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Orange County Courses

Orange County Academic Program

  • Courses apply to LLM in Dispute Resolution, Master of Dispute Resolution, and Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Most comprehensive program in the nation
  • Six professional skills development courses
  • Internationally recognized Straus Institute faculty
  • 28 Hours of MCLE credit

Spring 2012

Summer 2012

The 2012 Orange County Program

The "Pepperdine Experience" in academic and professional skills dispute resolution courses is available to lawyers, judges, mid-career professionals, and graduate students in Orange County. The Orange County Program contains the same elements that are so successful on the Malibu campus. For eight consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Straus Institute the Number One Dispute Resolution Graduate Program in the nation for 2013. The legal context of the courses includes a lawyer's level of sophistication, critical analysis, and skills development. The content of the courses balances academic understanding with practical skills development. Class enrollment is limited to encourage lively participation in class activities and individual skills coaching. Classes are taught by an outstanding faculty.

How These Courses Might Serve You

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution offers theoretical study and practical training in dispute resolution and conflict management. These programs have been specifically designed for professionals in business, education, health, law, management, public administration, psychological services, religion, and other occupations as well as for graduate students. Students are attracted by the extensive and advanced course offerings in dispute resolution, many of which cannot be found at any other law school in the country.

Recognizing that many participants will be employed full-time, courses are regularly offered in convenient formats. Courses offered at the Orange County campus will meet in a two-weekend format on Thursday, Friday evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Additional courses can be completed at the Malibu campus in one week and two weekend formats during the summer, a select number of two weekend courses during the Fall and Spring, and during the one week Winter Intensive Program held each year in January.

"Having been a litigator for nearly thirty years, I wasn't sure the Negotiation Theory and Practice class could teach me anything particularly new. I was surprised, however, to discover novel ways of approaching settlement negotiations and strategies. By using some of these techniques recently, I was able to settle a complex federal court case in my client's favor. I believe the Pepperdine training was instrumental in achieving this result."
John Teal, Jr.
Weule, Broyles, Ballard & Mondo, Irvine, CA

As a retired school superintendent and now current mediator with EEOC, I have really enjoyed participating in Straus' LLM in Dispute Resolution program. Being identified as a Straus student has provided me instant credibility with attorneys. Courses are structured in a variety of schedules and locations, making my commute from Arizona easy and convenient!
Frederick Warren
Tempe, AZ

The convenient location and innovative class schedules of the Orange County program made it possible for me to fly-in for class, make excellent use of my time while at school, and minimized the disruption of being away from work. The classes I took from Pepperdine including, Labor Relations, Mediation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Systems Design were directly related and applicable to my role as a Company Labor Relations and HR Representative. I would not have been able to complete the Masters in Dispute Resolution degree while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and continue to work full-time without the convenience of the Orange County campus!
Ryan Keyt
Labor Relations and HR Representative
San Jose, CA

Earn a Certificate in Dispute Resolution

The Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution requires the completion of seven courses (fourteen academic credits). Each student is required to take four core courses and three approved electives. The certificate program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis over one or two years.

Earn a Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution

The Master's in Dispute Resolution requires the successful completion of thirty-two units consisting of nine required courses, four elective courses, and an additional six credits of work in either a thesis or externship experience. This program can be completed in one year on a full-time basis or over several years on a part-time basis.

Earn an LLM in Dispute Resolution

The LLM in Dispute Resolution is a twenty-eight-unit program that can be completed in one year by full-time students or in up to three years by part-time students. Degree candidates will have the opportunity to select from four areas of concentration: arbitration, mediation, international dispute resolution, and litigation. LLM candidates also may opt to pursue a more general course of study.

The Straus Institute courses attract a diverse group of students, many of whom are prominent judges, attorneys, and other professionals.

Spring 2012

Mediation Theory and Practice (2)

January 19-21 and February 2-4, 2012

This course explores the various theories underlying and practices basic to mediation. The mediation process is organized into a series of stages, and basic mediation skills and techniques appropriate to each stage are identified and cultivated. Simulations and experiential exercises provide students with an opportunity to develop proficiency as mediators and to rigorously analyze appropriate roles and behavior as mediators and advocates taking into account the legal, ethical and public policy issues surrounding the practice of mediation.

Rebecca Callahan is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator who’s practice covers a broad spectrum of civil disputes including contracts and commercial transactions, accounting, partnership and corporate disputes, real estate disputes, business torts, financial elder abuse, professional negligence (excluding medical malpractice), bankruptcy claims, fraud and fraudulent transfer disputes, fiduciary duty claims, and inheritance disputes. She has conducted hundreds of mediations and been involved in numerous arbitration proceedings.

David C. Peterson began practicing law in 1976, having an active litigation practice in San Luis Obispo County for more than 20 years before turning to mediation, and has mediated well over 1,500 litigated and non-litigated matters. His area of mediation experience includes: Medical, Dental, Legal, and Accounting Malpractice; Employment; Public Entities and Schools; Construction; Real Estate; Commercial; Common Interest Developments; Agricultural, and Probate. He is the Chair of the ADR Section for the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Bar Associations. Peterson is President-Elect of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association where he currently serves as Vice President.

Interviewing, Counseling, and Planning (2)

February 16-18 and 23-25, 2012

This course develops the craft of the lawyer in client interviewing and counseling. It examines the theoretical framework and strengths and weaknesses of prevailing models of attorney-client relationships with a focus on planning and decision-making. Authoritative, client-centered, and collaborative approaches are explored and compared. The class also examines principles of moral responsibility underlying this critical aspect of a lawyer's role. Emphasis is on learning competent and ethical interviewing and counseling skills through simulated exercises, case studies and discussions.

