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International Arbitration Society Hosts Multiple Events in March

The Pepperdine Caruso Law School International Arbitration Society (PIAS) student organization hosted several events in March alongside the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The week of March 13 was California International Arbitration week. During this week, California Arbitration partnered with the California Lawyers Association and the Straus Institute in conjunction with PIAS to host a series of events and panel discussions addressing innovations in international arbitration. Among the 28 panels presented, topics included renewable energy disputes, IP, and tech disputes resolved in arbitration; developments in ethics, inclusion, and diversity; a new approach to mental health and fitness in the field; recent developments in Ukraine; and Web 3.0. More information may be found at California International Arbitration Week.

On March 17, PIAS hosted Gloria Lim, CEO of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Adriana Uson, the head of Americas SIAC. Lim and Uson introduced students to the work of SIAC as a leading international arbitral institute, with particular importance in the East Asian market. In addition to addressing SIAC’s history, structure, caseload, and arbitral rules, the presentation focused on opportunities for students to get involved with SIAC through journals and internships.

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Finally, on March 20, PIAS, in collaboration with California Arbitration (CalArb), presented “A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner.” Panelists Giorgia Sassine, arbitration and litigation team associate at Musick, Peer & Garrett and co-chair of Young CalArb; Tuyana Molokhoeva, general counsel at Quandray Peak Research and co-chair of Young CalArb; and Donald Smiley, commercial and entertainment arbitrator with AAA and ICDR-FTA, discussed the work of international arbitration practitioners in California and addressed how to break into the field. The panel provided an overview of the field and ways to lay a foundation during law school to work in the field, such as through participating in moot court and internships, and pursuing an LLM degree.

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