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.
The seminar provided a forum for students to explore the history, sources, and process of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic legal traditions. Topics included capital punishment, self-incrimination, the duty of confidentiality, and the interaction of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic laws with other legal systems. The seminar featured guest speakers from each of the three religious traditions.
Professor Levine received his Rabbinical Ordination at Yeshiva University in 1996, and he has taught at Pepperdine since 2002. He has published more than forty law review articles in the areas of legal ethics, criminal law, law and religion, Jewish law, and constitutional law. His articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, including Fordham Law Review, Houston Law Review, Indiana Law Review, Maryland Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Tulane Law Review, and Utah Law Review.
Dean Starr's areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal courts, federal jurisdiction, and antitrust. He has served as counselor to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, solicitor general of the United States, and independent counsel on the Whitewater matter. As solicitor general, he argued twenty-five cases before the Supreme Court.
The course was part of a summer in Israel program sponsored by Pepperdine University School of Law and Whittier Law School and hosted at Bar-Ilan University School of Law. The program is in its sixth consecutive year and hosted more than 40 students this summer.