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Block 3: Two-Weekend Format

June 14 - 16 and 21 - 23, 2018

  • 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

Mediation Theory and Practice

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.

Joseph B. Stulberg is the John W. Bricker Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches negotiation, comparative dispute resolution, and clinical courses in mediation and civil litigation. For more than 35 years, Josh has designed and conducted mediation training programs nationally and internationally and has mediated social policy controversies of national significance. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and a former Vice President of the American Arbitration Association. His extensive written publications include The Middle Voice (with Lela P. Love).

 Divorce and Family Mediation 

Pre-requisite: Mediation Theory and Practice OR Alternative Dispute Resolution

This advanced course explores conflicts that arise in the context of families, with emphasis on negotiating and mediating issues surrounding marital separation and divorce. It is designed to equip students with the strategic judgment, skills and sensitivity needed to help parties build consensus on matters such as child custody, visitation, division of property, spousal support, and child education and support. Relevant emotional concerns, such as feelings of betrayal and loss, are examined, along with techniques for addressing them. Special considerations surrounding high conflict families, domestic violence, spousal or child abuse, and "move aways", as well as ethical issues related to power differentials, court-mandated mediation, collaborative law and mediator certification, are also covered.


Libby Taylor completed an Arts Degree at Adelaide University in 1975 and her LLB with Honors at Adelaide in 1979. She then practiced both as a barrister and solicitor until 1991. During part of that time she was a partner at Gallagher, Taylor and Co practicing in the areas of Criminal Law, Family Law, Conveyancing, Estates and Civil Litigation. After 1991 Libby worked at the University of South Australia lecturing in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She was also involved in the accreditation of a paralegal course offered at the Adelaide College of TAFE and the writing and teaching of the litigation subject. Libby's areas of interest and expertise are in litigation, professional legal skills and professional conduct and responsibility.

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.