CPR Model Clauses; Workplace Mandatory Arb Ban Reversed by KY Lawmakers; Help Steer Y-ADR
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May 21, 2019

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.

CPR's model clauses provide specific sample language that can be used, as relevant, in specific situations. There are clauses available for mediation, arbitration, international matters and several "specialty" areas such as construction, employment, franchise and patent.

In addition, CPR's interactive and user-friendly clause selection and completion tools can help you
select or craft the appropriate clauses for your exact needs. 

Explore these, and many other useful resources in CPR's
Resource Center.
Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine Covers CPR's 2019 European Conference

Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine was in attendance at CPR's 2019 European Conference, held at SwissRe in London.

In early coverage on Twitter, the outlet summarized the "intelligent & emotional overview" of CPR's work given by outgoing President & CEO, Noah J. Hanft, in which Noah singled out arbitration, the importance of supporting the growth of younger lawyers and the benefits of collaboration among corporate counsel. 

CDR summarized the stellar panelists at the conference as providing "big picture advice from big picture players."

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BNA/Bloomberg Law Discusses Arbitrator Diversity

In "Lack of Arbitrator Diversity Is an Issue of Supply and Demand," BNA/Bloomberg Law summarized recent improvements, in terms of racial, ethic and gender diversity, within "the three primary arbitral entitles that resolve employment disputes," but stressed the continued dominance, in terms of numbers, of white men.

CPR was the only arbitral entity mentioned in the article for which statistics for actual selection of diverse candidates (at 31%) were provided, in addition to the percentages of diverse candidates listed on every organization's complete roster of neutrals.

Read the complete article on the Bloomberg site

Position Overview: The Vice-President of Membership and Business Development will have primary responsibility for growing the organizational membership base and for developing new revenue opportunities. The person in this role will work closely with the CEO and Program Leaders to identify prospective members and market other services offered by the organization.   The position reports to the CEO and will work closely with senior staff, and the Board's Membership Committee, providing strategic guidance and direction. LEARN MORE.


Position Overview: Key support, for a legal non-profit located in Murray Hill, Manhattan, will provide a broad range of administrative functions and support in a small (15 person) but dynamic and collegial office with a highly professional and close-knit team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is smart, well-organized, detail-oriented and will thrive in a fast-paced and results oriented environment. For the right self-motivated individual, this is a great opportunity to learn about the substantive area of alternative dispute resolution, as well as meeting management, public policy research and general office support. LEARN MORE

Module One of the CPR/FTI Cybersecurity Training is
now available on demand, exclusively for CPR Distinguished Neutrals. A password has been mailed to all neutrals, as have instructions on registering for upcoming Module Two, which will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT, and will cover practical tips for arbitrators and mediators on mitigating cybersecurity risks. If you are a CPR Distinguished Neutral and have not received these instructions, please contact Chris Silva at csilva@cpradr.org.

As reported in a new CPR Speaks post by CPR Legal Intern, Vincent Sauvet, Kentucky has re-authorized the use of mandatory arbitration in employment contracts less than five months after the state’s top Court declared the agreements void.

For a short time, Kentucky was the only state prohibiting the mandatory arbitration of employment disputes. Its legislature has now brought the Commonwealth back into the flock with Senate Bill 7.

In a unanimous 2018 decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court held that the state’s Revised Statutes § 336.700(2) prohibited employers from conditioning employment on an existing employee’s or prospective employee’s agreement to “waive, arbitrate, or otherwise diminish any existing or future claim, right, or benefit to which the employee or person seeking employment would otherwise be entitled.”

Read more about this ruling on our blog HERE. 

We are now accepting applications for the partial renewal of the Y-ADR Steering Committee. If you are interested in applying to be considered for a position on the Y-ADR Steering Committee, please email a short statement of interest by no later than May 27, 2019, to Chris Silva at csilva@cpradr.org that describes your background and interest in dispute resolution and your ideas as to how to support Y-ADR and further its mission. Please indicate in your short statement, if your company/organization is a Member of CPR. The term of the Y-ADR Steering Committee Members selected this year will start on July 1, 2019, and end on June 30, 2021.

CPR thanks the generous recent donors to its diversity initiatives: Rob Barron, Mid-Atlantic ADR; Raymond Batten, Archer Law; Edward Cahn, Blank Rome; Joseph Crawford, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philip S. Cottone, Philip S. Cottone Dispute Resolution; Kenneth L. Jacobs, Crane Co., Edward Kang, Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC; Kandis Kovalsky, Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC; Denis Lawler, Archer Law; Charisse Lillie, CRLCONSULTING LLC; Richard Lowe, Duane Morris LLP; Bennett Picker, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young; and Abraham Reich, Fox Rothschild LLP.

These donations are tax-deductible and support CPR’s various events, trainings and others initiatives to increase diversity in ADR. If you would like to make a donation to support these efforts, please contact Chris Silva at


Upcoming CPR events and trainings


May 21, 2019 - CPR Environmental Committee Meeting: Ash Ponds Webinar, featuring Vivek Chopra of Perkins Coie and Kieran J. Purcell, Environmental Division Director of Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. discussing Ash Pond disputes

NEW: May 30, 2019 - CPR/FTI Cybersecurity Training, Module II, 12 pm - 1:30 om EDT (live broadcast; recording will also be made available) - Practical Tips on Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks. For CPR Distinguished Neutrals Only. Registration instructions have been sent. Please contact Chris Silva at
csilva@cpradr.org if you have not received them.
June 5, 2019, 12:30 pm via Teleconference
CPR Insurance Committee Meeting. CPR Members only.

June 24, 2019, 12:30 pm -
CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in NY or via dial-in. More information to follow. CPR Members only.

July 17, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Mediation Committee Meeting, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in NYC (or via dial-in)The meeting will feature discussion on the issue of confidentiality in mediation. CPR Members only.

July 24, 2019, 3:30 pm - Diversity Task Force Diversity in ADR Task Force Meeting at Debevoise & Plimpton in NYC (and via dial-in). Please join members of the CPR Diversity in ADR Task Force in New York for a committee meeting led by Task Force Co-Chairs Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (Ret.) and Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.). OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

July 24, 2019, 5 pm - CPR-National Bar Association Diversity Program at Debevoise & Plimpton. BY INVITATION ONLY. 


May 15, 2019 CPR European Conference hosted by SwissRe in London, UK

NEW: June 5, 2019 - CEDR Mediator Skills Training - London*

*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.