Negeen Rivani recently graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law with a certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of California Los Angeles where she graduated cum laude. In addition to her externship for a federal judge, the Honorable Valerie Baker Fairbank, Negeen is the editor for the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. She represented Pepperdine in the American Bar Association's Mediation Competition in Berkeley and in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. She is currently a law clerk for Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP where she assists the attorneys in several fields of law, including bad faith insurance.
Online Mediation: If the Shoe Fits
As the Internet expanded the opportunities for transactions among buyers and sellers from different counties, several roadblocks emerged during disputes, including the expense of filing a lawsuit in a foreign country, the complex jurisdiction issues, and the distances involved. In response, an online forum surfaced as the most efficient way for the two parties to resolve any potential conflicts. Skeptics of online mediation have resisted the new forum due to the inability to communicate face-to-face and the lack of familiarity with the cyber-environment. Today, however, online mediation is no longer perceived as an experiment. As a matter of fact, the cyberspace model of online dispute resolution has expanded its disputes from simple e-commerce transactions to cater to a wide array of disputes.