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Pepperdine Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The School of Law will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with three events and five one-time service opportunities at the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic.

The three events will be hosted by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). The first event will begin with an introduction and a reading of the "I Have A Dream Speech," by Seaver College Professor David Holmes, followed by a rebroadcast of the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, January 20, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the School of Law in Room D.

The second event will be a panel discussion on the Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, January 21, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room D. Panelists include Raul Ayala of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, Rabbi Judith HaLevy of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, and Reverend Brenda LaMothe of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Pepperdine Professor Chris Goodman will moderate the discussion.

The third event is the "One for Me, One for You" cookie campaign, held on Thursday, January 22. BLSA will provide sets of two cookies to be shared with a friend. The purpose is to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who stood up and fought for the right to share without persecution, judgment, or fear.

In addition to the three events hosted by BLSA, Pepperdine's Legal Aid Clinic will sponsor five service days in commemoration of MLK Day and the National Day of Service, beginning February 17. Law students may sign up for one of the five days to provide legal assistance to some of Los Angeles' neediest residents.

Brittany Stringfellow Otey, professor of law and director of Pepperdine's Legal Aid Clinic encourages law students to volunteer. "The volunteer days are a great way for students who can't make a long term commitment to the clinic to participate in legal service. It really broadens the student's law school experience."

The Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic is staffed by School of Law faculty and students and is located at the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission in the downtown skid row area of Los Angeles.

For more information or to sign up for a day of service, call 213-347-6300 x4413 or visit the Legal Aid Clinic Web site.

For more information on the BLSA events Burton Rojas.