The Future of Dispute Resolution

04/04/2013 05:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m.

Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Litigation

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

James M. Schurz

James M. Schurz

Speaking Engagement

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and Morrison & Foerster are proud to present a distinguished panel of experts engaged in a wide ranging discussion of what the future holds for litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The globalization of the economy and rapid developments in technology will have big impacts on how disputes, both domestic and cross-border, are resolved over the next 20 years.

Topics Include:

  • What is working well, and what needs to be fixed, in U.S. court litigation and alternative dispute resolution?
  • How have the rising costs of litigation and arbitration affected access to justice? What are future approaches to resolving low-dollar disputes?
  • As more information travels electronically and as smart devices proliferate, how will U.S. courts and arbitration tribunals cope? What new approaches will there be for discovery of information that are simultaneously cost-effective and reflective of the new information channels and data storage realities of the business world?
  • As more cross-border disputes arise, how will courts and international arbitration tribunals handle clashes in business cultures, in discovery and evidence rules, and in ethical rules?
  • How will international arbitration tribunals – where the arbitrators and advocates hail from different legal systems – meld the contrasting rules of civil law and common law legal systems and address the expectations of practitioners who have been educated and trained in different "legal worlds”?


  • James Schurz, Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Welcome Remarks:

  • Olivier P. André, Special Counsel and Director of Dispute Resolution Services, CPR Institute

Featured Panelists:

  • Mary Beth Cantrell, Senior Associate General Counsel, Amgen Inc.
  • Hon. Charles B. Renfrew, Former U.S. District Court Judge, Deputy Attorney General & Former Vice President Legal Affairs of Chevron
  • Colin Rule, Chief Executive Officer,
  • Therese M. Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney, City Attorney's Office, San Francisco

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