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NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) Establishes Scholarship at the Straus Institute

The scholarship will support ADR curriculum at the Straus Institute

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Pepperdine Law and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution are pleased to announce the establishment of a NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) Scholarship to support the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) curriculum at the #1-ranked Straus Institute. NAM is recognized across the legal community as the nation’s leading firm in ADR, and this generous gift will allow the Straus Institute to continue to provide students with the tools and resources for a distinguished legal education.

Professor Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and the Associate Dean heading the Straus Institute, said, "On behalf of the Straus Institute, its terrific faculty and diverse student body, let me add my sincere thanks to NAM and its President and CEO, Mr. Roy Israel, for their important and welcome gift.  They are committed, as are we, to helping people find more appropriate, effective and efficient ways of resolving conflict, and this gift and the resulting scholarship offer significant, tangible evidence of that commitment."

The scholarship will aid in the education of students on the benefits of ADR as they prepare for a career in law, business and other occupational endeavors. The Straus Institute is one of the world’s leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution and offers lawyers and non-law practitioners the opportunity to learn arbitration and mediation skills to manage conflict in a variety of settings. Recognized as the foremost academic center of its kind, the Institute brings together an unparalleled full-time teaching and research faculty with scholars and practitioners from around the world.

As an alumnus and member of the School of Law’s Board of Advisors, Steven DeLorenz was instrumental in establishing the relationship between Pepperdine Law and NAM. “I was honored and privileged to connect the number one dispute resolution program in America with the finest dispute resolution company in America, Lorenz said.  “I’m certain that this relationship will be mutually advantageous.”

In the over twenty-nine years since its founding, the Straus Institute has established itself as a standard of excellence in preparing effective negotiators, peacemakers and problem solvers and is a driving force for improving the culture of conflict in America.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated, “NAM continuously strives to help make a difference in the ADR community, and education is vitally important to the growth and understanding of the dispute resolution process. It is extremely gratifying to know that NAM’s contribution will benefit a deserving student and to help advance his or her educational goals. We are privileged and proud to be able to contribute to a prestigious academic institution like Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.”

Ronald F. Phillips, Senior Vice Chancellor & School of Law Emeritus stated “The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law is most grateful to NAM for its gracious decision to provide a scholarship to a deserving student. The partnership effort between two premier organizations, committed to the resolution of disputes, is most gratifying to us.”

Dean Phillips added, “We are most grateful for the association we enjoy with NAM, Roy Israel, and all of those associated with the organization, and for the assistance being provided to deserving students at the Straus Institute.

The full press release may be viewed here.