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Straus Arbitration Students Attend Distinguished 13th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture

On January 28, 2020, Professor Jack Coe, Straus Institute's LL.M. students Maria Luisa Mansur, Ana Julia Pincelli, Ramona Vidican, and Gustavo Vieira, and third-year law student, Savannah Billingham-Hemminger, the Editor and Chief of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, attended the 13th Annual Robert Weil Lecture, hosted by the Western Justice Center at JAMS in Downtown Los Angeles.

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law was the only institution to send its students to this event; thus, the students had a fantastic opportunity to learn from and network with top arbitration professionals and scholars.

"As a student attending the Robert I. Weil Lecture at JAMS, I felt privileged to be navigating the new concerns and data about repeat players in arbitration along with knowledgeable practitioners in the field. It also gave me an understanding of the trends my country and other parts of the world are likely to be discussing in the future," said LL.M. student Maria Luisa Mansur.

Titled, "Repeat Players in Arbitration - Perception vs. Reality," the lecture was moderated by Professor Christopher Drahozal and featured Professors Andrea Cann Chandrasekher and David O. Horton as panelists. Together Chandrasekhar and Horton co-authored "Arbitration Nation: Data from Four Providers," 107 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2019), which addresses the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in a "rash of cases mandating that lower courts enforce class [action forced] arbitration waivers in almost all circumstances," and the Obama Administration's response through regulation of arbitration clauses in employment, financial services and health care. The program included a reception prior to the insightful discussion.

Following the event, the Western Justice Center expressed appreciation for the students' attendance at the lecture, stating, "Our future looks bright with students like you!"