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December 2008

Pepperdine Hosts Alien Tort Statute Colloquium

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted torts scholars, international law scholars, corporate counsel, judges, and practitioners at Pepperdine's Malibu Beach House on December 12.

Professor Knaplund Makes SSRN Top Ten List

Professor Kristine S. Knaplund's paper entitled, "Postmortem Conception and a Father's Last Will" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for AE: Biomedical Ethics (Topic) and ETH: Applied Ethics (Topic).

Cochran Publishes Second Edition of Lawyers, Clients, and Moral Responsibility

Robert F. Cochran, Jr., recently published the second edition of Lawyers, Clients, and Moral Responsibility with Thomas L. Shaffer.


November 2008

Video: Cupp and Green Speak on Products Liability

Dean Cupp and Professor Green spoke on the restatement and liability for defective drugs. Dean Cupp also spoke on the future of products liability. Watch the video.

Knaplund Addresses ABA Fall Leadership Conference

Professor Kristine S. Knaplund, who is co-chair of the ABA Committee on Bioethics this year, addressed the ABA Fall Leadership Conference in Montreal, Canada, on Nov. 7. She spoke on "Hot Topics in Bioethics," inlcuding ballot measures in a number of states that attempt to regulate when frozen embryos can be discarded.

Dean Starr Speaks on the Court at Berkeley and SMU Dedman

Ken Starr, the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, recently spoke at two conferences and was quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

Being Ken Starr

If you know one thing about Ken Starr, it's probably something related to the Whitewater Investigation. If you know two things about Ken Starr, it might be that he moved to Malibu, California, to take the helm at Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004.

Stipanowich Speaks in Four States and Two Countries this Fall

Tom Stipanowich, professor of law and academic director of Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will maintain a busy schedule even at the end of the fall semester with twelve major speaking engagements in four states and two countries.


October 2008

A Teacher's Teacher

Two summers ago, Pepperdine School of Law professor Kristine S. Knaplund read every probate file in the Los Angeles County Archives in the first year stored there-1893. Why? "I love the stories," she says.

Federalist Society Hosts Bainbridge, Scarberry, and Nelson for Financial Crisis Discussion

Pepperdine's Federalist Society will host Stephen Bainbridge, the William D. Warren Professor of Law at UCLA, in addition to Pepperdine's Mark Scarberry, professor of law, and Grant Nelson, the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law, for a discussion titled, "Are We Facing the Great Depression 2.0? The Financial Crisis of 2008," on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Room C.

Kaufman and Kmiec Debate Presidential Nominees

Pepperdine professors Robert Kaufman, a John McCain supporter, and Douglas Kmiec, a Barack Obama supporter, will defend their preferred presidential nominees during a debate on Monday, Oct. 13. School of Public Policy dean James R. Wilburn will moderate the debate, which begins at 7 p.m. in Smothers Theatre on the Malibu campus.

Professors Chase, Knaplund, and Schultz Awarded for Teaching Excellence

Professors Carol A. Chase, Kristine S. Knaplund, and Steven M. Schultz were named the recipients of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence on Friday, Oct. 3.

Scarberry Quoted in the National Law Journal

Professor Mark Scarberry, whose major academic interest is bankruptcy law, lent his expertise to the National Law Journal for an article on possible implications of the bailout and the power of bankruptcy judges.


September 2008

Professor Richard Peterson Leads Special Education Advocacy Clinic

After battling their local school district for 11 and a half years on behalf of their son's education, the Cahills were drowning in legal documents, struggling under the weight of hefty tuition bills, and feeling voiceless after having been denied representation by two different special education lawyers due to the complexity of their case. All this in pursuit of a "free" and "appropriate" education for their son-a right that many take for granted. Bringing justice to families like the Cahills is the mission of the Pepperdine clinic, which Peterson founded in 2002.

Judge Einhorn Writes Op-ed for the Daily Journal

Judge Bruce Einhorn, a retired federal immigration judge who now serves as a professor of asylum and refugee law at Pepperdine, wrote an op-ed titled "Bush's Department of the Inferior" published in the Daily Journal on Sept. 17.

Professor Doug Kmiec Releases New Book

Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, released a new book titled Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama, published by the Overlook Press on Sept. 17.

Professor Kmiec Featured in The New Yorker

Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, was recently featured in The New Yorker magazine in an article titled "Party Faithful" on Sept. 8.


August 2008

Dean Cupp Publishes Op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Rick Cupp, associate dean for research and the John W. Wade Professor of Law, published an op-ed titled "Now we can provide for a pet's future" about California legislation regarding companion animals in the Sacramento Bee. The article was published on August 17.

Cochran Featured in Christianity Today

Bob Cochran, the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law and director of the Herb and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, was featured in the August issue of Christianity Today in an article titled "Redeeming Law."

Scarberry and Nelson Quoted in Wall Street Journal and LA Times

Professor Mark Scarberry, whose major academic interest is bankruptcy law, lent his expertise to the Wall Street Journal for an article on a new high for bankruptcy filings published on August 13. On Friday, August 15, the LA Times quoted Pepperdine Real Estate scholar Grant Nelson, the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law, on a difference real estate issue.

Judge Einhorn Writes on Partisanship and Immigration Judges for the Daily Journal

Judge Bruce Einhorn, a retired federal immigration judge who now serves as a professor of asylum and refugee law at Pepperdine, wrote an op-ed titled "Injustice at Justice" published in the Daily Journal on August 1.


July 2008

Pepperdine Law London Program Hosts Professor Ed Larson

The Pepperdine Law School London Program will host Pulitzer Prize Winner and the Hugh and Hazel Darling Professor of Law, Edward J. Larson, for a lecture titled, "Adams, Jefferson, and the Emergence of the American Two Party System: An Election Year Retrospective." The lecture will be held in the Albemarle Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, at 7 p.m. on July 24.

Dean Rick Cupp Featured in the Daily Journal and USA Today

Dean Cupp was also interview by USA Today on July 15 regarding the possibility of several countries in Europe granting great apes the same legal rights as humans.

Professor Knaplund Gives Plenary at AALS Conference

Professor Kristine S. Knaplund was a featured speaker at the Association of American Law School's (AALS) Workshop for New Law School Teachers in Washington, D.C. from June 25 to 29. She gave a plenary for 150 new professors from all over the country on the application of learning theory to the classroom. She talked about obstacles to student learning and gave eight ideas to encourage active learning.

McDonald Discusses Obscenity Law in the LA Times

Professor Barry McDonald, an expert on the law governing freedom of expression, wrote about obscenity and the First Amendment in the LA Times this week.


June 2008

Dean Starr Teaches Federal State Powers in London

Ken Starr, the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean, will leave Malibu, California, for London, England, to teach Federal State Powers at Pepperdine's Summer London Program from June 30 to August 7.

Kmiec Meets Obama for a Private Conversation on Faith

Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, recently met with presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama for a private conversation on faith. Together with religious leaders from Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, and other traditions, the group talked about the senator's deep faith and its influence on his politics.

Larson's Newest Book Enjoys Presidential Commendation

Professor Edward J. Larson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recently met with President George W. Bush to discuss his newest book, A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. The commander in chief welcomed Professor Larson to a private meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the book.