Students Form New Alternative Dispute Resolution Group

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an up-and-coming practice area, and a group of Whittier Law School students are bringing it to the forefront at the Law School.

A new ADR organization was formed this fall by 3L students Kyle Varga, Elon Manson, Charles Lee and Mike Ruttle. This new student group dovetails perfectly with the School’s focus on providing a practical education with hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

Says Varga, “There are already campus organizations that focus on litigation. But in many cases, conflicts don’t ever make it to litigation. We wanted to start a club that would help students develop the skills necessary for alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, negotiation, arbitration and client counseling. The skill of negotiation is crucial to lawyers, and mediation helps you to understand others’ positions. These skills can be used not only in law, but in every facet of life. It’s very practical and very applicable.”

The group is off to a fast start. Teams from Whittier Law School’s ADR group have competed in negotiation competitions in San Diego, Santa Clara and San Francisco, and plan to compete in a mediation competition in San Diego.

The organization is being coached by Professor Lapin, an adjunct faculty with extensive experience in international negotiation and mediation. Professor Pritikin and Professor Yildirim are faculty advisors.

Photo (from left to right): Gavril Gabriel, Randilyn Nordstrom, Sarah Perez and Jason Souza