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December 2009

Watch the Video: Dean Starr Speaks on the Role of a Solicitor General

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, spoke on the role of a solicitor general with a panel of former U.S. solicitors general on Dec. 8 in the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. Watch the video on C-SPAN.


November 2009

Dean Starr to Argue Before the United States Court of Appeals

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, will argue the case Ward v. NFL at the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, on December 1.

Professor Larson Speaks on Why Darwin Still Matters

Pepperdine's Ed Larson, University Professor and the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law recently spoke at the conference "Why Darwin Still Matters," at Pepperdine University on Nov. 20 and 21. A renowned Darwin scholar, Larson received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (1997).


October 2009

Professor Janet Kerr's Article Earns Acclaim

Janet E. Kerr, professor of law and executive director of the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, has published "The Integrative Market Hypothesis for Stock Market Fluctuations," in the Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. The article, which Kerr co-wrote with alumnus Alessandro Casati (JD '04), recently became the third most downloaded article in the physics and economics category on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Wendel Publishes Deconstructing Legal Analysis

Peter T. Wendel, professor of law, recently published Deconstructing Legal Analysis: A 1L Primer (Aspen, October 2009). The book presents first-year law students with time-tested techniques for learning how to think like a lawyer.

Professor Miller Selected for 2009 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence

Anthony Miller, professor of law, was announced as one of the 2009 recipients of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence on Oct. 2 during the University Faculty Conference. President Andrew K. Benton and Provost Darryl Tippens presented the awards with Jay Brewster, chair of the Howard A. White committee, during the conference luncheon.


September 2009

Professor Cupp Presented with AALA Scholarship Award

Richard L. Cupp, Jr., John W. Wade Professor of Law, was named the 2009 winner of the Professional Scholarship Award by the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) for his article Moving Beyond Animal Rights: A Legal/Contractualist Critique published in the San Diego Law Review. The award was presented at AALA's annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Sept. 25

Judge Einhorn Authors Chapter in Refugee Roulette Book

Judge Bruce Einhorn, director of Pepperdine's Asylum Clinic, recently authored a chapter in the book Refugee Roulette, edited by Paul Schrag of Georgetown Law Center and published by NYU Press. The book analyzes the challenge of dramatically disparate asylum grant rates among federal immigration judges across the United States.

Dean Starr Named in the Top 100 Lawyers in California

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, has been named in the Top 100 Lawyers in California by 'The Daily Journal'. Lawyers are nominated by their peers for the annual list. The Top 100 will be honored in a ceremony on Sept. 22.


August 2009

Maureen Arellano Weston Named New Associate Dean for Research

Maureen Arellano Weston, professor of law, has been named the new associate dean for research at Pepperdine University School of Law, effective September 1, 2009. Weston earned her JD from the University of Colorado and her BA from the University of Denver, magna cum laude.

Kmiec Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta

Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine's Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, was confirmed by the Senate as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Malta on Friday, August 7. The vote was unanimous.


July 2009

Starr and Levine Teach on Jewish and Christian Legal Traditions in Israel

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, and Sam Levine, professor of law, taught a course on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Legal Traditions at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, in July.

Cupp Publishes Moving Beyond Animal Rights in San Diego Law Review

Richard L. Cupp, John W. Wade Professor of Law, recently published the article Moving Beyond Animal Rights: A Legal/Contractualist Critique in the San Diego Law Review. Cupp, who is a longtime Animal Law scholar, frequently writes and lectures on the rising significance of Animal Law. His article documents that rise and provides the view that expanding rights is not the answer to our appropriately increasing sensitivity regarding animals' welfare.

Kmiec Appointed Ambassador to Malta by President Obama

Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine's Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, was appointed to be ambassador to the Republic of Malta by President Barack Obama on July 2. The nomination must first be confirmed by the Senate in September.


