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Nancy L.N. McGinnis, J.D.
Director of Advocacy Programs and Advocacy
Advancement and Assistant Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., Pepperdine University, 1985, cum laude
  • B.A., California State University, 1968

Suburban mom and community volunteer turned lawyer, Professor McGinnis, a faculty member since 1988, taught Legal Research and Writing and Honors Appellate Advocacy for over twenty years. From 2002-2006, she was Associate Dean for Advancement, Alumni, and Public Affairs. She now serves as Director of Advocacy Programs and Advocacy Advancement, leading Pepperdine’s nationally acclaimed moot court program. Although a child of the ‘60s, Professor McGinnis remembers graduating from then-fledgling California State University, Fullerton in 1968 with a bachelor of arts in English.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she was the public information director for the American Cancer Society in Orange County. Once her children were in school, she entered law school, serving as literary editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. She graduated cum laude in 1985 and is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor McGinnis is a longtime member of the American Association of University Women and was a named grant honoree. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc. Her practice of law is now limited to pro bono work for Ventura County organizations/groups in which she has an interest.


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