From time to time, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program offers special lectures, breakfasts, or other informal events to introduce topics and speakers of interest.


“General Counsel Roundtable” James Tricarico ’77, General Counsel of Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, is joined by corporate counsel colleagues in an informal discussion of the challenges and opportunities of business-to-business disputes, from the perspective of the corporate client.  September 9, 2014.  Details to come.

“Calling All Deal Lawyers”  James Freund moderates a panel including Richard Hall, Richard Lutringer and Joan Sterns Johnsen on why deal lawyers may be better suited to resolve business disputes than litigators are.  A reprise of a very successful panel form the 2014 Spring Meeting of the ABA Business Law Section.  October 22, 2014.  Details to come.

“Planned Early Intervention: Skills for In-House Litigation Managers”  Roland Schroeder, Senior Counsel, Litigation and Policy for General Electric Company, will moderate a panel of experienced litigation managers on how portfolios of litigation are best handled early for faster, cheaper and better results.  November 12, 2014.  Details to come.


“Resolving Cross-Border Commercial Disputes Through Mediation:  Challenges to Quality”  A group of in-house counsel who serve on the Board of the International Mediation Institute discussed their experiences and learnings from seeking non-judicial resolution of disputes with companies in jurisdictions outside the United States.  Representatives from Shell, Orange, Singapore Mediation Institute, and others spoke and entertained probing questions.  A video of the event may be seen here.

“Current Trends on Commercial Litigation and Its Alternatives”  Delaware Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons offered observations on recent trends in matters before the Delaware Court of Chancery, and discussed that Court’s arbitration program, which was recently struck down by the Third Circuit, casting doubt on the ability of courts to fashion alternatives to litigation.  Click here for an audio of the Vice Chancellor’s presentation. Click here for a summary of the Vice Chancellor’s presentation, prepared by ADR Program Associate Ryan Nicolosi.

“Mediating Human Rights Disputes in an International Context”  Caroline Rees, President of Shift Project and former lead adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights, offered a distillation of the work of the Special Representative and the challenges that international companies face when operating in environments where human rights violations may be alleged.  She showed a short film of a case study in which mediation was used to spark dialogue and reparation of a generations-old dispute involving indigenous people in rural Philippines.  The films and other resources are available here.