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West Los Angeles Courses - Block 2

Block 2: Weekend Format May 31, June 1 - 2 and 7 - 9, 2018

  • Thursday and Friday (May 31, June 1, 7 and 8) from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Saturday (June 2, 9) from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Program Course

Arbitration 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

 Rebecca Callahan is a 30-year, AV-rated attorney who spent her career handling complex business litigation matters in state and federal court. She is now a full-time mediator, arbitrator and court referee, and is a member of the mediation and arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association. Rebecca has been in the ADR trenches for 15+ years and knows how to put theory into practice. She has mediated over 800 cases and has arbitrated dozens of cases to award. Her areas of expertise include business/commercial, E-Discovery, employment, financial elder abuse, real estate and wills and trust disputes. Ms. Callahan's specialty is resolving business / money disputes.  Rebecca speaks and writes frequently on various ADR topics. Most recently, she presented on E-Discovery in Arbitration, Breaking Impasse in Mediation, Lying in Mediation / Is it Ever OK? and Advanced Arbitration Skills. During 2017, Rebecca spoke on a number of topics, including Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation Law, Dealing with Difficult Attorneys in Arbitration, Settlement Building Techniques for Use in Mediation, and Advanced Arbitration Skills. In 2018, Rebecca will be assisting the Pepperdine / Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution with programming for its inaugural year. Programs that are currently slated include: "Implicit Bias and How it Affects (1) the Neutral's Preparation, Approach and Decision Making, and (2) the Attorney's Preparation and Presentation," and "Mixing Modes: Our Growing Experience with the Interplay Between Mediation, Evaluation and Adjudication."