Maureen Arellano Weston, professor of law, has been named the new associate dean for research at Pepperdine University School of Law, effective September 1, 2009. Weston earned her JD from the University of Colorado and her BA from the University of Denver, magna cum laude.
"I am most excited about supporting the faculty, particularly some outstanding new professors on our faculty, in their scholarship endeavors," says Weston. "We have scholars of national and international recognition and prominence. It is my honor to work with them and to ensure their work is recognized and fully supported."
An accomplished scholar, Weston is the co-author of casebooks on both arbitration and sports law and has written numerous articles in the area of mediation, arbitration, and sports law. She is a frequent speaker at academic conferences on arbitration, mediation, and sports law. Her publications include "Universes Colliding: The Constitutional Implications of Arbitral Class Actions," 47 William & Mary Law Review 1711 (2006); "Reexamining Arbitral Immunity In an Age of Mandatory and Professional Arbitration," 88 Minnesota Law Review 449 (2004); and "Checks on Participant Conduct in Compulsory ADR: Reconciling the Need for Good Faith Participation, Autonomy, and Confidentiality," 76 Indiana Law Journal 591 (2001), among many others. She is a frequent speaker and commentator and in the spring of 2009 she convened a highly successful symposium on Sports arbitration, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal.
"Professor Weston will bring great energy and vision as she builds on the remarkable work of Professor Rick Cupp in the vitally important role of associate dean for research," says Vice Dean Tim Perrin. "Maureen is a respected scholar and a highly valued colleague, and it is a great day for the law school that she is stepping into this leadership position."
Weston joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2001, coming from the University of Oklahoma where she taught Civil Procedure, Pretrial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Disability Law. Before teaching at Oklahoma, she worked for the Colorado law firms of Faegre & Benson, and Holme Roberts & Owen.
Admitted to practice in Colorado, she is a member of the American Bar, Hispanic National Bar, and Colorado Bar Associations. She is actively involved with the ABA, Section on Dispute Resolution, has served as co-chair of the Section's Education Committee and as Chair of the Section's Representation in Mediation program promoting mediation advocacy experiences for law students. She has also served on the board of the Southern California Mediation Association and is active in local community education, church, and sporting activities.
At Pepperdine, Weston teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, Entertainment Dispute Resolution, Ethical Lawyering, International Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Negotiation Theory and Practice, and Sports Law.