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Webinar: Preliminary Hearings in Arbitration: Best Practices & First Impressions

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April 17 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Special low price! 1 Hour MCLE

The program provides insight into how arbitrators prepare for and conduct their initial meeting with counsel. Knowing one can never make a second “first impression,” understanding how arbitrators handle Preliminary Hearings is critically important.

Non-Member Price: $55
Member Price: $25

Peter K. Rundle, Managing Shareholder

Peter K. Rundle has maintained a Southern California-based litigation and arbitration practice for 40 years.  His clients are involved in a wide-variety of industries, including real estate, technology, manufacturing, software & IP, lending, finance and trade.  He has represented their interests before state and federal courts, as well as before ICC, ICDR, JAMS, Finra and other ADR tribunals.  During the last 30 years, Mr. Rundle has also been an active independent arbitrator – primarily with the American Arbitration Association – where he serves on the AAA’s National Roster of Arbitrators, and is a member of its Commercial and Real Estate Large, Complex Case (LCC) Panels, as well as its Consumer Panel.  Observing both sides of the same ADR coin – whether as sole or chair arbitrator, or party advocate – has informed Mr. Rundle’s approach to managing the arbitral process practically, fairly and efficiently.  The Preliminary Hearing is the foundation for further arbitral proceedings.  He is a graduate of UC Irvine (Classics) and UC Law – San Francisco (formerly Hastings).

Christine Page, Page Dispute Resolution, Mediator/Arbitrator

Kathleen Smalley

Kathleen Smalley brings more than 40 years of experience – in business roles as a corporate officer, general counsel, director, and trustee; in transactional practice; in trial and appellate litigation; and in government service – to an ADR and consulting practice focused on resolution without the delay, expense, and inconvenience inherent in litigation. A member of the AAA large and complex, commercial, and consumer panels and the FINRA panel, she has arbitrated, as sole arbitrator, panel member, or panel chair, a wide variety of disputes covering many legal disciplines. She formerly served as general counsel of public and private companies; a director of a public company; a trustee of CalSTRS, and a partner in law firms. She has taught classes at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and UCLA Law Schools and will teach in 2024 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.  She served as a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the US Supreme Court and to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit.  She graduated from Harvard Law School (JD) and Rice University (BA).  She is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the American Law Institute, the American College of Mortgage Lawyers, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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