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Professor Tim Perrin to Join School of Law Staff as Vice Dean

Pepperdine University School of Law welcomes longtime professor and associate provost for Pepperdine University, Tim Perrin, to the new position of vice dean for the School of Law. At the conclusion of the current academic year, Perrin will step down from his four-year-plus tenure as associate provost and take on the vice deanship.

In his new role, Perrin will be a vital member of the school's leadership team, working closely with Dean Ken Starr on short and long term strategic planning for the school.

Dean Starr says Perrin brings extraordinary leadership to the position. "Tim Perrin is wonderfully equipped to take on this new role here at Pepperdine," says Dean Starr. "Few among us have labored so intensively, at least recently, with the leadership of the entire University."

Professor Perrin began teaching at Pepperdine University School of Law in 1992 and was appointed associate provost in January 2003. He teaches Civil Pleading and Procedure I and II, Evidence, Selected Problems in Evidence, Trial Practice, and Honors Trial Practice at Pepperdine. He was named a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow, 1996 to 2001, and during the 1998-99 academic year he served as a Rick Caruso research fellow. He is also a faculty advisor for Pepperdine's highly successful interschool trial teams.

While in law school, Perrin served as a staff member and then associate editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Upon graduation, he worked as an associate with the law firm Gary, Thomasson, Hall, & Marks, practicing general civil litigation from 1987 to 1992. In addition, Perrin is a member of the Texas bar and the American Bar Association.

Professor Perrin writes primarily in the areas of evidence and trial practice and procedure. He has written, along with Professors Caldwell and Chase, The Art & Science of Trial Advocacy (Lexis). Other recent publications include: "Practicing Law as a Christian: Restoration Movement Perspectives," 32 Pepperdine Law Review 419 (2005); "Lawyer as Peacemaker: A Christian Response to Rambo Litigation," 32 Pepperdine Law Review 519 (2005); "The Art and Architecture of Closing Argument," 76 Tulane Law Review 961 (2002) (coauthor); "Pricking Boils, Preserving Error: On the Horns of a Dilemma After Ohler v. United States," 34 UC Davis Law Review 615 (2001).