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Dear Young Professional,


We hope you are enjoying the warmth and energy of the Spring season!


Spring is an exciting time for the Y-ADR Steering Committee because this is the time

that applications open to welcome a new class of Steering Committee members!


As the leadership group for Y-ADR, the Steering Committee is selected through a competitive application process once a year and is responsible for providing strategic direction for CPR and Y-ADR initiatives in the upcoming term. We invite you to learn more about the Y-ADR Steering Committee and encourage you to apply. Applications officially open on April 1 and will be accepted through June 30, 2024.


Spring is also a great time for our general Y-ADR group to join us for upcoming events to learn more about dispute prevention and resolution, network with one another, and continue developing your professional path.


Joining the CPR Institute is also a great way to expand your networks, increase your skills and knowledge, and contribute to CPR’s mission to promote conflict prevention and resolution throughout the world.


As always, if you have ideas for future Y-ADR programming, please drop me a line. I would love to hear from you and hope to see you at a Y-ADR event soon!


Knar A. Nahikian, Esq.

CPR Institute - Director,

International Initiatives

“Seven Questions” with the Y-ADR Steering Committee

Get to know the Y-ADR Steering Committee members and learn from young professionals in various industries who are passionate about dispute prevention and resolution! Each Y-ADR newsletter will feature a few Y-ADR Steering Committee members answering “Seven Questions”.

Kyle Thomason

Pfizer Inc.

Cherine Foty

Covington &

Burling LLP

Adam Weiss

Paul Hastings

Y-ADR Steering Committee Application Now Open

The Y-ADR Steering Committee is an international body composed of CPR member representatives from leading law firms and in-house legal departments as well as a select number of independent neutrals from around the world.

Applications for the current cycle will open April 1, 2024 and close on June 30, 2024. 


CPR + USP Collaborative Event, Presented By CPR’s Brazilian Advisory Board

CPR Institute and the CPR Brazilian Advisory Board are proud to once again collaborate with the University of São Paulo to present a dispute resolution program for the legal community in São Paulo.

Participants will attend a foundational panel then select from one of two simultaneous workshops to be chose by participants upon entry.

Workshop A: Dispute Prevention - Corporate Systemic Policies

Workshop B: Conflict Management and Diversity Inclusion

Please note: This program will have simultaneous translation in both English and Portuguese as part of the organizers' commitment to guaranteed accessibility for all.


The CPR IMC is Coming Up!

A leading international mediation competition held in Latin America, CPR's International Mediation Competition demonstrates our commitment to promoting mediation across the globe.

Teams and judges from around the world have been selected for this prestigious event where there will be pre-competition trainings, remarks by world-renowned mediation experts, six mediation rounds, a judges workshop, and an exciting awards ceremony to culminate in a celebratory cocktail reception.

If you would like to attend the IMC as a guest observer, you can purchase tickets now! If you would like to view the live-streamed Final Round to cheer on your favorite team, you can subscribe to Insper's Youtube page.


New! Event in Geneva to Focus on Commercial Mediation

Both CPR members and non-members are invited to attend.

The April 25 agenda, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, consists of welcome remarks by host Noradèle Radjai, of LALIVE, as well as opening remarks by European Advisory Board Co-Chairs Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel of King & Spalding and Torsten Bartsch of Caterpillar. A networking reception will follow.


Caroline Ming, CMK Ming Law & Dispute Resolution, Attorney at law, Mediator, Arbitrator

Torsten Bartsch, Caterpillar Sarl, Associate General Counsel, Co-Chair of CPR European Advisory Board

Jeremy Lack, InnovADR Ltd, Executive Director & General Counsel, Attorney at law & ADR NEUTRAL

Many thanks to LALIVE for generously hosting this event.


Use of AI in Dispute Resolution

AI and Dispute Resolution Webinar On May 14

Webinar Series presented by CPR Institute’s Y-ADR Steering Committee and the CPR Technology Advisory Alliance

The entire ADR community is invited to attend this two-part webinar series examining the role of AI in dispute resolution.

Part One, "Professional Standards, Ethics, and the Use of AI in Dispute Resolution," on May 14 at 12:00 pm ET via Zoom will feature Moderator Rutger Metsch, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and speakers Cindy Randall, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Litigation at Microsoft and Professor Catherine Rogers, Professor of Law at Bocconi University.

This event is free to members and $49 for non-members.

