Four New Board Members; One New "What IS CPR?" Video; Most successful CLA Dinner in CPR History; Training
CPR would like to thank everyone who contributed to and supported our 2018 Corporate Leadership Award Dinner, the most successful CLA dinner in CPR's history. More than 800 people came to honor Johnson & Johnson and General Counsel Michael H. Ullmann. The money raised at this annual event goes towards CPR's public policy research, programs and initiatives internationally. [Pictured above, from left to right: CPR Executive Consultant, Charles Morgan; Johnson & Johnson General Counsel, Michael Ullmann; CPR President & CEO, Noah Hanft; CPR Board Chairman and Fluor Chief Legal Officer, Carlos Hernandez.]
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November 19, 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.
Because it's truly unique, the organization doesn't lend itself easily to a marketing slogan or a quick sales pitch. And that's why we created this short video. Watch to learn more about CPR's history and, most important, how it can directly benefit your business. (Click the image below)
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December 12, 2018, 5:30 pm
Generously hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York

Please join Y-ADR – CPR's Young Attorneys in Dispute Resolution – and the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) for a spirited discussion of the hot topics in dispute resolution in 2018.
5:30-6:00 pm: Registration
6:00-7:30 pm: Program
7:30 pm: Reception

Speakers will be announced shortly. To register, email Chris Silva at The event is free but space is limited. Registration will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis.

About Y-ADR:

CPR’s Young Attorneys in Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) program promotes the full spectrum of dispute resolution mechanisms with the younger generation of lawyers, and introduces them to corporate counsel and experts in the field. Through periodic seminars and other initiatives, participants gain an insider’s look at the role of ADR systems and practices in corporations and multinational organizations. This program is recommended for attorneys 45 years old and younger, or those with less than 8 years of professional experience in international ADR practice.
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.


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. 
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 relies upon its Board to promote even greater innovation, thought leadership and excellence in addressing business conflicts. We are pleased to announce the addition of four new board members: 

Cornell Boggs (pictured top left) is a Senior Advisor in the Advisory and Coaching Division of
Barker Gilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm. Most recently serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Toys “R” Us, Mr. Boggs was also previously SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dow Corning Corporation.

Renato Stephan Grion (pictured top right) is a Partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados in São Paulo. Educated and trained in Brazil, U.S. and France, Mr. Grion is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. His practice areas include Arbitration, Mediation, Civil and Commercial Litigation. Previously, he was Assistant Counsel at the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC.

Laura Robertson (pictured bottom left) is Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Arbitration and Employment for ConocoPhillips. Ms. Robertson joined the company in 2007 as Senior Counsel of Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. In 2010, she became Managing Counsel of Arbitration and Claims. She and ConocoPhillips were the recipients of CPR’s 2017 Inspiring Innovation Award.

Sandra Phillips Rogers (pictured bottom right) is Group Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. She oversees the legal services function for Toyota’s North American operations, Toyota Legal One (“TL1”), and the representation of the company and its affiliates.

View the complete press release HERE.


Upcoming CPR events and trainings
(For non-CPR events, see our new feature, "Around Town")


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.

NEW: December 10, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7 pm (reception 7:00 - 8:30 pm) - NYSBA presents "Balance Between Efficiency and Justice in Arbitration." CPR's President & CEO, Noah J. Hanft, will be presenting. To register for this free program, email Kristina Gagnon at

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.


December 7, 2018 - Navigating the New Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Landscape – at Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) in Toronto. The program will also be available via webinar from 8:30-10am EST. 

December 7, 2018 – Canada Advisory Board (CAB) In-Person Meeting hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) in Toronto. (CAB Members Only) RSPV to

NEW: CPR's 2019 Canada Conference - Fasken, Toronto. More information to follow.

*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.