Courses and Faculty
Winter Program Dispute Resolution Courses
Negotiation Theory and Practice
This course examines the theory and practice of negotiation as a process used to put
deals together or to resolve disputes and legal claims. Students learn about competitive
positional bargaining and collaborative problem solving and acquire insight into the
strategic management of the tension between the two approaches. Through simulated
exercises, students develop skills and confidence as negotiators, including an awareness
of the psychological encouragements and barriers to consensus. Special challenges
of multiparty negotiations are addressed with an emphasis on the attorney-client relationship,
including applicable ethical standards, codes, and law.
Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
This course surveys the impact that cultural differences, stereotypes and attributions
have on key dispute resolution processes, and on conflict generally. It is designed
to build theoretical knowledge, to equip students with an analytical framework useful
in determining suitable dispute resolution processes, and to instill practical skills
and strategies to enhance effectiveness in cross-cultural contexts. Cultural differences
in language, customs, values, legal systems and world-views are examined along various
dimensions: orientation towards the individual or the collective community, importance
of career success over quality of life, deference to authority, long vs. short term
orientation, extent to which expectations for behavior are implicit or expressed,
perceptions of time and personal space, and aversion to risk.Top
Sukhsimranjit Singh practices, teaches and trains in dispute resolution. He is the managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and assistant professor of law and practice at Pepperdine Caruso Law. He specializes in cross-cultural dispute resolution and has published numerous articles in that field, and in 2015 he delivered TED Talk on Cross-Cultural Communications in Salem, Oregon. He has mediated inter-cultural and commercial cases in the United States, India and Canada. An Honorary Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, he is also a Council Member of the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association. He has trained lawyers and law students in more than twenty states and twelve countries. He is an honorary professor of law at National Law University, Delhi. Singh obtained his Masters in Laws in Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri Columbia and was a Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law and has clerked with Chief Justice of India. An avid reader and an amateur photographer, he loves to travel with his family. He is passionate for music, sports, and interacting with new cultures.
Advanced Trial Practice
An advanced study of the trial skills used by counsel at trial, including the direct
and cross examination of lay and expert witnesses, voir dire, opening statement, closing
argument, the use of exhibits, and ethical considerations. The class will emphasize
"learning by doing"—students will actively participate in classroom exercises and
will be critiqued. The class will build on those skills learned in Trial Practice.
All students will be required to complete a full trial. Prerequisite: Law 402 Trial
H. Mitchell Caldwell routinely represents condemned prisoners in the appeals of their death sentences before both the California Supreme Court and US Supreme Court. He has written extensively in the area of criminal procedure, trial advocacy, and the death penalty and is the co-author of Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury (1998), And the Walls Came Tumbling Down (2004) and The Devil's Advocates (Fall 2006). This popular series of books celebrates significant jury trials and the lawyers who tried the cases. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury was selected by the Los Angeles Times as a best non-fiction selection. Caldwell also co-authored The Art and Science of Trial Advocacy, and Case Files for Basic Trial Advocacy, Criminal Pretrial Advocacy and Mock Trials, all for use at the law school level.
Professor Caldwell has received several teaching honors including the 2012 Howard A. White Award along with several Luckman teaching awards, and in 2000 received the Richard Jacobson Award as the premier trial advocacy teacher in the nation.
Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
This class will examine each of the themes of apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
A spectrum of definitions and meanings of each theme will be explored. A variety of
approaches on how to implement each theme will be discussed. The material will be
addressed from the context of governing our own lives, providing professional advice
to another as an advocate, and serving as a mediator. Class material will include
religious and nonreligious perspectives on these themes.
Peter Robinson is professor of law at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law and former managing
director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He has presented advanced
negotiation and mediation skills courses throughout the United States and in more
than 10 foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the California Dispute Resolution
Council, the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), Dispute Resolution
Services of the LACBA, the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, and the Christian
Conciliation Service of Los Angeles. The SCMA recognized him as Peacemaker of the
Year in 1999. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and was recognized
as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006 and 2008. After
being appointed by the Los Angeles City Attorney, he successfully mediated all the
environmental objections to building the Farmers Field football stadium in downtown