevention: 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.

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?

Session 8: Business Roundtable (1.5 CLE)

General Counsel discuss AM18 highlights.

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