October 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

The Future of Commercial Arbitration: 3rd Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture on October 22

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Associate Justice William F. Rylaarsdam of the California Court of Appeal, District 4; Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, Academic Co-Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law; and Professor Stephen J. Ware of the University of Kansas School of Law will discuss current critical issues in arbitration practice and its relationship to the court at the 3rd Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture, cosponsored by LACBA’s Dispute Resolution Services and the California Judges Association. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. will be moderated by Richard Chernick, Weil Lecture Committee Chair, and vice president and managing director of JAMS Arbitration Practice.

The 2008 Weil panelists bring an extraordinary range of experience and expertise to the subject. Justice Rylaarsdam, a renowned expert on commercial arbitration, is the current co-author and editor of Weil & Brown’s California Practice Guide: Civil Procedure Before Trial, originally co-authored and nurtured by Judge Weil. Professor Stipanowich was president and CEO of the New York-based International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution prior to joining the Straus Institute. Professor Ware is the author of Principles of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law in America: A Critical Assessment.

The annual lecture was established in 2006 to honor the late Superior Court Judge Robert I. Weil, a true legend of the California judiciary who began a second career in the field of alternative dispute resolution after retiring from the bench. Chernick calls the lecture a most fitting tribute because a hallmark of Judge Weil’s career “was his role as an educator of all who came into contact with him. When he and others started the ‘Gold Card’ for retired judges practicing private judging, he designated himself director of education and twice-yearly distributed materials to his colleagues on dispute resolution subjects, all gathered from his innumerable sources of information.”

Tickets for the event are $125. For reservations and further information, click here or contact Anita Almonte at aalmonte@lacba.org or 213-896-6537.

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