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School of Law Reunion to Bring Alumni, Scholars, and Families to Campus

Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome alumni back to the school for four days of activities, including a reception to honor the founding classes, a conversation with Professor Doug Kmiec and Dean Ken Starr, the championship round of Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition, the annual law dinner, a BBQ and picnic, and a conversation with Justice Antonin Scalia.

The events begin at 12:30 p.m. with a kick-off lunch hosted by Chipotle Mexican Grill and alumnus Monty Moran ('93). The lunch will be followed by family activities, including a student-acted version of "Three Little Pigs v. Big Bad Wolf," and complimentary tickets to a Pepperdine Waves baseball game on Friday, March 6, 2009.

From 2-3:30 p.m., Dean Ken Starr and Professor Doug Kmiec will give a "Supreme Court Midterm Review and Preview." Together with current professors, they will discuss the decisions handed down by the Court thus far and take a look at their upcoming docket. The event has been approved for 1.5 MCLE credits.

After the Supreme Court review, there will be an alumni panel discussion titled, "Ethics: From the Judge's Bench to the Counselor's Table," featuring Dean Jim Gash ('93), Hon. Cathy Purcell ('85), and Hon. Charles W. McCoy, Jr. Judge Purcell is currently seated on the California ethics bench, and Judge McCoy is presiding judge-elect of the Los Angeles Superior Court. The event has been approved for 1.5 MCLE credits.

The discussion will be followed by a reception hosted by Dean Starr and Dean Emeritus Ron Phillips in honor of the founding classes (1968-1978). Emeriti Professors Wayne Estes, LaGard Smith, Baxter Dunaway, and current faculty members will attend.

Saturday's events will begin with a Fellowship Breakfast Reception from 10-11:30 a.m., before the Championship Round of the Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition in the Caruso Auditorium. Two student teams will go head-to-head before an acclaimed final bench, including Ninth Circuit judge Johnnie Rawlinson, Fifth Circuit judge Emilio Garza, and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton.

At 6:30 p.m., students, faculty, alumni, and friends will gather at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Annual School of Law Dinner. Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton will offer the keynote address. An alumni after-party will immediately follow the dinner at the International Terrace of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Alumni are also invited to mingle at the Beverly Hilton's famous Trader Vic's lounge.

Alumni and friends will be welcomed back to Malibu, on Sunday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m., for the Sunday Afternoon BBQ and Picnic in Alumni Park. Hosted by the Alumni Office and the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, the picnic promises good food, Frisbee, and football.

The final event will be a conversation with Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Caruso Auditorium. Dean Starr will speak in discussion with the acclaimed Supreme Court justice.

For more information or to register for reunion events, visit the School of Law Alumni Affairs Office, call 310-506-4492, or