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December 2009

Career Development Office Plans Spring Lectures and Events

Pepperdine University School of Law's Career Development Office will host a wide range of presentations, networking events, and workshops this upcoming semester. Ranging in topic from alternative career paths to 'day in the life of' presentations, the events allow students learn valuable information in addition to networking with attorneys.

Law Students Serve Lunches to the Los Angeles Community

With classes, extra-curricular activities, and final exams, third-year law student Frank Gatto and second-year Al Sturgeon have plenty to keep them busy. But the two make time on the first two Saturdays of each month to organize and assemble sack lunches for workers at the Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE). The lunches are a valuable service for the laborers, who are often provided lunch by their employers and are less likely to be hired on Saturdays then they are during the week.

Seventy-Seven School of Law Graduates Sworn Into State and Federal Courts

Pepperdine University School of Law welcomed more than 400 guests for the California Bar Admissions Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Caruso Auditorium. Seventy-seven School of Law graduates, who passed the July 2009 California Bar Exam, were sworn in to state and federal courts.

Pepperdine Celebrates Fall Advocacy Successes

Pepperdine University School of Law celebrated the recent successes student advocates have had in regional and national competitions with a reception on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Students were honored who were champions or semifinalists in the following competitions: Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition, Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Trial Competition, ABA Labor & Employment Law Trial Advocacy Regional Competition, and ABA Regional Negotiation Competition.


November 2009

Nootbaar Fellow Featured in the Daily Journal

Pepperdine University's Nootbaar Fellow John Napier (JD '09) was featured in the Daily Journal's New Lawyer publication on November 24. The article, "Pepperdine Grad Takes Mediation to the World," tells the story of John Napier, who embarked on a yearlong fellowship in Kampala, Uganda, upon graduating from the School of Law in May.

Pepperdine Wins Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law took gold at the Chicago Bar Association Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition on Nov. 21, in Chicago, Illinois. Second-year students Janelle White and Dustin May advanced to the final four and won Second Place Brief. Third-year Melissa Thornsberry and second-year Will Glaser were the champions.

Pepperdine Wins Two Student Competitions

Pepperdine University School of Law took gold at two trial team competitions this past weekend. Students Tom Feher and Karen Cho defeated 24 teams from 12 law schools to win the ABA Negotiation Competition Provo, Utah. They will go on to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, in February.

Pepperdine Presents 12th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law will host the 12th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition November 13 to 15 in Malibu, California. For the past twelve years, Pepperdine has hosted the competition, which is organized by the school's 32-member Moot Court Board.

Pepperdine Hosts 10th Annual Veteran's Day Public Ceremony

Pepperdine University, in partnership with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce and the City of Malibu, will host a stirring tribute to America's Veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Heroes Garden on the Drescher Graduate campus. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will mark its 10th year of honoring veterans.


October 2009

Pepperdine Hosts a Corporate Law Forum with Members of the Delaware Judiciary

Pepperdine University's Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will host the Delaware Corporate Law Forum: A Conversation with Members of the Delaware Judiciary on Friday, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m. in Classrooms C and D at the School of Law.

Pepperdine's Asylum Clinic Featured in 'LA Times'

Pepperdine's Asylum Clinic and its first client Gilda Ghanipour were featured in the 'LA Times' on October 24. The article tells the story Ghanipour's conversion to Christianity, her years on the run, and how Pepperdine law students helped her earn asylum in the United States.

Students Take Gold at the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competition

Third-year students Jonathan Matthews and Aaron Echols were named international champions at the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday, October 24. Pepperdine took top honors and the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Trophy.

Palmer Center to Host CEO of Opportunity International

Pepperdine University's Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will host a lecture with A.T. Tshibaka, CEO of Opportunity International, on the topic of Microfinance: Giving the Poor a Working Chance, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Classroom D.

Nootbaar Institute to Host Os Guinness

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host noted author and scholar Os Guinness on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom at the School of Law. Guinness will give a lecture on the topic of law as a calling.


September 2009

Nootbaar Institute Presents 4th Annual Global Justice Symposium

The Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics will present the 4th Annual Global Justice Symposium Oct. 6-7 at the Pepperdine School of Law.

Pepperdine Hosts 16th Annual Family Day

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.

Straus Institute and Palmer Center to Host Sustainability Symposium

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will host "Taking it Upstream: Collaboration, Consensus Building, and Sustainable Development: A Green Leadership (Un)Conference" on September 25 at the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu, California.

