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International Arbitration Group Honored by OGEMID Awards

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s International Arbitration Group Honored by OGEMID

February 12, 2013

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is delighted to announce the recognition of its International Arbitration Group in OGEMID’s 10th Anniversary Awards. Among other things, the group’s Intern Program was named the winner of the 10th Anniversary “Diversity” Award and its Scholar-in-Residence Program was voted runner-up for the “Creativity” Award. Several of the group’s pro bono matters were also recognized.

The awards were voted on by members of OGEMID, which is comprised of more than 1,000 international dispute resolution lawyers, in-house counsel and academics from around the world. The group’s efforts as recognized by OGEMID reflect the firm’s longstanding dedication to education, training and pro bono service and its commitment to bringing together at the firm leaders in the international dispute resolution community.

The firm is particularly pleased to have won OGEMID’s “Diversity” Award for its International Arbitration Group’s Intern Program. Based in London, the Intern Program provides an opportunity for students and lawyers from across the globe to work in a leading international arbitration practice. As noted in OGEMID, the program “has made for the most culturally and ethnically diverse arbitration team in London and, perhaps, worldwide.”

Through the Intern Program, the firm has hosted students and lawyers from 47 different countries, and the program mirrors the firm’s International Arbitration Group, which includes lawyers from a wide range of jurisdictions, with diverse legal backgrounds and language skills. More information about the Intern Program is available at www.wilmerhale.com.

“We are thrilled that the WilmerHale Intern Program has received the Tenth Anniversary OGEMID Diversity Award,“ says Dr. Maxi Scherer, co-chair of the program. “We feel very privileged to have welcomed so many bright lawyers over the years. The program also has created wonderful links between its alumni from all around the world.”

Gary Born, chair of the International Arbitration Group, also spoke of the acknowledgment, saying that “we are very pleased by this recognition of two of our programs for enhancing the diversity of our group.”

The firm’s Scholar-in-Residence Program, which was voted joint runner-up for OGEMID’s “Creativity” Award, also reflects the firm’s commitment to being at the forefront of both the practice and theory of international dispute resolution. The Scholar-in-Residence Program brings leading and rising academics from around the world to the firm to work with the International Arbitration Group on both professional matters and academic projects. As described in OGEMID, the program “is unique in its collaborative stance between practice and academia ....” Past Scholars-in-Residence have included:

  • Professor José E. Alvarez, New York University School of Law
  • Professor David Chekroun, ESCP Europe
  • Professor Christiana Fountoulakis, University of Fribourg
  • Professor John H. Jackson, Georgetown University Law School
  • Professor Joongi Kim, Yonsei University
  • Professor Andrew Mitchell, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Dr. Sergey Ripinsky, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Professor Linda Silberman, New York University School of Law
  • Professor Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, Pepperdine University Law School
  • Professor Galina Zukova, Riga Graduate School of Law

“We have been fortunate to have had an extremely talented and diverse group of both emerging and established Scholars in recent years, and the award reflects the valuable contributions they made to the intellectual life of the office,” explains John Trenor, partner in the International Arbitration Group. “We look forward to collaborating with additional scholars in the years ahead.” More information about the Scholar-in-Residence Program is available at www.wilmerhale.com.

WilmerHale offers one of the world’s premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices. The International Arbitration Group has been involved in more than 600 proceedings in recent years and has successfully represented clients in four of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade.