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7th Annual USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium in Collaboration with SIAC


7th Annual USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium in Collaboration with SIAC

University of Southern California (USC), JAMS and Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC)

Conference Webinar CLE Credit: Eligible for California MCLE up to 5.0 credits (no ethics)

The USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium is proud to be the keystone event of California International Arbitration Week, March 13-17.

This year the USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium is proud to collaborate with Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Join the USC Gould Center for Dispute Resolution for a day of networking and interactive programming including a keynote address by Sheila Ahuja, Partner, Co-Head of India Practice Group, Allen & Overy in Singapore and panel discussions covering topics such as subpoenas, third-party evidence and disputes in the life sciences. To conclude the day of programming, we will move the discussion over to our JAMS Los Angeles Resolution Center for the #YoungITA Talks Panel and Closing Reception of the 7th Annual USC-JAMS Arbitration Symposium in collaboration with SIAC (separate registration required, see below for more details).

JAMS, a State Bar of California-approved MCLE Provider, certifies that this actively qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit in the amount of 5.0 total hours (no ethics).


PLEASE NOTE: Complimentary access to the Fourth Annual Dorothy Nelson Lecture Address and Response Panel will be streamed live via Zoom with virtual registration. The Corporate Counsel Lunch Roundtable and Panel Discussions 2 & 3 will be limited to in-person attendees only (No streaming access).

8:00 AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks

    • Nathan O'Malley, Symposium Co-Chair and Partner & Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group, Musick Peeler – Los Angeles

9:00 – 9:45 AM Keynote and Fourth Annual Dorothy Nelson Lecture Address:

Keynote Speaker
Partner, Co-Head of India Practice Group, Allen & Overy – Singapore

Keynote Title: 
Anti-Suit Injunctions and Non-Parties: Clear or Muddy Waters? 

A study of the issues and challenges arising from anti-suit relief sought involving non-parties

:  Anti-suit injunctions are often sought when court proceedings are commenced in breach of an arbitration agreement.  However, things are not quite plain sailing when anti-suit injunctions are brought by – or against – a non-party who, prima facie, is not entitled to rely on the arbitration agreement.  What are the issues and challenges confronting a non-party in such situations?  How have courts and tribunals dealt with these questions, particularly in a domain where caution and comity are commonly preached? 

9:50 – 10:45 AM Panel Discussion 1: Response to Keynote Address
Adriana Uson, Director & Head (Americas), Singapore International Arbitration Centre – Singapore

        • Hiro N. Aragaki, Esq., C.Arb, International Arbitrator & Mediator, JAMS – Los Angeles
        • Craig Chiasson, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP – Vancouver
        • Lijun Chui, Young SIAC Committee Member and Partner, Bird & Bird – Singapore 

10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:05 – 12:15 PM Panel Discussion 2: Subpoena and Third-Party Evidence – the State of Play
Subpoenas and third-party evidence in arbitration. This panel will review the current status of the law on the ability to compel non-parties to an arbitration to produce evidence. The panel will consider the differences between domestic arbitration and international arbitration, recent 9th Circuit and US Supreme Court cases and other relevant case law.  

Charline Yim, Partner, Gibson Dunn – New York

Featured Speakers:
        • Linda A. Klein, Shareholder, Baker Donelson – Atlanta
        • TJ Auner, Senor Associate, Jones Day – Los Angeles
        • Caline Mouawad, Partner, Chaffetz Lindsey – New York

12:15 – 12:35 PM Lunch Break

12:35 – 1:30 PM Corporate Counsel Roundtable: International Arbitration Must Move at the Speed of Business

Can International Arbitration adapt and move at the speed of business to remain the preferred choice for dispute resolution? Or are we seeing a trend towards deglobalization? A panel of California corporate in house decision makers across industries will discuss the challenge facing international arbitration in 2023 and beyond: how to adapt and make the necessary changes to continue to be the dispute resolution mechanism of choice for their corporate end users. Panelists will discuss what improvements they are looking to see from arbitral institutions, arbitrators and outside counsel to continue to make the business case for international arbitration of commercial disputes. 

Laura C. Abrahamson, Esq., FCIArb, International Arbitrator & Mediator, JAMS – Los Angeles 

Featured Speakers:

        • Ghada Qaisi Audi, International Arbitrator; CBDO & Co-CLO of Taro Ishida International – San Francisco
        • Ivana Cingel, Chief Corporate Litigation Officer, Senior VP, Deputy General Counsel, AECOM – Los Angeles
        • Peter Durning, Senior Counsel, Boeing – Los Angeles
        • Colin Ward, Chief Litigation Officer, Viasat – Carlsbad

1:30 – 2:45 PM Panel Discussion 3: Disputes in the Life Sciences

James P. Duffy IV, Partner, Reed Smith – New York 

Featured Speakers:
        • Conna A. Weiner, Esq., FCIArb, International Arbitrator & Mediator, JAMS – Boston
        • Lars Markert, Partner, Nishimura & Asahi – Tokyo
        • K. Luan Tran, Partner, King & Spalding – Los Angeles

2:45 – 3:00 PM Closing Remarks

    • Gloria Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) – Singapore

3:00 – 3:05 PM Conference Conclusion

    • Nathan O'Malley, Symposium Co-Chair and Partner & Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group, Musick Peeler – Los Angeles

3:05 – 4:00 PM Post Conference Networking Reception

5:30 – 8:30 PM Closing Program of the 7th Annual USC – JAMS Arbitration Symposium in Collaboration with SIAC 

Separate registration is required for #YoungITA Talks Closing Program
This event is now completely virtual.

Presented by Young ITA
Sponsored by JAMS

Join us for a lively panel where a mix of arbitration practitioners and arbitrators will share their views on the different areas of law and subjects that are often discussed in arbitral disputes, such as IP, technology, construction, and beyond.  The discussion will serve as a helpful guide to students that want to get into arbitration but do not know where to start, as well as to practitioners that want to get more involved in the area.

6:20 PM – Welcome
    • Richard Chernick, Esq., Vice President and Managing Director of Arbitration Practice, JAMS – Los Angeles 
    • Lídia Rezende, Young ITA North America Chair, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP – New York
6:30 – 7:30 PM #YoungITATalks: The Many Facets of Arbitration

Victoria Seow, Drew & Napier LLC – Singapore

Featured Speakers:
  • Gary Benton, Benton Arbitration – San Francisco Bay Area
  • Erika Levin, Fox Rothschild LLP – New York
  • Paula Henin, White & Case LLP – Los Angeles
  • Giorgio Sassine, Associate, Musick Peeler – Los Angeles

Symposium Co-Chairs:

Registration is required. Space is limited so register today! Tickets are complimentary:
    • General Admission (In-Person)
    • Special Registration (In-Person) for sponsors, active judges and in-house counsel
    • Students (In-Person)
    • Virtual registration to Keynote & Response Panel only
    • #YoungITA Talks Closing Program (Virtual): Separate registration HERE

For questions and additional information, please contact Sherman Humphrey at

Featured People

Laura C. Abrahamson, Esq., FCIArb
  • Accounting Finance
  • Antitrust Competition Law
  • Business Commercial
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Employment Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Environmental Law
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Securities
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
Richard Chernick, Esq.
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Federal Law
  • Governmental Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury Torts
  • Real Property
  • Securities
  • Surety
Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner, FCIArb, C.Arb, FCollArb
  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Energy/Utility
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Telecommunications
Conna A. Weiner, Esq., FCIArb
  • Business & Commercial
  • Employment Law
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
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