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CIArb President visits Chicago and California

Branch News / 01 August 2011

CIArb's North American Branch (NAB) has seen a great deal activity throughout the region in recent months. The Chicago Chapter welcomed Doug Jones, President of CIArb, to the city on May 16. Doug first gave an address to the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA) and then had dinner with the Chicago Chapter of the NAB.

Following his visit to Chicago, Doug joined the Northern California Chapter, where the firm of Morrison & Foerster hosted a cocktail reception for him. Doug concluded his trip in Los Angeles, California where he was the keynote speaker at the LCABA/ABA International Section's Conference: International Arbitration in the 21st Century: Trends, Developments, Challenges, sponsored by the NAB. Speakers and moderators from the NAB included David Haigh, Murray Smith, John Garman, Ken Reed, Harrie Samaras, Olga Zalomiy, Barbara Neal and Ann Ryan Robertson.

The NAB also sponsored the Western Canadian Arbitration Roundtable (WCART) where many NAB members were speakers including Mandy Moore, Gerry Ghikas, Mary Comeau, Andrew McDougall, James Redmond, Earl Cherniak, Bob Wisner, Christopher Thomas, Murray Smith and David Haigh.

The Southeastern Chapter has experienced phenomenal growth over the last twelve months, seeing an increase in membership of over 30%, demonstrating the rising interest in international commercial arbitration in the area. Among other things, the Chapter has been active in promoting an international commercial arbitration society to be based in Atlanta, but serving the entire region. The society will be modeled along those found in such emerging powerhouses as Toronto, Chicago, Houston and Miami.

The New York Chapter sponsored a program in May at which Chris Alberti and Luis Martinez, two vice presidents of the ICDR, spoke. The New York Chapter has also been busy coordinating with other international organizations, including the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on New York Law in International Matters and the International Arbitration Club of New York. The New York Chapter sent an observer to the May meeting of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Online Dispute Resolution, and is working to increase the membership of the Institute's Technology Subcommittee, including through a project to attract distinguished practitioners.

Finally, the NAB wishes to note the passing of Mont Hoyt in May. Mont was a dedicated member of the international arbitration community in Houston and will be much missed.

To find out more about the North American Branch's activity, visit the NAB website.

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