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Straus Institute Ranks Number One Fifth Consecutive Year

Stipanowich and Robinson

Pepperdine School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked the Number One program by U.S. News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year. The Straus Institute bested the University of Missouri-Columbia, Hamline University, Harvard University, and Ohio State University, which comprise the remaining top five schools. In the last 13 years, the Straus Institute has never been lower than third and has achieved the Number One position eight times.

In January 2006, Pepperdine named Peter Robinson and Thomas Stipanowich as codirectors of the institute. Robinson, who serves as managing director, maintains a long and diverse career in dispute resolution. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 30 states and in Argentina, Canada, England, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, and Mexico.

Says Robinson, "Straus has become a place where outstanding faculty, accomplished practitioners, and passionate students from around the world meet for serious and sophisticated learning about dispute resolution skills."

Stipanowich, who is the academic director and holds the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, has a distinguished career in academics and international leadership. "The U.S. News ranking is symbolic of the continuing strength of a program which combines a uniquely broad and deep academic curriculum with first-rate professional skills offerings," says Stipanowich. "The institute is breaking new ground as a leader in the development of mediation worldwide, in the innovative use of media to encourage changes in the culture of conflict management, and in empirical research."

School of Law Dean Ken Starr praises the institute's achievements. "Year after year, Straus continues to be recognized as the premier dispute resolution program in the nation," he says. "Around the globe, and right here at home, Straus admirably embodies Pepperdine University's enduring commitment to the profound values of peacemaking in a hurting world."

Visit the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.