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Judge Judith O. Hollinger Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program

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The Judge Judith O. Hollinger Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program will prepare students in the field of arbitration and mediation, a vitally important area of law that will continue to grow in importance in the future. Through the program, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of ADR, and the skills courses will teach them to arbitrate, mediate and negotiate settlements outside of court.

The ADR program offers a wide range of arbitration and mediation courses, an ADR Certificate Program, as well as hands-on practical experience through mediation clinics, practicums/externships, workshops and mock mediation/arbitration competitions. Through such courses students become skilled in active listening, negotiation and creative problem-solving, all of which are highly relevant skills for any practicing attorney.



ADR Program Faculty


Lisa Klerman

Lisa Klerman
Director, Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Ms. Klerman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the USC Gould School of Law Mediation Clinic. She has taught at the law school since 2006. Prior to joining the USC Law faculty, Prof. Klerman was a partner at Morrison & Foerster, where her achievements included several notable jury trials, as well as high-profile appellate cases. Ms. Klerman teaches the Mediation Clinic and Advanced Mediation Clinic.


Adjunct Faculty


The ADR program includes several adjunct faculty members who are successful arbitration and mediation professionals that bring a wealth of experience and skills to the teachings of our ADR courses.

Bernard Alexander

Bernard Alexander
Bernard Alexander is a civil rights attorney focusing on plaintiff employment discrimination. He is an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), having tried over 40 cases to verdict in State and Federal Court. He is currently the Chair of the California Employment Lawyer's Association (CELA), through October 2015. He has been recognized as one of the Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyers, and one of the Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers. He teaches Employment Dispute Mediation.


Richard Chernick

Richard Chernick
Richard Chernick is the Vice President and Managing Director of JAMS' Arbitration Practice. He has frequently been recognized as a top alternative dispute practitioner: He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the past five years and was named Los Angeles Mediation Lawyer of the Year for 2013 by Best Lawyers. Mr. Chernick teaches Arbitration in the United States, and ADR Clause Drafting.


Peter Collisson

Peter Collisson
Mr. Collisson is a practicing attorney and arbitrator in commercial and construction cases, and is officed in Orange County. He is a former Director of the American Arbitration Association, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and has arbitrated over 300 cases. He teaches ADR Ethics.


John Garman

John Garman
John Garman is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and currently serves as the Chair of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Garman is a Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute and a Neutral on the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Panel. He is admitted in California, the District of Columbia and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Mr. Garman teaches the International Arbitration Competition course.


Gail Glick

Gail A. Glick
Gail A. Glick is a founding partner in Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP, an employee rights law firm in Santa Monica. Gail has been litigating employment disputes in California since 1994. She began her career representing defendants in employment disputes, and she has been representing employees exclusively since 2002. Gail obtained her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1994 and her B.A. from Amherst College in 1991. Gail was trained in mediation at Pepperdine ("Intensive Mediation Seminar") and through the LACBA ("Advanced Mediator Skills Training") in 2003, and she began mediating disputes at that time. Gail has been named a "Rising Star" or "Super Lawyer" by Southern California Super Lawyers magazine since 2009. Ms. Glick teaches Employment Dispute Mediation.


Pamela Hemminger

Pamela Hemminger
Pamela Hemminger is a full-time neutral arbitrator and mediator on the special employment, ERISA and national class action panels of the American Arbitration Association, and has served as an arbitrator in over 100 cases. Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Ms. Hemminger was a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles for over 25 years. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a gubernatorial appointee and former Chair of the California Law Revision Commission, a former director of the nonprofit Dispute Resolution Services, and an author and speaker on employment and arbitration matters. Ms. Hemminger teaches Arbitration Advocacy.


Jules Kabat

Jules Kabat
Jules L. Kabat is a founding partner of Russ August & Kabat. Mr. Kabat acts as lead trial and appellate counsel for clients in complex business, real property, intellectual property and related matters, in courts and ADR proceedings in and beyond California. He also represents clients in real property and business transactional matters. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Kabat was recognized as a Super Lawyer by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Mr. Kabat was recognized as a Southern California Top 100 Super Lawyer. Mr. Kabat teaches ADR Clause Drafting.


Marvin E. Krakow

Marvin E. Krakow
Marvin Krakow is one of the founding partners of Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP, a firm devoted to representing employees in civil trials and appeals in federal and state courts, arbitration, mediation and negotiation. His practice has included the areas of wrongful termination of employment, civil rights, class actions, privacy and civil liberties. Mr. Krakow has won six and seven figure results for victims of employment and housing discrimination and unfair insurance practices. He obtained his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974 and graduated cum laude and with high departmental honors from Yale College in 1970, with a B.A. in History, the Arts and Letters. He teaches Employment Dispute Mediation.


Thomas Lenz

Thomas Lenz
Thomas Lenz heads the traditional labor and National Labor Relations Board practice at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He serves on the Executive Committee for the State Bar of California's Labor and Employment Law Section, and becomes the Section's Secretary in October 2015. He has been named one of the Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States by Labor Relations Institute, and received a Commendation from the NLRB's General Counsel while an NLRB attorney (1988-1992). Mr. Lenz teaches Labor Arbitration.