David Cruickshank is a consultant with Kerma Partners. He advises law and other professional services firms on practice management, strategy, governance, leadership development and talent retention strategies. He works with managing partners, professional development partners, departments and hiring partners to convert training to a strategic advantage of the firm.  David creates customized programs on leadership, time management, project management, delegation, feedback and business development skills.  David has also worked on partner consultations in AmLaw top 50 firms. He has designed customized partner-level courses for many AmLaw 200 firms. He has worked as a training consultant in top firms in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States since 1990. David was most recently Director of Professional Development at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York. He has a master’s degree in law from Harvard Law School. His law degree and B.A. were earned at the University of Western Ontario.

Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Ombuds (2)

March 15-17 and 29-31, 2012

This course will explore the theory and practice of ombuds and ombuds programs. These programs are being created at a quickening pace. Our goal is to provide a thorough background that could be used in making a decision about establishing an ombuds program or in examining ombuds practice as a personal career direction. This course is organized around a series of questions: 1. What is ombuds? A general overview of the concept and it evolution. 2. Why does ombuds work? A review of the theory of third party intervention in conflict. 3. How does ombuds work? A survey of ombuds practice with opportunities to try it out. 4. How can ombuds get wide institution/constituency support? An exploration of best programmatic practices for building strong and enduring programs. 5. What are the issues that arise in ombuds practice? An open-ended discussion of the current opportunities and challenges in the profession. Time will be spent in a variety of activities: presentation, discussion, brainstorming, and skills practice. Pre-requisite: LAW 1422 Mediation Theory and Practice or LAW 1392 Alternative Dispute Resolution

David Talbot is currently an ombudsman with The World Bank in Washington D.C. and will soon be stationed in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to the World Bank, Talbot was an ombudsman for Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE), an office that addresses workplace conflict for approximately 65,000 employees across North America. He has worked as a conflict resolution professional and trainer for the past 12 years. Prior to CCE, he served as manager for Community Mediation Services in Vancouver, Washington; and director for the California Academy of Mediation Professionals in Los Angeles, California. He holds a JD from the University of Idaho and a master of dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Summer 2012

Arbitration Practice and Advocacy (2)

Juen 7-9 and 14-16, 2012

Today many business and employment disputes are resolved through out-of-court binding arbitration processes. This intensive, interactive course is designed to provide students with a practical grounding in counseling and advocacy skills required for state-of-the-art arbitration practice through problems and exercises simulating common arbitration scenarios in which students play the parts of lawyers, arbitrators and parties. Students learn how to draft dispute resolution agreements for arbitration and how to advise clients on many different aspects of arbitration, including the suitability of arbitration as an alternative to negotiation, mediation or litigation. They also experience advocacy roles at all stages of arbitration, including the filing of an arbitration demand, the selection of arbitrators, planning for and conducting hearings, the publication of a final decision (award), and the enforcement or setting aside of an award. The course emphasizes modern commercial and employment arbitration in the U.S. but also includes references to international, consumer, securities and labor arbitration.

Thomas J. Stipanowich is the academic director of the Straus Institute and professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. 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). The longtime William L. Matthews Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky, 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 (2005).

Introduction to Legal Processes (2)

June 21-23 and 28-30, 2012

This course is designed for non-lawyers and non-law degree seeking students in the graduate dispute resolution programs. This course provides students with an understanding of law, its role in society, and the dispute resolution principles that have emerged from it. It familiarizes students with the court system, its operation, and the challenges it faces in serving as this society s traditional formal dispute resolution forum. The course examines efforts to reform the justice system and the movement of the last two decades. The course is taught using a traditional law school case method, but it also includes substantial personal contact with those most prominently involved in the justice system practicing lawyers and sitting judges as well as personal observation of the court system.

Robert K. Wrede following a forty year career as a commercial trial lawyer, Mr. Wrede is now a full-time mediator and arbitrator on Alternative Dispute Resoltuion panels established by the Los Angeles Superior Court; the United States District Court for the Central Disstrict of California; ADR Services, Inc., in Los Angeles, and both Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., and the Hawaii International Dispute Resolution Group, in Honolulu; the Federal Mediation & Concilation Service; and the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, among others.  He has lectured at the Cornel Law School, the California CPA Education Foundation, the Practicing Law Institute, Woodbury College, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and for California Continuing Education of the Bar audio programs, and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Conflict Resolution Section.

Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution (2)

July 12-14 and 19-21, 2012

This course surveys the impact that cultural differences, stereotypes and attributions have on key dispute resolution processes, and on conflict generally. It is designed to build theoretical knowledge, to equip students with an analytical framework useful in determining suitable dispute resolution processes, and to instill practical skills and strategies to enhance effectiveness in cross-cultural contexts. Cultural differences in language, customs, values, legal systems and world-views are examined along various dimensions: orientation towards the individual or the collective community; importance of career success over quality of life; deference to authority; long vs. short term orientation; extent to which expectations for behavior are implicit or express; perceptions of time and personal space; and aversion to risk.

Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa has completed a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a Master’s in Sociology and Dispute Resolution. She recently published as a co-author in “Conflict across Cultures: A Unique Bridging Experience,” with Intercultural Press and is currently under contract with Lexington Books.