Y-ADR Interview Series: From In-House Counsel to Ombuds

CPR’s new Y-ADR Interview Series returns this week with another discussion on in-house work, law practice development, and careers in dispute prevention and resolution.

This week, Y-ADR Steering Committee member Elizabeth Chan, an associate in the London office of Three Crowns, discusses career advice and conflict resolution with Timothy Shore, former ombudsman at Pfizer Inc. in New York.

Shore discusses his work in more than 30 years at Pfizer in the legal, business, and human resources functions.  He served as the pharmaceutical giant’s first Chief Ombudsman, and talks about his design work involving the function to address employment issues, including using alternative dispute resolution.

He discusses his views on the value of a role for restorative justice in dispute resolution in corporate contexts, and provides advice for young practitioners looking to go in-house.

Lizzie Chan’s interview is her third in the series.  The previous interview, with CPR Y-ADR co-chair Jason Klingensmith, Assistant General Counsel, at General Motors Co. in Detroit, is available on CPR Speaks here.  The kickoff interview in the series, with Jason’s GM colleague Brittany Mouzourakis, is available on CPR Speaks here.

Watch above, and share the interview on YouTube here.

CPR’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution educates the next generation of leaders on the full spectrum of dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms, and offers unique networking and professional development benefits to participants. Through periodic seminars and other initiatives, participants are introduced to CPR and gain an insider’s view into how CPR’s community of corporate counsel, law firm counsel, and other experts in the field are using dispute prevention and resolution techniques to manage conflict.

Y-ADR is open to the conflict prevention and resolution community–attorneys, professionals, academics and students–45 years old and younger, or those with less than eight years of professional experience in international or domestic ADR practice or other areas of conflict prevention and resolution.

The Y-ADR Steering Committee is the leadership group for Y-ADR. Jason Klingensmith’s co-chair is Ulyana Bardyn, counsel in the New York office of Eversheds Sutherland. The Committee has extended its deadline for seeking applications for new members until June 15–for information, go here.

Follow CPR’s social media at the links at the bottom of this page for developments, and connect with Y-ADR’s LinkedIn page here.

If you would like to hear more about ombuds with Timothy Shore, join CPR for the June 16 CPR Employment Dispute Committee, where Tim will be joined by Joan Waters, University Ombuds Officer in the Ombuds Office at Columbia University, and Natalie Chan of Sidley Austin LLP. The panel will discuss ombuds programs, including how they are set up and the various services and powers they have to prevent disputes in corporations and universities. Information on the panel program Timothy will join, and registration, is available on CPR’s website here.

In addition, for more information on other dispute prevention techniques and practices, visit CPR’s website, which features the recently launched Dispute Prevention Pledge for Businesses, a new policy statement in which organizations pledge to incorporate dispute prevention mechanisms into their arrangements, here.

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