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Richard M. Peterson, LL.M.
Director of Externships and the Special Education Advocacy Clinic and Associate Professor of Clinical Law

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  • LL.M., Pepperdine University, 2006
  • M.D.R., Pepperdine University, 2001
  • J.D., Western State University, 1979
  • B.S.L., Western State University College of Law, 1978

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Professor Peterson is director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic where he directs law students providing advocacy and legal services to parents of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). He is also serves as Director of Externships and teaches Special Education Law, Disability Law, and Dispute Resolution in Education..

Professor Peterson has served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Law and Mental Disability Section and the Disability Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Prior to joining Pepperdine he served as an educational consultant conducting workshops in anger management and conflict resolution curriculum for K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and probation officers in public, private and alternative schools in New York, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, and California, and provided monthly teacher development workshops on these subjects for the Compton Unified School District during the 2001-02 school year. Professor Peterson has more than thirty years' experience working with adolescents and teenagers in a variety of capacities including service as a director of youth organizations for his church, athletic coach, adult leader for various troops of the Boy Scouts of America, and has taught numerous religious classes.

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