PETER ROBINSON is Managing Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. Professor Robinson?s humor, energy and ability to articulate lessons from his mediation experiences have made him a popular lecturer and trainer; he has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than thirty states and in Argentina, Canada, England, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, can Mexico. Prior to joining the Pepperdine community, Mr. Robinson served as the director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles (CCS), a non-profit dispute resolution center and a staff attorney for a US Government agency that insures pension benefits pursuant to ERISA. He has served on the boards of CCS, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and the California Dispute Resolution Council. The SCMA recognized him as Peacemaker of the Year in 1999. He is a honorary member of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006.