5 Dispute Resolution Resolutions for Business; Driving Mediation Into the Arbitration Process
 
the CPR
DateBook
December 24, 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.
 
 
HOLIDAY HOURS:
Please take note of CPR's holiday hours: Our offices are closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019.
 
5 DISPUTE RESOLUTION RESOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESSES IN 2019

As we head into the new year, corporations can and should consider making some resolutions as well.
 
According to CPR President & CEO, Noah J. Hanft, “There are five simple steps that all businesses and their legal counsel can take in 2019 that are the corporate equivalent of eating better and going to the gym, and which will have similarly beneficial impacts on their fiscal and general health.” Those resolutions are:

1. Rethink the Rules. Most contracts contain an alternative dispute resolution clause. If your contracts don’t, consider adding one. Remember there are a number of 
different rules that can be referenced here, as well as related ADR governing bodies, and they are not all the same. Don’t do yourself a disservice here by going with the default rules and ADR organization that may have been carried over from earlier contracts. Do your research and choose the rules—and administering arbitral organization, if applicable—that work best for you. (And if you change your mind after your contract is already drafted, you can change the rules that apply, and the governing arbitral body, very easily—so long as both parties agree to do so via submission agreement.)

2. Prevent disputes before they happen. There are number of ways to anticipate and tackle disputes before you find yourself on the courthouse steps or facing an arbitration proceeding, about to expend significant time and money on a protracted battle. CPR has continually fostered cost-effective resolution devices such as mediation, as well as other conflict management systems that push problem solving up to the earliest possible time in the life of a dispute. The 
construction industry presents a particularly good example of these practices in action, through its use of “standing” neutrals.
 
3. Stop “Winning” So Hard. Or, rather, consider 
redefining the term. Leave behind your “destroy your enemy” traditional litigation mindset, which so often ends up harming you as well. Consider the more thoughtful and strategic approach that alternative dispute prevention and resolution options provide, which can lead to more personalized and practical solutions, save you time and money and preserve critical business relationships.

4. Employ best practices. If you are an employer, consider working towards the creation of a strong
workplace disputes program that is designed to allow your employees to address workplace issues fairly, efficiently and informally, for the benefit of both you and them.

5. Change things up. You have no doubt already benefited from a focus on increasing diversity without your own ranks as a business. This is smart; a highly-regarded study suggests that diversity can lead to better decisions and better group problem solving. Well, the same is true when it comes to the vendors and professional service providers you employ—including your law firms and your arbitrators and mediators. If you are seeking quality, you must also 
seek (and, in fact, demand) diversity

For help implementing any of these resolutions, or for any other information about preventing and resolving business disputes, you may contact 
info@cpradr.org.
 
WHAT IS CPR? 
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)
 
Why Use CPR’s Administered Arbitration Rules for Your Commercial Disputes?
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CALL FOR 2019 DIVERSITY AWARD NOMINATIONS

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
herickson@cpradr.org. 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. 
 
 
 
 
 
If you'd like to get a sneak peak at the 'power panels & programming' that are developing, for CPR's 2019 Annual Meeting, be sure to check the meeting website & agenda regularly. New speakers are being added every day. For example, introducing our Session 5:
 
DRIVING MEDIATION INTO THE ARBITRATION PROCESS
How to inject more mediation and/or settlement opportunities into arbitration, arbigociation and other tactics for settling.

Featuring

MODERATOR
JONATHAN L. GREENBLATT
Shearman & Sterling

THERESA COETZEE
Marriott International

CHARLES E. HARRIS, JR.
Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental,  Inc.

ROLAND SCHROEDER
General Electric Company

(all pictured from  top to bottom, below)
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION RATES (ending 1/6)
and consider combining AM19 with the CPR/CDR Advanced Mediation Skills Training, taking place in DC Feb 25-28
(in which case your AM19 meeting registration for Friday and Saturday is
FREE)
 
Email zchanin@cpradr.org for more information.
 

CPR EVENTS/
SAVE THE DATE:

Upcoming CPR events and trainings

UNITED STATES


January 23, 2019 - Houston Regional Meeting and Networking Event

NEW:
January 24, 2019, 5:30 pm - Y-ADR / Introduction to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Baker & McKenzie in New York

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.


May 13-17, 2019 - Columbia Law School/Chartered Institute Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration, Hogan Lovells, New York - A week-long systematic and comprehensive examination of the law and practice of international arbitration.The course features lecture and interactive segments and is designed for arbitrators, advocates, in-house counsel and others interested in international arbitration.

INTERNATIONAL


February 4, 2019 - CPR's 2019 Canada Conference - Fasken, Toronto. More information to follow.

March 7, 2019 – CPR European Advisory Board In-Person Meeting hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Frankfurt, Germany (EAB Members Only)

SAVE THE DATE – May 15, 2019. CPR European Conference hosted by SwissRe in London, UK

*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 sslattery@cpradr.org to receive your discount code.