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Block 5: Two-Weekend Format

July 11 -13 and 18 -20, 2019

  • Thursdays: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
  • Fridays: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
  • Saturdays: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Program Courses and Faculty

 Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Prerequisites: Mediation Theory and Practice,  Negotiation Theory and Practice 

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.

Sukhsimranjit Singh is Managing Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Assistant Professor of Law and Practice at Pepperdine Law. Professor Singh served as the associate director from 2016-2017. Professor Singh brings with him nearly a decade of teaching and administrative experience as he served as the founding Associate Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and Director of the LL.M in Dispute Resolution at Willamette University College of Law. At Willamette, Professor Singh served on faculties of both law and the school of management and taught mediation theory & advocacy, arbitration, cross-cultural dispute resolution, advanced negotiation, and business negotiations. He is leading scholar, speaker and trainer on cross-cultural decision making and communication and was invited to deliver TEDx Talk on the subject at Salem, Oregon in 2015. He teaches Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, USC, Willamette and at Hamline University. He also serves as facilitator/mediator for Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon since 2014.

Professor Singh has published at Cardozo and Pepperdine dispute resolution journals and his scholarship has appeared at the ABA and Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series (DRI Press) books in the U.S. besides law journals in India. Professor Singh maintains an active mediation practice having mediated commercial, cross-cultural, public policy and religious disputes in United States, Canada and India. He has helped State of Oregon and the City of Salem in resolving complex public policy conflicts and has worked diligently and effectively to resolve long-standing Church disputes in Oregon, Washington and California.

 Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Online Dispute Resolution

Prerequisites: Mediation Theory and Practice OR Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation Theory and Practice and one of the following Arbitration courses: Arbitration Practice and Advocacy, International Commercial Arbitration, Arbitration law, International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine, or International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice.

This course will consider how the Internet can assist dispute resolution both as an augmentation to, and, in some cases, replacement of traditional face-to-face dispute resolution processes. It will discuss opportunities for integrating the Internet into comprehensive dispute resolution system design and how courts, agencies, corporations, organizations, and individuals may consider utilizing the power of the Internet for dispute resolution. Course participants will consider the extent to which the Internet is an extension of traditional dispute resolution and the extent to which it offers unique qualities and opportunities for dispute resolution. It will consider ethical and policy issues and what the future may hold. The full range of currently available Internet technologies will be reviewed and made available for exploration. The course will include simulated online negotiation, mediation, and arbitration exercises.


Professor Amy J. Schmitz
joined the University of Missouri School of Law as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution, Major Research Projects, Secured Transactions, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. Recent speaking engagements include events at the American Bar Association, ODR Forum, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.; University of Leicester in England; University of Ghent in Belgium; Stanford Law School; International Chamber of Commerce; and many other universities and conferences throughout the world. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, is Co-Chair of the ABA Technology and Dispute Resolution Committee, and is an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. She also has taught in France, South Africa, and Oxford, England, and has been an expert and liaison for the United Nations working group seeking to create a global online dispute resolution mechanism (UNCITRAL WG III). Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in prestigious law journals, as well as book chapters and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

MCLE Credit

Each course has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.

Housing and Residence Life

The George Page Residential Complex, located across the street from the School of Law, will be available for a limited number of summer school students. The residential complex offers four-bedroom, single-bath apartments with kitchen, living, and dining areas. The housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early reservation is advised. On-campus recreation facilities include an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts, weight room, gym, and track.

On-Campus Housing and Residence Life Information and Registration

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If you have further questions, you may e-mail housing@pepperdine.edu.