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One of the most important aspects of commercial arbitration is the privacy and potential confidentiality of the process and the outcome.  But the scope and the relationship of privacy and confidentiality are not well understood and often conflated.  On the employment and consumer front, arbitration has been the subject of great attention in federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal and state legislatures. The focus of the #MeToo movement has altered the calculus and concerns about repeat players, transparency and confidentiality especially when charges of sexual harassment are at issue. 

Expert faculty who are arbitrators and previously were advocates will:

  • Provide critical information regarding the actual scope of confidentiality and  privacy;
  • Discuss whether greater transparency would advance the public interest; and
  • Address whether greater transparency could decrease the public challenge to arbitration. 


The speakers are Laura A. Kaster, Esq., a full-time Arbitrator and Mediator who is also a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and David C. Singer, Esq., formerly a Partner for 28 years at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP and currently a full-time independent Arbitrator and Mediator and Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Mr. Singer is the Editor and a co-author and Ms. Kaster is a co-author of PLI’s Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States (2018). Attendees are entitled to a 35% discount off the cover price of this book.


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