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David Talbot (MDR '98) Presented the David McKibbin Excellence in Teaching Award 2021

Pepperdine Caruso Law adjunct professor and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution alumnus David Wilburn Talbot (MDR '98) was presented the 2021 David McKibbin Excellence in Teaching Award by Professors Tom Stipanowich and Sukhsimranjit Singh. The award is given each year to a Caruso Law adjunct faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching and devotion to students. The award is named after one of Caruso Law's former full-time tax professors, David McKibbin, who was beloved by students.

David Talbot has served as Ombudsman for the World Bank Group since September 2011. He previously worked at the Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., where he served as Ombudsman for over 65,000 employees. David has 23 years of experience in conflict resolution as a mediator, trainer, program manager, adjunct professor and ombudsman. Prior to his work at Coca-Cola, David was Director of Community Mediation Services, in Vancouver, Washington, and for the California Academy of Mediation Professionals, in Los Angeles, California. David has been involved in the development of the Ombudsman profession through his service on the International Ombudsman Association (IOA), Board of Directors, and through his membership on the IOA Professional Development Committee, Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee, Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice and Best Practices Committee, and as Coordinator for the IOA developmental courses. He received his JD from the University of Idaho and MDR from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

David has been an adjunct professor with the Straus Institute for the past 12 years where he teaches an Ombudsman course. He is also a valued mentor to many Straus Institute alumni.