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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.