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Introducing the Fall 2012 Visiting Professors

Three key names in the legal field have joined the Pepperdine School of Law as visiting professors for the fall 2012 semester.

Akhil Amar has spent nearly a decade serving as a D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor. The Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.

In addition to teaming with Pepperdine law professor and dean of research, Robert Pushaw, to teach an intensive two-week course on constitutional law, Amar also will present his latest book, America's Unwritten Constitution, as the university celebrates the 225th anniversary of the United States Constitution in August.

"I am most looking forward to connecting with the students and reconnecting old friends," he said. "I first came to Pepperdine for the beach and stayed for the people."

Donald Harris joins Pepperdine Law for the first time, teaching four courses on intellectual property, patents, sales, and trademarks. A former associate in the San Francisco office of Cooley Godward, Harris currently serves as an associate law professor at Temple University. He graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and received his LLM from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

"Each school has its own character," Harris said. "With Pepperdine I am most looking forward to teaching at a school that incorporates faith and religion with the law. This is relatively unique in American law schools and Pepperdine has been doing this successfully for a long time. I also respect the student body, which is on par with any in the country. These two aspects of Pepperdine are very appealing and I look forward to seeing them both up close."

Ahmed Taha will serve for the first time as a D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2012-13 academic year. Focusing on civil procedure and law and economics in the fall, and corporations and accounting in the spring, Taha brings a wealth of experience to Pepperdine. A professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, Taha is a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Department; a former litigation associate for Wilson, Sonsini, and Goodrich in Palo Alto, Calif.; and a former corporate finance analyst for McKinsey and Company, Inc. in New York. Taha graduated from Stanford Law School, and received his doctorate in economics from Stanford University.

"Pepperdine is an excellent law school that has a strong religious tradition, yet respects all faiths," he said. "I'm most looking forward to meeting new students and making new friends on the faculty."