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Richard Peterson

Richard Peterson

Senior Director for Experiential Learning and Adjunct Professor of Law

Last Updated: Monday, January 8, 2018

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

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Richard Peterson teaches ADR Law & Policy: Mediation & Arbitration at USC Gould. Peterson has served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Law and Mental Disability Section and the Disability Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He also formerly served as an educational consultant conducting workshops in anger management and conflict resolution curriculum for K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and probation officers in public, private and alternative schools in various states.

Peterson is a passionate advocate for persons with disabilities having served nearly five years as a member of the board of directors of the Regional Center of Orange County, three years as president, and is a frequent speaker to parent organizations, educators, psychologists and related service providers on topics including special education law, dispute resolution, collaborative negotiation, and problem solving. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC), and former member of the professional advisory board of the Epilepsy Alliance of Orange County and the board of directors of La'a Kea Foundation, located in Maui, Hawaii, a non-profit organization planning the development of real estate, occupational programs, and living options for persons with developmental disabilities.

Prior to teaching at USC Gould, Peterson was director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic at Pepperdine Law School, where he directed law students providing advocacy and legal services to parents of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). At Pepperdine, he also served as director of externships and taught Special Education Law, Disability Law, and Dispute Resolution in Education. Peterson holds a BSL and a JD from Western State University, as well as an LLM and MDR from Pepperdine.


The Washington Post
January 10, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on how federal courts weigh the content of President Donald Trump's tweets. “We’ve never had a president tweeting like this,” Frenzen said. “You have these extreme public statements that are shedding light on the motivation of the president in regard to why he is directing Cabinet secretaries to engage in these actions. The courts are saying these are fair game.”


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