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Malibu Campus

Block 1: One-week Intensives

May 27 - 31, 2014

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Mediation Theory and Practice

This course explores the various theories underlying and practices basic to mediation. The mediation process is organized into a series of stages, and basic mediation skills and techniques appropriate to each stage are identified and cultivated. Simulations and experiential exercises provide students with an opportunity to develop proficiency as mediators and to rigorously analyze appropriate roles and behavior as mediators and advocates taking into account the legal, ethical and public policy issues surrounding the practice of mediation.

Lela Porter Love is Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC). She started one of the first mediation clinics in the U.S. and regularly trains mediators both nationally and internationally. She has an active practice as a neutral, ranging from community disputes to complex litigated matters. Professor Love has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution, including three law school textbooks, many journal articles, and The Middle Voice (with Joseph Stulberg). She is past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. In her chair year, she spearheaded the first International Mediation Leadership Summit in the Hague.

Joseph B. Stulberg is the John W. Bricker Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches negotiation, comparative dispute resolution, and clinical courses in mediation and civil litigation. For more than 35 years, Josh has designed and conducted mediation training programs nationally and internationally and has mediated social policy controversies of national significance. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and a former Vice President of the American Arbitration Association. His extensive written publications include The Middle Voice (with Lela P. Love).

Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: International Sports Law and Dispute Resolution

This course focuses on the laws, practices, regulatory framework, and dispute resolution processes used in sports law and practice, particularly in U.S., European, Olympic, and international sports. The course includes a study of the management and resolution of disputes in the administration of anti-doping, eligibility, disciplinary, selections, and organizational rules in the context of Olympic and international sports. The course combines case studies, lectures, practical legal exercises with site visits and guest speakers and leading experts from leading sports organizations. Among others, we have confirmed speakers from, and visits with, Fox Sports, Court of Arbitration for Sport arbitrators and lawyers, USOC officials, and athlete advocates. Students will learn about the myriad of issues that arise in sports competition and governance and engage in practical exercises which simulate actual cases and scenarios that arise in the world of sports law. These activities include approaches to address sport disputes through various dispute resolution processes, including client counseling, a mock hearing, policy recommendations, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, grievance procedures, deal-making opportunities, player contracts, and addressing disputes that arise among the relationships between players, teams, institutions, and governing bodies in sports.

Maureen Weston is professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her JD from the University of Colorado. Professor Weston teaches courses on dispute resolution, civil procedure, legal ethics, and sports law. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado, and Brasenose College in Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Weston practiced law with Holme Roberts & Owen and Faegre & Benson in Colorado. She is cochair of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution Education Committee, and is actively involved in the section's Representation in Mediation program. Weston is coauthor of a sports law casebook, and has written articles in the area of disability law, sports law, and dispute resolution.

Jeff Benz is an active international and commercial mediator and arbitrator and is one of the most active arbitrators from the U.S. with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Benz is the former general counsel for the U.S. Olympic Committee and has served as general counsel of various private and publicly held companies in the sports, entertainment, and technology industries. In his private law practice, he has also served as counsel in a variety of arbitration and mediation proceedings, including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and International Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) and the National Sports Law Institute, and chairs the SLA's International Committee. He has an undergraduate degree in political science and a MBA from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Texas.