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AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution 14th Annual Works-in-Progress Conference

October 7–9, 2021

Taking Place On Campus and Online

The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is delighted to host the 14th Annual AALS Section on Dispute Resolution's Works-in-Progress Scholarship Conference in Malibu, CA on October 7-9, 2021.

The Works-in-Progress Conference convenes scholars and researchers at all levels within the ADR field and cultivates a welcoming atmosphere wherein participants can share their work, exchange ideas, and give or receive feedback with colleagues in attendance. The WIP Conference was last hosted in-person in 2019 by the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at UNLV, and the annual event has been held at various law schools since 2007.

We look forward to welcoming our faculty colleagues on campus in Malibu, in full accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Health guidelines on COVID-19.  And we will also be enabling presenters and attendees to join the event remotely and engage with one another. Please indicate on the registration form how you intend to participate in the event -- in person or online. 

We plan to kick off the Conference with a social event on the evening of Thursday, October 7, and the main program will begin on the morning of Friday, October 8, and continue through mid-day on Saturday, October 9. The registration deadline is Monday, September 6, 2021. If you wish to present your work,  please use this form to upload your submission materials by Monday, September 13, 2021


Conference Agenda

Below you will find a brief schedule of events; please note that we will update this information as the program develops. For additional questions, please contact straus@pepperdine.edu.

Thursday, October 7

Evening Social Event

Friday, October 8

8:00 am: Breakfast and Registration 

8:30 am –12:00 pm: Morning Presentations 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch 

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Afternoon Presentations 

Saturday, October 9

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Presentations

12:30 pm: Lunch 

Optional Outdoor Activity –To Be Announced

Travel, Hotel, and Shuttle Arrangements

The Pepperdine University campus is located in Malibu, California. The nearest airport is Los Angeles International (LAX) which is 18.4 miles away and easily accessible by rental car or ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft. Other nearby airports include Burbank (BUR) (23.3 miles), Long Beach (LGB) (35.9 miles).

All attendees are responsible for making their individual travel and hotel arrangements.

We have reserved a group of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Calabasas for attendees to book at their convenience (link here). When you book, please select the Special Rates button and enter the Pepperdine Corporate Account number 0765494. This will enable you to book at a reduced rate of $179/night. If you have any issues, you may also call 818. 591.2300 to make a reservation over the phone. 

When you register for the conference above, please indicate whether you plan to book using the Straus group rate or if you plan to stay elsewhere during the conference. We will provide shuttle transport between this hotel and the Pepperdine University campus for conference events. 

Note of Gratitude

The Straus Institute would like to thank the Executive Committee Members of AALS’s Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, for their enthusiasm and support of this year’s event. These colleagues include: 

  • Chair, Professor Lydia Nussbaum, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
  • Chair-Elect, Professor Deborah T Eisenberg, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Professor Ronald G. Aronovsky, Southwestern Law School
  • Professor Elayne E. Greenberg, St. John's University School of Law
  • Professor Michael L. Moffitt, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Professor Donna Shestowsky, University of California, Davis, School of Law

 Additional Information

  About the Straus Institute

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is one of the world’s leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution. In its nearly thirty-five year history, the Institute has educated thousands of lawyers and non-law professionals on the foundational theories and cutting-edge practices in ADR, both in the United States and around the world. Straus’ students and alumni span the globe—hailing from countries like Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, and Korea—and of course, across the United States and Southern California. Indeed, a pacesetter in the ADR field, the Straus Institute is committed to preparing the next generation of negotiators, peacemakers, and problem solvers and serving as a driving force for improving the culture of conflict in America. 

Our distinguished ADR faculty include: Managing Director Sukhsimrajit Singh, Professor Tom Stipanowich, Professor Stephanie Blondell, Professor Jack Coe, Professor Michael Helfand, Professor Anthony Miller, Professor Peter Robinson, and Professor Maureen Weston. Judge Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) also serves on our faculty as a Distinguished Mediator-in-Residence. 

  About the AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution 

The Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution promotes members’ interests, activities, and communication of ideas, and provides a forum for discussion of matters of interest in the teaching, research, and improvement of the law and practice relating to Alternative Dispute Resolution (negotiation, arbitration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes). 

In Fall 2018, this Section was selected by AALS as Section of the Year The AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution was honored for a wide variety of section activities including encouraging excellence in scholarship and teaching through its Works-in-Progress conferences and its Legal Educators’ Colloquium. The Works-in-Progress conference offers a supportive environment for feedback and the exchange of ideas designed to improve the scholarship of those attending. 

  Previous AALS Section on ADR Works-in-Progress Conferences

2019: University of Nevada Los Vegas
2018: University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
2017: Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law
2016: Marquette University Law School
2015: Texas A&M School of Law
2014: Southwestern Law School
2013: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
2012: The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
2011: Creighton University School of Law
2010: University of Oregon School of Law
2009: Harvard Law School
2008: Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law
2007: Marquette University Law School

  How to Submit Materials for Presentations at the WIP Conference

If you wish to present at the WIP Conference, please upload your materials using this form by September 13, 2021

Please note that we may not be able to accommodate all presentations at the event and will make selections based on a host of factors including content, completeness of project, etc.  If your article is selected, you will be notified accordingly.