About Randy Lowry
Founding Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law B.A., Pepperdine University, 1974 M.P.A, Pepperdine University, 1977 J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1981
Randy Lowry is currently President of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. As the founder and director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine and a professor of law, Professor Lowry has long been one of the nation's leaders in the dispute resolution field. As a professor he provides academic leadership to Pepperdine's extensive dispute resolution program, and is consulted regularly by other universities regarding their work in that field.
Randy has served as a visiting professor at Vermont Law School, University of New Mexico, University of Idaho, Abilene Christian University, Hamline University (Modena, Italy), City University of Hong Kong, as well as Bond University in Australia. As a teacher he trains more than 4000 lawyers, judges, and managers in more that 25 states and several foreign countries each year. Organizations that have utilized his training include Federal Judicial Center, National Judicial Institute (Canada), Nike, Lexis-Nexis, State Farm Insurance, Chevron, and hundreds of others.
He is co-author of three books in dispute resolution. Professor Lowry is also a practitioner of what he teaches, regularly mediating complex cases. Such experiences range from the resolution of multi-million dollar civil cases and public policy disputes in the United States to the resolution of organizational conflict in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, he regularly consults with public and private sector organizations on the effective management of conflict.
Professor Lowry is the co-founder and the first president of the Southern California Mediation Association, and co-founder and board member of the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement. He was a gubernatorial appointment to the California Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, which established California's community dispute resolution programs. He served on the Judicial Council's Task Force on the Quality of Justice, looking at dispute resolution and the courts. Recently Randy was appointed by the Chief Justice of California to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Arbitration Ethics. He has also held leadership roles in many professional associations, including the American Bar Association's Torts and Insurance Practice Section.
As director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Professor Lowry administers its Certificate Program and Master's Degree Program as well as teaches courses in alternative dispute resolution processes; dispute resolution and religion; negotiation; mediation; and advanced mediation.