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December 2010

Pepperdine Law Graduates Sworn in to State and Federal Courts

One hundred and twelve Pepperdine Law graduates were sworn in to state and federal courts in front of friends and family on Friday, Dec. 10 at the School of Law in Malibu, California. The ceremony celebrated graduates who passed the July 2010 California Bar Exam.

Pepperdine to Launch Investor Advocacy Clinic

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will launch the Investor Advocacy Clinic with an opening reception on Jan. 6, 2011. The clinic will accept stock brokerage claims, and qualified clients who lack the financial resources to obtain legal counsel will not pay legal fees.


November 2010

Pepperdine Celebrates Recent Moot Court Successes

Pepperdine had a strong showing at the recent National Moot Court Competition regional and the Chicago Bar Association Competition. Third-year students Will Glaser and Kelsey Stapler were champions at the National Moot Court regional, which was held in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 13. The competition, which is the oldest in the country, is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association.

Pepperdine Hosts 13th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law presented the 13th annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition Nov. 12 to 14 in Malibu, California. For the past 13 years, Pepperdine has hosted the competition, which is organized annually by the school's moot court board.

Pepperdine Wins 9th Annual National Civil Trial Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law took gold at the ninth annual National Civil Trial Competition on Nov.13, at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. The Pepperdine team included students Amber Lee, Shane Michael, John Barron, and Brittney Lane.

Palmer Center Launches Microfinance Program

The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will launch its Microfinance Program, in partnership with the Union Rescue Mission, on November 15. The Microfinance Program, which was dedicated in 2007 by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, will begin by supporting 12 individuals who are also residents of the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.


October 2010

Alumnus Pierre Prosper Wins Release of American Imprisoned in Iran

Pepperdine School of Law alumnus Pierre Prosper (JD '89) recently secured the freedom of a 71-year-old Iranian-American businessman who was unlawfully imprisoned in Iran for more than two years. Prosper, who has served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, negotiated with Iranian authorities for 14 months to secure the release of Reza Taghavi, a businessman from Orange County, California.

Nootbaar Institute Presents a Conversation About Islam in America

Pepperdine University School of Law's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics and the Global Justice Program presented, 'Islamophobia? A Conversation about Islam in America,' with Amirhassan Boozari on Tuesday, October 26. Boozari, a Muslim and former civil rights attorney in Iran, is an adjunct professor and teaches Islamic Law.

Pepperdine Hosts 170 Lawyers for the Annual NAALJ Conference

In conjunction with the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ), Pepperdine presented 'Excellence in Administrative Justice: Delivering Due Process,' from October 10 to 14 in Malibu, California. More than 170 judges, professors, and lawyers attended the event.

Straus Presents Mediating the Litigated Case in Malaysia

The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators invited Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution to present Mediating the Litigated Case in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 23-28, 2010.


September 2010

Palmer Center Presents Conference on Mobile Giving

Pepperdine's Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law hosted an innovative giving conference entitled, "Mobile Giving Demystified," from Sept. 27 to 28. Co-hosted with the Innogive Foundation and the Graziadio School of Business and Management, the conference aimed to teach participants about the latest in mobile giving tools and strategies that can enhance the reach and relevance of non-profits both large and small.

Pepperdine Hosts Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics and Global Justice Program will present a conversation with the chief justice of Uganda, Benjamin Odoki, on September 23 at the School of Law.

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Debate on Religious Freedom in America

Pepperdine University's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host a panel discussion entitled, "The Mosque Next Door: A Debate on Religious Freedom in America" on Friday, September 10 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom at the School of Law.

Pepperdine Hosts the Middle Temple Moot Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law will present the bi-annual Middle Temple Moot Court Competition from Sept. 8 to 9 in Malibu, California. One team of Middle Temple "mooters" will go against a Pepperdine team on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and another team will compete on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. For more than a decade, Pepperdine has hosted the Middle Temple Moot Court and Gray's Inn competitions in alternate years in conjunction with the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple.


August 2010

Pepperdine Welcomes Five Distinguished Visitors to the Faculty

Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome three visiting professors and two practitioners in residence this fall semester. D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor Akhil Reed Amar, of Yale University will teach Advanced Constitutional Law: Reading the Constitution, and D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor Ellen Pryor, of SMU Dedman School of Law will teach a law and morality seminar and Torts I.

Pepperdine Welcomes the Class of 2013

Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome 227 new students for First Year Student Orientation from August 18 to August 20. The new students represent 30 states, 2 countries, and 110 undergraduate schools. The class is 46 percent female and 54 percent male, with 48 percent students coming from outside of California. The incoming class is the most academically qualified class in the history of the law school.

Pepperdine's London Program Hires Christy Osborne

Pepperdine University School of Law's acclaimed London Program has recently hired Christy (Duggan) Osborne (JD '08) as an adjunct professor. Osborne will work with Colleen Graffy, professor of law and director of Pepperdine's Global Programs, on initiatives such as placing students as interns with solicitor firms, practicing barristers, London offices of American law firms, and non-profit organizations, and facilitating the London Moot Court program.


July 2010

Straus Institute Hosts Mediating the Litigated Case

Pepperdine University School of Law's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host "Mediating the Litigated Case" from August 2 to 7. The intensive training program, which is offered to 84 experienced litigators, in house counsel, and other practioners, will provide attendees with a comprehensive, six-day program where professionals will study the mediation of litigated cases to either become a mediator or to become a better advocate for their clients.

