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33rd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution


June 25-27, 2020 - Offered Online Only!


View the 2020 brochure

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About the Professional Skills Program

Due to concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty of future restrictions, Straus Institute has decided to offer this program online. Our priority for the Professional Skills Program is for the health and well-being of our participants and visiting faculty.

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 online classes will have limited enrollment. 

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals.  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.

What remains the same:

  • Same quality MCLE offering
  • Same or comparable faculty
  • Same on the ground syllabus and materials for the program

In looking for the positive for this change in venue, please consider:
Training in the comfort of your home or office,
No travel time and expenses, and
Take advantage of your "shelter-in-place" time by learning dispute resolution skills.

We hope that you will join us in this exciting, new, and informative learning experience delivered with the high standards we have always offered.


2020 Classes Listed Below         

Participants choose one course only to attend for the program. 


Registration, including materials, is $1,795. Registrations received by Friday, May 15, 2020, receive a $100 discount. A reduced rate of $1,195 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 class confirmation and the Zoom instructions .  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. 


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 16 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 and course materials costs) may be deductible if they improve or maintain professional skills. Treas. Reg. Sec. I 162-5.

Location and Times


Online, through the Zoom platform. The link will be provided in a confirmation letter. 


  • June 25, 2020 - 8:00 to 3:00 (5 1/2 hours of instruction)
  • June 26, 2020 - 8:00 to 3:00 (5 1/2 hours of instruction)
  • June 27, 2020 - 8:00 to 2:00  (5 hours of instruction)

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