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Stephanie Bell, J.D.
Assistant Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Assistant Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of Washington, 1996
  • B.A., Brown University, 1992, with honors

Professor Bell is an Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Professor Bell teaches Mediation Theory and Practice, Psychology of Conflict, Criminal Law, and supervises the Mediation Clinic. Professor Bell also is a lead faculty for Mediating the Litigated Case in Washington, D.C. and internationally.

Prior to joining the Pepperdine community, Professor Bell served as the Manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, a labor-management and public policy mediation program serving a tri-county region in Seattle. Professor Bell also served as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented an employment mediation program for City government in a joint labor-management context. Professor Bell was also the Court and Program Manager for the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, managing the mediation activities of twelve divisions of the district court. In these capacities, Professor Bell trained and supervised the mediation practicum of over a hundred law students, attorneys and non-attorneys. It is here she developed a passion for passing on the face of rigorous and mindful professionalism to new lawyers in a classroom and clinical setting.

Professor Bell has also served as an adjunct faculty at Seattle University School of Law and as a faculty instructor in Negotiations at the Evans School Executive Masters in Public Affairs Program at the University of Washington. Prior to entering the field of mediation, Professor Bell practiced criminal defense and was a research attorney for the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington.


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