January 13, 2014
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific offered four courses during the first-ever intersession between fall and spring semesters held Jan. 3-11, 2014. Each of the courses gave one unit of credit and relevant practical experience to McGeorge students.
Colin Rule, an internationally recognized Advanced Dispute Resolution (ADR) expert, taught an innovative "Online Dispute Resolution" (ODR) course from Jan. 3-5. Colin Rule is COO and Co-Founder of Modria.com, an ODR provider based in Silicon Valley. From 2003 to 2011 he was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. In 2002, Colin co-founded the Online Public Disputes Project (now eDeliberation.com) which applies ODR to multiparty, public disputes. Rule co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO (2000) and President.
According to Rule, ODR is the hottest area of ADR right now, and geographically bound courts cannot resolve the conflicts. During the course McGeorge students tried out 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 (KMTG) in Sacramento, taught the experiential course "Representing Local Agencies-Advocate, Neutral Counselor, Risk Assessor," from Jan. 6-11. Ebrahimi practices in the municipal and public agency area providing general legal counsel and advice to municipalities, counties, special districts and other public entities. She is also a certified mediator experienced in alternative dispute resolution, offering clients a cost-effective, non-litigation option for resolving conflicts.
Two other experiential courses rounded out the intersession offerings. McGeorge professor Adrienne Brungess, who also is the director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy Program, taught "Negotiating Disputes into Deals," from Jan. 7-10. Katharine Killeen, Senior Staff Counsel with the California Department of Water Resources, taught "Preparing and Defending Motions in a Criminal Case," from Jan. 10-11.
The new intersession courses are part of McGeorge's innovative Advanced Lawyering Curriculum, which emphasizes hands-on active learning. The popular courses had full enrollment, and McGeorge plans to offer another intersession next winter.