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Former Superior Court Judge Alice Sullivan to Chair The Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees

La Jolla, CA. April 4, 2003 - The Honorable Alice D. Sullivan (Ret.), a former Alameda County Superior Court Judge, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Judge Sullivan replaces former Chair John D. Diekman, Ph.D., who remains on the board.

"We are honored to have Judge Sullivan leading our Board, having benefited from her participation as a member for the past several years," said TSRI President Richard Lerner, M.D. "She is a person of great integrity who possesses a unique set of insights, experiences, and skills."

Since 1992, Judge Sullivan has worked in private practice in the resolution of business disputes, particularly in the life science and technology fields. She is founder and chief executive officer of Private Judge, Inc., a firm that provides expertise in the resolution of international business disputes.

Over the last 10 years, she has mediated over 1,000 cases and has served as an arbitrator in more than 100 cases. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) International and complex case panels, World Intellectual Property Assn. (WIPO), International Chamber of Commerce and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), among others.

Judge Sullivan is a frequent speaker and trainer in mediation topics, including internet and intellectual property, and she has spoken at such institutions as Santa Clara University, The Rutter Group, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, Department of Commerce/Federal Trade Commission, American Bar Association, and The State Bar of California. She recently spoke at the US Department of Commerce/Federal Trade Commission hearings on "What Should the Rules Be for Online Dispute Resolution?"

From 1981 to 1989, Judge Sullivan served as a judge in Alameda County, California, and from 1989 to 1992, she served as a judge on the San Diego County California Superior Court.

In 1969, Judge Sullivan received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was a member of the Board of Editors of the Santa Clara Law Review and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Law. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1970 and the Massachusetts Bar in 1971.

Among her numerous professional activities and awards, Judge Sullivan is a former member of the boards of the California Judges Association; the National Association of Women Judges; and has served on the Ethics Committee of the California Judges Association. She is Vice President of the board of Kids Included Together (KIT), a San Diego non-profit organization that helps support recreational and social programs for children with disabilities.

TSRI is one of the largest, private, non-profit scientific research organizations in the world. 2001 and 2002 Nobel laureates in chemistry are among its distinguished scientists. TSRI is recognized for its research in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, immunology, the neurosciences, and molecular medicine. Additional information about the institute can be found at http//

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