Posted on Apr 05, 2019 |News

New York, NY (April 5, 2019) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, is proud to announce that the scholarship committee at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, one of the nation's leading educational institute for conflict resolution, has awarded two deserving students the NAM Scholarship. Scholarship recipients include Jacqueline Hantgan of Encino, CA and Lirong Ma of Calabasas, CA.

Both students are devoted to learning the skills to manage conflict and are avid supporters of the ADR process. Ms. Hantgan stated, “I am filled with gratitude to be a recipient of the NAM Scholarship. I have seen first hand how crucial dispute resolution can be to help settle matters large and small. I have been volunteering regularly in small claims court. I love going to the court and assisting parties in the mediation process.” Ms. Ma stated, “I hope to serve minority people in California after finishing my program. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.”

The NAM Scholarship is a part of NAM's Gives Back program and was established to help make a difference in the field of ADR and the broader legal community. The program is designed to drive positive change in communities both locally and on a national scale through support of numerous local and national charitable organizations.

The Straus Institute is one of the world's leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution and offers lawyers and non-law practitioners the opportunity to learn arbitration and mediation skills to manage conflict in a variety of settings. Recognized as the foremost academic center of its kind, the Institute brings together an unparalleled full-time teaching and research faculty with scholars and practitioners from around the world. In the over twenty-nine years since its founding, the Straus Institute has established itself as a standard of excellence in preparing effective negotiators, peacemakers and problem solvers and is a driving force for improving the culture of conflict in America.

Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the sixth year in a row, NAM was named a Top ADR Firm in the United States by the 2019 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey, for a second year in a row. Further, seven of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the past eight years and was voted the #1 Online ADR Resource by this year's survey respondents – a testament to the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and thought leadership provided by the firm to the ADR community at large. In 2018, NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the Best of the Midwest and New Jersey Law Journal Annual surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the Best of Connecticut Law Tribune and Texas Lawyer surveys.

NAM works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of more than 2,600 top-tier former judges and legal practitioners uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. NAM maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with deep experience in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

Ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider in the nation by the 2019 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey and the 2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey, NAM offers complimentary continuing legal education programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations.

View some of NAM's most recent accolades:

2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey

2019 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

2018 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

The National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions