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December 2011

Pepperdine Shows Strong on July 2011 CA Bar Exam

In the past five years, Pepperdine University School of Law has achieved high marks on the July California Bar Exams. The recent July 2011 results were no exception. The passage rate for all takers was 54.8 percent, and the passage rate for all first-time takers from California ABA-Approved Schools was 76 percent; Pepperdine, however, achieved an 86.26 percent passage rate of first-time takers of the California Bar Exam, and 89 percent overall, including out of state bar exams. School of Law students who took the exam out of state achieved a 100 percent pass rate, with all 30 passing.


November 2011

Brett Robinson Wins Third Place in 2011 ABA Student Writing Contest

Third-year School of Law student Brett Robinson was awarded third place in the 2011 ABA Student Writing Contest in the competition's Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law section.

Law School Hosts Chief Justice Myron T. Steele for a Discussion of Corporate Law

Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court spoke about current issues in corporate law on November 3 at Pepperdine's School of Law in Malibu. Steele, who was joined by panelist James R. Griffin (JD '96) of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, discussed issues of corporate governance and SEC proxy access - imely issues derived from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Law School Hosts Legal Scholars for a Conversation From the Left and From the Right

The School of Law hosted two authors and legal scholars from across the political divides, Mark Lane and Robert K. Tanenbaum, on October 27 for a discussion about their careers and the search for truth following President Kennedy's assassination. The discussion, titled "From the Left and the Right," took place with a crowded audience in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom of the law school, Malibu.

Pepperdine Hosts Delegate of Rwandan Officials

The School of Law and School of Public Policy (SPP) joined forces last week to host a delegate of Rwandan leaders, including the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama. The four-day visit served to strengthen ties between Pepperdine and the Rwandan government, which is served every summer by internships from students at the law school and SPP.


September 2011

C-SPAN Features Video Coverage of Pepperdine Law Review Symposium

The Spring 2011 Pepperdine Law Review symposium brought together some of the nation?s top legal scholars to discuss the most widely criticized decisions in Supreme Court history. Video coverage of the event is now available on C-SPAN.


August 2011

School of Law Introduces New Concentration in Faith-Based Diplomacy

Pepperdine?s PACIS Project of Faith-Based Diplomacy, housed in the No. 1-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law, has announced a new concentration in faith-based diplomacy. The concentration will be overseen by W. Timothy Pownall, founding director of the PACIS Project, and will begin accepting students in Spring 2012.

New Book Explores the History of Odell McConnell

A new online book Life and Family of Odell S. McConnell explores the history of the noted lawyer and friend of Pepperdine for whom the School of Law building is named. Pepperdine?s Harnish Law Library charged Ted Taylor, senior cataloger, with the task of gathering and organizing the history for the 70-page book.

Alumnus Brian E. Schield Receives LACBA Award

Pepperdine School of Law alumnus Brian E. Schield (JD ?79), a partner at Squire Sanders, was recently recognized for his work with the AIDS Legal Services Project by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) on June 29 in Los Angeles, California.


June 2011

Straus Hosts 128 Law Professors for Teaching ADR Seminar

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will welcome law faculty from across the country to share ideas and resources for teaching mediation from June 21 to 22 at the School of Law in Malibu, California.

Alumnus Rich Cho Named GM for Charlotte Bobcats

Alumnus Rich Cho (JD '97) was named general manager of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Charlotte Bobcats on June 14. The team is owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Forty-Eight Students Serve in Public Interest Placements This Summer

Forty-eight Pepperdine Law students will embark on national and international public interest placements this summer. Thirty-one students will work stateside in locations ranging from downtown Los Angeles to New York, and 17 students will travel abroad to work on global justice initiatives.

Straus Hosts Middle and High School Peer Mediators

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution hosted 90 middle and high school students from the greater Los Angeles County area for a day of peer-to-peer mediation training on June 1. Intended to educate younger students about mediation and provide them opportunities to practice mediation, the workshop was co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center.

School of Law Welcomes Dean Tacha

Deanell Reece Tacha, a Scandia, Kansas, native with a distinguished career in the federal judiciary and higher education, began her post as Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law on June 1.


May 2011

Pepperdine Graduates Sworn in to State and Federal Courts

Twenty-nine Pepperdine Law graduates will be sworn into state and federal courts in front of friends and family in a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 24 at the School of Law in Malibu, California. The ceremony will celebrate graduates who have passed the February 2011 California Bar Exam.

Palmer Center Microfinance Program Launches Entrepreneurs' Business Plans

Pepperdine University School of Law and the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law hosted a reception launching two business plans from the first group of the Palmer Center's Microfinance Program Entrepreneurs on May 12. Six entrepreneurs also shared their stories at the event.

Pepperdine Celebrates Commencement for the Class of 2011

Pepperdine University School of Law will celebrate commencement for the Class of 2011 on Friday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Park. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, will address the graduates. James M. Rishwain, Jr., (JD '84) firm chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Pepperdine Law Review Selects New Editorial Board

Pepperdine recently announced the 2011-2012 student editorial board for the Pepperdine Law Review, one of the school's four scholarly journals. In each issue, students write comments and notes on legal developments and significant cases, as well as edit the lead articles and book reviews written by professors, lawyers, judges, legislators, and other scholars.


