Fifteen Pepperdine Law alumni and adjunct professors currently holding roles in the judiciary attended the first annual "Waves on the Bench Judges Appreciation Dinner" in January at Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica.
School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha spoke to the crowd of more than 35 people, which also included Pepperdine Law administrators, about the importance of the judiciary and of the lasting legacy of each justice within the Pepperdine community.
The Honorable Beverly O'Connell (JD '90) noted the influence Pepperdine Law has had on her career as she currently serves as a justice with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Courthouse.
"Pepperdine School of Law, through its caring faculty, strong legal training and commitment to ethics, provided me with the understanding that working hard and doing the right thing on a daily basis will lead inevitably to success," O'Connell said.
In addition, Tacha thanked each judge for her continuous support to the Pepperdine community, specifically to current law students. Such support, Tacha said, is vital to the continued success of Pepperdine Law graduates.
The Honorable Eileen Moore (JD '78), justice for the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 3 (Santa Ana), also attended the event.
"It was terrific to see how many Pepperdine graduates sit as judges," she said. "Long after they left law school, Pepperdine continues to perform vital functions through those graduates."