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33rd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program

June 25 - 27, 2020

Malibu, CA

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Mediating the Litigated Case™ Programs

February 6 - 8 and 20-22, 2020

Irvine, CA

Sold Out - Info About Curriculum Available 

July 20 - 25, 2020

Malibu, CA

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October 19 – 23, 2020

Washington, D.C.

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US Law and Legal Writing Seminar

July 7 - 31, 2020

Malibu, CA

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Women's Negotiation Academy: Creating Skilled and Sophisticated Negotiators 

December 3 – 4, 2020

West LA, CA

Our Training and Conferences

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The entertaining presentation style, participatory format, and frequent use of simulated exercises to reinforce learning points have caused the Institute's training programs to be in very high demand. While most of the Institute's training programs are provided in-house for employees of the sponsoring organization, programs open to the public are sometimes available under the auspices of organizations such as California's Continuing Education of the Bar, the Rutter Group, and state bar associations in Washington, New Mexico, and Texas.

The Institute also regularly offers professional education programs for MCLE credit on a full range of dispute resolution topics and advanced applications for mid-career attorneys, judges, and other professionals. One of the most popular of these programs is Mediating the Litigated Case, a six-day program offered three times a year. In addition, every summer in Malibu the Institute offers a collection of simultaneous three-day programs on various aspects of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. To view a complete listing of classes, click on Summer Professional Skills Program. For six years the Institute presented the East Coast Professional Skills Program, co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, and is now offering an East Coast Professional Skills Series in August and September with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  In October 2015, Straus presented the first Fall Professional Skills Program co-sponsored by the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to its extensive domestic agenda, the Institute has been able to be of service on five other continents. The Institute has provided technical assistance and mediation training to neutrals from MARC, Argentina's largest for-profit dispute resolution provider, both in Buenos Aires and in Malibu. Institute personnel has trained mediators in Holland's NET LAW, a consortium of eighteen prominent law firms throughout the Netherlands. The Asian Development Bank selected the Institute to provide training and assist the Indian government in establishing dispute resolution centers in New Delhi, Bombay, and Hyberabad. Straus presented Mediating the Litigated Case in Malaysia and at the Beijing Arbitration Commission in China. Institute personnel have conducted programs in Australia and Russia as well as intervened in disputes in Kenya and Ghana. The Institute has hosted Fulbright Scholars from Tunisia, Panama, Egypt, El Salvador, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and the Czech Republic. In the fall of 1996, the Institute provided a five-day mediation skills training for a United States Information Agency project bringing together Arabs and Jews in Israel. In August 2011, Straus Institute offered training in Malibu to 33 international judges from 20 countries.

If you would like information on our academic programs (Certificate, Masters Degree or LL.M.) please refer to Degrees and Programs.