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Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future: An International Conference for Dispute Resolution Teachers, Scholars, and Leaders


Thomas J. Stipanowich, Nancy Welsh, and Sukhsimranjit Singh

Co-sponsors of the Conference:

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and Aggie Dispute Resolution Program, Texas A&M University School of Law

In Cooperation with:

Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, Marquette University Law School, University of Missouri School of Law Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, The Dispute Resolution Institute at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Oregon ADR Center, Conflict Resolution Program at Santa Clara University School of Law, Fordham School of Law.

This landmark conference will bring together leading dispute resolution teachers, scholars and leaders of educational programs to compare perspectives on four decades of change in managing and resolving conflict and the challenges and opportunities that we face now and in the future.

Interactive sessions explored:

  • Balancing skills, law, ethics and policy in the classroom
  • Integrating practitioners into our courses, research and programs
  • Mediation and dispute resolution clinics and public service
  • Initiatives aimed at bridging the societal divide
  • Globalization, culture, legal tradition and ethics in the classroom and research
  • How technology is changing what and how we teach
  • Research and scholarship across borders
  • Big Data's revolutionary effect on research

A one-of-a-kind event and network with colleagues from all over the U.S. and abroad.


Program Information

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Plenary 1:  Appreciating our Legacy: Successes, Failures and Work
                   in Process

  • Andrea Schneider (Moderator)
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow
  • Sharon Press
  • Len Riskin
  • Jean Sternlight
  • Thomas Stipanowich
  • Douglas Yarn
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Plenary 2:  Engaging our Future:  Opportunities and Challenges

  • Noam Ebner (Moderator)
  • Ava Abramowitz
  • Michael Green
  • Chris Guthrie
  • Lela Love
  • Michael Moffitt
  • Nancy Welsh
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

  • Stephanie Blondell and Carolyn Kass, Organizers


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Plenary 3:  Engaging the Real World –
Classroom Teaching and Scholarship

  • Art Hinshaw (Moderator)
  • Jennifer Brown
  • Sarah Cole
  • Dwight Golann
  • John Lande
  • Donna Shestowsky
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Breakout 1:  Learning styles and pedagogy

  • Sarah Cole
  • Brian Pappas
  • Peter Reilly
  • Gary Spitko
  • Maureen Weston

Breakout 2:  Research and scholarship with
a real world focus –methodologies and terminology

  • Howard Herman
  • Russell Korobkin
  • Donna Shestowsky
  • Nancy Welsh
  • Roselle Wissler
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Breakout 3:  Integrating adjunct faculty

  • Ava Abramowitz
  • Tracy Allen
  • Dwight Golann
  • Brian Pappas
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Breakout 4:  Research and scholarship with
a real world focus – studying what practitioners actually do

  • Douglas Frenkel
  • Michaela Keet
  • John Lande
  • Donna Stienstra
5:00 PM End and planning for the next day


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Plenary 4:  Engaging the Real World – Clinics, Service and Outreach

  • Jennifer Reynolds (Moderator)
  • Kelly Browe-Olson
  • Jill Gross
  • Lisa Kloppenberg
  • Josh Stulberg
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Breakout 1:  ADR and access to justice

  • Cynthia Alkon
  • Jennifer Reynolds
  • Andrea Schneider
  • Jean Sternlight

Breakout 2:  Clinics, service and outreach

  • Stephanie Blondell
  • Jill Gross
  • Lela Love    
  • Karen Tokarz             
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Breakout 3:  Bridging the societal divide

  • Art Hinshaw
  • Grande Lum
  • Lydia Nussbaum
  • Carol Pauli
  • Richard Reuben
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Breakout 4:  Dispute resolution programs in evolution

  • Ellen Deason
  • Homer LaRue
  • Sharon Press
  • Peter Robinson
  • Douglas Yarn


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

  • Stephanie Blondell and Carolyn Kass, Organizers
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Plenary 5:  Engaging the Real World –
Globalization and the Technological Revolution

  • Sheila Purcell (Moderator)
  • Hal Abramson
  • Alyson Carrel
  • Colin Rule
  • Amy Schmitz
  • Sukhsimranjit Singh
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Breakout 1:  Cultures, legal traditionsand ethics in the classroom

  • Sukhsimranjit Singh
  • Michael Colatrella
  • Michael Helfand
  • Ellen Waldman


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Breakout 2:  Technology's effect on how and what we teach
  • Erin Archerd
  • Alyson Carrel
  • Lynn Cohn
  • Noam Ebner
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM  Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Breakout 3:  Research and scholarship across borders

