Thomas J. Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and professor of law, recently served as Editor-in-Chief for a new set of arbitration protocols for the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Entitled Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration, the work received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Practical Achievement Award last week. Protocols will also be honored by the American Bar Association at the annual meeting in April.
"I am very pleased that the Protocols on Arbitration have garnered so much attention, and provoked a good deal of dialogue about the roles of clients and counsel in setting the stage for an effective dispute resolution process,” said Stipanowich. “It is a healthy development.”
Beginning with the premise that arbitration has become too much like litigation, Stipanowich and associate editors Curtis E. von Kann and Deborah Rothman lay out how to promote efficiency in commercial arbitration. Protocols provides measures to reduce process costs and delay with the goal of “restoring arbitration to its rightful place as a valuable and efficient alternative to litigation in the resolution of business disputes.”
The College of Commercial Arbitrators was founded in 2001. Its mission is to promote the highest standards of conduct, professionalism, and ethics in commercial arbitration. The college develops "best practices" guidelines and materials and provides peer training and professional development.
Stipanowich is the author of numerous publications on arbitration and dispute resolution and has twice received the CPR Institute’s First Prize for Professional Articles. He also led the CPR Institute’s Commission on the Future of Arbitration, producing a book of practice guidelines called Commercial Arbitration at its Best. Stipanowich has extensive experience as a commercial and construction arbitrator, mediator, facilitator, and special master, with emphasis on large and complex cases, and serves as a neutral with JAMS. In 2008, he was given the D'Alemberte/Raven Award, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's highest honor, for contributions to the field.
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