Straus Institute Hosts International Judges for Mediation Training

Pepperdine University School of Law's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution hosted, "Mediation Skills for Judges from Around the Globe," in conjunction with the JAMS foundation and the Conference for International Mediation for Justice (CIMJ) from July 26 to 31. Thirty-three judges from 17 countries attended.

Alumnus Richard Cho Named General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers

Pepperdine University School of Law alumnus Richard Cho (JD '97) was named general manager of the Portland, Oregon, Trail Blazers basketball team on July 19. Cho has worked as assistant general manager of the Seattle Super Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder for the past nine seasons.


June 2010

Straus Institute Hosts 23rd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host the 23rd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution, June 10-12, at the School of Law in Malibu, California.

Pepperdine Remembers Professor Tony "Skippy" McDermott

Professor Tony McDermott, who taught at Pepperdine University School of Law since 1982, passed away on June 1, 2010, at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California. He was surrounded by family and loved ones.


May 2010

Pepperdine Hosts Six Members of the Ugandan Judiciary to Discuss Plea Bargaining

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted six members of the Ugandan judiciary from May 21 through 29 for a series of discussions on plea bargaining. The group included James Ogoola, the chief judge of Uganda's High Court, in addition to three criminal court judges, the registrar of the criminal court, and the registrar of the war crimes court.

Pepperdine Celebrates Commencement for the Class of 2010

Pepperdine University School of Law celebrated commencement on Friday, May 21, in Alumni Park on the Malibu campus. Honorary Doctorate recipient Blake Morant, dean of the Wake Forest University Law School, addressed the graduates. Andr' Birotte (JD '91), United States Attorney for the Central District of California, was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.


April 2010

Pepperdine Raises $31,552 for Public Interest Fellowships

Pepperdine's tenth annual Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) auction raised $31,552 to fund fellowships for students who embark on public interest law positions this summer. The fellowships allow students to serve in places such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Children's Law Center, as well as many others.

Straus Institute Ranks Number One Sixth Consecutive Year

Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked the number one dispute resolution program by U.S. News and World Report for the sixth consecutive year.

International Scholars Discuss U.S. Tort Law at the Pepperdine University Law Review Symposium

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted international scholars for a symposium titled, "Does the World Still Need U.S. Tort Law? (Or Did it Ever?)" on Friday, April 16, 2010.

Pepperdine's Journals Select Editorial Boards

Pepperdine University School of Law has selected the 2010-2011 editorial boards for the schools four legal journals: the Pepperdine Law Review, the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, and the Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law.


March 2010

Distinguished Professors Paul Caron and John Nagle Teach at Pepperdine

Two leading legal scholars, Paul Caron and John Nagle, taught special courses at Pepperdine University School of Law this spring, bringing with them years of acclaimed experience.

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Sanford Levinson for Brandeis Lecture

Pepperdines Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host Sanford Levinson for the Fifth Annual Louis D. Brandeis Lecture on Thursday, Mar. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Pepperdine Hosts 80 Federal Judicial Clerks

Pepperdine University School of Law will host more than 80 judicial clerks from across the country for the 10th Annual Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute on March 18-20 in Malibu, California.


February 2010

Alumnus Andre Birotte Confirmed As U.S. Attorney In Los Angeles

Pepperdine University School of Law alumnus Andre Birotte (JD '91) was confirmed by the Senate as United States Attorney for the Central District of California on Feb. 11 in Los Angeles. President Obama nominated Birotte in late December.

Dean Kenneth W. Starr Named Baylor University's 14th President

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law, has been named the 14th president of Baylor University. The appointment is effective June 1.

Alumni Appointed to Judgeship and Second District Court of Appeal

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently appointed alumnus Roger L. Lund (JD '95) to a judgeship in the Ventura County Superior Court, and elevated alumna Tricia A. Bigelow (JD '86) to the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight.

Pepperdine Wins National ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law took gold at the sixth annual ABA Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30-31. Students Richard Gillespie, Seth Laursen, Hannah Montgomery, and Zack Shine comprised the winning team.

Justice Kennedy Gives Fourth Annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture

Pepperdine University School of Law will host the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice, United States Supreme Court for the fourth annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium at 4 p.m.


January 2010

John Haley and Greg Stone Speak on Resolving Conflict

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics cohosted a lunchtime discussion with John O. Haley, William R. Orthwein distinguished professor of law at Washington University, and author and consultant Greg Stone, on the topic of "Resolving Conflict and Restorative Justice: God?s Part in all This," on January 27 at the School of Law

Pepperdine Faculty Host Scholar Ruth Wedgwood

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, on Friday, Jan. 22 for a guest scholar luncheon.

Michael Hershman Speaks on Legal Ethicism

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted Michael Hershman on Thursday, Jan. 21 for a lecture on "The Ethical Minefield: Navigating Business and Legal Ethicism in the New Global Economy."

Nootbaar Institute Presents Conference on the Role of the Church in Doing Justice

Pepperdine University's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host "The Role of the Church in Doing Justice," on February 19, 2010 at the School of Law in Malibu, California.

Twenty-Five Law Students Build Homes in Mexico

Twenty-Five Pepperdine law students spent the Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend building homes for needy families in Tecate, Mexico. 2010 marks the third year that Pepperdine law students have participated in this service project.