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'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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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 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.