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Upcoming Events

July 28-Aug. 13, 2013

EMS-Straus launched in July 2012 with a 2-week intensive course on Olympic & International Sports Dispute Resolution in London, on the eve of the 2012 Olympic Games. The class was taught by Pepperdine Sports Law Professor Maureen Weston, and Jeff Benz, Esq., former general counsel for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Among the many experts to meet with the students were Michael Beloff, QC, an English barrister and arbitrator specializing in international sports law, Athlete Ombudsman, Associate General Counsel, and Chief of Security with the United States Olympic Committee, and General Counsel and three deputy attorneys from the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. The students visited and met with officials from the U.K. Anti-Doping Agency, Sport Resolutions, Inc., NBA London, British Olympic Association, and Human Rights Watch. Cultural excursions included visits to Parliament, a tour of legal London, Chariots of Fire theater; the National Gallery, a private tour of Arsenal Futbol Stadium, and a trip to Olympic Park. Learn more.

October 21-22, 2013

In conjunction with the Global Sports Development Foundation (GSD) and the University of Stockholm, EMS Straus and Pepperdine School of Law will host a Symposium on "Doping and The Culture of Sport: Ethical, Economic and Legal Considerations." The award-winning film "The War on Doping" will be shown, along with commentary by the filmmaker, and panel discussion on the anti-doping movement among experts, attorneys, journalists, and athletes. Invited speakers include Travis Tygert, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, attorneys for Lance Armstrong, Dick Pound, Anita DeFrantz, journalists, athletes, officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency, and UNESCO. GSD will present an award to Arne Lundquist, Chair of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission, a pioneer in the fight against doping in sport.

Fall 2013

The Straus Institute's Academic Director, William H. Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law, Thomas J. Stipanowich, EMS-Straus Industry Advisor and Adjunct Professor, William Nix and Seaver College Communications Professor Craig N. Detweiler, PhD, author, filmmaker and cultural commentator, and head of Pepperdine's Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture are currently organizing a major national symposium entitled Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System, to be co-sponsored by the School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine's Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture. Currently slated for Fall 2013, the Symposium is intended to explore the personal and professional challenges faced by women as writers, actors, directors, producers and executives from the early days of Hollywood to the present. Cari Beauchamp's book, Without Lying Down: Francis Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, movingly recounts the major role that women such as Francis Marion and Mary Pickford played in writing, acting, directing and producing during the formative days of Hollywood. They were also among the creators of the Writers Guild of America. Their experiences, and those of other major figures, such as Olivia DeHavilland and Bette Davis, are worth revisiting to examine their varied approaches to negotiating successful resolutions of their conflicts. Contemporary experiences of women in a variety of key leadership roles will be compared and contrasted with the "stories" of these historical figures.