On November 2, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, a nonprofit alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions dedicated to the principles of commercial conflict prevention and ADR, announced the recipients of its 2009 Corporate Leadership Award. For the first time, CPR honored two corporate leaders "for their corporate leadership and commitment to principled conflict management and resolution": Thomas L. Sager, senior vice president and general counsel of DuPont and Amy W. Schulman, senior vice president and general counsel of Pfizer.
The award was presented at a black tie dinner at Cipriani in New York City, which drew about 500 attendees from top corporations, law firms, universities, and public institutions around the country
As two of the founding members of the CPR Institute, DuPont and Pfizer have been pioneers in the corporate legal community's commitment to conflict resolution practices and principles. They have used ADR on a variety of litigation matters and have been strong advocates for ADR use within their industries.
A member of CPR since 1984, Pfizer advanced initiatives to resolve class actions with innovative settlements in the 1990s and, more recently, provided a forum for the National Task Force on Diversity in ADR to meet, develop, and advance its essential mission. A longstanding champion of ADR, Ms. Schulman continues Pfizer's dedication to the principles of alternative dispute resolution through her leadership.
The DuPont legal model incorporates early case assessment and mediation as core strategies. Mr. Sager serves as co-chair of CPR's National Task Force on Diversity in ADR.