Pepperdine University School of Law honored Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law (2004-2010), with the unveiling of his official portrait on Friday, March 4, in the Dean's Conference Room. The event paid tribute to the Starr legacy and featured thoughts from interim dean and professor of law Thomas G. Bost, President Andrew K. Benton, and Starr himself.
Bost welcomed the crowd before Benton gave a reflection on the Starr legacy. In his address, Benton thanked the former dean for his determination to elevate the name and stature of the School of Law. “You led us to a level of national recognition more fitting to who and what we are and who and what we hope to be,” he said, “and we thank you.”
After the unveiling of his portrait, painted by artist Richard Morris, Starr addressed the guests in attendance and expressed his appreciation for George Pepperdine’s enduring spirit and dedication to service. Referring to his own history at the School of Law, Starr humbly stated, “Pepperdine should be thankful and proud of the legacy that these deans who have come before me have created and a law school faculty that not only cares about students and policy issues, but is determined to be passively excellent at everything that it does.”
The event also paid tribute to past and present deans, including founding dean Ron Phillips, Richardson Lynn, Charles Nelson, and newly appointed dean, U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, who offered a few thoughts prior to the event. “I feel privileged to follow him," she said, as she recounted her long friendship with Starr. “He has done such a remarkable job for Pepperdine and leaves the institution at a wonderful place. It is a great place to build on.”
Echoing dean Tacha’s sentiments, Phillips added, “Ken did such an extraordinary job during his deanship here and we are so blessed to have him with us.” He continued, “He did wonderful things for us and will remain part of our community on our law school board of visitors. We are thrilled to honor him today.”
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