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Peter Robinson, J.D.
Managing Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1980
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1977, magna cum laude

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Professor Robinson's humor, energy and ability to articulate lessons from his mediation experiences have made him a popular lecturer and trainer; he has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than thirty states and in Argentina, Canada, England, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, France, and Rwanda.

Prior to joining the Pepperdine community, he served as the director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles (CCS), a non-profit dispute resolution center, and a staff attorney for a U.S. Government agency that insures pension benefits pursuant to ERISA. He has served on the board of CCS, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, the Southern California Mediation Association (SMCA), and the California Dispute Resolution Council. The SCMA recognized him as Peacemaker of the Year in 1999. He is an honorary fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. The Los Angeles Magazine has recognized Professor Robinson as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation, intermittently since 2006.


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  • Peter Robinson, Taught three days of conflict management skills to hospice professionals in Nashville, Tenn., 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Spoke to Peer Mediators from the Asian Pacific Dispute Resolution Center in Los Angeles, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Lead faculty for the six day Mediating the Litigated Case at Pepperdine, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Hosted an all Straus alumni, faculty and students for a back to school BBQ, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Taught three days of conflict management skills to hospice professionals in Nashville,Tenn., 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Keynote speaker at the Pearlman Conference for Surety professionals, Seattle, Wa., 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Lunch speaker at the retreat for the Weinstien Fellows from JAMS, Napa, Ca.,
  • Peter Robinson, Provided four days of negotiation training for IRS employees who implement international tax treaties, Washington DC, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, A five day workshop on How to Teach a Law School Mediation Class for Chinese Professors, hosted by the Beijing Arbitration Commission and funded by a grant by the US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Advanced Mediation Skills for the San Diego Association of Realtors Mediation Program, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, A workshop on the Use and Misuse of Apology in Mediation and a second workshop on the Use and Misuse of Forgiveness in Mediation at the Annual Conference for California's Family Court Mediators sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, A half day workshop on Negotiation Skills for the Maryland State's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, The six day Mediating the Litigated Case program in partnership with the Calgary University School of Law in Calgary Canada, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, Serve as one of four planners and facilitate a panel discussion at a conference on Teaching ADR in Law Schools at Pepperdine University, 2011
  • Peter Robinson, The keynote address on the Use and Misuse of Apology in Mediation at the California Dispute Resolution Council's annual conference, 2010
  • Peter Robinson, The six day Mediating the Litigated Case program in Partnership with the Kuala Lampur Regional Dispute Resolution Agency in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, 2010
  • Peter Robinson, A luncheon address on the Convergence of Policies that Combine to Undermine the Public's Mediation Experience for the Solano County Bar Association and Court Annexed Mediation Program, 2010
  • Peter Robinson, A three day program on the STAR Approach to Mediation in partnership with the Vermont Law School in Woodstock, Vermont, 2010
  • Peter Robinson, An Intensive Academic Course on Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation for Lipscomb University, 2010

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