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Straus Students Selected for Externships at Renowned Conflict Prevention and Resolution Institute

LLM Students Arjan Bir Sodhi and Katerina Karamousalidou were selected this year to pursue externships at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) in New York City. The Institute drives a global prevention and dispute resolution culture through the thought leadership of its diverse member companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics. Through the Straus Externship Program, both Arjan Bir and Katerina were able to secure externships at CPR and found the training to be invaluable in building their ADR careers.

Arjan Bir completed his externship last semester and authored seven articles on ADR developments, which covered emerging legal issues and topics. “I assisted in-house counsel, law firm attorneys, and CPR executive staff presenting their work and observed mediations to learn the ins and outs of the process. I am grateful to my mentors and the Straus Institute for this incredible training; I could not have asked for a better experience in global ADR practice.”

Katerina started her internship in January and writes and publishes articles on cases and legislation, assisting counsel and CPR members for presentations by researching legal issues on topics of dispute resolution and new developments in ADR. She adds, “I also have the opportunity to observe mediation and arbitration sessions, attend CPR meetings with industry leaders and legal experts, and help with the preparation of the CPR 2022 Annual Meeting, which is focused on the theme of technology and alternative dispute resolution. The intersection of technology and ADR is one of the areas that I am really excited about, so the opportunity to work in this area feels very special.”

The Straus Institue offers dynamic externship experiences across industries for students in its LL.M. and Masters Degree programs.