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4th Annual Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Baltimore, Maryland

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to partner with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law for this program!

March 17-19, 2016
Baltimore, Maryland

View the 2016 Brochure.

About the Program

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals. Participants will network with nationally prominent faculty, as well as participants from the other specialties at plenary sessions, lunches, and receptions. Early enrollment is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe. Contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail Lori.Rushford@pepperdine.edu to enroll or to request a brochure.

Participants select the process in which they desire expertise (one course only), as all programs will be presented simultaneously. To provide for personalized instruction, enrollment for each course is limited to ensure a close working relationship among the faculty and participants. Course sessions will include lectures, small group discussions, and practice exercises. Faculty and other participants will also provide performance coaching. The synergy of ideas will provide a truly unique learning experience.


Participants choose one course to attend.


Registration, including meals and materials, is $1,495. Registrations received by Friday, February 5, 2016, receive a $100 discount.

A reduced rate of $995 is available for employees of governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and for members of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME). (Early registration discount does NOT apply to the non-profit/governmental rate.) The governmental/nonprofit rate is for FULL-TIME employees only. Please be sure to list your governmental/company address and email on the registration form. You are agreeing that we may contact your employer to verify full-time employment.

Special Format and Rate for Public Sector Mediation!  This is a two-day course only - Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18, 2016.  The cost to attend is $795.

Payment is due at the time of registration to hold your space.

NOTE!!  Should a paid participant be unable to attend, the registration payment, less a $200 cancellation fee, will be refunded or a substitute may attend the program.  Refunds for registrations paid by check will require a W-9 form submitted to the University. This is for internal purposes only to generate a refund check. The refund is not taxed nor would a 1099 be issued.

NOTE: There is a $50 administrative fee for transferring to another program. When canceling, we require notice by Monday, March 14, 2016, or an additional $50 food service fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellations on or after Wednesday March 16, 2016 will result in a $100 food service fee.


All classes and faculty are confirmed. However, unavoidable scheduling conflicts or illness may prevent a faculty member from attending. Straus may replace a faculty member, but also reserves the right to have a class go forward with only one faculty member.


These activities have been approved for 18 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine University 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, Times, and Hotels

Location and Times

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21201

  • March 17, 2016 8:30 to 4:30 (afternoon reception at 4:30*)
  • March 18, 2016 8:30 to 5:00
  • March 19, 2016 8:30 to 1:00

* Please join us for a reception on Thursday, March 18, 2016, at 4:30, at Westminster Hall on the campus of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Participants are welcome to bring a guest.

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


Hotel List

Map of the area


Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown Convention Center
550 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 685-5000
Group Rate: $129.00 plus tax - Reserve room by March 2, 2016
Please reference Group Code: PPP
Or register online

The Hotel Monaco Baltimore
2 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
1-800-KIMPTON or (202) 939-6430 (800 recommended for 24 hour reservation service)
Group Rate: $139.00 plus tax - Reserve room by February 25, 2016
Please reference:
"Pepperdine University and University of Maryland Annual Program Participants"

Hilton Baltimore, 4 blocks from University 
401 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
443-573-8700 or 1-800-HILTONS
Group Rate: $239.00 plus tax - Reserve room by Tuesday, February 23, 2016
To call for a reservation: 1-800 HILTONS code: PSL
To make reservations online:  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/df2ed46f