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Pepperdine School of Law is Proud to Welcome the Spring Distinguished Visiting Professors

The Pepperdine School of Law is proud to welcome three spring Distinguished Visiting Professors, two D&L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professors, a Distinguished Visiting Jurist, and two Distinguished Practitioners in Residence.

Distinguished Visiting Professors:

Susan Franck is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law where her teaching and scholarship relates to international economic law and dispute resolution. She has also been Visiting Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and a Scholar-In-Residence at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Franck is the author of various articles published in the American Journal of International Law, Fordham Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, and Harvard Journal of International Law.

Donald Harris joins Pepperdine Law for a second semester, 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.

James Tomkovicz joined the faculty in 1982 after serving as a visiting professor at Iowa in the spring of 1981 and an adjunct professor at UCLA during the 1981-82 academic year. Prior to that, Tomkovicz was an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Lands Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also served as a law clerk to Hon. Edward J. Schwartz, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and as law clerk to Hon. John M. Ferren, Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Since joining the Iowa faculty, Tomkovicz has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, and Evidence.

D&L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professors:

Paul Caron is one of the leading entrepreneurial tax scholars in the country. Caron, who is the associate dean of faculty and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati, will be joining the Pepperdine Law faculty permanently beginning in the fall of 2013. He has written five books on tax law, and also writes TaxProf Blog, which The Wall Street Journal has named the country's top tax accounting blog.

Ahmed Taha is serving for the first time as a D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2012-2013 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 & Goodrich in Palo Alto, California; and a former corporate finance analyst for McKinsey & Company, Inc. Taha graduated from Stanford Law School, and received his doctorate in economics from Stanford University.

Distinguished Visiting Jurist:

Justice Allen Linden serves as Distinguished Visiting Jurist at the law school, teaching Advanced Torts Seminar each spring. Previously he served as supernumerary judge of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada and as judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario.

Distinguished Practitioners in Residence:

Mark Belnick is one of America's most distinguished attorneys. An accomplished trial and appellate lawyer, Belnick spent most of his professional career at the preeminent international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifikind, Wharton & Garrison, where he rose to the position of senior litigation partner. After retiring from Paul, Weiss, Belnick served 4 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Counsel of Tyco International, Ltd. Since then, he has headed his own law practice in NYC, concentrating on complex commercial and white collar criminal litigation, internal corporate investigations, and alternative dispute resolution.

Roger Cossack's career as a prosecutor and defense lawyer spanned 22 years. He currently serves as a legal analyst for ESPN, a role he's held since 2002, and weighs in on the relationship between sports and the law. The spring Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for five years, Cossack taught Media and the Law. His course was recognized by The National Jurist magazine in 2011 as a "bucket list" must for law students.

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