Straus Institute Hosts 55 Judges from Thailand

Pepperdine's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution welcomed fifty-five judges from Thailand for a Mediating the Litigated Case training from August 27 through September 4.


August 2009

Pepperdine Welcomes the Class of 2012

Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome 233 new students for New Student Orientation from August 19-21. The new students represent 37 states and three countries and 119 undergraduate schools. The class is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, with 42 percent of students coming from outside California. The incoming class is the most academically qualified class in the history of the law school.

Straus Institute Presents Mediating the Litigated Case

Pepperdine's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host Mediating the Litigated Case, a program for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners from August 10-15 at the School of Law in Malibu, California.


July 2009

School of Law Funds Public Interest Work for 51 Students

Pepperdine University School of Law has given more than $122,000 to 51 students for national and international public interest work this summer. Thirty-three students will work stateside in locations ranging from downtown Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and 18 students will travel abroad to work in Uganda, Rwanda, Thailand, and Belize.

Pepperdine Shows Strong on California Bar Exam

In the past three years, Pepperdine University School of Law has achieved high marks on the February and July California Bar Exams. The recent February 2009 results were no exception. The passage rate for all takers was 33.5 percent, and the passage rate for all first-time takers from California ABA-Approved Schools was 53.2 percent.

Dean Starr Prevails in U.S. Supreme Court Case Horne v. Flores

The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Dean Kenneth Starr's clients, the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and the president of the Arizona Senate, on Thursday, June 25, in the case of Horne v. Flores. The case was initiated nearly two decades ago in 1992 and centered on the enforceability of a nine year-old injunction issued by a federal district judge in Arizona. The injunction was issued pursuant to the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, mandating that the state put in place an adequate funding system for its English-language education programs.


June 2009

Video: IJM's Gary Haugen Gives Commencement Address

Pepperdine University School of Law celebrated commencement on May 22 with speeches from student Steven R. Houchin, distinguished alumna Barbara A. Jones (JD '89), and Gary A. Haugen, the the founder, president, and CEO of International Justice Mission.

Straus Institute Hosts 22nd Annual Professional Skills Conference

Pepperdine University School of Law has gathered a panel of nationally recognized experts for the 22nd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution. The three-day event begins Thursday, June 11, and continues through Saturday, June 13.

Video: Kmiec Speaks on the Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Life

Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine's Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, participated in a discussion titled, "The Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Human Life: Is there a common ground on life issues? What is the right response by 'Pro-Life' Citizens?" The panel was hosted by the Catholic University of America at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 28. Watch the video on C-SPAN.


May 2009

Starr and Stipanowich Participate in the Qatar Law Forum

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, and Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and academic director for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, participated in a law forum titled, "Global Commitment to the Rule of Law," in Doha, Qatar.

Cihak Presents on Library Issues in Beijing, China

Herb Cihak, associate dean for Library and Information Services and professor of law, spoke at the China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries regarding law library issues in Beijing, China.

Pepperdine Law Celebrates Commencement 2009

Pepperdine University School of Law will celebrate commencement on May 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Park. From the Class of 2009, John J. Gehart, III, will give the invocation, Jeffrey C. Wyss will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Rachel A. Rossi will lead the National Anthem, and Steven R. Houchin will give the student address.

Alumni, Students, and Faculty Participate in the Fourth Annual Golf Tournament

Pepperdine University School of Law's fourth annual golf tournament raised more than $7,500 on Monday, May 11. The tournament was hosted by alumnus Barak Vaughn (JD '01) at the Calabasas Golf and Country Club.

Nootbaar Institute to Host Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host Fred Gray, the former attorney to Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Friday, May 8, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Gunder Conference Room at the School of Law. The topic of Gray's lecture will be "How the Civil Rights Movement Led to the Election of Our President."


April 2009

Straus Institute Ranks Number One Fifth Consecutive Year

Pepperdine School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked the Number One program by U.S. News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year. The Straus Institute bested the University of Missouri-Columbia, Hamline University, Harvard University, and Ohio State University, which comprise the remaining top five schools. In the last 13 years, the Straus Institute has never been lower than third and has achieved the Number One position eight times.

Stipanowich Awarded William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution

Thomas J. Stipanowich was recently named the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, a new endowed chair at Pepperdine University School of Law. Stipanowich is the academic director of Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the number one dispute resolution program in the nation for the last five years.

Childress Presents at Journal for Private International Law Meeting

Professor Donald Earl Childress III will publish a forthcoming article on "Comity as Conflicts: Resituating Comity as Conflict of Laws."

