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BOTH THE WEST LOS ANGELES AND IRVINE PROGRAMS ARE SOLD OUT! Please register to be on the waiting list.
Irvine and West Los Angeles programs have limited spaces - only one section will be offered in each location. These programs will sell out.
Please register as soon as possible!
Mediating the Litigated Case is a six day training program.
Program takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday of each week.
From 2005 to 2012, this program has sold out entirely through web site registrations, prior to our advertising the program! Register early!
A sophisticated six-day program for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners. Professionals can study the mediation of litigated cases to either become a mediator or to be a better advocate.
The recent surge in mediation's popularity signifies a dramatic shift in the practice of law. Attorneys are now using professional neutrals to facilitate settlement negotiations for litigated cases. In the past, settlement efforts in the litigation arena have been limited to settlement conferences in which the focus is usually on the judge's case evaluation. As increasing numbers of courts are 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.
Now lawyers and other established professionals can use their expertise to break into a new area of practice with tremendous possibilities. The Mediating the Litigated Case program offers a unique opportunity to learn about the mediation process in a format geared specifically toward civil litigation cases. Taught by experienced lawyers, who have made the transition from litigation to mediation practice, course participants will learn the essential skills required to serve as mediators.
The program will focus on the various stages of the 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.
"I learned so much in the Mediating the Litigated Case program that I enrolled in Pepperdine's master's degree program in dispute resolution."
-- Sam Cianchetti, retired judge Inland Valley Arbitration and Mediation Services
"My attendance at this program has been an important cornerstone for my mediation practice."
-- George D. Calkins, JAMS Los Angeles, formerly with Cox Castle and Nicholson, LLP
Peter Robinson is managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 39 states and foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, Southern California Mediation Association, and California Dispute Resolution Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006.
Thomas Stipanowich is the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and professor of law at Pepperdine School of Law. He is also the academic director of the Straus Institute. Stipanowich brings a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and leader in the field along with wide-ranging experience as a commercial and construction mediator, arbitrator, federal court special master, and facilitator. From 2001 until mid-2006, he served as CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute). He has authored two of the leading books on commercial arbitration and many articles on ADR. Recently he coauthored a groundbreaking book and materials entitled Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law.
Denise R. Madigan has been mediating full-time for over 20 years. She entered the field as an associate director for the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program in the early 1980s, and after practicing law, later joined the pioneering ADR firm, Endispute, Inc., in Washington, D.C. (which later merged with JAMS). The breadth of her practice is extraordinarily broad, and includes complex commercial, entertainment, intellectual property, insurance, mass accidents, and employment matters, among others. In addition to her full-time mediation practice, Madigan has taught at the Straus Institute since the mid-1990s, and now serves as director of its Public Disputes Project. She also has designed and/or taught hundreds of tailored negotiation and ADR courses for courts, law firms, government agencies, nonprofits and corporations in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Nina Meierding is a national leader in the field of conflict resolution and has been providing training and mediation services for over 23 years. She is a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the board of directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution and many other organizations. She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Southern Methodist University, and Lipscomb University. She was the director and senior mediator at the Mediation Center for Family Law in Ventura, California, from 1985 to 2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes. She is a consultant for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS). Meierding has trained thousands of individuals in businesses, courts, school districts, governmental agencies, medical centers, corporations, and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
Jim Craven is a lawyer, mediator, and frequent speaker in the conflict resolution field. He has been practicing law for 36 years and remains of counsel to the Spokane, Washington, law firm of Evans, Craven & Lackie which he cofounded in 1978. He has extensive experience in the mediation of complex disputes, having served clients throughout the northwest since 1990. He serves on the construction, commercial and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association, and is a member of the Washington Mediation Association. Craven was a trial lawyer for 25 years before becoming a full-time neutral. His trial practice emphasized complex construction, environmental, commercial, and professional negligence litigation. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University and the LL.M. in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University. In addition to his dispute resolution practice, Craven consults with business and government on a wide range of issues.
Timothy Pownall is the assistant director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, the director of the PACIS PROJECT in Faith-Based Diplomacy, and adjunct professor at the Straus Institute. He is also the executive director and member of the board of directors of the Center for Conflict Resolution, a Los Angeles based non-profit NGO, and the largest provider of pro bono, Small Claims mediations for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Pownall formerly held senior executive positions with Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS), the Follett Corporation (Chicago), and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (New York). He started and grew a successful national facilities management company before selling his interest in the company and joining the Straus Institute team in 1994. Pownall manages a successful private mediation practice since 1996, and has conducted more than one hundred mediation and reconciliation interventions with faith-based clients.
Alexander H. Williams III is a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee with ADR Services, Inc., and an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He served as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1984 to 2008. He presided for 8 years in a felony criminal trial department and for another 13 years in a general jurisdiction civil trial department, handling thousands of cases and conducting hundreds of court and jury trials. A trained mediator, he spent his final three years presiding over a full-time settlement court, where he daily conducted settlement conferences and settled hundreds of cases. Williams was the chair of the Judicial Education Subcommittee of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Before taking the bench, he served as a police officer, Navy judge advocate, and federal prosecutor.
Linda Meyer is a recognized expert in the field of mediation. She is a full-time practice and mediates an average of 150 cases a year in a variety of areas, including employment, commercial, insurance, real estate, and tort law. A graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Michigan Law School, Meyer is a trial lawyer who transitioned her practice to mediation in 1990. She has taught mediation and negotiation as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law's Institute for Dispute Resolution and has held seminars about the mediation process, sharing her expertise with attorneys, mediators, and organizations specializing in conflict management.
Cynthia F. Greer is a mediator, trainer, and designer of conflict-resolution systems. She has conducted over 1,200 mediations with most dealing with employment, sexual harassment, corporate, and educational disputes. A national provider of mediation training programs, she has developed ADR systems for all levels of governmental agencies and for various for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She is also a mediator and trainer for the United States Postal Service. For nine years, she was the director and senior mediator at the California Academy of Mediation Professionals in Encino, California. For over 17 years, she was an associate dean at Pepperdine University School of Law, where she continues to teach for the Straus Institute. She also teaches at the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She maintains a mediation practice, Greer Dispute Resolution Services, in Atlanta, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Tennessee. She maintains a mediation practice, Greer Dispute Resolution Services, in Atlanta, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Tuition for Mediating the Litigated Case is $2,195. The governmental and non-profit rate is $1,495. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required at registration to reserve your space.
PLEASE NOTE!! We anticipate this program will sell out. Your final payment will be due Friday, December 21 2012, to continue to hold your space. Tuition includes all materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch each day. Since enrollment is limited, participants should register early. Should a paid participant be unable to attend, tuition less the deposit, will be refunded or a substitute may attend the program.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a $50 administrative fee for transferring to another program. When canceling, we require 72 hours of notice prior to the program start date or there will be an additional $50 food service fee deducted.
These activities have been approved for 42 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California including two hours of ethics. Pepperdine University School of Law certifies that the activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE. Straus programs have been accepted for CLE credit across the nation.
All programs of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution are offered with a satisfaction guarantee. If a participant completes the program and is dissatisfied with the course content or performance of the faculty, the tuition fee will be refunded.
Education expenses (including enrollment fees, course materials, and travel costs) may be deductible if they improve or maintain professional skills. Treas. Reg. Sec. I 162-5.
Irvine program will take place at the Pepperdine University Orange County Center at 18111 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, California 92612.
West Los Angeles Program will take place at the Pepperdine University Plaza at 6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Classes are conducted between 8:30 am. and 5:00 pm.
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