Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors of Pepperdine University School of Law supports and advances the mission of the university by helping the School of Law achieve the highest standards of academic excellence and maintain its distinctive character. Board of Visitor members are recruited for their accomplishments within and service to their local, national and international communities.

Members of the Board of Visitors (BOV) serve as advisors to the dean and faculty, seek outstanding prospective students to recommend to the school, provide career opportunities for students, introduce leaders in the legal community to Pepperdine, and serve as goodwill ambassadors on a national and global level. BOV members further the School of Law's goals by contributing their personal and professional talents, contacts, and resources to the advancement of the law school. Board members not employed in public service positions are expected to contribute at least $25,000 annually to Pepperdine University School of Law.

The Board of Visitors meets twice a year (once during the fall and spring semesters) and members are expected to attend each meeting.

Member List


Terry Adamson
Commissioner (Retired)
Malibu Superior Court
Malibu, CA
Armand Arabian
Associate Justice (Retired)
Supreme Court of California
Van Nuys, CA
Byron T. Ball ('90)
Senior Partner
The Ball Law Firm, LLP
Los Angeles, CA
David Barrett ('91)
Assistant General Counsel
San Diego Gas and Electric Company
San Diego, CA
Tricia Bigelow ('86)
Presiding Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 8
Los Angeles, CA
André Birotte
United States Federal District Judge
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Los Angeles, CA
David C. Boatwright ('81)
Of Counsel
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch
San Diego, CA
James G. Bohm
Senior Partner
Bohm, Matsen, Kegel & Aguilera, LLP
Costa Mesa, CA
John H. Boswell
Senior Partner
Boswell & Hallmark
Houston, TX
Raymond P. Boucher ('84)
Boucher LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Boyd ('91)
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Laurel Brauer ('94)
President and Owner
Brauer Law Corporation
Irvine, CA
Rick J. Caruso ('83)
Caruso Affiliated
Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Cash ('97)
Bryan Cave LLP
Dallas, TX
Mark T. Cramer ('98)
Buchalter Nemer
Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Gates Davis ('94)
Mayer Brown LLP
Washington, D.C.
Steven J. DeLorenz ('86)
President and Senior Partner
Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C.
Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Dorsey ('97)
United States District Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
Paula T. Douglass
Vice Chairman
Equus II Incorporated
Houston, TX
Bruce J. Einhorn
Senior Judge (Retired)
U.S. Immigration Court
Bell Canyon, CA
Charles R. Eskridge, III ('90)
Quinn Emanuel
Houston, TX
Thomas A. Fessler ('83)
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
Vision Service Plan
Rancho Cordova, CA
Matthew Henegar ('99)
Latham & Watkins
New York, NY
Mark O. Hiepler ('88)
Hiepler & Hiepler
Oxnard, CA
Zna Portlock Houston ('87)
Senior Assistant City Attorney
Labor Relations
Los Angeles, CA
Barbara A. Jones ('89)
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Boston, MA
Janet Kerr ('78)
Professor of Law Emeritus and Founder of Geoffrey H. Palmer
Center for Entreprenuership and the Law
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA
Shawn Khorrami ('95)
Partner and Founder
Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti
Los Angeles, CA
James Lacy ('78)
Managing Partner,
Wewer & Lacy, LLP
Laguna Niguel, CA
Allen M. Linden
Justice (Retired)
Federal Court of Appeal
Ottawa, Canada
Barbara Straus Lodge ('86)
Owner and Executive Vice President
Hartleigh Creations, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Capri Maddox ('01)
Special Assistant City Attorney
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Scott A. Mager ('82)
Chairman & CEO
New York, NY
Michele L. Maryott ('97)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Irvine, CA
John Moriarity
Senior Partner
Moriarity & Associates
Woodland Hills, CA
Beverly O'Connell ('90)
United States District Judge
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Los Angeles, CA
Connolly Oyler
Senior Partner
Oyler & Woldman
Santa Monica, CA
Ronald F. Phillips
University Vice Chancellor & School of Law Dean Emeritus
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
Scott H. Racine ('78)
Partner (Retired)
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Betty A. Richli ('77)
Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal
Fourth Appellate District, Division Two
Riverside, CA
West Seegmiller
The Seegmiller Law Firm
Newport Beach, CA
Richard L. Stack
Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Kenneth W. Starr
Baylor University
Waco, TX
Gary A. Thornton ('82)
Senior Counsel
Jackson Walker, LLP
Austin, TX
Gregory D. Totten ('82)
District Attorney
County of Ventura
Ventura, CA
Barak Vaughn ('01)
Vaughn Cohen
Calabasas, CA
Lev Yasnogorodsky
Ly Development
Palmdale, CA


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