Block 4: One-Week Intensive
June 25 - 29, 2018
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. No Class on Wednesday, June 27
Program Courses and Faculty
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.
This course will provide an overview of how dispute resolution processes are used
in the sports industry law practice. Selected issues from a broad range of contexts
form the backdrop for our examination of various cases and simulations.
The course will combine lectures, student team presentations, and practical exercises, with guest speakers and leading industry experts. The course will cover the law and processes involved in dispute resolution of amateur, professional, and international sports, with a focus on the management and resolution of disputes in the administration of eligibility, regulatory schemes, organizational rules, as well as media and crisis management in the face of high profile disputes in sport.
Maureen Weston is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media, and Sports Dispute Resolution Project. She received her JD from the University of Colorado, and BA in Economics/Political Science at the University of Denver. Professor Weston teaches courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, legal ethics, and US and international sports law. She serves as Faculty Advisor to the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Dispute Resolution Journal, and as coach for ICC Mediation Advocacy and Sports and Entertainment Law Negotiation competitions. Weston has taught law at the University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado, University of Las Vegas Nevada, Hamline, and in Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Weston practiced law with Holme Roberts & Owen and Faegre & Benson in Colorado. She is actively involved in programs furthering opportunities for students to gain experience in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Her committee service includes the ABA, Law School Division, Arbitration Competition, AALS Sports Law Executive Committee, and former Faculty 59 chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Education Committee and Representation in Mediation Competition. She is a member on the Boards of Directors at the University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Board, the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette School of Law, Malibu Little League, and Editorial Board of LawInSport. A frequent speaker at conferences, Weston is co-author of casebooks on sports law and arbitration and has written numerous articles in the area of Olympic and International Sports Arbitration, disability law, sports law, and dispute resolution.
Jeffrey Benz is an active international and commercial mediator and arbitrator and is one of the most active arbitrators from the U.S. with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Benz is the former general counsel for the U.S. Olympic Committee and has served as general counsel of various private and publicly held companies in the sports, entertainment, and technology industries. In his private law practice, he has also served as counsel in a variety of arbitration and mediation proceedings, including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and International Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) and the National Sports Law Institute, and chairs the SLA's International Committee. He has an undergraduate degree in political science and a MBA from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Texas.