  • Tom Stipanowich (Moderator)
  • Hiro Acagaki
  • Hal Abramson
  • Shahla Ali
  • Guillermo Garcia-Sanchez
  • Janet Martinez
  • Victoria Sahani
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Breakout 4:  Big Data's effect on how and what we research

  • Sheila Purcell (Moderator)
  • Jennifer Reynolds (Moderator)
  • Lisa Blomgren Amsler
  • Robert Anderson
  • Anjanette Raymond
  • Amy Schmitz
5:00 PM Conference ends

Confirmed Speakers

Ava Abramowitz Jill Gross Richard Reuben
Hal Abramson  Chris Guthrie Jennifer Reynolds
Shahla Ali  Michael Helfand Leonard Riskin
Cynthia Alkon Howard Herman Peter Robinson
Tracy Allen Art Hinshaw Colin Rule
Lisa Blomgren Amsler Caroyln Kass Victoria Sahani
Robert Anderson Michaela Keet Amy Schmitz
Hiro Aragaki Lisa Kloppenburg Andrea Schneider
Erin Archerd Russell Korobkin Donna Shestowsky
Kelly Browe-Olson John Lande Sukhsimranjit Singh
Stephanie Blondell Homer LaRue Gary Spitko
Jennifer Brown Lela Love Jean Sternlight
Alyson Carrel Grande Lum Donna Stienstra
Lynn Cohn Janet Martinez Tom Stipanowich
Michael Colatrella Carrie Menkel-Meadow Josh Stulberg
Sarah Cole Michael Moffitt Lim Tat
Ellen Deason Lydia Nussbaum Karen Tokarz
Noam Ebner Brian Pappas Ellen Waldman
Douglas Frenkel Carol Pauli Nancy Welsh
Guillermo Garcia-Sanchez Sharon Press Maureen Weston
Dwight Golann Sheila Purcell Roselle Wissler
Michael Green Anjanette Raymond Douglas Yarn
  Peter Reilly  

Pepperdine University

Caruso School of Law

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

campus map denoting school of law location on Pepperdine

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution 

Jeannie Ruse 310.506.7114 or jeannie.ruse@pepperdine.edu

Lori Rushford 310.506.6342 or lori.rushford@pepperdine.edu


Registration, including meals and materials, is $185.00 for the first 100 registrations.  After 100 registrations, the registration fee will be $285.00.

Should a registrant be unable to attend, there is a $50 cancellation fee.  If the cancellation after Tuesday, June 11, no refund will be issued (due to food costs involved).

Meals include continental breakfast and lunch both days, as well as a dinner on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.


These activities have been approved for 12 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law certifies that the activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.  Participants from outside of California should submit the California MCLE form to their state bar for approval after the program is completed.  Please be sure to sign in each day in the CLE sign-in forms located in the classroom. Straus programs have been accepted for MCLE credit across the nation.


All programs of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution are offered with a satisfaction guarantee. If a participant completes the program and is dissatisfied with the course content or performance of the faculty, the tuition fee will be refunded.

 Tax Deduction

Education expenses (including enrollment fees, course materials, and travel costs) may be deductible if they improve or maintain professional skills. Treas. Reg. Sec. I 162-5.

 Location and Times


Pepperdine Caruso School of Law.

24255 Pacific Coast
Malibu, CA  90263


Tuesday, June 18, 2019:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019:  8:30 a.m. to 4:00.

Questions may be directed to Lori Rushford at lori.rushford@pepperdine.edu or call 310.506.6342.


Hotel Information

Hotel List

The Villa Graziadio is located on the Drescher Graduate Campus.  This is not a large hotel, please make your reservation early.  Ask for the Straus Room Block.  The Villa number is (310) 506-1100.   If you are staying only for the June 18-19, conference, we ask that you do not book a room longer than Tuesday, June 18.  Our next program room block, 32nd Professional Skills Program, starts on June 19, so we want to be able to accommodate our participants coming for three nights.  If you are staying for the Professional Skills Program, you will need to book a room in the Professional Skills Program room block.

Please note that there is limited lodging in Malibu. 

Special Hotel Rates

HOTEL ANZA – 13.5 miles southeast   
23627 Calabasas Road (ask for room away
from freeway) Calabasas, CA 91302
Call their reservation line at 818  and ask for the Pepperdine Straus ADR June 2019 room block. – Pepperdine rate $152 plus tax. They waive the parking fees.   If you are staying for the Professional Skill Program ask for the Pepperdine Straus Professional Skills Program room block.

Or register at Pepperdine Straus June 2019 Group

HILTON GARDEN INN – 13 miles southeast
24150 Park Sorrento - Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 591-2300 – Pepperdine rate $185 plus tax
Call their reservation line and ask for the PEPPERDINE Professional Skills Program block, which includes the June 18-19 Conference dates.