Sherri Sturgeon

After living and working overseas, Sherri pursued a career in law because of the grave injustice she saw in some of the darkest corners of the globe. Concurrent with her JD, Sherri pursued a Master’s in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University’s Caruso School of Law where she developed a passion for pursuing justice both inside and outside the courtroom. Along with starting an immigration practice and fighting for the dignity of migrants and seeking immigration reform, Sherri has embraced her role as mediator in her work with the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution. As a Professor of Negotiation as well as an Adjunct Faculty Coordinator for the Mediation Clinic, Sherri has seen firsthand the beauty that can result from pursuing ADR over traditional litigation. She has mediated cases in small claims and civil harassment courts, conducted community mediations with the city of Santa Monica, and mediated civil rights violations with the Civil Human Rights and Equity Department of Los Angeles. Her extensive background living overseas, teaching, and seeking to support minority groups has only been furthered by her investment in the field of ADR and she is a firm believer that the peace building work of ADR has application far beyond legal disputes, to not only resolve conflict, but to heal wounds.