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31st Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California


June 21-23, 2018

Malibu, California (This year's program will be held on the Drescher Graduate Campus due to School of Law renovations!)

View the 2018 Brochure

All 12 classes for the 2018 program are listed below!

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SAVE THE DATE: On the evening of June 20, 2018, Pepperdine/Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution will be hosting a dinner appetizer reception at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica. Registrants of the Professional Skills Program are invited to attend for a fee of $100. This will be a wonderful opportunity to network with Inn members as well as fellow PSP participants. More information will be sent to those who are registered for the Professional Skills Program.  Registration for the reception is limited!



Restoring Civility in an Overheated Society

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Malibu, CA

With Tracy Allen, Eric Galton, and Sukhsimran Singh
Join us for stimulating discussion and dialogue the afternoon prior to the Professional Skills Program.
Attendance is free!  Must RSVP below:

Please click here for additional information and to RSVP


About the Professional Skills Program

In June 2017 the 30th Annual Professional Skills Program had over 250 participants from 30 states and 4 foreign countries! Register early for 2018 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.

2018 Classes

Participants choose one course only to attend for the program. 


Registration, including meals and materials, is $1,595. Registrations received by Friday, May 11, 2018, 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.

NOTE!! 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.

NOTE: There is a $50 administrative fee for transferring to another program. When canceling, we require notice by Monday, June 18, 2018, or an additional $50 food service fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellations on or after Wednesday, June 20, 2018, will result in a $100 food service 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 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


Due to the renovations at the School of Law, this year's program will be at the Drescher Graduate Campus on the Malibu Campus.  Directions to the Drescher Graduate Campus will be sent with confirmation letters.

24255 Pacific Coast
Malibu, CA  90263


  • June 21, 2018 - 8:30 to 4:30 (afternoon reception at 4:30)
  • June 22, 2018 - 8:30 to 5:00
  • June 23, 2018 - 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 our faculty stay at this hotel.  Please make your reservation early.  Ask for the Professional Skills Program block.  Their number is (310) 506-1100.

Please note that 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 our out of town guests who are not renting cars to have the spaces on the shuttle. Parking is plentiful on the Drescher Campus for the training program.

Special Hotel Rates and Complimentary Pepperdine Campus Shuttle Service

HILTON GARDEN INN – 13 miles southeast  THE ROOM BLOCK IS SOLD OUT.  Please call Marilyn Talaguit at the Hilton (818) 449-5181 and she will assist you in securing a room at the best available rate.
24150 Park Sorrento - Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 591-2300 – Pepperdine rate $169
Hilton Pepperdine Straus Reservation
1. Select dates
2. Corporate Account - J18 should already be in the code box.
If you prefer to call, please indicate it is the PEPPERDINE 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 $145 plus tax. They waive the parking fees.
Or you can register online at: Anza Pepperdine Straus Reservation

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.