APOLOGY, FORgiveness, and Reconciliation | Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution | School of Law | Pepperdine University

APOLOGY, FORgiveness, and Reconciliation

FACULTY:  Peter Robinson (additional faculty information to be posted)

This class will examine each of the themes of Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation. A spectrum of definitions and meanings of each theme will be explored. A variety of approaches on how to implement each theme will be discussed. The material will be addressed from the context of governing our own lives, providing professional advice to another as an advocate, and serving as a mediator. Class material will include religious and non-religious perspectives on these themes.

What you will learn:

• A variety of meanings of apology and forgiveness

• Components of apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation

• Psychological needs addressed by apology and forgiveness

• Attorneys recognizing risks and benefits of client apologies

• Techniques for mediators to encourage apology or forgiveness

• Ethical issues arising from mediators encouraging apology or
   forgiveness

Peter Robinson is managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 39 states and foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, Southern California Mediation Association, and California Dispute Resolution Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006.