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Pepperdine Partners with Department of Fair Employment and Housing for New Clinical Program

Department of Fair Employment and HousingThe Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), California's civil rights agency, announced the creation of another educational partnership, this time with Pepperdine University School of Law's renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
The partnership will launch a new employment mediation clinic at the southern California university.

The new employment mediation clinic, which begins in August, will allow Department senior attorney-mediators to serve as clinical faculty at the Straus Institute. Students enrolled in theprogram will prepare Department cases for mediation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. In addition, they will gain practical experience mediating and settling employment discrimination complaints under the Department's supervision.

"Our students will experience dispute resolution skills and techniques in all stages of the
Department's administration: pre-investigation, post-investigation, pre-civil complaint and
class/group as well as individual complaints," said Pepperdine University 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."

"The goal of this partnership is to train a future generation of mediators to resolve disputes in the robust employment discrimination practice," explained Department Director Phyllis Cheng."Together the Department and Pepperdine are developing a pipeline from training to practice."

In addition to Pepperdine, the Department also partners with the University of California's Irvine and Davis law schools, California State University Bakersfield, College of the Canyons, and Rio Hondo College.

The DFEH is the state agency charged with enforcing California's civil rights laws. The
mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in
employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence. For more
information, visit the Department's Web site at www.dfeh.ca.gov.