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The Glo​bal Pound Conference is your opportunity to be part of history.​ Structured around four interactive sessions​ where Core Questions will be voted and discussed, and ​aimed at better understanding the demand for and supply of Dispute Resolution services. Come listen to and interact with eminent international a​nd local speakers, who will share their ​perspectives on the future of Dispute Resolution.  Join in the conversation and help shape ​the future of dispute resolution and access to justice by attending this unique event​!

Through a series of interactive voting and discussion sessions using new technologies and their smart phones, all participants will be able to express their views on a range of vital issues affecting how disputes are resolved – with results projected instantly and comparing priorities by stakeholder category. Each session will generate valuable and actionable data on what dispute resolution users actually need, and how others stakeholders can help meet those needs. The goal of the Series is to stimulate real impact and effective change.  Be part of a unique opportunity to make a real impact and shape the future of dispute resolution and access to justice around the world." ​​​​​​


Registration (A continental breakfast will be served)

Note: All registrants must have the voting interface loaded and activated on their mobile device prior to taking their seats.  

Technical assistance will be available for anyone needing help with the voting interface.



Introduction & Welcome Speeches​​


​Session 1: Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do Parties/Users Need & Expect?​​

  • Reviewing the voting app and technology, explanations and voting on practice questions
  • Voting on the 1st set of five core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 1st word cloud
  • Panel discusses results of first set of five core questions
Moderator:  Cynthia Jackson, Partner, Denton's


Mark LeHocky, Former GC of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Mediator and Arbitrator
Dr. Carol Izumi, Clinical Professor of the Law, UC Hastings
Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director, Equal Rights Advocates
P.D. Villarreal, Legal Director, GlaxoSmithKline
John M. Feder , Past President of CAOC and SFTLA, Rouda Feder Tietjen McGuinn


Session 2: How is the Market Currently Addressing these Party/User Needs and Expectations?

  • Voting on 2nd set of five core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 2nd word cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 2nd set of five core questions
Moderator:  Ruth Glick, Independent Mediator and Arbitrator


Maria Chedid, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Serena Lee, VP American Arbitration Association
Scott Nonaka, Partner, Sidley Austin
Karen Petrulakis, Deputy GC University of California
Claudia Viera, Full-time Mediator, Mediation Law Offices of Claudia Viera  

​13:00-14:00​LUNCH PROGRAM

Session 3: How can Dispute Resolution be Improved ? (Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges)

  • Voting on 3rd set of five core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 3rd word cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 3rd set of five core questions
Moderator: Howard Herman , Director ADR program, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


Hon. Laurel Beeler, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California Magistrate Judge
Mr. Matthew Geyer, Arbitrator & Mediator, Geyer Law & ADR
Amal Bouchenaki, Counsel, Herbert, Smith Freehills
Julie Liedtke, Attorney, Flex by Fenwick
Bill Tamayo, Director, San Francisco, EEOC


Session 4: Promoting Better Access to Justice: What Action Items Should be Considered a​nd by Whom?

  • Voting on 4th set of five core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 4th Word Cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 4th set of five core questions​​
Moderator:  Dr. Janet Martinez, Independent Mediator


Dr. Donna Shestowsky, Professor, UC Davis
Dana Curtis, Dana Curtis Mediation
Loic Coutelier, Modria
Hon. Wayne Brazil (ret.) JAMS Neutral
Cliff Palefsky, Partner, McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky
Víctor Schachter, Founder and President, Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI), NGO 


Final Discussions & Conference Wrap-up

*Note that the above program is subjected to further changes by the Conference organisers.