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Bernard James, J.D.
Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1983
  • B.G.S., Univeristy of Michigan, 1977

Bernard James teaches courses in Civil Rights, Federalism, Individual Rights, First Amendment, Education Law, and State Constitutional Law. He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals. He has also taught education law to doctoral candidates at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education.

Professor James is the author of the textbook Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary (Vandeplas Publishing 2009). He serves as a senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice where he published Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs (DOJ Programs 1997).



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  • Bernard James, T.L.O. and Cell Phones: Student Privacy and Smart Devices After Riley v. California, 101 IOWA L. REV. 343 (2015)
  • Bernard James, Tinker in the Era of Judicial Deference: The Search for Bad Faith, 81 UMKC L.REV. 601 (2013)
  • Bernard James, SROs, Safe Schools, and the Interagency Agreement, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Spring 2010
  • Bernard James, Safe Schools and Special Education Students, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Spring 2009
  • Bernard James, The Safe Schools Movement and SRO Liability, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Summer 2009
  • Bernard James, Safe Schools and the Law 2009, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Fall 2009
  • Bernard James, Safe Schools, Cell Phones, and the Fourth Amendment, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Winter 2009
  • Bernard James, Safe Schools, Information Sharing and FERPA, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Summer 2007, at 22
  • Bernard James, Fine Tuning the Educator/SRO Relationship Part I: Lessons Learned from the Interrogation Cases, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Fall 2007, at 22
  • Bernard James & Joanne E. K. Larson, The Doctrine of Deference: Shifting Constitutional Presumptions and the Supreme Court's Restatement of Student Rights after Board of Education v. Earls, 56 S.C. L. REV. 1 (2004) HeinOnline
  • Bernard James, What Locke Portends (2003-2004 Supreme Court Review), NAT'L L.J., Aug. 2, 2004, at S10
  • Bernard James, Privacy and Education: Lawrence, Bollinger (Supreme Court Review: 2002-2003 Term), NAT'L L.J., Aug. 4, 2003, at S8
  • Bernard James, Empowering Educators (Supreme Court Review), NAT'L L.J., Aug. 5, 2002, at C7
  • Bernard James, The "Good News' Ruling (Supreme Court Preview, 2000-2001 Term), NAT'L L.J., Aug. 6, 2001, at C10
  • Bernard James, No Landmarks Among First Amendment Cases (Supreme Court Term Analysis, 1999-2000), NAT'L L.J., Aug. 7, 2000, at A27
  • Bernard James, Law May Be On Giuliani's Side (Brooklyn Museum Controversy), NAT'L L.J., Nov. 1, 1999 at A25
  • Bernard James & Suzane Doucette, Campaign Contribution Limits: Will the Supreme Court Pull the Plug on Buckley?, 1999-2000 PREVIEW U.S. SUP. CT. CAS. 52 (1999-2000) HeinOnline
  • Bernard James, The States' Rights Cases Provoke Fire; the Cases Do Venture Into New Constitutional Territory, But the Issues are Still Developing (Supreme Court Review), NAT'L L.J., Aug. 16, 1999 at B10
  • Bernard James, Can the Federal Government Continue to Ban Truthful, Nonmisleading Broadcasts of Casino Gambling Ads?, 1998-1999 PREVIEW U.S. SUP. CT. CAS. 414 (1998-99) HeinOnline

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