The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law will launch a new employment mediation clinic at the start of the 2013-14 academic year in partnership with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the country.
Senior attorney-mediators from the DFEH will serve as clinic faculty and oversee students' preparation of DFEH cases for mediation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. While participating in the clinic, students will also gain practical experience with pre-trial mediation and settling employment discrimination complaints.
"The goal of this partnership is to train a future generation of mediators to resolve disputes in the robust employment discrimination practice," explained DFEH Director Phyllis Cheng. "Together the Department and Pepperdine are developing a pipeline from training to practice."
"Our students will experience dispute resolution skills and techniques in all stages of the Department's administration: pre-investigation, post-investigation, and class action and individual complaints," said School of Law dean Deanell Tacha. "This is an invaluable partnership for Pepperdine students and the community. We are proud to be a part of it."
For more information, contact Stephanie Bell, assistant director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, at (310) 506-6382.