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Global mediator Richardson, Judge Barkett highlight ABA dispute resolution conference

Global mediator Richardson, Judge Barkett highlight ABA dispute resolution conference

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 — Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and ex-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss his difficult negotiations with some of the world’s most controversial dictators at the 16th Annual Spring Conference of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

The conference will run from April 2-5 in Miami. Richardson served as U.N. ambassador and secretary of energy during the Clinton administration, and he recently authored a book, “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator.” He will also be honored for outstanding service in dispute resolution during his talk from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4. 

On Thursday, Judge Rosemary Barkett will present “From Judging to Arbitrating: Views from the Hague.” Barkett is the judge for the Iran-U.S Claims Tribunal in the Hague and previously served as an appeals judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; she was the first woman to serve as chief judge of the Florida Supreme Court. Her address is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

Both plenary presentations will be in the Riverfront South and Central Ballrooms of the Hyatt Regency Miami. 

The Section of Dispute Resolution is the world’s largest association of dispute resolution professionals, with nearly 19,000 professionals.

What:      16th Annual Spring Conference
                Sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

When:      April 2-5

Where:     Hyatt Regency Miami
                400 S.E. 2nd Ave.
                Miami, FL

A complete conference program can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the media. For credentials and more information, please contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or

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