Introducing the 2013 Straus Institute Scholars
Pepperdine School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has a history of drawing students and professionals from throughout the world to study the program’s unique curriculum. In its more than 25 years, and with its nine-year run as the top-ranked institute for dispute resolution according to U.S. News & World Report, Straus has hosted more than a dozen academic scholars associated with both the Fulbright and Edmund S. Muskie graduate fellowship programs, as well as the Rotary International Scholar program.
This year, Straus has welcomed three additional internationally recognized scholars to the Malibu campus, continuing its legacy as one of the top sought-out dispute resolution programs in the country.
LIVIA GIORDANO, Rotary International Scholar
Livia Giordano (pictured left) got her start in in dispute resolution as an employment attorney and mediator in her native Switzerland. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Malibu, Giordano has remained involved with the organization and has given multiple speeches in front of club members and Pepperdine University administrators.
Giordano moved to the United States with every intention of returning to her home in Switzerland. However, she has since set her sights on pursuing a career in mediation in the Los Angeles area after graduation in 2013 and would like to eventually branch out into teaching courses in mediation.
TATSIANA BIALIAYEVA, Edmund S. Muskie Scholar
After completing her LLM in international and European law in Lithuania, Tatsiana Bialiayeva (center) immediately began working for the Center for Dispute Resolution in her native Belarus, where she served as an assistant director and trainer and conducted trainings for attorneys and judges. Bialiayeva also served as a legal consultant for International Finance Corporation and as a chief legal analyst for UrSpectr, LLC.
Upon graduating, Bialiayeva would like to create a training mediation center in her home country that would serve area attorneys and judges on up-to-date practices. She would also like to open a mediation clinic that would assist and train law students at Belarusian State University.
MARTIN FRERES, Fulbright Scholar
A native of Cologne, Germany, Martin Freres (right) completed his undergraduate work at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, where he received hands-on experience in mediation. With a primary interest in labor relations, Freres consulted with a German nonprofit organization in implementing a works council that involved local unions. He continued to pursue experience in dispute resolution by obtaining an internship with the German Green Party, as well as holding a position as a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
Freres is also completing courses at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. He plans to return to Germany after he graduates in 2014 to work as a consultant for the implementation of alternative dispute resolution systems.