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Peter T. Wendel, J.D.
Professor of Law

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  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1983, cum laude
  • M.A., St. Louis University, 1980
  • B.S., University of Chicago, 1979, cum laude

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Professor Wendel was born and raised in Webster Groves, Missouri, and attended the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.S. in Political Science. He earned a master's in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, and then promptly returned to the University of Chicago where he received his J.D. in 1983.

Professor Wendel began his legal career in 1983 in St. Louis. After four years, he returned to the University of Chicago as a Bigelow Instructor and Lecturer in Law. He served for three years as an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law before joining the Pepperdine faculty in 1991. Professor Wendel has been a regular visitor at UCLA School of Law, Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law, and the University of Augsberg, Germany, School of Law. In winter 2012 Professor Wendel received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Augsburg. A member of the Illinois, Missouri, and American Bar Associations, Professor Wendel teaches primarily in the property and wills and trusts areas of law. The aspect of teaching that he enjoys the most is the constant intellectual challenge inherent in legal analysis.

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  • Peter T. Wendel, "The Inheritance Rights of Adopted Adults: Trying to Fit a Square Peg into a Round Hole," Third Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium, Estate Planning: Moral, Religious, and Ethical Perspectives, 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, "Deconstructing Legal Analysis: the Professor's Perspective," La Verne College of Law Faculty Scholarship Series, 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Loyola of New Orleans School of Law, 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Tulane University School of Law (joint workshop at Loyola), 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Gonzaga University School of Law, 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Lewis & Clark University School of Law, 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at University of Oregon School of Law, 2010.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Served as Expert Witness in litigation concerning California question of first impression dealing with the retroactivity of the California version of the Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities, and in particular Civil Code section 715, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" at The National Black Law Student Association's Western Region Academic Retreat, Los Angeles (Southwestern Law School), 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" at The National Black Law Student Association's Western Region Academic Retreat, San Francisco (University of California, Berkeley), 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Santa Clara University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Stanford University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at McGeorge University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at DePaul University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Loyola University (of Chicago) School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Northwestern University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Boston College School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Boston University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Harvard University School of Law (joint workshop at Boston University), 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Pepperdine University School of Law, 2009.
  • Peter T. Wendel, Conducted Academic Success Workshop entitled "Deconstructing Legal Analysis" for students of color at Notre Dame University School, 2009.

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