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December 2014

Summer Bar Admissions Ceremony Swears-In 56 New Admittees

Hours after heavy rain led to a striking double rainbow over the campus, fifty-six Pepperdine Law alumni culminated their law school journey with the school's annual summer bar admissions ceremony.

October 2014

Judge Lamberth and Dean Tacha Discuss Transnational Litigation

Today, Judge Lamberth joined Dean Tacha -- former Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit -- for a candid conversation about transnational litigation. The discussion was held in Pepperdine Law's Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom before an audience of students, faculty, and visitors.

Pepperdine Law Hosts Conference on Campus Domestic Violence

With the explosion of high-profile domestic violence incidents reported in recent months, it would be easy to assume that Pepperdine School of Law's October 10-11 conference, "Student Life, Relationships and the Law: Confronting Domestic Violence in Higher Education," was planned in response. But the origins of the conference can be traced to Pepperdine alumna and donor Laure Sudreau-Rippe (JD '97), who approached Dean Deanell Reece Tacha a year ago to propose the event.

September 2014

Tricia Bigelow ('86) Named Judge of the Year

Justice Tricia A. Bigelow (JD '86), presiding justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight in Los Angeles, CA, has been awarded the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence (formerly "Jurist of the Year") by the California Courts' Judicial Council.

August 2014

Pepperdine Law Faculty In The News - July

Last month, Pepperdine Law faculty made a number of appearances in the media.

Pepperdine Law Conducts First-Ever "Launch Week"

Last week, the Parris Institute for Professional Formation hosted 222 first-year law students for Pepperdine Law's inaugural "Launch Week".

July 2014

Andre Birotte, Jr. (JD '91) Confirmed as Federal District Judge

The United States Senate has confirmed the nomination of U.S. Attorney and 1991 Pepperdine Law alumnus Andre Birotte, Jr., to serve as a district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Jessie Fahy Hired as Director of Alumni Relations

Jessie Johnston Fahy, Esq. (JD' 11) will to return to Pepperdine on Monday, August 18 as Director of Law Alumni Relations.

Professor Helfand Publishes Op-Ed on Hobby Lobby Decision in Washington Times

An op-ed written by Professor Michael Helfand on the Supreme Court's recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was published in the Tuesday, July 1 edition of the Washington Times.

June 2014

Sandra Day O'Connor Film Wins Emmy

A groundbreaking partnership formed by California judicial leaders and Hollywood has won an Emmy Award for the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).

Straus Institute Hosts 27th Annual Professional Skills Program

The Straus Institute's largest professional skills program in almost three decades took place Thursday-Saturday, June 19-21, 2014.

February Bar Admissions Ceremony Among Largest Ever

Last Friday, June 6, in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom, fifteen Pepperdine Law graduates were admitted into the California and federal courts before an audience of sixty friends, family, staff, and faculty.

Meet Daniel Dewalt, New Asst Director of Parris Professionalism Institute

Pepperdine Law is pleased to welcome Daniel J. DeWalt as the first Assistant Director of the Parris Professionalism Institute.

May 2014

9th Annual Golf Tournament Benefits Global Justice Program

Last Monday, nearly 60 students, alumni, family, and friends participated in Pepperdine Law's 9th Annual Pepperdine School of Law Golf Tournament.

Pepperdine Celebrates 2014 Commencement

On Friday, May 16, Pepperdine University School of Law awarded 225 JD, LLM, and MDR degrees to participants in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

April 2014

Lieutenant General Flora Darpino Gives Presentation at Pepperdine

On Wednesday, April 16, Lieutenant General Flora Darpino will provide a special presentation at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Million Dollar Gift Launches Parris Professionalism Institute

During the 41st Annual School of Law Dinner, Dean Deanell Reece Tacha announced a gift of one million dollars - plus an additional million-dollar pledge in matching funds –R. Rex and Carrol Parris from Carrol and R. Rex Parris. The gift from Ms. Parris, a Seaver College Board of Visitors member, and Mr. Parris, mayor of Lancaster, California, and partner of R. Rex Parris Law Firm, will go toward the formation of the Parris Professionalism Institute.

