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March 2014

Professor Knaplund Honored in Harvard Law "Women Inspiring Change" Exhibit

Professor Kris Knaplund was honored as part of a Harvard Law "Women Inspiring Change" exhibit, which took place on the Harvard Law School campus on March 6-14, 2014.


January 2014

McNeal Participates in Rare Briefing At NSA

Professor Gregory S. McNeal and eight other experts in national security, technology, and privacy recently attended a series of unprecedented briefings at the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md.

Greg McNeal Talks Drones on MSNBC

Professor Gregory McNeal appeared on MSNBC to discuss the FAA's selection of civilian drone testing sites in nine states.


November 2013

Jim Gash Honored as International Lawyer of the Year

At the State Bar of California's Annual Meeting on October 12, 2013, the International Law Section honored Pepperdine Law's Professor James A. Gash as the winner of the 2013 Warren G. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award.


September 2013

Greg McNeal Wins Article of the Year Award, Awarded Prestigious Grant

Greg McNeal, associate professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law, has received the 2013 Article of the Year award from the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law for his article "Targeted Killing and Accountability".


July 2012

Michael Helfand's Writing Selected for the Yale, Harvard, and Stanford Junior Faculty Forum

Michael Helfand's article, Litigating Religion, was selected for presentation at the Junior Faculty Forum (formerly the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum), an event sponsored by the Yale, Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. The Junior Faculty Forum has been convened for the past 13 years and each year, papers selected for the Junior Faculty Forum are reviewed and evaluated by a committee of scholars. This year only 17 papers were selected for presentation at the two-day event held June 2-3.


May 2012

Robert Cochran Publishes Louis D. Brandeis's MIT Lectures on Law (1892-1894)

Robert Cochran, director of The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, and Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, has published Louis D. Brandeis's MIT Lectures On Law (1892-1894), a book of edits to Brandeis's lectures during his time as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Published by the Carolina Academic Press in April, the book was five years in the making.


April 2012

Douglas Kmiec Publishes New Book on Faith and Politics

Pepperdine professor of law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law Douglas W. Kmiec has published Lift Up Your Hearts, a faith based book focusing primarily on reflections from his past and current roles in politics, and the climate of today's political campaigns.

Douglas Kmiec Publishes New Book on Faith and Politics

Pepperdine professor of law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law Douglas W. Kmiec has published Lift Up Your Hearts, a faith based book focusing primarily on reflections from his past and current roles in politics, and the climate of today's political campaigns.


January 2012

Peter Wendel Awarded Honorary Doctorate From University of Augsburg

Pepperdine professor of law Peter Wendel has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Augsburg School of Law in Germany for his years of service as a visiting professor.

Stipanowich's CCA 'Protocols' Reach Fortune 1,000 General Counsel

The College of Commercial Arbitrators' (CCA) Protocols for Expeditious, Cost Effective Commercial Arbitration, edited by Thomas J. Stipanowich, was recently distributed to each of the Fortune 1,000 corporate general counsel by one of their leading peers.


November 2011

Dean Tacha Publishes Op-Ed on Higher Education for Daily Journal

An op-ed written by School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha was published in the Tuesday, Nov. 29, edition of the Daily Journal. In it, Tachacontests the doubt surrounding the effectiveness of higher education.

Childress Releases Book on "The Role of Ethics in International Law"

In his debut tome, The Role of Ethics in International Law, associate professor of law Donald Earl Childress III ("Trey") has authored and collected chapters encouraging a self-critical reflection on the function of ethical discourse in international law's public and private dimensions. Childress' aim is to push international lawyers to recognize inherent assumptions in their lines of argumentation that call for further scrutiny, especially as international lawyers make sense ofthe varying ideas of the right and the good and the indeed of law that exist throughout the world.

Kmiec Lectures at Jewish Center on Reconciliation and Civil Discourse

Doug W. Kmiec, Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law and former U.S. Ambassador to Malta, presented a lecture at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue on November 13 as part of their TED conference. His deeply personal lecture, titled "Love Your Enemies, Kill Your Friends, Hate Your Life," promoted civility and finding the common ground in public and private discourse.


September 2011

Graffy Contributes Column to the Sunday Times

Professor Colleen Graffy contributed an article to The Sunday Times in London. The article appears below, reprinted with permission.

Stipanowich Addresses Arbitration Law for Supreme Court Arbitration Symposium

Thomas J. Stipanowich, professor of law, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, is actively engaged in the national debate surrounding predispute or "mandatory" arbitration agreements in consumer and employment contracts.


August 2011

Dean Tacha Teaches Defining the Rule of Law at Oxford

Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law and professor of law, recently taught "Defining the Rule of Law" at Oxford University from July 11- 19, in Oxford, England.


July 2011

McDonald Shares Expertise with National Media

Barry P. McDonald, professor of law, recently shared legal expertise with the Los Angeles Times and Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk. In the Times article McDonald discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of the majority of the 9th Circuit Courts decisions. On Air Talk, he spoke on a case in which a half-hearted death threat was posted in a Yahoo! chatroom against President Obama during his candidacy in 2008.

Scarberry Writes Op-Ed on the Debt Ceiling for Huffington Post

Mark S. Scarberry, professor of law, recently published an article in the Huffington Post with Huffington Post Contributor Nancy Altman entitled "Disentangling Social Security from the Debt Ceiling." The article details the ways that social security can continue to cut checks with or without an increase in the debt ceiling.

Cochran Speaks on the Social Responsibility of Christian Universities in Korea

Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law and director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics recently spoke at a conference entitled, "The Social Responsibility of the Christian College," in Handong, Korea. Cochran's speech was on the topic of Jesus and the Law, based on an essay he is writing with Professor Dallas Willard for an upcoming book.

Cupp's Article Cited By U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

An article written by Richard L. Cupp, John W. Wade professor of law, was recently cited by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in her dissenting opinion in J. McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro. The case re-examined the decision formalized in Asahi Metal Industry v. Superior Court (1987).

Helfand Publishes Op-ed on San Francisco's Proposed Circumcision Ban

Michael A. Helfand, associate professor of law and associate director of Pepperdine University's Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, recently published an op-ed in the Daily Journal.

Miller Appointed to Los Angeles City Employee Relations Board

Anthony Miller, professor of law, was recently confirmed unanimously by city council to the Los Angeles City Employee Relations Board. The board establishes policies and procedures for the administration of employer employee relations in city government and provides for the formal recognition of employee organizations that represent city employees.


June 2011

Professors McDonald, Cupp, and McNeal Share Expertise with National Media

Three Pepperdine Law professors recently shared expertise with NPR, The Daily Journal, and Fox News during the month of June.


May 2011

McNeal Publishes Op-Ed on Bin Laden Aftermath

Gregory S. McNeal, associate professor of law, published an op-ed in Foreign Policy magazine titled, "The Bin Laden Aftermath: Why Obama Chose SEALs Not Drones," on May 5.


January 2011

Stipanowich Awarded for Commercial Arbitration Protocols

Thomas J. Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and professor of law, recently served as Editor-in-Chief for a new set of arbitration protocols for the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Entitled Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration, the work received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution's Practical Achievement Award last week.


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.


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.


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.