Invitation to Reception 19th Annual Spring Conference ABA Section on Dispute Resolution

The National Academy of Arbitrators Research and Education Foundation (NAA-REF) and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law (CSDR) will be sponsoring the Conference Welcome Reception at the upcoming 19th Annual Spring Conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution this coming week April 19-22.  The conference will take place at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA, with the reception being held on Thursday April 20th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for NAA members and other friends interested in attending the reception.  Please email Rafael Gely ( in order to reserve your ticket.

The reception will follow a Showcase Panel titled Arbitration in the Media: Insights and Resources for Practitioners, Academics, and Journalists.  The panel will include NAA President Margaret R. Brogan, Alan Neuhauser (U.S. News & World Report), James R. Urban (attorney with Jones Day, Pittsburgh and a former journalist), and members of the CSDR faculty – Carli Conklin and Rafael Gely.    The panel will explore various interesting issues regarding the way in which arbitration and the arbitration process are portrayed in the media including how journalists perceive and write about arbitration, what journalists need from arbitrators to conduct accurate reporting on arbitration, and how the National Academy of Arbitrators have responded to these challenges.   For information regarding registration and attendance to the conference please see here.