2020 CPR Awards

On February 28, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) presented its awards for 2020.  The award ceremony was part of CPR’s annual meeting, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Award for Outstanding Professional Article recognizes articles published by academics and other professionals that advance understanding in the field of ADR.  It was presented to Nadja Alexander, for Ten Trends in International Mediation, 31 The Singapore Academy of Law Journal 405 (2019).  She is the Academic Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy.

The Award for Outstanding Short Article was presented to Amy J. Schmitz and Colin Rule, for Online Dispute Resolution for Smart Contracts, 2019 Journal of Dispute Resolution 103.  My colleague Amy is the Elwood L. Thomas Endowed Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.  Colin is the Vice President of Online Dispute Resolution for Tyler Technologies.

The award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity was presented to Ambassador David Huebner who materially enhanced the diversity of the board and executive committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)’s North America Branch and other organizations, in terms of women, younger attorneys, people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ, for whom he also serves as a mentor.  Ambassador Huebner is an experienced arbitrator with offices around the world.

The James F. Henry Award was presented to Deborah Masucci.  She is the principal of Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services and is a past Chair of both the Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and current Chair of the International Mediation Institute.

Click here for the press release, which provides more details.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

A Funny Thing Happened . . .

A funny thing happened on the way to the award ceremony.  About two weeks ago, Colin emailed me asking if I would accept the award for him and Amy as they wouldn’t attend the ceremony.  They saw that I would be giving a presentation at the meeting with Michaela Keet and Heather Heavin about our Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment book.  Naturally, I was happy to do so.

About a week later, Nadja emailed me asking if I would accept the award for her.

This became a running joke at the ceremony.  When I accepted the second award, I announced that, for a very reasonable fee, I am available to accept awards in warm climates.

When Ambassador Huebner accepted his award, he began by apologizing to me for being there to accept his award in person.

And when CPR President and CEO Allen Waxman closed the ceremony, he told people that if they had any comments about the meeting, logistics, etc., they should direct them to me.

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