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Block 6: Two-Weekend Format

July 25 -27 and August 1 -3, 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

Arbitration Practice and Advocacy

Prerequisites: Mediation Theory and Practice and Negotiation Theory and Practice

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.

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.

 Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Decision-Making Under Conflict

Prerequisites: Mediation Theory and Practice and Negotiation Theory and Practice

This course incorporates psychology and neuroscience, behavioral economics and game theory, and light statistical analysis through computer programs that aid decision-makers and architects. Students will learn about well-known barriers to disinterested analysis, factors correlated with poor quality decisions and adverse outcomes, the incidence and magnitude of settlement decisions errors, and methods they can employ to improve decision-making and problem-solving skills for themselves and also for the parties and attorneys who appear before them in mediation. Decision making is a distinct skill that can be learned and honed. This course will help both mediators and lawyers meet the expectation that they have refined decision making and architecture skills.

Doug Noll Doug Noll has been in professional practice for over 40 years. For the past 20 years, he has dedicated himself to understanding the emotional and biological origins of human conflict. With this knowledge, he has developed a unique set of empathic listening skills that work the first time, every time. He works in places as diverse as the Congressional Budget Office and maximum security prisons, teaching these deep skills to those who must be able to calm angry, reactive people quickly and efficiently.

Donald Philbin is an AV-rated attorney-mediator, negotiation consultant and trainer, and arbitrator. He has resolved disputes and crafted deals for more than two decades as a business litigator, general counsel, and president of technology-related companies. Philbin is an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine's Straus Institute, has trained and published at Harvard's Program on Negotiation, is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and the American Academy of Civil Trial Mediators, and is certified by the International Mediation Institute. Don is listed in Texas Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and U.S. News' Best Law Firm survey.

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

MalibuĀ Area Hotels and Restaurants

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