Dean Starr to Argue Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, will argue before the United States Supreme Court on Monday, April 20. The case is Horne v. Flores, which involves the expenditure of state funds toward English language education programs.

Nootbaar Institute Presents Fourth Annual Louis D. Brandeis Lecture

The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host the fourth annual Louis D. Brandeis Lecture with John Copeland Nagle, John N. Matthews Professor of Law at Notre Dame, on Wednesday, April 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Gunder Conference Room.

Q&A with Ian Davis

After several internships, the third-year student has accepted an offer from the Grameen Foundation, one of the leading microfinance institutions in the world. Ian DavisIan Davis has no delusions about worldwide poverty. The third-year student began studying microfinance as a student at Brigham Young University.

Pepperdine Hosts Seventh Annual Model Seder

Pepperdine's Jewish Law Students' Association hosted the seventh annual model Seder on Monday, Apr. 6 at the School of Law. Led by Professor Sam Levine, the event modeled the traditional Passover Seder Meal, which is a held on the first and the second nights of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

School of Law Honors Cesar Chavez with Week of Events

The Latin American Law Student Association at Pepperdine University School of Law is hosting a week of lunchtime events to honor the life of Cesar Chavez. The events began Monday, Mar. 31, the birthday of the Mexican American labor activist, and will continue until Thursday, Apr. 8.


March 2009

Pepperdine Law Review Hosts Mortgage Crisis Symposium

In a few short years, Americans have watched the housing market swing from what seemed like unstoppable price inflation and easily accessible loans to today's climate of rapid decline in value, difficulty in financing, and astonishing rates of default and foreclosure. The Pepperdine Law Review will bring top scholars to campus to examine what went wrong in a symposium titled, "Bringing Down the Curtain on the Current Mortgage Crisis and Preventing a Return Engagement," on Friday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom.

Watch the Video: Sandra Day O'Connor Gives Third Annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture

From 1981 to 2006, the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor served as the nation's first female Supreme Court Justice and was the tiebreaker in over three-quarters of the court's 5-4 decisions. On Friday, Mar. 27, she came to Pepperdine School of Law to give the third annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture.

Scarberry Testifes at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Professor Mark S. Scarberry testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts hearing titled, "Abusive Credit Card Practices and Bankruptcy," on Tuesday, March 24.

Greenburg, Eisgruber, Starr, Kmiec, and Amar Speak on Supreme Court Nominations

As part of the Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law hosted a discussion titled, "Supreme Court Nominations: The Confirmation Process," with ABC News Correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg, Princeton University Provost Christopher Eisgruber, Dean Ken Starr, Professor Doug Kmiec, and Professor Akhil Amar, on Friday, March 20.

Los Angeles High School Students Experience Pepperdine

Students from the David Starr Jordan High School and Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, located in South and East Los Angeles, visited Pepperdine University School of Law on Monday, March 9, and had an in-depth law school experience. The twenty-eight students participated in a law class and heard from Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the United States, who spoke in conversation with School of Law Dean Ken Starr.

Q&A with Brad Benham, Director of Alumni

Brad Benham could divide his life in two halves: Abilene and Pepperdine. Growing up in Abilene, Texas, he attended Abilene Christian University, where he earned an education degree and served as a youth minster for three years. Upon graduation, he moved west-to Pepperdine for a whirlwind three years of law school. It wasn't long before he made a name for himself in his new surroundings. He became the Student Bar Association president, led the Christian Legal Society Bible study on campus, participated in trial teams, helped start the dodgeball tournament, and shook hands with five Supreme Court justices in two years. After graduation, he wasn't finished; Benham stayed on at Pepperdine to direct the school's alumni department. In this interview, he gives slightly incriminating answers to our burning questions.

John R. Bolton to Speak at the Annual Law Dinner

Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to the 32nd Annual School of Law Dinner on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event will feature the Honorable John R. Bolton, former ambassador of the United States to the United Nations.


February 2009

Pepperdine Ranked First for Teacher Accessibility

Pepperdine University School of Law was ranked number one for professor accessibility by the Princeton Review for the second year in a row.

Justice Scalia Addresses Pepperdine Community

Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the United States, spoke to a packed audience of more than 625 people on March 9, in the Caruso Auditorium at the School of Law. The acclaimed Supreme Court justice spoke with School of Law dean Ken Starr on a variety of legal topics, including how the Court has changed over the years.

Steve Engel Speaks on Federal Court Clerkships

Pepperdine University School of Law welcomed Steve Engel, deputy assistant attorney general of the United States, on Monday, February 23. Engel spoke during a lunch for students interested in applying for a clerkship.

