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Dean Kurt L. Schmoke Spoke at the Class of 2008 Graduation

School of Law Dean Ken Starr congratulates
a law graduate.

Commencement for the Pepperdine University School of Law Class of 2008 featured Kurt L. Schmoke, dean of Howard University School of Law and Alumnus Montgomery Moran, the president and COO of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Herbert Nootbaar, the former president of H. V. Nootbaar & Co. and a benefactor of the School was honored as well. The ceremony was held at Pepperdine's Alumni Park on May 16.

Kurt L. Schmoke was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient. Schmoke is the dean of Howard University School of Law and was the first African American to hold the office of mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. He served three terms as mayor of Baltimore, from 1987 to 1999. Previously, he was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law.

The distinguished alumnus and speaker was Montgomery Moran, the president and chief operating officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Named president in 2005, Moran is the former CEO of Denver-based law firm Messner & Reeves. He is an alumnus of University of Colorado (1988) and Pepperdine Law (1993 cum laude).

An honorary degree, the doctor of laws, was awarded to Herbert Nootbaar, the former president of H. V. Nootbaar & Co., and the primary benefactor with wife Elinor of the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics. Nootbaar is the former vice president of Ralston Purina, the former president of Taylor Milling Corp. and West Coast Wharf and Storage, and the former CEO of the National Grain and Feed Association.

The Class of 2008 was represented by Jessica Beauchamp who sang the national anthem, Lauren Kozak who lead the pledge of allegiance, Jeff Hassler who gave the invocation, and Jamin Soderstrom who gave the student address.