Dispute Resolution Symposium Features Keynote Talk on the Future of Civil Justice

March 29, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Pepperdine Law Professor Thomas Stipanowich, a leader in the field of conflict resolution, will discuss the future of civil justice at the Tenth Annual Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution on Wednesday, March 31, at The University of Texas School of Law.

The symposium, hosted by the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the School of Law, will also feature 13 University of Texas at Austin graduate and law students presenting research on various dispute resolution topics. The student presentations and the keynote address are free and open to the public.

Stipanowich will give the symposium's keynote address, "Rethinking Civil Justice: The Search for Choice and Flexibility in Public and Private Processes," in the Eidman Courtroom from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Stipanowich is an award-winning author and much-cited authority on arbitration, mediation and other subjects. He is also the director of one of the world's pre-eminent academic programs on dispute resolution, and holds the Pepperdine School of Law's endowed chair in dispute resolution—the William H. Webster Chair.

Graduate students from the Cockrell School of Engineering, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Law will present their research on topics, including domestic violence issues in mediation, dispute resolution in construction, cooperative law and dispute resolution and Texas' immigration debate in the Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room from 9:15-10:20 a.m. and 1:20-4:10 p.m.

The symposium culminates the 10th year of the interdisciplinary Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution. Through this Portfolio Program, law and graduate students from 10 academic units at The University of Texas at Austin pursue a focused curriculum of theory, skills and research on dispute resolution.

The Spring Symposium on Dispute Resolution is sponsored by the Construction Law section and the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the State Bar of Texas. For a schedule of the symposium's events and to find more information on dispute resolution go to the Web site of the Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution.

For more information, contact: Laura Castro, director of media relations, School of Law, 512-825-9525 (cell); Mary Gaski, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, School of Law, 512-471-3507.