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Richard Peterson

Director of the Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Adjunct Professor of Law

Last Updated: Friday, May 4, 2018

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Richard Peterson is the director of the Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution and adjunct professor of law at USC Gould.

Previously at USC Gould, he served as a lecturer in law and also served briefly as senior director for experiential education prior to his current appointment. 

Before coming to USC last fall, Peterson was on the faculty of the Pepperdine University School of Law where he served for 15 years, including as a member of the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  While at Pepperdine, Peterson also served as director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic and as director of externships. Peterson holds a BSL and a JD from Western State University, as well as a MDR and an LLM from Pepperdine.

Peterson has served as chair of the Disability Law Section and the Law and Mental Disability Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) as well as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit corporations including the Regional Center of Orange County, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County and as a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Alliance of Orange County. His scholarly publications include articles on the topic of Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

Before beginning his teaching career in 2002, Richard worked as a consultant to inter-city school districts and schools across the nation, teaching dispute resolution and anger management curriculum to K-12 teachers, administrators, and probation officers as part of gang violence prevention programs. He began practicing law in 1979 and has served as a private mediator and arbitrator for more than 35 years. Richard has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell.

He teaches ADR Law & Policy and the ADR Practical Skills Mediation Clinic course.
 

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