29th Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California | Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution | School of Law | Pepperdine University

29th Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California


June 23-25, 2016

Malibu, California 

 View the 2016 Brochure

About the Program

In June 2015 the 28th Annual Professional Skills Program had over 230 participants from 28 states and 4 foreign countries! Register early for 2016 as some courses will sell out.

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals. Participants will network with nationally prominent faculty, as well as participants from the other specialties at plenary sessions, lunches, and receptions. Early enrollment is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe. Contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail Lori.Rushford@pepperdine.edu to enroll or to request a brochure.

Participants select the process in which they desire expertise (one course only), as all programs will be presented simultaneously. To provide for personalized instruction, enrollment for each course is limited to ensure a close working relationship among the faculty and participants. Course sessions will include lectures, small group discussions, and practice exercises. Faculty and other participants will also provide performance coaching. The synergy of ideas will provide a truly unique learning experience.

Courses Available

Participants choose one course only to attend for the program. 


The registration fee, including meals and materials, is $1,495.  Registrations received by Friday, May 13, 2016, receive a $100 discount.  A reduced rate of $995 is available for full-time employees of governmental and nonprofit organizations. Please note the early registration discount does NOT apply to the governmental or nonprofit rate. By requesting this rate, you agree that we may contact your employer for verification.

Some of the classes will close early due to classroom space limitations. You will receive notification that you have a space in the course. Payment will be due in order to hold your space.

NOTE!!  Should a paid participant be unable to attend, the registration payment, less a $200 cancellation fee, will be refunded or a substitute may attend the program.

NOTE: There is a $50 administrative fee for transferring to another program. When canceling, we require notice by Monday, June 20, 2016, or an additional $50 food service fee will be deducted from the refund.


When the program is posted, listed faculty are confirmed. However, unavoidable scheduling conflicts or illness may prevent faculty from attending. If such an event occurs, Straus reserves the right to have a class go forward with only one faculty if a substitute cannot be found.


These activities have been approved for 18 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 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.  Participants from outside of California should submit the California MCLE form to their state bar for approval after the program is completed.  Please be sure to sign in each day in the CLE sign-in forms located in the classroom. Straus programs have been accepted for MCLE 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.

Tax Deduction

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.

Location and Times

Pepperdine School of Law, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

  • June 23, 2016 - 8:30 to 4:30 (afternoon reception at 4:30)
  • June 24, 2016 - 8:30 to 5:00
  • June 25, 2016 - 8:30 to 1:00

Questions may be directed to Lori Rushford at lori.rushford@pepperdine.edu or call 310.506.6342.

Hotels, Transportation, and Parking

Hotel Information

Hotel List for 2016

Special Complimentary Pepperdine Shuttle From Calabasas Hotels:

NOTE:  Only for Out of Town Participants Without a Car!  Please do not request the shuttle unless you are staying at the hotels, do not have a car, and have reserved a space. Shuttle space is limited.

Straus will provide shuttle service from two hotels in Calabasas, California - the Hilton Garden Inn and the Anza Hotel. Both hotels offer a discounted rate to participants. Calabasas is a 20 minute drive to the campus. Participants can take airport shuttles to either hotel and those without a car would have a short walk to the Calabasas Commons, an outdoor shopping complex. The Commons provides restaurants, grocery store, shops, Barnes and Noble, and movie theatre. Please see: http://www.shopcommons.com/ for more information on this lovely shopping center. IMPORTANT! SHUTTLE RESERVATION REQUIRED UPON REGISTERING FOR THE PROGRAM.

Parking On Campus

There is free parking on the campus with parking on the street (in non-carpool areas) and across the street in Parking Lot F. On Saturday, June 25, 2016, participants can park in the School of Law parking lot - the lot gate will be open.

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