Looking for a writing contest that is sponsored by the Conflict Prevention & Resolution Institute, I found an interesting award program, that is designed to honor law firms that have shifted to a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The deadline for a report on the firm's transition to an ADR focus is September 30, 2009.
Some details from the announcement appear below and at the CPR Institute Web Site:
CPR Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR
CPR Institute has long rewarded entities that find novel ways in which to resolve disputes by non-litigation alternatives. In 2007, CPR created the Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR to recognize law firms that demonstrate an integrated approach and a deep commitment to using ADR principles and techniques.
Criteria for Consideration
We are seeking to honor law firms that demonstrate firm-wide commitment to using ADR principles and techniques and our focus will be on integrated processes, techniques, systems, client services, and scholarship “best practices” in multiple practice areas. Ideal applicants will have set a benchmark for addressing the resolution, prevention and creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions or among multiple parties.
An elite Committee of leading corporate counsel and academics will review and judge the applications based on hallmarks set forth in the CPR document, “ADR Best Practices for Law Firms”. This document is an outline of the systems and practices that the Committee considers to be best practices in the field of ADR at this point in its evolution.
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