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4th Annual Professional Skills Program in Nashville, Tennessee

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to partner with the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University for this program!


October 18-20, 2018

Nashville, Tennessee

Registration and course information coming soon!

Please contact Sara Oeser at Lipscomb University regarding questions about available courses and registration.

This program takes place on the campus of Lipscomb University.

View the 2018 Brochure

About the Program

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.

Courses - 2017 Information

Participants choose one course to attend.


Registration, including meals and materials, is $1,495. Registrations received by Friday, September 8, 2017, receive a $100 discount.  A reduced rate of $995 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.

The first 50 regular, governmental, nonprofit, or alumni registrations will receive a free ticket to the Grand Ole Opry for Friday night, October 20, 2017!  You will be asked to confirm your ticket on the registration page. 

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, October 16, 2017, or an additional $50 food service fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellations on or after Wednesday October 18, 2017, 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

Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951

  • October 19, 2017 8:30 to 5:00
  • October 20, 2017 8:30 to 4:30
  • October 21, 2017 8:30 to 1:00

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

Hampton Inns & Suites Green Hills Nashville**
2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville, TN  37215  (1.1 miles from the campus)
There will be shuttle service from the Hampton Inn to the Lipscomb campus each day. 

**The Lipscomb room block has closed.   Unfortunately our discounted rates are no longer available.  Please call the hotel directly to check availability at regular rates.

A block of rooms is available at the Hampton Inn & Suites Green Hills on the nights of October 18, 19, and 20, 2017. Rate for a standard king room is $169 plus taxes per night single occupancy and $179 plus taxes per night double occupancy. King suites are an additional $40.  Call the hotel directly (615-777-0001) and ask to make reservation under the "Straus Institute" room block or go to www.nashgreenhillssuites.hamptoninn.com   Type in arrival and departure dates, click on "Add Special Rate Codes", the "Group Code" is STR. Conference rates will automatically populate.  Cut off date to make reservations is Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 12:00 a.m.  There will be shuttle service from the Hampton Inn to the Lipscomb campus each day. 

Courtyard Marriott Brentwood Nashville
103 East Park Drive, Brenwood, TN  37027 (6.4 miles from the campus)
No shuttle service is provided from the Marriott Brentwood.  There is free parking on the Lipscomb Campus.

Directions and Hotel List