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October 5, 2018

Welcome to the "CPR DateBook," in which we periodically provide you with details on CPR's upcoming events in one place for easier planning purposes. These mailings will also contain helpful tips, highlights and links to breaking CPR news and initiatives, as well as CPR resources you may want to explore or revisit. CPR is always hard at work to provide information and other tools to help you advance your dispute resolution goals. To print the DateBook, first open it in your browser here.
Stories of Disputes & Challenges behind such projects as 
The High Line.
"The Spiral."
The MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative.
The rebuilt World Trade Center complex.

And more...

CPR Construction Advisory Committee presents...

In 2007, the National Task Force on Diversity in ADR created an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR to recognize a person or organization who has contributed significantly to diversity in the alternative dispute resolution field. Submissions are are now open for 2019 Diversity award nominees.

Submissions are reviewed by a panel consisting of past winners, along with CPR’s Co-Chairs of the National Task Force on Diversity and CPR’s President. The awards ceremony is  held in conjunction with CPR’s Annual Meeting.

CPR presented its 2018 Diversity Awards to international arbitrator Lucy Greenwood, and Special Counsel, Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, France, Mirèze Philippe, at a ceremony held at CPR’s Annual Meeting, taking place March 8-10, 2018, in Atlanta.

Send electronic file nominations (in PDF or Word format) by January 15, via email to Helena Tavares Erickson, Esq., SVP, Dispute Resolution Services & Corporate Secretary at Please include a cover letter with your submission with your name, address, telephone, and fax number, and email address. If you are nominating someone for an award, please supply their contact information as well.

While it is expected that submissions will be in the English language (or accompanied by a translation), CPR reserves the right to consider submissions not in English. CPR also reserves the right to submit outstanding candidates that have not been nominated.

If you are a CPR member and have an idea for an article about dispute resolution issues, we would be happy to consider it for publication in the CPR blog CPR Speaks, or in our award-winning publication Alternatives.

As another CPR member benefit, where possible we can also work to place your article with editors and outlets externally (and then promote your involvement with CPR in your author bio). One effective approach, if you are a law firm member, is to propose an article collaboration with a client (or, if you are in-house counsel, to co-author a byline with a partner from your outside law firm). This is just the kind of in-house/outside counsel collaboration that CPR champions, and articles offering this valuable joint perspective tend to be especially well received by editors.

To explore any of these possibilities, please contact our VP of Marketing & Communications, Tania Zamorsky, at
The 2019 CPR Institute Y-ADR Writing Competition for Efficient and Effective Collaboration Between Corporate Counsel and Outside Counsel is now open to young lawyers. Submission deadline: Nov. 30, 2018. Learn more HERE

CPR Institute’s Awards Program honors outstanding scholarship and practical achievement in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Award criteria focuses on processes, techniques, systems, commitment, and scholarship which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions between corporations, between government and corporations, or among multiple parties. The review committee comprises judges and lawyers from leading corporations, top law firms and academic institutions across the U.S. LEARN MORE.

The Submission Deadline is November 16, 2018. Please send your entries to:

Helena Tavares Erickson, Esq.
c/o The CPR Institute
30 East 33rd St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

or via email to

Please indicate that this is an 2018 Annual Awards submission either on your envelope or in your email subject body.  
From our blog, CPR Speaks...


For the second year in a row, the Supreme Court is kicking off its new term with a focus on arbitration. This year’s case, New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira, No. 17-340—which was argued on October 3, the Court’s third day of arguments in the new term—focuses on whether the Federal Arbitration Act Sec. 1 exemption language from the act’s application for certain “contracts of employment” encompasses independent contractor agreements.

The case—an appeal from Oliveira v. New Prime Inc., 857 F.3d 7 (1st Cir. 2017)(available at—is potentially significant for many workers, though it isn’t attracting the attention of the 2017-2018 term’s kickoff argument, Epic Systems v. Lewis. That case, decided in May, strongly backed the use of mandatory arbitration in conjunction with waivers of class arbitration and litigation processes in workplace disputes. See CPR Speaks blog coverage at; see analysis at Russ Bleemer, “While Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Strategize, the Supreme Court’s Strong Backing Likely Will Grow Mandatory Processes,” 36 Alternatives 97 (July/August 2018)(available at

Read more in this post by CPR summer intern Sara Higgins, as assisted (with research) by Alternatives editor Russ Bleemer,

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse,
40 Foley Square, NYC
CPR will be participating in Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off 2018: ADR + Access to Justice. CPR's VP of Membership Services, Niki Borofsky (above, left), and Manager, Dispute Resolution Services, Citlalli Grace (above, right), will lead a break-out session along with Ken Adrichick (FINRA) and Jeff Zaino (AAA) called: “How ADR Organizations are thinking about Access to Justice - What measures are being taken by ADR administrators to address access to arbitration and mediation services?” More details HERE.
for CPR's 2019 International Mediation Competition, taking place April 4-6, 2019 in São Paulo, Brazil, hosted by CAM-CCBC.

As the only international mediation competition held in Latin America, the CPR International Mediation Competition is a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation and negotiation skills through the role-playing of a mediation problem drafted by experienced mediators and practitioners. The competition convenes students and distinguished ADR professionals from around the globe providing exceptional network opportunities.
NOVEMBER 25, 2018.



Upcoming events and trainings from CPR and our collaborative dispute resolution community:  


October 9, 2018 - Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off 2018

October 11, 2018, 
3:00 to 5:00 pm (with reception to follow) - Ethics in ADR, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, Pittsburgh, PA

October 16, 2018 - CPR's Construction Advisory Committee Presents: Innovative Construction Projects: New York City Edition

October 29, 2018 - The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) New York Branch, the CIArb Canada Branch, and Sidley Austin will sponsor a debate on the pros and cons of ad hoc vs. institutional arbitration at Sidley's New York office

October 31, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Join NYIAC for NYIAC Talks: Assessing Judicial Support of International Commercial Arbitration

November 1, 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Join NYIAC for NYIAC Talks: Fresh Ideas, Urgent Concerns

November 2, 2018 - 13th Annual Conference on Int'l Arbitration and Mediation, Fordham University Law School. Special rate for CPR members

Nov 7, 2018 - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting. CPR members only. More information to follow. 

November 13, 2018 -
CPR Corporate Leadership Award Dinner in New York City

November 30, 2018 - Deadline to submit for CPR's
Y-ADR Writing Award

NEW: December 3, 2018 - CPR Commercial Arbitration Skills Training, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York

December 10, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 pm -
CPR Banking & Financial Services Committee lunchtime presentation featuring an interview with Sr. Manager of Bank Litigation, Capital One, Aaron Kleinmann, KPMG, New York. CPR Members only. More information and to RSVP.

February 25-28, 2019 - CPR/CEDR Advanced Mediation Skills Training at BakerHostetler, Washington, D.C.

February 29 - March 2, 2019 - CPR's Annual Meeting, Washington, DC