The Global Pound Conference is your opportunity to be part of history. ​

Structured around four interactive sessions, where Core Questions will be voted and discussed on, the event aims to better understand the demand for and supply of Dispute Resolution services. Come listen to and interact with eminent international and local speakers​, who will share their perspectives on the future of Dispute Resolution. 

Session Format:

  • Interactive voting using your smartphone/tablet:
    Express your views on a range of vital issues affecting how disputes are resolved.
  • Voting results will be projected instantly, comparing priorities by stakeholder category:
    Panel discussions on the each of the voting results, with questions from participants​.


  • You will gain knowledge, ideas and connections in the dispute resolution field to takeback to your company, law firm, or institution.
  • 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 first step towards effective change in the industry.

Join in the conversation and make a real impact in helping shape the future of commercial dispute resolution and access to justice by attending this unique event!

​​​​​ PROGRAM JUNE 8, 2017
​08:00 am-08:30 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast 

and Voting App Installation 

No​te: All registrants are requested to have the voting app already loaded and activated on their mobile device prior to taking their seats, and to have filled out their Delegate Information in the app.

08:30 am-09:00 am

Welcomes and Introductory Remarks


  • Donald Tobin, Dean and Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Welcome by Maryland Judiciary 
  • Hon. Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Singapore (video message)
09:00 am-11:00 am

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

Moderator: Melissa Stear Gorsline, Partner, Global Disputes, Jones Day


  • Betsy Broder, Counsel for International Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • Cyril F. Coombs, Assistant General Counsel, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
  • Barbara R. McLemore, Vice President and General Counsel, Gannett Fleming, Inc. 
  • Michael Rooney, Vice President and General Counsel, Manhattan Construction Group
  • Edward M. Zawitoski, Vice President, The Travelers Companies
  • Additional panelists pending confirmation 
11:00 am-11:20 am
11:20 am-12:50 am

How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations?

Moderator: Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Director, Maryland Judiciary Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)

  • Dan W. China, Corporate Counsel, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • David Daly, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers 
  • Sally Greenberg, Executive Director, National Consumers League
  • Mark Kantor, Arbitrator and Mediator; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Luis M. Martinez, Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Trish Weaver, Partner, Paley Rothman, Attorneys at Law
​12:50 am-
1:50 pm
01:50 pm-03:10 pm

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

Moderator: Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, Professor of Law, Director of Mediation Clinic; Faculty Director of Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM)


  • Hon. Rosemarie AnnunziataRetired Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals; Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS
  • John Bickerman, Principal, Bickerman Dispute Resolution
  • Amal Bouchenaki, Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills 
  • David H. Burt Arbitrator, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Joanna Jacobs, Director and Senior Counsel, US Department of Justice
  • Marvin Johnson, Arbitrator and Mediator; Executive Director, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

0​3:10 pm-03:30 pm​COFFEE BREAK
0​3:30 pm-05:00 pm

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

Moderator: Nancy Welsh, Chair, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution; Professor of Law; William Trickett Faculty Scholar, Penn State University, Dickinson Law


  • P. Jean Baker, Vice President, American Arbitration Association
  • Karla Gilbride, Executive Director, Public Justice
  • Homer C. LaRue, Professor of Law and Director of ADR Curriculum and Mediation Clinic, Howard University School of Law
  • Archis Parasharami, Partner, Co-Chair Consumer Litigation & Class Actions, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Geetha Ravindra, Mediator, International Monetary Fund; Former Director, Department of Dispute Resolution Services, Supreme Court of Virginia
05:00 pm-05:30 pm

Final Discussions & Conference W​rap-up

0​5:30 pm-07:00 pm

​Cocktail Reception

  • Optional Tours, Westminster Burying Ground & Catacombs 

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