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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.

Paul Caron, one of the leading entrepreneurial tax scholars in the country, taught a federal income tax course this semester and will be returning to teach again next spring.

Caron, associate dean of faculty and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati, has written five books on tax law. He also writes TaxProf Blog, which The Wall Street Journal named the country’s top tax accounting blog this year.

“Through his writing, teaching, and blogging, Paul Caron is one of the best-known and widely regarded voices in American tax law,” says Ed Larson, Pepperdine’s Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law. “He is a renowned classroom teacher who cares deeply about his students. We are lucky to have him at Pepperdine this year and next.”

Pepperdine students had the opportunity to learn from Notre Dame professor John Nagle as well. Nagle, a leading expert in natural resource law, taught a two-week course on climate change law during March.

Nagle is the John N. Matthews Professor of Law at Notre Dame University, where he was the inaugural associate dean for faculty research from 2004 to 2007. He also worked in the United States Department of Justice, first as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel—where he advised other executive branch agencies on a variety of constitutional and statutory issues— and later as a trial attorney conducting environmental litigation.

His articles have been published in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the New York University Law Review. Through two Fulbright awards, Nagle taught at the Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing in 2002 and the University of Hong Kong in 2008.

“John Nagle is one of the most thoughtful people in legal education,” says Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Pepperdine’s Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law and director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics. “His essays on the implications of Christian faith for environmental law were ground-breaking. They are a challenge to any Christians who think that the environment is none of their concern. It was an honor for us to have him with us.”

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