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33rd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California


June 25-27, 2020 

Malibu, California

View the 2019 brochure 

2020 Brochure to be posted!

We recommend using google chrome web browser for registration.


About the Professional Skills Program

In June 2019 the 32nd Annual Professional Skills Program had over 260 participants from 22 states and 5 foreign countries!  Register early for 2020 as some courses will sell out.

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides two and a half 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.

2020 Classes Listed Below         

Participants choose one course only to attend for the program. 


Registration, including meals and materials, is $1,595. Registrations received by Friday, May 15, 2020, receive a $100 discount. A reduced rate of $1,095 is available for full-time employees of governmental and nonprofit organizations. Please note the early registration discount does NOT apply to the governmental or nonprofit rate. By requesting this rate, you agree that we may contact your employer for verification. Payment is due at the time of registration to hold your space.

CONFIRMATION LETTERS WILL BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY IN EARLY APRIL 2020.  The letter will include your confirmation letter, directions to the campus, and a parking permit.  If you have any concerns, please feel free to email lori.rushford@pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310-506-6342.


1. Should a paid participant be unable to attend, the registration payment, less a $300 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.

2. There is a $100 administrative fee for transferring to another program. 

3. There is a $150 food service fee if you do not cancel by Friday, June 19, 2020.  This $150 food service fee will be added to the $300 cancellation fee. 


When the program is posted, listed faculty are confirmed. However, unavoidable scheduling conflicts or illness may prevent faculty from attending. If such an event occurs, Straus reserves the right to have a class go forward with only one faculty if a substitute cannot be found.


These activities have been approved for 17 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.  Directions to the Caruso School of Law will be sent with confirmation letters.

24255 Pacific Coast
Malibu, CA  90263


  • June 25, 2020 - 8:30 to 4:30 (afternoon reception at 4:30)
  • June 26, 2020 - 8:30 to 5:00
  • June 27, 2020- 8:30 to 1:00

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 and Straus faculty stay at this hotel.  Please make your reservation early.  Ask for the Professional Skills Program block.  The Villa number is (310) 506-1100.

There is limited lodging in Malibu. We will have shuttle service from both the Anza Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn in Calabasas - a 20 minute drive to the campus. THE SHUTTLE IS ONLY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A CAR!  Please allow out of town guests who are not renting cars to have the spaces on the shuttle. Parking is free and plentiful on the Malibu campus for the training program.

Special Hotel Rates and Complimentary Pepperdine Campus Shuttle Service

HILTON GARDEN INN – 13 miles southeast
24150 Park Sorrento - Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 591-2300 – Pepperdine rate for June 2020 is $189.00 plus tax.  Parking and WiFi included.  Please use code PEC
Hilton Pepperdine Straus Reservation 
If you prefer to call, please indicate it is the Pepperdine Professional Skills Program block.

HOTEL ANZA – 13.5 miles southeast 
23627 Calabasas Road (ask for room away
from freeway) Calabasas, CA 91302
Call their reservation line at 800-893-7680 and ask for the Pepperdine Staus rate. – Pepperdine rate for June 2020 is $159.00 plus tax. They waive the parking fees.
Or you can register online at: Pepperdine Straus June 2020

The a.m. shuttle will pick up first at the
Anza, then Hilton – on the return, drop off will be first at the Hilton, then Anza.