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1st Annual Professional Skills Program in Tokyo, Japan

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to partner with Hitotsubashi University for this program!

December 9-11, 2015

Tokyo, Japan



About the Program

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals. Participants will network with nationally prominent faculty, as well as participants from the other specialties. Early enrollment is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe.

Participants select the courses in which they desire expertise.  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. Questions can be direct to Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail Lori.Rushford@pepperdine.edu.

Courses Available

Participants select which courses they would like to attend. 


The registration fee is $495 a day.

Some of the classes will close early due to classroom space limitations. You will receive notification that you have a space in the course. Payment will be due in order to hold your space.

Should a paid participant be unable to attend, the tuition, less a non-refundable fee of $200, will be refunded or a substitute may attend the program.

NOTE: When canceling, we require notice by Thursday, December 3, 2015, or an additional $50 food service fee will be deducted from the refund.


Thomas Stipanowich is the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and professor of law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. He is also the academic director of the Straus Institute. Stipanowich brings a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and leader in the field along with wide-ranging experience as a commercial and construction mediator, arbitrator, federal court special master, and facilitator. From 2001 until mid-2006, he served as CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute). He has authored two of the leading books on commercial arbitration and many articles on ADR. Recently he coauthored a groundbreaking book and materials entitled Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law.

Denise R. Madigan has been mediating full-time for over 20 years. She entered the field as associate director for the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program in the early 1980s, and after practicing law at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C, joined the pioneering ADR firm, Endispute, Inc., (which later merged with JAMS). The breadth of her practice is extraordinarily broad, and includes complex commercial, entertainment, intellectual property, insurance, mass accidents, public policy and health care, among others. In addition to her full-time mediation practice, Madigan has taught at the Straus Institute since the mid-1990s, and now serves as director of its Public Disputes Project. She also has designed and/or taught hundreds of tailored negotiation and ADR courses for courts, law firms, government agencies, universities, nonprofits and corporations in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Jack J. Coe, Jr. is a professor of law and is the faculty director of the LL.M program on International Commercial Arbitration. Coe regularly arbitrates and consultants in relation international commercial and investor-state disputes. His training includes advanced studies in Europe as a Rotary Scholar and a clerkship at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Named to Who's Who in International Arbitration, Coe is one of three Associate Reporters on the Restatement of Law: International Commercial Arbitration. He is a regular speaker in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and has taught in several international programs. His writings include, in addition to dozens of essays, the books Protecting Against the Expropriation Risk in Investing Abroad (co-authored with R.C. Allison) (1993), International Commercial Arbitration-American Principles and Practice in a Global Context (1997), and NAFTA Chapter 11 Reports (ed., with Brower and Dodge) (2006). Coe's B.A. degree is from UCLA. His credentials also include a JD from Loyola University (LA), an LL.M from the University of Exeter, the Diploma of the Hague Academy, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.



These activities have been approved for 6.5 hours of MCLE credit for each day (13 hours CLE for two days and 19.5 hours of MCLE for three days) 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.


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

Hitotsubashi University
2-1 Naka, Kunitachi
Tokyo, Japan 186-8601

  • December 9, 2015 9:00 to 5:00

  • December 10, 2015 9:00 to 5:00

  • December 11, 2015 9:00 to 5:00

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

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