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}} Investor Advocacy Clinic In 2010 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation awarded the Straus Institute a grant to establish a comprehensive clinical education program in investor advocacy. The clinic represents all of its clients on a pro bono basis. The Investor Advocacy Clinic is the only FINRA-funded clinic to win every arbitration case tried by the clinic, and no FINRA-funded clinic has had more wins or recovered more money for its clients. The Investor Advocacy Clinic is also is the only FINRA-funded clinic to have produced back-to-back FirstPlace winners in the national James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Public Investor Bar Association. Director Robert A. Uhl and associate director Judith Hale Norris supervise the Investor Advocacy Clinic. The Investor Advocacy Clinic California Bar-certified law students work under the supervision of Uhl to handle arbitrations and mediations before FINRA Dispute Resolution on behalf of California investors who have: claims less than $100,000; have household incomes less than $100,000; and arbitral disputes with their brokers or brokerage firms. In the clinic, students learn critical lawyering skills generally not taught in doctrinal courses. Uhl says that the course and clinic are a win for everyone involved. The students benefit from the hands-on, real-life experience of working on an actual case from start to finish and learning arbitration law in the securities industry. The clients win by having free legal representation from the law students under the direct supervision of Uhl, who has more than 28 years of experience trying securities arbitration cases. And Uhl wins by fulfilling a lifelong dream of teaching the next generation of attorneys what he loves to do.

}} Jack Coe Noted for ICC International Court of Arbitration Appointments — Global Arbitration Review Pepperdine School of Law professor Jack Coe is prominently mentioned in a recent Global Arbitration Review article titled “Who Is Sitting at the ICC?” The article discusses the recent disclosure by the ICC International Court of Arbitration of the composition of its arbitral panels. Coe is recognized as being the sole arbitrator in 12 out of 30 cases appointed to US arbitrators.

}} Straus Welcomes Steve Lepley Straus is happy to welcome Stephen Lepley as the director of operations for student recruitment, marketing, and educational events. (Shellee Warnes continues in her counterpart position as Straus’ director of operations for academic programs and student services.) Lepley comes to Straus with an LLM in dispute resolution and a distinguished career as a civil trial and appellate lawyer. His career included supervising eight attorneys as corporation counsel for Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Later, he supervised a dozen lawyers and a supporting professional staff as chief counsel for a section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, prosecuting civil racketeering and other financial remedies cases against organized crime syndicates and other criminal enterprises.

}} Straus' Women's Negotiation Academy Well Received

Bottom row left to right: Robert A. Uhl, client Margaret Hutchinson, Judith Hale Norris Top row left to right: Jackie Rodgers, Jr., Steven Gagliano, Jacqueline Harvey, Neil Eddington II

The Women's Negotiation Academy, created by Straus professor Stepahnie Blondell, has been offered three times with positive results. Many participants commented that the program fills a need to encourage women to be better negotiators. The academy's use of coaches allows individual feedback for every participant. The program will be offered again in February 2018 at Pepperdine's West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.  |  Pepperdine University


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