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Shelley Ross Saxer, J.D.
Vice Dean and Laure Sudreau-Rippe Endowed Professor of Law

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  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
  • B.S., Pepperdine University, 1980, summa cum laude

Curriculum Vitae

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While in law school, Dean Saxer served as the chief managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California and then worked briefly as a corporate associate for the Century City law offices of O'Melveny & Myers.

She has published articles dealing with liquor store overconcentration in urban areas, the use of religious institutions for homeless shelters, conflict between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, eminent domain, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, sex offender property disclosures and residency restrictions, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights. Dean Saxer is a co-author of Contemporary Property, American Casebook Series, Thomson West (4th ed. with Grant S. Nelson, Dale A. Whitman, and Colleen Medill). She is also working on a book with Craig "Tony" Arnold, titled Environmental Sustainability & Resiliency Law & Policy to be published by Wolters Kluwer.

Since joining the Pepperdine faculty in 1991, she has taught courses in real property, land use, community property, remedies, environmental law, and water law. Dean Saxer served as the Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Executive Committee member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Property Section between 2009 and 2012. She was on the Board of Directors for the Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS) in 2013 and 2014 and was the Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2014 ALPS conference held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Dean Saxer is a member of the Order of the Coif, the American Bar Association, and the California State Bar. She has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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