June 6, 2018 – June 9, 2018

Maadhyam undertakes largest delegation of lawyers for International Pepperdine Training Programme

Maadhyam took the largest delegation of lawyers to an international University for STAR Advanced Mediation from June 6, 7, 8 & 9 2018.  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution -professional skills program gave an opportunity to learn the advanced level mediation training from the following lead trainers.

Peter Robinson is professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law and former managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses throughout the United States and in more than 10 foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the California Dispute Resolution Council, the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, and the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles. The SCMA recognized him as Peacemaker of the Year in 1999. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators andwas recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006 and 2008. After being appointed by the Los Angeles City Attorney, he successfully mediated all the environmental objections to building the Farmers Field football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

Sukhsimranjit Singh is a professional mediator specializing in multi-party, inter-faith and cross-cultural conflict resolution. He is Managing Director of Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and serves as Assistant Professor of Law and Practice at Pepperdine Law. He brings with him more than fifteen years of legal and dispute resolution experience rooted in theory and practice of dispute resolution and international decision making. He has mediated in United States, India and Canada and trained parties in mediation and given keynote addresses in more than a dozen countries. An Honorary Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, he serves as a Council Member of the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association and Executive Committee member of AALS, Section for Dispute Resolution. He is an honorary professor of law at National Law University, Delhi and is appointed mediator at the City of Beverly Hills and at Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Singh obtained his Masters in Laws in Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri Columbia and was a Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law and is mentored by Chief Justice of India, Justice R.C. Lahoti, Mr. P.P. Rao, and Justice G.S. Singhvi, among other legal luminaries.

Hon. Rupa Searight Goswami – the first South Asian woman on the bench in the state of California — was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2013.  Born in India, Rupa grew up in rural Ohio and Florida.  Prior to joining the bench, she served as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office for more than 11 years where she earned the Director’s Award.  As an AUSA, Rupa was recognized by the former Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Humane Society for her work tackling cyber fraud, environmental crimes, child sex tourism, and crimes involving endangered species.  Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Rupa clerked for Justice Nora M. Manella, then a United States District Judge and for Terence T. Evans of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  She was also a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.  A graduate of the University of Chicago and UCLA School of Law, Rupa holds both an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Booth School of Business and a JD.  Prior to joining the legal profession, she was a banker in Chicago.  Since moving to Los Angeles, Rupa has been active in community service, serving on the California State Bar JNE commission, as a pro tem judge, a juvenile teen court moderator and an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Loyola Law School.  Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, serves the Los Angeles Superior court as an elected member of the Executive Committee, works on the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“APABA”) judicial pipeline project, and in 2017 sat pro tem as a Justice on the California Court of Appeal.  A past co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (“SABA”), Rupa now heads SABA-SC’s Steering Committee.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, children, and elderly parents.

Ms. Rebecca Callahan, Esq. (Commercial Mediator): Rebecca Callahan is a 30-year, AV-rated attorney who spent her career handling complex business litigation matters in state and federal court. She is now a full-time mediator, arbitrator and court referee, and is a member of the mediation and arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association. Rebecca has been in the ADR trenches for 15+ years and knows how to put theory into practice. She has mediated over 800 cases and has arbitrated dozens of cases to award. Her areas of expertise include business/commercial, E-Discovery, employment, financial elder abuse, real estate and wills and trust disputes. Ms. Callahan’s specialty is resolving business / money disputes. Rebecca received her JD from Cal Berkeley and her undergraduate degree from USC. She also holds an LLM in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law / Straus Institute, where she serves as an adjunct professor teaching mediation, arbitration and mediating the litigated case. She is a distinguished member of several court-annexed ADR programs, including the one sponsored by the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Stephanie Blondell, Esq. : Professor Blondell is an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Professor Blondell is the Director of the Master of Dispute Resolution Program in West Los Angeles. Professor Blondell teaches Mediation Theory and Practice, Psychology of Conflict, Criminal Law, and supervises the Mediation Clinic. Professor Blondell also is a lead faculty for Mediating the Litigated Case in Washington, D.C. and internationally. Prior to joining the Pepperdine community, Professor Blondell served as the Manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, a labor-management and public policy mediation program serving a tri-county region in Seattle. Professor Blondell also served as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented an employment mediation program for City government in a joint labor-management context. Professor Blondell was also the Court and Program Manager for the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, managing the mediation activities of twelve divisions of the district court. In these capacities, Professor Blondell trained and supervised the mediation practicum of over a hundred law students, attorneys and non-attorneys. It is here she developed a passion for passing on the face of rigorous and mindful professionalism to new lawyers in a classroom and clinical setting.

Prof. Thomas Stipanowich, Arb: holds the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, as well as the Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (ranked first by peers in U.S. News & World Report ratings for 11 of the last 12 years).  He is an internationally known scholar, speaker and thought leader, the author of more than fifty books and articles, and an experienced commercial arbitrator and mediator. Stipanowich came to Pepperdine in 2006 after serving as the President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a Manhattan-based nonprofit think tank, before which he enjoyed a long career as a chaired law professor, attorney, and dispute resolution professional. Stipanowich co-authored the much-cited five-volume Federal Arbitration Law, cited by the Supreme Court and many other courts (and when published was named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers); was the Editor-in-Chief of Commercial Arbitration at Its Best(2001); and co-authors the popular text and materials Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law (Wolters Kluwer, 3d ed. 2016).  He served as Editor-in-Chief of the College of Commercial Arbitrators Protocols for Expeditious, Cost Effective Commercial Arbitration (2010), which received the 2010 Practical Achievement Award from the CPR Institute and the 2011 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.  He twice received the CPR Best Professional Article award, most recently for “Arbitration: The ‘New Litigation’” and “Arbitration and Choice.”  He is also the recipient of two of the dispute resolution field’s highest honors, the D’Alemberte-Raven Award from the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (2008) for outstanding contributions to the field, as well as CPR’s James F. Henry Award (2016) for “outstanding achievement by individuals for distinguished, sustained contributions to the field of ADR.”

The training sessions gave advantage to learn on advanced seminar on mediating effectively. This seminar consisted of expert mediators and arbitrators from across United States. A detailed lesson on mediation in the context of dispute resolution was given. Past Practice of Negotiation-Advent of Mediation in the Continuum was also part of the learning exercise.  Other sessions also included the following- how mediation works; Mediator styles & star system of advanced mediation; Preparing for mediation framing issues and creating an agenda; facilitating communication; active listening/validation; facilitating negotiation/distributive bargaining; integrative bargaining; getting past no and distinguishing between issues and interests; breaking impasse in a mediation session one; mediation simulation; public policy mediation; breaking impasse two Mediating with memory;: mediating across cultures breaking; impasse across cultures part one; mediating across cultures; future of mediation: mixed modes and ODR.