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This is the Third Annual Robert Weil Lecture that has been hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services (DRS). Bob Weil was a distinguished judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He was a legal editor and co-author of the Weil & Brown Civil Procedure Practice Guide, which is the leading guide in California. At the end of his career, he was a popular and effective private judge. Our panel tonight is an extraordinary group of arbitration experts. Professor Tom Stipanowich is Co-Director of the Straus Institute at Pepperdine. He is a former President of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute). He is a founding fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and was an academic advisor on the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act. Professor Stephen Ware, from the University of Kansas School of Law, is the author of several really exceptional alternative dispute resolution (ADR) casebooks and treatises, and he is a true scholar of arbitration. And finally, Justice William Rylaarsdam is a member of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Orange County. He's been a judge for twenty-one years. Most importantly, he is now a co-editor of the Weil & Brown Practice Guide, and he is a frequent lecturer for the Rutter Group and others on civil procedure and arbitration topics. He is also the author of several important arbitration cases.