Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, professor of law, and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, received an award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) on Jan. 13. His article, "Arbitration: The 'New Litigation,'" and "Arbitration and Choice: Taking Charge of the 'New Litigation,'" were jointly named Best Professional Article for 2009. This marks the second time Stipanowich has received the award, which is among the most prestigious writing awards in the field of dispute resolution.
Stipanowich brought to Pepperdine a reputation as an award-winning author and much-cited authority on arbitration, mediation, and other subjects. In 2008 he received the D'Alemberte/Raven Award from the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution for his contributions to the field.
Stipanowich is a prolific writer whose many publications include co-authorship of a leading treatise, Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards and Remedies, cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts, and which was named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers. In 2006 he co-authored Resolving Disputes: Theory Practice and Law, a popular book and materials for law school courses.
The current CPR Award was bestowed on two related articles, "Arbitration: The 'New Litigation,'" 2010 ILL. L. REV. 1, and "Arbitration and Choice: Taking Charge of the 'New Litigation,'" (Keynote Symposium Presentation), 7 DEPAUL BUS. & COMM. L.J.383 (2009). The two articles were prepared in connection with a national dialogue on current perspectives on arbitration that led to a National Summit on the Future of Arbitration in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2009. Stipanowich served as co-chair for the Summit, which was co-sponsored by several national and international dispute resolution organizations.
"It was a special treat to receive this award," said Stipanowich, "since I received the same honor from CPR as a young scholar more than twenty years ago."
The earlier award enhanced his stature in the dispute resolution field and led to a long-term relationship with CPR, a New York-based international think tank. As director of the CPR National Commission on the Future of Arbitration he produced Commercial Arbitration at Its Best (2001), a book of practice guidelines for lawyers that was honored by the ABA Section of Business Law. From 2001 to 2006 he served as CPR's second presidentand CEO.
Stipanowich remains heavily engaged in current national and international initiatives. In addition to editing a set of new protocols on reducing cost and delay in commercial arbitration, he is an adviser to the American Law Institute on the development of a Restatement on International Arbitration. Last week in Washington, D.C., he facilitated discussions of a task force assembled by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution on the resolution of consumer disputes.
Since 2006, Stipanowich has been academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Last year he was named the first William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution.
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