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6th Annual USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium - Adapting to a World Forever Changed


6th Annual USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium - Adapting to a World Forever Changed

Presented by USC Gould School of Law and JAMS and in partnership with California International Arbitration Week

Reception Credit: California MCLE credit will be provided.


Program Recordings:

The USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium is proud to partner with the California Lawyer’s Association and the First Annual California International Arbitration Week, March 14-18.

Join the USC Gould Center for Dispute Resolution for a day of networking and interactive programming including a keynote address by Prof. Gary Born and panel discussions covering topics such as the future of renewable energy disputes in North America and disruptors in the global entertainment industry.

JAMS, a State Bar of California-approved MCLE Provider, certifies that this actively qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit in the amount of 4.5 total hours (no ethics).


8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM –  Welcome and Opening Remarks – Symposium Co-Chairs

8:40 – 9:30 AM Keynote and Third Annual Dorothy Nelson Lecture Address:

Keynote Speaker
Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group – London, UK Wilmer Hale

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Panel Discussion 1 -- Response to Keynote Address
       Featured Moderator:
      • Steven E. Sletten, Partner, Gibson Dunn – Los Angeles
Featured Speakers:
    • Richard ChernickMediator & Arbitrator, Vice President & Managing Director of Arbitration Practice, JAMS – Los Angeles
    • Steven L. Smith, Of Counsel, Jones Day – San Francisco
    • Dana Welch,  Mediator & Arbitrator, Welch ADR – San Francisco

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Panel Discussion 2 -- Disruptors in the Global Entertainment Industry

Set against a backdrop of closed theaters, halted film production, live event cancellations, and widespread digitization of IP assets, the U.S. video game industry grew 27% to $56.9 billion in revenue in 2020, surpassing movies and music combined, while the number of subscriptions to online video streaming services around the world reached 1.1 billion. As video & music streaming services and e-sports rapidly define new business models for the world of entertainment, how do they shape the new face of legal dispute resolution challenges? What are the ripple effects of the shifting legal landscape on key stakeholders in the entertainment industry, such as live performers, venue owners, record labels and management agencies?
Featured Moderator:
Featured Speakers:
    • Susan Abramovitch, Partner, Gowling WLG – Toronto
    • Cheryl Buysse Lynch,  Head of Business Affairs & Scripted Formats, Sony Pictures Television – Culver City 
    • James Sammataro, Partner, Co-Chair of Media + Entertainment, Pryor Cashman – Miami/Los Angeles
    • Christina Scelsi, U.S. General Counsel, Wargaming (USA) – Austin

12:00 – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 PM Panel Discussion 3 -- Turning Toward the Sun and Wind: Exploring Issues in Renewable Energy Arbitration

The energy sector has traditionally been a major user of international arbitration services. Now that the energy transition is well underway, have we seen a change to how disputes in this sector are resolved? What are the unique issues that arise in relation to this transformation and renewable projects in particular? Join us for an update on trends in this area from the US, Canada, Mexico and beyond to learn what’s happening now and what to expect in the future.
Featured Moderator:
    • Tina M. Cicchetti, Independent Arbitrator – Vancouver Arbitration Chambers – Dallas
Featured Speakers:
    • Laura Cundari, FCIArb, Partner, Blakes – Vancouver
    • Patrick Pearsall, Partner, Allen Overy – Washington, DC
    • Miguel Ángel Mateo Simon, Partner, Hogan Lovells – Mexico City
    • Nathan D. O'Malley, Partner and Head of International Arbitration & Litigation, Musick Peeler – Los Angeles

3:00 – 4:30 PM Closing Reception

Symposium Co-Chairs:
    • Tina M. Cicchetti, Independent Arbitrator – Vancouver Arbitration Chambers – Dallas
    • Amb. (Ret.) David Huebner, C.Arb, International Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS – Los Angeles
    • Nathan D. O'Malley, Partner and Head of International Arbitration & Litigation, Musick Peeler – Los Angeles
    • Steve E. Sletten, Partner, Gibson Dunn – Los Angeles

Gold Sponsor: 
    • Gibson Dunn
    • Musick Peeler

Silver Sponsors:
    • FedArb
    • Secretariat

Supporting Organizations:
    • California Arbitration
    • Vancouver International Arbitration Centre
    • California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section
    • California International Arbitration Council (CIAC)
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Featured People

Richard Chernick, Esq.
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment Law
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Federal Law
  • Governmental & Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Property
  • Securities
  • Surety
Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner, FCIArb, C.Arb, FCollArb
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Telecommunications
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