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A Supreme Legacy

Pepperdine University School of Law continued its long tradition of hosting U.S. Supreme Court justices by hosting four justices in one academic year.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito

The school welcomed Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas in the fall, and Antonin Scalia and retired justice Sandra Day O'Connor in the spring. In August, Associate Justice Samuel Alito taught Advanced Constitutional Law for the second consecutive year. He also gave a lecture on "Lawyering and the Craft of Judicial Opinion Writing."
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Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

In September, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas visited the school to give the Second Annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture. Thomas spoke in conversation with Dean Ken Starr, Professor Shelley Saxer, and alumnus Charles R. Eskridge (JD '90), a partner with the commercial litigation law firm of Susman Godfrey LLP.
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Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia visited the law school on March 9. Scalia spoke on a variety of legal topics, including how the Court has changed over the years.
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Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

On March 27, retired justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave the Third Annual William French Smith Lecture. The conversation included Dean Starr, professors Carol A. Chase and Colleen Graffy, and Virginia Milstead (JD '04), a litigation associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
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"At Pepperdine, we take seriously the challenge of providing our students with the very best in educational opportunities," says Dean Starr. "To host four justices in one year is an exceptional honor of which we are especially proud."

The justices' lectures came on the heels of a visit from Chief Justice John Roberts, who gave the keynote address at the 31st Annual Law School Dinner in February 2008. In years past, Pepperdine has hosted justices William Rehnquist, Harry Blackmun, Byron White, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, and Tom Clark, as well as previous visits by O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.