Straus Institute Presents Arbitrating Sports Symposium

Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host a symposium titled, "Arbitrating Sports: Reflections on USADA/Landis, the Olympic Games, and the Future of Sports Dispute Resolution," on Friday, February 27, at the School of Law.

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Religious Liberty Conference - Watch the Video

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics hosted a conference titled "Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes: Who Owns the Lord's House?" on January 30, in Malibu, California.

Dean Cynthia Nance Speaks on Faith and the Law - Watch the Video

In celebration of African American History month, Pepperdine University School of Law hosted Cynthia E. Nance, dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, Arkansas. Nance's speech, titled "Reflections on Faith and the Law," was held on Feb. 19.

Alumnus Leon Bostick: Pushing to the Limit

Leon Bostick started his first year at Pepperdine School of Law like any other student. He finished the fall semester at the top of his class and took off for winter break. On January 4, 2001, the bodybuilder visited Gold's Gym in Venice, California, for a typical workout. He warmed up and headed to a Flex Equipment machine for squats. In the middle of his workout, the horizontal bar of weights fell on Bostick's neck. No adjustable safety stops were there to catch it.

School of Law Reunion to Bring Alumni, Scholars, and Families to Campus

Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome alumni back to the school for four days of activities, including a reception to honor the founding classes, a conversation with Professor Doug Kmiec and Dean Ken Starr, the championship round of Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition, the annual law dinner, a BBQ and picnic, and a conversation with Justice Antonin Scalia.

Georgetown Presents Dean Starr with Lifetime Service Award

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, was awarded the Lifetime Service Award by Georgetown Law Federalist Society on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Palmer Center Hosts Social Responsibilty Event

Capitalism works best when a profitable business takes its success and channels it towards helping others. The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will explore this concept in a panel discussion titled, "Social Responsibility: Entrepreneurs, Organizations and Corporations Affecting Innovations that Improve Society," at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in classroom B of the School of Law on the Malibu campus.


January 2009

School of Law Participates in First Annual Career Week

The five schools of Pepperdine have joined forces to stage more than 50 events for the University's first annual Career Week, beginning Monday, Feb. 2. The workshops, networking events, alumni presentations, entertainment events, and drop-in services will take place across the Malibu, Drescher Graduate, Irvine, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village, and Encino campuses until Friday, Feb. 6.

International Human Rights Program Hosts Saddleback Church

Pepperdine's International Human Rights Program will host a Spring Forum with the Saddleback Church Justice Task Force on Wednesday, January 28, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom.

Legal Scholars Debate Lincoln vs. Darwin

Scholars agree that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were revolutionary figures of the 19th century. Coincidentally, both men were born on the same day, February 12, 1809.

Larson Makes The Wall Street Journal's Top Five List

Edward J. Larson, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, was recently cited in The Wall Street Journal, on Alan Dershowitz's list of Top Five Books about Legal Cases.

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Forum on Obama, Religious Faith, and the Public Square

The Herbert and Elinor Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host a forum titled "Obama, Religious Faith, and the Public Square: A Conversation with Doug Kmiec and John Jones," on Friday, January 23, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room B at the School of Law.

Pepperdine Hosts Panel Discussion on Conflict in Gaza

Pepperdine University School of Law hosted a panel discussion on international law and the media and its impact on the conflict in Gaza on Thursday, January 22.

Pepperdine Graduates Show Strong on California Bar Exam

Pepperdine's results for the July 2008 California Bar Exam have been released, and the school has had another strong showing. The overall passage rate for all takers was 61.7 percent and the pass rate for ABA-accredited schools in California (first-time takers) was 83 percent. Pepperdine's passage rate was significantly higher at 89 percent.

Dean Starr Speaks on the Obama Administration for C-SPAN

Ken Starr, the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, will appear on C-SPAN tonight at 7:10 p.m. PST to speak on topic of the Solicitor General's office and the work of the new Obama Administration.

Pepperdine Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The School of Law will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with three events and five one-time service opportunities at the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic.

Larson to Offer Historical Perspective on Upcoming Inauguration

As Americans gear up for the next four years under President-elect Barack Obama, Pepperdine School of Law professor Edward J. Larson will reflect on the events leading up to his inauguration. In a colloquium titled "Historical Reflections on the 2008 Election and the Inauguration of President Obama," Larson, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Kresge Reading Room at Payson Library.

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Religious Liberty Conference

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host a conference titled "Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes: Who Owns the Lord's House?" on January 30, in Malibu, California.