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The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics
The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics was created to explore the nexus between these three disciplines, with particular emphasis on the intersection of faith and law. The purpose of the Institute is to bring the redemptive capacity of religious faith and moral insight to law, to find ways in which persons trained in the law can serve "the least of these" throughout the world. The Institute encourages the examination of law and religion from the broad range of Christian, Jewish, and other religious perspectives represented in the law school's students, staff, and faculty. We seek to do so at a theoretical level through seminars, conferences, and scholarship. We also put theory into action, working with governments and human rights organizations to bring peace, justice, and the rule of law around the globe.

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies
The Glazer Institute was established based on the understanding that as a Christian University, Pepperdine's students are especially open to discussions of faith and identity, but are often unacquainted with Christianity's ongoing relationship with Judaism. The Glazer Institute is designed to increase a majority-Christian academic community's exposure to, discussion of, and awareness of Judaism, Jewish Studies, and Israel. The Glazer Institute seeks to provide new avenues for students to explore and connect Jewish and Christian identities through various opportunities - curricular and co-curricular.


Herb & Elinor Nootbaar             

Wonderful friends of Pepperdine, Herb and Elinor Nootbaar generously endowed the Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics in 2007. Residents of Laguna Beach, California, they have fascinating life stories of hard work, perseverance, continuing success in the feed and grain industry, strong religious faith, and devotion to the community. Herb and Elinor's extraordinary gift enables law students to work with human rights and religious freedom organizations around the world as well as to study the relationship between law, religion and ethics. In 2011, we mourned the death of our beloved Elinor; in November of 2013, we celebrated Herb's 105th birthday.