Pepperdine University School of Law continued its annual tradition by hosting more than 160 family members of law students for the 16th annual Family Day on Sept. 25. Family members had the chance to attend a first-year law class, a panel discussion about life as a law student, and the final round of the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament.
"We very much appreciated the opportunity to integrate the students' loved ones into our special community, even if only for a day," said Jim Gash, professor of law and associate dean for student life. "The record crowd of family members were also treated to an excellent oral argument by two of our finest 2L students in the final round of the annual Armand Arabian Moot Court Competition."
As one of Pepperdine's longtime traditions, the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament puts students' oral argument skills to the test. The tournament began with twenty students competing in two rounds. The final round took place on Family Day and was judged by an all-alumni bench from the Class of 1985, including Judge Susan Strong of Nebraska, Judge Terry Bork of Los Angeles, California, and Judge Cathy Purcell, of San Francisco, California.
Second-year Kelsey Stapler won the competition, along with a $1,000 stipend provided by alumnus Terry Giles ('74). Second-year Richard Protzman was the finalist and took home a $200 stipend.
"This year's final round of the Arabian Advocacy Tournament demonstrated Pepperdine's exceptional advocacy program," said Professor Nancy McGinnis, faculty advisor for Pepperdine's moot court program. "The judges told me they had a difficult time deciding between the two competitors. They were particularly impressed that both Kelsey and Richard are 2L students, showing maturity, confidence, and skill to which practicing attorneys aspire."