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Pepperdine Announces Recipients of the Inaugural JAMS and BAC Full Tuition Scholarship

In celebration of the new LLM Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration, JAMS and the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) each generously sponsored one full tuition scholarship for 2013 - 2014. These scholarships attracted applications from tops scholars across the globe, and the selection process was very competitive. The Straus Institute is happy to announce David Lewis as the recipient of the JAMS Scholarship, and Jieqiong Fei as the recipient of the BAC Scholarship.

JAMS is the largest for profit provider of mediation and arbitration services in the United States, with offices in more than 25 cities and more than 300 retired judges and senior lawyers on its panel. JAMS has been focusing on international opportunities, including the opening of an office in London, and sees this scholarship as an expression of its support for future international arbitration practitioners.

BAC is a not-for-profit permanent organization devoted to providing a forum for impartial and efficient alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. It was founded in 1995 following the passage of the Arbitration Law of the People's Republic of China. The BAC focuses on contractual and property-related disputes, both commercial and international, among citizens, legal persons and other organizations. Since its founding, the BAC has grown into the foremost arbitration commission in China providing its services to both domestic and foreign parties. From an initial annual load of only a handful of cases, today the BAC consistently ranks among the top in both in the number of cases accepted and the total disputed amount.

David LewisDavid Lewis is admitted to practice as a Barrister in both England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Mr. Lewis is a highly specialized trial advocate for both civil and criminal matters. He has extensive work experience in the fields of both private and public international law with the United Nations and European Union and is on the roster of deployable rule of law experts for Justice Rapid Response. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, MCIArb, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, M.MIArb, The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, MPIArb, The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, MSIArb, and an associate member of the Hong Kong Institute for Arbitrators, A.HKIArb. In 2011, he received the Freedom of the City of London as an Arbitrator and was admitted as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. Besides the United States, Mr. Lewis has lived, studied, and worked in 32 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Zihui MengZihui Meng graduated from Peking University Law School with a Juris Master's degree concentrating in Financial Law. While pursing a degree in law, Ms. Meng studied abroad at Columbia Law School, the Hague Academy of International Law, WIPO Academy and the University of Geneva. She holds a Bachelor of Management from Zhejiang University. She has undertaken internships with the United Nations Global Compact Office in New York, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, National Energy Administration of China, J.P. Morgan, Stephenson Harwood LLP and ING Life in Hong Kong. She speaks Chinese and English and is now learning French, Macedonian and Korean.