Jason Marsili

Jason Marsili
Jason Marsili is a partner at Posner & Rosen LLP and practices labor and employment law on behalf of individual employees and unions. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and is a Co-Chair of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. He holds a Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Marsili teaches Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy.



Marilyn M. Mordetzky

Marilyn M. Mordetzky
Marilyn Mordetzky is a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She served as a Judicial Officer in the Dependency Court for seven years and was named Judicial Officer of the year in 2011. Commissioner Mordetzky is a past Juvenile Bar President and has conducted numerous seminars for dependency and delinquency practitioners throughout the State of California. She has implemented and curently leads a volunteer-based mediation program at the Edmund D. Edelman Children's Courthouse. Commissioner Mordetzky teaches the Family Law Mediation Clinic.


Barbara Reeves Neal

Barbara Reeves Neal
Ms. Neal has been a full-time neutral since 2006, following a 30-year career as a litigator and corporate counsel. She has served as an arbitrator, mediator, court appointed master, provisional director, and discovery referee in many areas of commercial law in hundreds of matters. Ms. Neal teaches ADR Law and Policy.



Joseph L. Paller Jr.

Joseph L. Paller Jr.
Joseph Paller is a principal of Gilbert & Sackman, a Law Corporation. He represents labor unions, multiemployer plans, and class action plaintiffs. The Daily Journal recently named Mr. Paller as one of the top 75 employment attorneys in California. He has been inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 15 consecutive years. Mr. Paller is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee in Washington, D.C. He is a Co-Editor and Contributing Author for the current edition of Employee Benefits Law, published jointly by the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA. Mr. Paller teaches Labor Arbitration.


Nathan O'Malley

Nathan O'Malley
Mr. O'Malley is a partner with Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt in Los Angeles. His practice focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution. He has acted in numerous international arbitrations, and represented clients before arbitral tribunals seated in The Hague, Geneva, Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt am Main and in the United States. Mr. O'Malley teaches International Laws and Institutions, and International Arbitration.



Deborah Saxe

Deborah Saxe
Deborah Saxe is a sought-after arbitrator and mediator specializing in labor and employment law matters. She has arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases, including wage and hour, ERISA, and employment discrimination class actions, collective actions, and PAGA actions. She is a retired Jones Day Partner, a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators, and past Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Saxe teaches Arbitration Advocacy.


Casey Schwab

Casey Schwab
Casey Schwab is the Director of Business and Legal Affairs for FOX Sports. In this role, he advises on a wide range of sports media business transactions and serves as a liaison to team and league business partners. He also serves as the Division Chair of the ABA Sports Division. Prior to FOX, Casey began his career at the National Football League. He was also the co-founder of ResolutionTable, an online dispute resolution platform specifically tailored to resolving landlord/tenant disputes. Mr. Schwab is an alumnus of the USC Mediation Clinic and volunteers as a mediator for the California Academy of Mediation Professionals. He teaches Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Online Dispute Resolution.


Sukhsimranjit Singh

Sukhsimranjit Singh
Sukhsimranjit Singh teaches Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution. He has published numerous articles in that field, and in 2015 he delivered a TED Talk on Cross-Cultural Communications in Salem, Oregon. He has mediated inter-cultural and commercial cases in the United States, India and Canada and has served as the chief mediator for Atkinson Graduate School of Management. An Honorary Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, he is also a Council Member of the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association. He has trained lawyers and law students in more than twenty states and twelve countries. In addition to teaching at USC, Professor Singh is on the faculty at Pepperdine University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and directs the LLM program.


Katia Yannaca-Small

Katia Yannaca-Small
Katia is Counsel with the International Arbitration and Public International Law Groups of Shearman and Sterling in Washington, DC, where she primarily focuses on representing and advising States, State-owned entities and companies on commercial and investor-State arbitration and public international law issues. Prior to joining the private sector, Katia was the Senior Legal Advisor on International Investment with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in charge of the OECD work on international investment agreements and arbitration. The results of this work have been used as reference by governments and included in several OECD publications. Katia also served as Senior Counsel with the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), where she administered large investor-state arbitrations, and proposed and developed first ICSID's course on ICSID procedure for government officials and practitioners. Katia authored numerous articles and appears as frequent speaker on international investment law and arbitration. She is the editor of, and the author of several chapters of ARBITRATION UNDER INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS: A GUIDE TO THE KEY ISSUES, Oxford University Press, March 2010, (second edition forthcoming in 2017). She teaches International Investment Law and Arbitration.


Martin Sullivan

Martin Sullivan
Martin Sullivan is an attorney with the Los Angeles office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., an international labor and employment law firm. Since 2009, he has mediated cases, initially as a panel mediator with the Los Angeles County Superior Court and currently as a panel mediator with the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section's Saturday Seminar Committee. He has been named a Pasadena Magazine "Top Attorney" since 2011 and a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers magazine since 2014. He instructs and supervises the employment law subsection of the law school's Mediation Clinic.

Caroline Vincent

Caroline Vincent
Caroline Vincent has been recognized as a pioneer in the mediation field. Her three decades of experience include community mediation, public policy and environmental mediation, and commercial mediation and arbitration. She is currently a neutral affiliated with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Vincent is a frequent lecturer and writer on mediation advocacy and ethics, and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the past two years. Ms. Vincent teaches ADR Ethics.

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