John Rizzo Speaks at National Security Law Symposium

On Friday, April 4, 2014, over 120 people attended Pepperdine Law Review's annual symposium in Malibu, California, with dozens more viewing the sessions via live Internet streaming. The event, entitled "The Future of National Security Law," featured over a dozen panelists with backgrounds in military law, diplomacy, and intelligence. The featured speaker was former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Rizzo.

March 2014

Justice Alito Speaks at 41st Annual Law Dinner

On Saturday, March 12, 2014, more than seven hundred guests attended Pepperdine's 41st Annual School of Law Dinner.

Letter from Dean: Reflecting on Rankings Successes

Now is the time to be thankful for your tireless support of Pepperdine University School of Law and its mission to train lawyers for lives of purpose, service and leadership.

Alumni-Funded Lockers Installed

The Law Advancement team is pleased to announce that 520 new lockers have been installed on the first floor of the School of Law.

Professor Knaplund Honored in Harvard Law "Women Inspiring Change" Exhibit

Professor Kris Knaplund was honored as part of a Harvard Law "Women Inspiring Change" exhibit, which took place on the Harvard Law School campus on March 6-14, 2014.

February 2014

Appellate Advocacy Clinic celebrates Anniversary with Win

Last month, as Pepperdine Law's Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic celebrated its one-year anniversary, the clinic also recorded another remarkable win by student advocates.

January 2014

McNeal Participates in Rare Briefing At NSA

Professor Gregory S. McNeal and eight other experts in national security, technology, and privacy recently attended a series of unprecedented briefings at the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md.

Greg McNeal Talks Drones on MSNBC

Professor Gregory McNeal appeared on MSNBC to discuss the FAA's selection of civilian drone testing sites in nine states.

December 2013

New Juvenile and Tax Practicums for Spring 2014

Pepperdine is committed to providing diverse, rigorous and rich experiences for law students, and the School of Law is pleased to announce two new practicum offerings in the Clinical Education program for Spring 2014.

Law School Swears in Recent Graduates to State and Federal Courts

On Friday, December 6, 2013, Pepperdine University School of Law welcomed 343 guests to the Caruso Auditorium for the 2013 California Bar Admissions Ceremony.

October 2013

2013 Fall Fair Schedule

Admissions representatives from Pepperdine University School of Law will be visiting law fairs throughout the country this fall. We would love to meet you and have a conversation about Pepperdine Law.

Rankings Roundup - October 2013

Pepperdine University School of Law has appeared in a number of recent law school rankings.

September 2013

Greg McNeal Wins Article of the Year Award, Awarded Prestigious Grant

Greg McNeal, associate professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law, has received the 2013 Article of the Year award from the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law for his article "Targeted Killing and Accountability".

Straus Institute Cosponsors Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System

Women have played important roles in the entertainment industry from its earliest days, achieving success as artists and attaining leadership positions in the industry. Yet significant challenges still exist. Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System, to be held November 15-16, 2013, will address the issues facing women individually and collectively in the entertainment industry. Online registration is available on the Women in Hollywood website.

August 2013

Straus Institute Launches Employment Mediation Clinic

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law will launch a new employment mediation clinic at the start of the 2013-14 academic year in partnership with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the country.

April 2013

Straus Institute Ranked Number One in Dispute Resolution for Ninth Consecutive Year

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution builds on its 26-year history and continues to top the U.S. News & World Report rankings as the number one dispute resolution program for the ninth consecutive year.

March 2013

McNeal Testifies Before Congress on Drones and Domestic Surveillance

Professor McNeal, an expert in national security law and policy, cautioned against the use of broadly worded warrant requirements as a tool to protect privacy or public safety. Instead, he recommended surveillance legislation that would require more transparency in the use of these systems by law enforcement.

School Of Law Hosts Unveiling Of Herb And Elinor Nootbaar Portrait

The Pepperdine University School of Law hosted an unveiling ceremony on May 9, officially introducing the Pepperdine community to a portrait featuring Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar.

Dean Tacha Interviews Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at Civic Learning California Summit

Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law Deanell Reece Tacha sat down with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the Civic Learning California Summit in Sacramento in March for a fireside chat focusing on the importance of civics education. A task force organized by California Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and led by Justice Judith McConnell, spearheaded the event.