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Law School Welcomes Distinguished Visiting Faculty For Spring Semester

Four prominent figures in law and academia have returned to the School of Law for the spring 2012 semester: Paul L. Caron, Laurie L. Levenson, Roger Cossack, and Gary Haugen.

"The Pepperdine Law School is privileged indeed to welcome world class legal academicians as visitors this spring," says Pepperdine School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha. "They bring the finest in teaching and research to a faculty that welcomes and inspires this kind of excellence.

"Most important, our students will have an opportunity to learn from the best that the profession has to offer.  These four great teachers and scholars enrich our community and enhance our mutual experience in moving the law and the legal profession forward in serving society in this nation and globally."

Paul L. Caron

Paul Caron

Paul L. Caron, a leading entrepreneurial tax scholar, associate dean of faculty, and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati joins Pepperdine Law for a third time.

"I am thrilled to be back at Pepperdine for my third stint as the D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law," Caron says. "I have long been a fan of Pepperdine's unique mission in American legal education, and I am looking forward to experiencing again how faith permeates day-to-day life at this special law school."

Caron is the author of several books, including Tax Stories (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2009) and Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 6th ed. 2009) (with Paul McDaniel and Jim Repetti). He has most recently authored articles on estate tax and the impact of new technologies on legal scholarship.

In addition, Caron organized the first scholarly conferences on law school rankings and legal blogging. He is series editor for Foundation Press' Law Stories Series based on Tax Stories, series editor for LexisNexis' Graduate Tax Series of books for law schools, publisher and editor of Tax Prof Blog, and publisher and editor-in-chief of Law Professor Blog Network. Caron holds the role of publisher of Leiter's Law School Rankings, an alternative to U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings.

Caron takes on instruction of two classes this spring: Federal Income Taxation and Federal Estate and Gift Tax.

Laurie L. Levenson

Laurie Levenson

Laurie L. Levenson, professor of law, William M. Rains Fellow and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School, returns to the School of Law as a D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor.

As a law student, Levenson served as chief articles editor for the UCLA Law Review. She went on to work as a law clerk to the Honorable James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She was then appointed as assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Section, in Los Angeles before joining the faculty at Southwestern University Law School in 1982 and eventually Loyola in 1989. Levenson also serves as a legal commentator, known for her regular appearances on CBS during the OJ Simpson trial.

Levenson is teaching Criminal Law.

Roger Cossack

Roger Cossack

Roger Cossack's career as a prosecutor and defense lawyer spanned 22 years. In 1984, he argued U.S. v. Leon before the Supreme Court. He has served on the faculty of the UCLA Law School and, in 1994, joined CNN as a legal analyst, covering major U.S. legal events including the Bush v. Gore decision and the impeachment of President Clinton. As co-host of the network's Burden of Proof, Cossack covered the disputed election of 2000. He currently serves as a legal analyst for ESPN, a role he's held since 2002, and weighs in on the relationship between athletics and the law.

"Pepperdine Law has a great national reputation, and it seems that everywhere I go whether it be for ESPN or to give a talk there is someone who asks about Pepperdine and tells me how fortunate I am to be associated with the law school," Cossack says.

The Spring Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for five years, Cossack is teaching Media and the Law. His course was recognized by The National Jurist magazine in 2011 as a "bucket list" must for law students.

Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen, who will join the School of Law in April, is the founder, president and CEO of human rights agency International Justice Mission (IJM). He will return for a second time to teach Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Developing World. Haugen is the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws from Pepperdine, and served as the 2009 commencement speaker.