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December 2010

Goodman Publishes California Evidence Book

Christine Chambers Goodman, professor of law, recently published California Evidence: Examples & Explanations (Aspen Publishers, November 2010). The book prides a comprehensive guide to the California Evidence Code and highlights the differences between the federal rules of evidence and the California Code. Designed for law students, the book is part of Aspen Publishers' highly-successful "Examples and Explanations" series.


November 2010

McDonald Speaks on Violent Video Games Case for LA Times and CBS News

Barry P. McDonald, professor of law, recently shared expertise on Schwarzenegger v. EMA, the U.S. Supreme Court case regarding violent video games, with national news outlets. He published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 17 and was interviewed by the CBS Evening News on Nov. 2.

Helfand Publishes Op-Ed on Oklahoma's 'Preemptive Strike' Against Islamic Law

Michael A. Helfand, associate professor of law and associate director of Pepperdine's Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 10. Titled "A Law We Don't Need," the piece calls Oklahoma's amendment prohibiting courts from considering Islam's Sharia law in decisions "the product of fear-mongering."

Nelson Publishes 8th Edition of Equitable Remedies Casebook

Grant S. Nelson, William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law, published the 8th edition of Equitable Remedies, Restitution and Damages, Cases and Materials (West) with Candace S. Kovacic-Fleischer and Jean C. Love in November. The book will be available for spring 2011 classes.

Ogden Serves as Reporter for the 2010 Revised Model State Administrative Procedure Act

Gregory L. Ogden, professor of law, served as a reporter for the 2010 revised Model State Administrative Procedure Act (MSAPA). The MSAPA was approved as a final act by the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws with an effective date of October 13. Ogden worked on the project for more than four years, providing research and drafting the text.


October 2010

Cochran Travels to Sudan to Speak on Religious Freedom

Robert F. Cochran Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law and director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, participated in the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIF) conference on religious freedom on Oct. 7 in Juba, Sudan.

James Publishes Op-Ed on Cyberbullying in the New York Times

Bernard James, professor of law, wrote an op-ed on cyberbullying and student suicide for The New York Times on Oct. 1. In the article, James, coauthor of the book Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary, wrote on cyberbullying as a human rights issue.


September 2010

Stipanowich Named Scholar-in-Residence for London Firm

Thomas J. Stipanowich, professor of law, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, has been named the newest scholar-in-residence at the London, England, offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

McNeal Testifies on Jihadist Web Sites for U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Gregory S. McNeal, associate professor of law, was a witness at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade hearing on Wednesday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The hearing is titled, "U.S. Strategy for Countering Jihadist Websites," and was open to the public.

McDonald Reviews the Fifth Term of the Roberts Court

Barry P. McDonald, professor of law, wrote a review of the fifth term of the Roberts Court in the September issue of California Lawyer. The fifth term was first for Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the last for Justice John Paul Stevens. McDonald noted that the chief justice asserted leadership during this term, "save for some divisive (and decidedly activist) decisions."


August 2010

Knaplund Comments on Inheritance Law in Daily Journal

Kristine S. Knaplund, professor of law, shared expertise with the Los Angeles Daily Journal in an article about new inheritance challenges on August 17.


July 2010

Larson Speaks on the Scopes "Monkey Trial" for the BBC World

Edward J. Larson, Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and University Professor, was the featured speaker for a BBC World broadcast on the Scopes "Scopes Monkey Trial" on July 14. Listen to the podcast.


June 2010

Tom Stipanowich Writes on Arbitration for the Daily Journal

Tom Stipanowich, professor of law, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, published an op-ed on the changing mentality toward arbitration in the Daily Journal on June 23.

McDonald Quoted in The Daily Journal

Barry P. McDonald, professor of law, was quoted in the Daily Journal on the recent Supreme Court ruling concerning humanitarian aid to foreign groups designated by the government as terrorist organizations. The article ran in both print editions on June 22.


May 2010

McDonald Publishes Op-Ed on Supreme Court Ruling in The Daily Journal

Barry P. McDonald, professor of law, published an op-ed on the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal law banning the commercial production or sale of animal cruelty videos. The op-ed ran in the Los Angeles and San Francisco editions of the Daily Journal.


March 2010

Knaplund Elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Kristine S. Knaplund, professor of law, was recently elected to be an Academic Fellow for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an organization of the top estate and trust professionals. Only two California law professors have previously been members.

Miller Lectures on International ADR at Annual Meeting

Anthony Miller, professor of law, presented on international alternative dispute resolution for the 2010 Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association on March 19, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Thomas G. Bost Named Interim Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law

Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton and Provost Darryl Tippens have jointly named Thomas G. Bost Interim Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. Bost, former Chair of the University's Board of Regents, has served as a Professor of Law at Pepperdine since 2000. He served as Associate Dean for Academics in 2009.


February 2010

Professor Cupp Speaks on Toyota's Liability in Recall

Richard Cupp, John W. Wade Professor of Law, recently spoke to the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and KFWB News/Talk 980 about Toyota's liability in the expanding recall of their vehicles.


January 2010

Stipanowich's Work Named 'Best Professional Article'

Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, traveled to New York City to receive an award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) this week. His article, "Arbitration: The 'New Litigation'" was named Best Professional Article for 2009. This marks the second time Stipanowich has received the award.