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Straus to Host Masters’ Roundtable on Creatively Managing Conflict

Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host a two-day roundtable discussion on innovative and creative approaches to managing and resolving conflict entitled “Outside the Box,” on April 6-7 at the Villa Graziadio. The discussion is hosted by the Straus Institute, its Council of Distinguished Advisors, and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

The invitation-only workshop will comprise lawyers, judges, corporate counsel, and dispute resolution professionals. Each day will include short presentations and interactive discussions on successful strategies that depart from the normal approaches to contracting, negotiating, mediating, arbitrating, or litigating. The workshop is based on materials developed from the Straus Council of Distinguished Advisors and other leading neutrals and practitioners.

“In developing these materials we sought specific examples of everything from contractual platforms to incentivize collaboration (alliancing, partnering) to creative management of complex mass litigation—not just mediation and arbitration,” says Tom Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and professor of law.

“We have a wide range of experts hailing from Germany, Russia, and across the U.S. coming in for this event,” he continues. “What they all have in common is their interest in innovative solutions to conflict.”

The Straus Institute has been ranked the number one dispute resolution program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for the past seven consecutive years.

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