April 2011

IJM Founder Gary Haugen Teaches Human Rights Seminar Course

Gary Haugen, the founder, president, and CEO of human rights agency International Justice Mission (IJM), joins the School of Law faculty April 18-22 to teach a seminar titled "Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Developing World." The course is an in-depth exploration into the enforcement of human rights with a particular emphasis on working with local government agencies and communities to provide effective access to justice.

Pepperdine Hosts Transnational Litigation Colloquium

The Pepperdine Law Review will host a colloquium on Current and Future Trends in Transnational Litigation on April 21 at the School of Law. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform.

Distinguished U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Named Dean of the School of Law

Malibu, California (February 10, 2011) - Deanell Reece Tacha, a Scandia, Kansas, native with a distinguished career in the federal judiciary and higher education, has been named Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law. The announcement was made today by Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton. She will begin her duties on June 1.

Pepperdine Mourns the Passing of Elinor Nootbaar

The Pepperdine University community was saddened to learn of the passing on March 27 of Elinor Nootbaar, wife of Herb Nootbaar of Laguna Beach, California. The couple's love of Pepperdine and especially the University's School of Law, motivated them to endow the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine.

Global Justice Program Takes Students to Thailand for Spring Break

Pepperdine University School of Law's Global Justice Program took seven students to Chaing Mai and Mai Sot, Thailand, over Spring Break to learn about international human rights issues on the ground. The Pepperdine group included Global Justice Program director Jay Milbrandt (JD '08), and program assistant Lauren Hartley, and seven law students.

Straus to Host Masters' Roundtable on Creatively Managing Conflict

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host a two-day roundtable discussion on innovative and creative approaches to managing and resolving conflict entitled "Outside the Box," on April 6-7 at the Villa Graziadio. The discussion is hosted by the Straus Institute, its Council of Distinguished Advisors, and the CPR Institute.


March 2011

Nootbaar Institute and Global Justice Program to Host Michael Gerson

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics and the Global Justice Program will host Michael Gerson for a lecture titled "The Moral and Strategic Imperative of Global Health and Development" on Tuesday, March 29 at the School of Law.

Pepperdine Wins 12th Annual Student Environmental Negotiation Competition

Pepperdine Law students Kaden Norton and Ardy Pirnia won the 12th Annual Student Environmental Negotiation Competition in San Francisco, California, March 19-20.

Former Dean Ken Starr Honored at Portrait Unveiling

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.

Pepperdine Takes First and Second at AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition Regional

Both teams from Pepperdine University School of Law reached the finals at the west regional of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Santa Monica, California, March 3-6.

Palmer Center Presents B-Lab Panel Discussion

Pepperdine's Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law presented a panel discussion titled B-Lab: Harnessing the Power of Business to Solve Social and Environmental Problems on Thursday, March 3 in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom.


February 2011

Pepperdine Wins National Trial Competition Regional

Pepperdine University School of Law took first place at the regional competition for the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Feb. 18 to 21. Students Lauren Moon, Amber Lee, and Robert Pendergrass comprised the winning team, while teammates Derek Thain, Javon Jones, and Seth Laursen advanced to the semi-final round.

Nootbaar Institute to Host International Religious Freedom Conference

Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host the conference, "A Call for International Religious Freedom" on Friday, February 25, in Malibu, California. The keynote speakers will be Suzan Johnson Cook and Representative Frank Wolf.

Pepperdine Presents the Bible and the Law Forum

Pepperdine University School of Law will present the forum "The Bible and the Law" on February 11 to 12 in Malibu, California. The forum will serve as a working conference for the authors of upcoming book, The Bible and the Civil Law, which will be co-edited by Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law.

Pepperdine Hosts Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009)

Condoleezza Rice will visit Pepperdine University on Wednesday, Feb. 9, to share insights from her life and career in two special events at the Malibu campus.


January 2011

Pepperdine Hosts Transnational Arbitration Conference and Commercial Arbitration Meeting

Pepperdine University School of Law and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host the Institute for Transnational Arbitration Conference January 15 to 17, in Malibu, California. Pepperdine will also welcome the American Law Institute's International Commercial Arbitration Joint Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center.

Pepperdine Welcomes Three Visiting Professors

Pepperdine University School of Law welcomes three visiting professors this spring semester. D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor Paul L. Caron, of University of Cincinnati College of Law will teach Federal Income Taxation and Federal Estate and Gift Taxation. Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence Roger Cossack, a legal analyst for ESPN, will teach Media and the Law, and visiting associate professor of law, Khrista McCarden, a former practitioner at Morgan Lewis in London, England, will teach International Tax and Federal Taxation of Business Entities.

Straus Institute Presents Winter Intensive Program

Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will present the 17th annual Winter Intensive Dispute Resolution Program from Jan. 3 to 7 at the School of Law in Malibu, California. The 110 participants in the program include visiting students representing 24 law schools from across the nation, and Pepperdine students enrolled in the juris doctor, Master of Laws, or Master of Dispute Resolution degree programs.