June 2009

Video: Kmiec Speaks on the Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Life

Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine's Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, participated in a discussion titled, "The Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Human Life: Is there a common ground on life issues? What is the right response by 'Pro-Life' Citizens?" The panel was hosted by the Catholic University of America at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 28. Watch the video on C-SPAN.


May 2009

Starr and Stipanowich to Participate in the Qatar Law Forum

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, and Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and academic director for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, will participate in a law forum titled, "Global Commitment to the Rule of Law," from May 29-31 in Doha, Qatar.

Cihak to Present on Library Issues in Beijing, China

Herb Cihak, associate dean for Library and Information Services and professor of law, will speak at the China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries regarding law library issues from May 27-30, in Beijing, China.


April 2009

Stipanowich Awarded William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution

Thomas J. Stipanowich was recently named the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, a new endowed chair at Pepperdine University School of Law. Stipanowich is the academic director of Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the number one dispute resolution program in the nation for the last five years.

Childress Presents at Journal for Private International Law Meeting

Professor Donald Earl Childress III, who will publish a forthcoming article on Comity as Conflicts: Resituating Comity as Conflict of Laws, recently presented the article before the bi-annual meeting of the Journal for Private International Law co-sponsored by the journal and the New York University School of Law.

Dean Starr to Argue Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, will argue before the United States Supreme Court on Monday, April 20. The case is Horne v. Flores, which involves the expenditure of state funds toward English language education programs.


March 2009

Greenburg, Eisgruber, Starr, Kmiec, and Amar Speak on Supreme Court Nominations

As part of the Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law hosted a discussion titled, "Supreme Court Nominations: The Confirmation Process," featuring ABC News Correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg and Princeton University Provost Christopher Eisgruber and responses by Dean Ken Starr, Professor Doug Kmiec, and Professor Akhil Amar, on Friday, March 20, at the School of Law.

Scarberry to Testify at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Professor Mark S. Scarberry will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts hearing titled, "Abusive Credit Card Practices and Bankruptcy," on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 a.m. Pacific.


February 2009

Georgetown Presents Dean Starr with Lifetime Service Award

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, was awarded the Lifetime Service Award by Georgetown Law Federalist Society on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.


January 2009

Legal Scholars Debate Lincoln vs. Darwin

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of their birth, Pepperdine University School of Law will host a stimulating debate titled, "Lincoln vs. Darwin: Who Had the Greater Impact on American Law?" on Monday, February 2, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom.

Larson Makes The Wall Street Journal's Top Five List

Edward J. Larson, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, was recently cited in The Wall Street Journal, on Alan Dershowitz's list of Top Five Books about Legal Cases.

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Forum on Obama, Religious Faith, and the Public Square

The Herbert and Elinor Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host a forum titled "Obama, Religious Faith, and the Public Square: A Conversation with Doug Kmiec and John Jones," on Friday, January 23, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room B at the School of Law.

Pepperdine Hosts Panel Discussion on Conflict in Gaza

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted a panel discussion on international law and the media and its impact on the conflict in Gaza on Thursday, January 22.

Dean Starr Speaks on the Obama Administration for C-SPAN

Ken Starr, the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, will appear on C-SPAN tonight at 7:10 p.m. PST to speak on topic of the Solicitor General's office and the work of the new Obama Administration.

Professor Goodman Moderates Discussion on the Civil Rights Movement

Pepperdine will host a panel discussion on the Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, January 21, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room D. Panelists include Raul Ayala of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, Rabbi Judith HaLevy of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, and Reverend Brenda LaMothe of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Pepperdine Professor Chris Goodman will moderate the discussion.

Larson to Offer Historical Perspective on Upcoming Inauguration

As Americans gear up for the next four years under President-elect Barack Obama, Pepperdine School of Law professor Edward J. Larson will reflect on the events leading up to his inauguration. In a colloquium titled "Historical Reflections on the 2008 Election and the Inauguration of President Obama," Larson, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Kresge Reading Room at Payson Library.