SCt Arguments in Two Arbitration-Related Cases; Diversity News; Upcoming Training; CPR's Annual Mtg
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November 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.

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.

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. 
Nominations period EXTENDED until
November 15, 2018. 
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

In his "The ADR Mosaic" column, "Moving the Conversation Beyond Raising Awareness of Diversity," for the Diversity and the Bar Fall 2018 issue, author and CPR Distinguished Neutral Theodore K. Cheng (pictured) discusses CPR's Commitment to Diversity, which calls upon companies and their law firms to "include qualified diverse neutrals among any list of mediators or arbitrators they propose."

Cheng also mentions CPR's being the first arbitral institution to promulgate a "
Young Lawyer" Rule in its revised Rules for Non-Administered Arbitration of Domestic and International Disputes.

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.  

Will the “Next Big Arbitration Issue” Be Whether Provisions of Arbitration Rules Constitute Clear and Unmistakable Evidence That the Disputing Parties Allocated “Who Decides” Authority to the Arbitrators?

"The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two arbitration-related cases on October 29, Henry Schein Inc. v. Archer & White Sales Inc. and Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varela. The issue before the Court in Henry Schein was whether or not there is a 'wholly groundless' exception to the general Federal Arbitration Act caselaw rule that, if the parties have 'clearly and unmistakably' allocated the 'who decides' question to the arbitrators, then issues of jurisdiction/arbitrability are for the arbitrator to decide in the first instance, not the courts." Read more about the case in this post by regular CPR Speaks contributor and Distinguished CPR Neutral, Mark Kantor.
You can make a difference!

Driving diversity in ADR is an effort of extraordinary importance to CPR and we are proud of the continuing strides we have made. We would like to thank those that have recently made specific donations to CPR in furtherance of our diversity initiatives:  Don Foster, Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law; Michael Leech, Talk Sense Mediation; Brian Lucas; TE Connectivity; Renee Manson, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Bennett G. Picker, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Denise Shaw, The Shaw Group and Hon.Deanne Wilson, Hon. Deanne M. Wilson Resolutions.

If you would like to donate to this important and ongoing effort, contact Niki Borofsky at
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 CPR events and trainings
(For non-CPR events, see our new feature, "Around Town")


Nov 7, 2018 - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting, 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET (lunch available at 12:15) at King & Spalding, NY (and dial-in). CPR members only. RSVP to

November 8, 2018 - ArbitralWomen Diversity Dividend Conference on "Moving from Bias to Inclusiveness in International Arbitration." CPR's Olivier P. André, Vice President, International and Dispute Resolution Services, will be speaking.

NEW: November 13, 2018, 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm - Consultation Workshop on Cybersecurity in Int'l Arbitration, The Hong Kong Room @ The Mandarin Oriental, Miami, organized by the ICCA-CPR-NYCBA Working Group on Cybersecurity in Int'l Arbitration and Wolters Kluwer with generous support from the International Chamber of Commerce. No advance registration is necessary.

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

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.

December 13, 2018, 12:30-2:00 pm ET -
CPR Transactional Committee Mtg. (lunch served at 12:15) 

January 23, 2019 -
Houston Regional Meeting and Networking Event

NEW: January 26, 2018 -
Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment, Locke Lord LLP in Houston

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

February 28 - March 2, 2019 -
CPR's Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

*Through CPR's collaboration with CEDR, CPR members and Distinguished Neutrals can receive a 10% discount on CEDR Mediation Skills and Employment and Workplace Courses. Before registering, contact to receive your discount code.