30th Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California | Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution | School of Law | Pepperdine University

30th Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California


June 22-24, 2017

Malibu, California (This year's program will be held on the Drescher Graduate Campus due to School of Law renovations!)

 View the 2016 Brochure

About the Program

In June 2016 the 29th Annual Professional Skills Program had over 230 participants from 24 states and 6 foreign countries! Register early for 2017 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. 


Tuition: $1,495.00. Registrations received by March 31, 2017, receive a $100 discount.
Fees include training program and materials, opening evening reception, breaks, and lunch each day.
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.

This training program is prior to the Center for International Legal Studies "International Mediation Symposium" beginning on the afternoon of June 8 -11, 2017. Participants registering for both programs, receive a 20 percent discount: $1,195 or $1,095 early registration. Governmental or nonprofit $795.

Payment will be due in order to hold your space.

PLEASE 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.  Refunds for registrations paid by check will require a W-9 form submitted to the University. This is for internal purposes only to generate a refund check. The refund is not taxed nor would a 1099 be issued.

NOTE: There is a $50 administrative fee for transferring to another program. When canceling, we require notice by Friday, June 2, 2017, 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

The program takes place at the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in beautiful Salzburg, Austria. The hotel has discounted room rates, please see our website for the link to book your lodging directly with the hotel.

  • June 6, 2017 - 8:30 to 4:30 (afternoon reception at 4:30)
  • June 7, 2017 - 8:30 to 5:00
  • June 8, 2017 - 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 2017

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.


There is free parking on the graduate campus.  You will receive driving directions and parking information with your confirmation letter.