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Professor Babette Boliek - Pepperdine School of Law

Babette E. Boliek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Law


Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Faculty Support Services: (310) 506-4676

Professor Boliek earned her BA with distinction from California State University, Chico, her JD from Columbia University School of Law and her PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis. While at Columbia, she was both a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a John M. Olin Fellow for Law and Economics. Her doctoral, and much of her subsequent research, focuses on the theoretical and quantitative analysis of legal issues of the U.S. communications industry. Professor Boliek's scholarly research also focuses on issues in administrative, antitrust, and communications and sports law. Professor Boliek clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2009, Professor Boliek served as a Senior Fellow at the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, where she integrated her background in law and applied economics to analyze media, Internet, and telecommunications issues. Professor Boliek's work at George Mason followed and echoed her experience as a Fellow for the Center for Communication Law and Policy, a joint research venture of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the Annenberg School of Communication. Prior to her scholarship posts, Professor Boliek practiced corporate law at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman in New York City. While in private practice, she worked primarily with clients in the media and telecommunications industries and her practice areas included mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance. At Pepperdine, Professor Boliek teaches in the areas of contracts, antitrust, corporations, and communications law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contract Law
  • Law and Economics


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2007
  • J.D., Columbia University, 1998
  • B.A., California State University, Chico

Scholarship & Activities

Key Works


  • Babette Boliek, The FCC's Evidentiary Problem, 12 I/S: J. L. & POL'Y FOR INFO SOC'Y 45 (2016)
  • Babette Boliek, Antitrust, Regulation and the "New" Rules of Sports Telecasts, 65 HASTINGS L.J. 501 (2014) SSRNHeinOnline
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, Agencies in Crises?: An Examination of State and Federal Agency Emergency Powers, 81 FORDHAM L. REV. 3339 (2013) SSRNHeinOnline
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, FCC Regulation Versus Antitrust: How Net Neutrality Is Defining the Boundaries, 52 B.C. L. REV. 1627 (2011) SSRNHeinOnline
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, Wireless Net Neutrality Regulation and the Problem with Pricing: An Empirical, Cautionary Tale, 16 MICH. TELECOMM. TECH. L. REV. 1 (2009) SSRNHeinOnline

Popular Press

  • Babette Boliek and Derek T. Muller, The Donald on "SNL": Equal Time Isn't Needed, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Nov. 4, 2015.
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, Speaker, Antitrust, Regulation and the New Rules of Sports Telecasts, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida (Aug. 2013).
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, Net Neutrality and International Law, Albany Law School (Apr. 2011).
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, The Law of Disaster, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference (July 2011).
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, Net Neutrality and the Boundaries of Regulation, Willamette University School of Law (Sept. 2010).
  • Babette E.L. Boliek, Public Utility Regulation in Wireless: A Failed Experiment, Speaker, Information Economy Project Conference, From Monopoly to Competition or Competition to Monopoly? U.S. Broadband Markets in 2013, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia (Apr. 2013).

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