This program is suitable for experienced attorneys and is eligible for 1 credit NY CLE in the category of Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection-Ethics.


CanArb Week is June 2 - 4!

Please join CPR at CanArbWeek 2024 for our program being featured on Monday, June 3, 2024: The In-House Counsel Wishlist: Practicalities of Utilizing Dispute Prevention and Management Boards.

This panel - including in-house counsel - will discuss how the effective use of dispute review or management boards could help to preserve ongoing business relationships.


London International Disputes Week Registration is Now Open!

CPR is proud to support the London International Disputes Week, taking place June 3-7.

LIDW24 will be a hybrid event for legal practitioners from across the world. With its theme: ‘Uniting for Global Challenge and Opportunity’, LIDW24 will provide crucial insights on the business and law of international Dispute Resolution.


Recap: CPR Annual Meeting 2024

CPR's Annual Meeting brought together an international community of external counsel, in-house counsel, neutrals, and judiciary in Philadelphia (March 6-8) to partake in three days of thought-provoking panel discussions bearing 12 CLE credits, fascinating speakers, an awards dinner banquet, and several cocktail networking receptions.

Y-ADR was well-represented at the event and included three Steering Committee members as speakers. Congratulations to Cherine Foty who moderated a panel on Dispute Prevention and Resolution of Sustainability Disputes in the Financial Sector, and to Elena Rizzo (moderator) and Carmelo Romeo (panelist) for their panel The Freedom of Neutrals and Parties to Innovate the ADR Process.

Recap: Y-ADR Speed Networking

Young professionals and law students from around the world joined us online (February 8) for this unique and fun Speed Mentoring session which kicked off with a valuable presentation by Kate Germano of Fringe Professional Development with helpful tips for developing the communication habits and skills necessary to build productive working relationships in the hybrid/remote world. 

Special thanks to Y-ADR Steering Committee member Adam Weiss (Paul Hastings LLP) for organizing and to co-chairs Kate Gonzalez (Airbus Americas) and Samuel Zimmerman (Hogan Lovells US LLP) and members Elena Rizzo (DLA Piper LLP), Brigitte Kiu (Hogan Lovells US LLP), Jhale Ali (Visa Inc), Dr. Mohamed F. Sweify (Fordham University Law School; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP), and Velislava Hristova (WilmerHale) for serving as mentors in small break-out rooms with attendees.

Recap: Penn Law International Arbitration Conference

Y-ADR members often participate in conferences hosted by notable academic institutions, such as the Penn Law International Arbitration Conference (March 29). Congratulations to Samuel Zimmerman (The Resolution of Technology Disputes through International Arbitration) and Cherine Foty (Identifying Global Trends: ESG in Investment Arbitration) for their contributions.

CPR is grateful to our members and law student interns for their valuable contributions!

The EEOC’s Annual Report Features Strong ADR Performance

By Naomie Malumba

With Japan's Ratification, the Singapore Mediation Convention Gains International Momentum

By Olga Belosludova, Adam J. Weiss, & Joseph R. Profaizer

How Can Foreign Investments Be Protected during Times of Unrest?

By Natalia Zibibbo, Brianna Gorence, Ryan Hicks

Alternatives has moved!

All CPR members receive a free subscription to Alternatives.

NEW! Alternatives is now available to CPR members directly through the CPR website at Members need to be logged in to the CPR website,, to access each issue starting with March 2024. For assistance setting up your log-in credentials, please email Micah Seigel, Programming & Membership Manager, at [email protected].

If you would like to receive an email at the beginning of each month with a link to the new issue of Alternatives, please email Lili Schroppe, Director of Marketing & Membership, at [email protected].

The April 2024 issue includes articles on Mediation Checklists, Tools for Publishers and CLE Providers To Prevent Discriminatory Dispute Resolution Guidance and more!


Alternatives has moved from Wiley and can now be found on the CPR website here.

Not a member? Join CPR today.

Upcoming Events


ABA Business Law Section 2024 Spring Meeting


CPR + USP Collaborative Event, presented by CPR’s Brazilian Advisory Board


International Mediation Competition


The Rise of Commercial Mediation


Using Dispute Boards Across Industries


Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Webinar


AI and Dispute Resolution - Webinar Series Part 1


2024 Corporate Leadership Award Dinner


CanArbWeek 2024


London International Disputes Week

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