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Straus Institute Announces New Council of Distinguished Advisors

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is
co-directed by Tom Stipanowich (Academic Director)
and Peter Robinson (Managing Director).

Pepperdine University's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, known for its top ranking as the number one dispute resolution program in the nation, hosted the inaugural meeting of its council of distinguished advisors on June 20, 2007.

The council, comprising leading lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, educators, professional neutrals, institutional leaders, and creative thinkers, will guide the Straus Institute in the continuing evolution of its programs and expanding its visibility in the United States and internationally.

Members of the council represent ten states and three countries including Hong Kong and Beijing, China, and the United Kingdom. Many council members stand at the top of their fields such as Kathy Bryan, president of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Sandra L. Bunn-Livingston, director of Multilateral and European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Madame Wang Hongsong, secretary general for the Beijing Arbitration Commission; William Slate, president of the American Arbitration Association; Siri Marshall, senior vice president of General Mills; Dorothy Nelson, senior judge for the United States Court of Appeals; and Mary Walker, general counsel for the United States Air Force.

At the inaugural meeting, members of the council convened to discuss the Institute's strategic development. Council co-chairs Anna Richo, vice president for law at Amgen, and Nancy Vanderlip, vice president and general counsel for ITT Corporation, guided council members into working groups. The working groups discussed new initiatives, such as using the Institute's resources to create and host a culturally sensitive "safe place" for dialogue on matters of national and international import.

Council of Distinguished Advisors

Mr. Andrew Aglionby
Baker & McKenzie
Hong Kong, China

Mr. Phillip Armstrong
Litigation Attorney
Georgia Pacific
Atlanta, GA

Ms. Kathy Bryan
CPR Institute
New York, NY

Dr. Sandra L. Bunn-Livingstone
U.S. Department of State
Multilateral & European Affairs Director
IRF, Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy, and Labor
Washington, DC

Mr. Richard Chernick
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Thomas Fessler
Vice President, General Counsel
Rancho Cordova, CA

Mr. James Golden
General Counsel
Covenant Transport, Inc.
Chattanooga, TN

Mr. Paul Grossman
Partner, Employment Department
Paul Hastings
Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Sally Harpole
Arbitrator & American Investment Lawyer
Sally Harpole & Co.
Hong Kong, China

Mr. Steve Hayford
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Mr. John Hinchey
King & Spalding, LLP
Atlanta, GA

Madame Wang Hongsong
Secretary General
Beijing Arbitration Commission
Beijing, China

Mr. Bryan Johnston
Salem, OR

Mr. Paul Kiesel
Kiesel Boucher & Larson
Beverly Hills, CA

Ms. Janet Kloenhamer
President, Discontinued Business Operations
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
Novato, CA

Mr. Jeffrey Krivis
First Mediation Corporation
Encino, CA

Mr. Michael Leathes
United Kingdom

Ms. Linda Livingstone
Graziadio School of Business
Malibu, CA

Ms. Siri Marshall
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
General Mills
Minneapolis, MN

Ms. Nina Meierding
The Mediation Center for Family Law
Ventura, CA

Mr. Charles Morgan
Executive Vice President
On Site E-Discovery
Atlanta, GA

The Honorable Dorothy Nelson
Senior Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals
Pasadena, CA

Mr. Neil Peck
Snell & Wilmer
Denver, CO

Mr. Gerald Phillips
Phillips, Lerner, Lauzon & Jamra, LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Hon. Layn Phillips
Irell & Manella LLP ADR Center
Newport Beach, CA

Mr. Bennett Picker
Stradley, Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Anna Richo
Vice President for Law
Thousand Oaks, CA

Mr. William Slate
American Arbitration Association
New York, NY

Mr. Ken Starr
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA

Ms. Najeeba Syeed Miller
Executive Director
Western Justice Center
Pasadena, CA

Mr. Christopher To
Secretary General
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Hong Kong, China

Ms. Nancy Vanderlip
Vice President & General Counsel
ITT Corporation
Santa Ana, CA

Ms. Mary Walker
General Counsel
United States Air Force
Washington DC

Mr. Jay Welsh
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Charles Wiggins
Portland, OR

Mr. Lev Yasnogorodsky
LY Developers & Management
Palmdale, CA

Mr. Peter Zeughauser
Zeughauser Group
Newport Beach, CA

About the Straus Institute

Pepperdine's Straus Institute administers an LL.M. (advanced law degree), Master of Dispute Resolution, and Certificate in Dispute Resolution for more than 400 degree-seeking students at Pepperdine's School of Law. The Straus Institute is also a popular provider of continuing professional education programs in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration to more than 1,000 lawyers, judges, and other mid-career professionals every year. A commitment to research, publication, service, and reconciliation in religious communities completes a survey of Straus' programs.

Founded in 1986, the Institute was the first program of its kind in the Southwest offering a professional certificate, the first master's degree in dispute resolution, and in spring 2003, the LL.M. degree. In January 2006, Pepperdine University named Thomas Stipanowich and Peter Robinson as co-directors of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Stipanowich, who also joined the Pepperdine law faculty as a full professor, brings to the Straus Institute a long and distinguished career in academics and international leadership.