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Block 3: Two-Weekend Format

June 15 - 17 and 22 - 24, 2017

  • 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).

Sharon Press is a Professor of Law and serves as the director of the nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. At Mitchell Hamline, Press teaches mediation, a mediation clinic, negotiation and advanced international business negotiation. In addition, Press directs the Jerusalem Study Abroad Program: Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions; coaches the Mediation Representation Teams; and serves as the academic advisor to the students who are completing a Certificate in Conflict Resolution. Press is a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board, serves as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section Council and is secretary of Community Mediation and Restorative Services (CMRS) Board, and is a member of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Board and the Community Dispute Resolution Programs Advisory Council. She also mediates regularly for the Dispute Resolution Center at Ramsey County Conciliation Court.

 Dispute Resolution in Education  

Prerequisite: Law 1422 Mediation Theory and Practice or Alternative Dispute Resolution

This advanced course examines conflict in the educational environment with a focus on devising and implementing age-appropriate strategies for its prevention, management, and resolution at all levels of education, from pre-kindergarten through university. Conflicts between and among students, faculty, parents, administrators, school boards, governmental entities and community groups are addressed, including those arising out of local, state, and federal mandates and entitlements. Commonly disputed concerns receiving special emphasis include: equal access to education; violence, safety, and discipline; faculty hiring, promotion and tenure; discrimination and sexual harassment; individual educational plans for special needs students; local school governance; curricular issues such as intelligent design vs. evolution; and public support for extracurricular activities. Peer mediation programs and other internal dispute resolution processes prevalent in educational institutions are also explored.

Richard Peterson is director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic where he directs law students providing advocacy and legal services to parents of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). He is also serves as Director of Externships and teaches Special Education Law, Disability Law, and Dispute Resolution in Education. Professor Peterson has served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Law and Mental Disability Section and the Disability Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Prior to joining Pepperdine he served as an educational consultant conducting workshops in anger management and conflict resolution curriculum for K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and probation officers in public, private and alternative schools in New York, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, and California, and provided monthly teacher development workshops on these subjects for the Compton Unified School District during the 2001-02 school year.

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

Malibu Area Hotels and Restaurants

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