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Straus Institute to Host Mediating the Litigated Case

Pepperdine University School of Law’s acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host “Mediating the Litigated Case” from August 2 to 7. The intensive training program, which is offered to 84 experienced litigators, in house counsel, and other practioners, will provide attendees with a comprehensive, six-day program where professionals will study the mediation of litigated cases to either become a mediator or to become a better advocate for their clients.

With increasing numbers of courts requiring parties to mediate in order to accommodate an overburdened legal system, there is a growing demand for professionals who, in addition to being able to evaluate a case, can also facilitate negotiations between adversarial parties to reach innovative solutions.

Mediating the Litigated Case offers participants the opportunity to learn about the mediation process in a format geared specifically toward civil litigation cases from the perspective of experienced lawyers who have already made the shift from litigation to mediation practice.

The program will focus on the various stages of the mediation process, identifying and working with different negotiation styles, and facilitating problem solving, regardless of whether the case involves contractual, tort, personal injury, employment, partnership, or securities issues.

In addition to providing mediation skills training, the program will deal with issues specific to the adversarial setting including managing attorney advocates, the parameters of confidentiality, and concerns about discovery. It will also focus on issues of particular concern to attorney-mediators, including the proscription against dual representation, providing legal advice, conflicts of interest, drafting mediation agreements, and other ethical dilemmas.

Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked the number one program for dispute resolution by U.S. News and World Report for the past six years. Mediating the Litigated Case is presented several times a year, and the event regularly sells out.

For more information visit the course description or e-mail Lori Rushford