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Block 2: Two-Week Format

Block 2: Two-Week Format

June 9 - 20, 2020

  • Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-9:00pm and Saturdays from 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:30pm

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.

Stacie Feldman Hausner is a mediator at ADR Services, Inc. following 20 years as a lawyer specializing in high-stakes litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. She has been an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution for many semesters where she has taught both Mediation Theory and Practice and the Mediation Clinic. Hausner has mediated hundreds of cases for ADR Services, Inc., the Los Angeles Superior Court, the L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Center for Conflict Resolution. She specializes in mediating disputes in the areas of business, personal injury, employment, construction defect, real estate, and malpractice. Hausner also spends time presenting MCLE programs to bar associations and law firms on various topics, including effective attorney advocacy in mediation, optimization of negotiation outcomes, ethics and mediation, psychology and mediation, and gender negotiations. She received an LLM in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute.

 Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Ombuds

Prerequisite: Law 1492 Negotiation Theory and Practice or Law 1422 Mediation Theory and Practice

This course will explore the theory and practice of ombuds and ombuds programs. These programs are being created at a quickening pace. Our goal is to provide a thorough background that could be used in making a decision about establishing an ombuds program or in examining ombuds practice as a personal career direction. This course is organized around a series of questions: 1. What is ombuds? A general overview of the concept and it evolution. 2. Why does ombuds work? A review of the theory of third party intervention in conflict. 3. How does ombuds work? A survey of ombuds practice with opportunities to try it out. 4. How can ombuds get wide institution/constituency support? An exploration of best programmatic practices for building strong and enduring programs. 5. What are the issues that arise in ombuds practice? An open-ended discussion of the current opportunities and challenges in the profession. Time will be spent in a variety of activities: presentation, discussion, brainstorming, and skills practice.

Andrew Larratt-Smith has served as the Ombuds at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) since 2011. In his role as UCR Ombuds, Andrew has worked on more than a thousand cases initiated by UCR faculty, staff and students, and regularly conducts conflict related trainings. He has been active in the field of alternative dispute resolution since 2004. Andrew holds a master of dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the International Ombudsman Association and the California Bar.

 MCLE Credit

Each course has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine Caruso 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 Caruso 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.