News Briefs S T E V E Y E AT E R Intersession Courses Teach Practical Skills Pacific McGeorge offered four courses during the first intersession between fall and spring semesters, held Jan. 3–11, 2014. Students earned one unit of credit from each of the courses and gained relevant practical experience. Colin Rule, an internationally recognized alternative dispute resolution (ADR) expert, taught an innovative Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) course. Rule is chief operating officer and co-founder of Modria. com, an ODR provider based in Silicon Valley. Rule says ODR is the hottest area of ADR right now because geographically bound courts have difficulty resolving the conflicts. During the course, Pacific McGeorge students employed state-of-the-art ODR technologies through a series of simulations, and they began to wrestle with the challenges of providing effective dispute resolution online. Mona Ebrahimi, a shareholder with Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento, taught the experiential course Representing Local Agencies–Advocate, Neutral Counselor, Risk Assessor. Ebrahimi practices municipal and public agency law, providing general legal Professor Adrienne Brungess teaches Negotiating Disputes into Deals during winter 2014 intersession. counsel and advice to municipalities, counties, special districts and other public entities. Two other experiential courses rounded out the intersession offerings. Professor Adrienne Brungess, who also is the director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy Program, taught Negotiating Disputes into Deals. Katharine Killeen, senior staff counsel with the California Department of Water Resources, taught Preparing and Defending Motions in a Criminal Case. The intersession courses are part of the law school’s innovative Advanced Lawyering Curriculum, which emphasizes hands-on, active learning. The popular courses had full enrollment, and Pacific McGeorge will schedule a similar intersession next winter. Pacific McGeorge Receives Award for ADR Education Efforts Pacific McGeorge received the 2013 Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award in recognition of its long history of promoting education in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and its impact in the community. The award was presented to Dorothy Landsberg, Pauline Nguyen and Michael Colatrella on Oct. 5, 2013, at the Eastern District Judicial Conference in 6 SUMMER 20 14 Olympic Park at Lake Tahoe. The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution offers a full spectrum of alternative dispute resolution courses. Additionally, for the past three years, Pacific McGeorge has made a significant contribution to the Sacramento community through the institution of two innovative mediation clinics, the Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and the Housing Mediation Clinic. Both clinics are noteworthy not only for the services they offer to the community and the education they provide to students but also for the unique public-private partnerships the clinics embody. Pacific McGeorge congratulates everyone who participated in the law school’s alternative dispute resolution programs and courses.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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