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Stipanowich Receives CPR Award for Best Professional Article

Stipanowich Receives CPR Award

Professor Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, received an award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) on January 13. His articles, "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 is a prolific writer whose many publications include coauthorship 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 coauthored 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. & COM. L.J.383 (2009). The two articles were prepared in connection with a national dialogue on current perspectives on arbitration that led to the National Summit on the Future of Arbitration in Washington, D.C., on October 30, 2009. Stipanowich served as cochair for the summit, which was cosponsored 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 20 years ago.” The earlier award not only enhanced his stature in the dispute resolution field, but also 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 Business Law Section. From 2001 to 2006 he served as CPR’s second president and CEO.