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News: February 2007

Renowned Legal Scholar Grant S. Nelson Joins Law Faculty

Renowned Legal Scholar Grant S. Nelson

Pepperdine University School of Law Dean Kenneth W. Starr has announced that Grant S. Nelson will join the School of Law faculty as the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law, beginning August 1, 2007. Dean Starr noted that Professor Nelson's appointment was applauded by the late Chief Justice Rehnquist's family, and the designation comes with their full support.

"We welcome Professor Nelson as the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law at Pepperdine. He will have tremendous impact on our students and our School, and we are honored to have him join our faculty," said Dean Starr.

As one of the leading real estate law professors in the country, Professor Nelson has published numerous books and articles on real estate finance law, property, and remedies, and has taught these subjects for forty years.

Professor Nelson currently works as a Faculty Research Fellow of UCLA's Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate. Over the past sixteen years, he has taught Real Estate Finance, Advanced Real Estate Transactions, Property, Land Use Regulation, and Remedies at UCLA Law School, where he has earned several awards for his teaching.

Recipient of UCLA's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000) and the university's Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), Nelson was also elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA Law Classes of 2004 and 2005. He was the Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement of Property (Third) - Mortgages (1997), served on the Law School Editorial Advisory Board of the West Publishing Company, and has served as a Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws for nine years.

While in law school, Professor Nelson was an editor on the Minnesota Law Review. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, he practiced real estate finance at Faegre and Benson, a large Minneapolis law firm. He taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law for twenty-four years, where he was the Enoch H. Crowder & Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law and was elected Outstanding Professor by three classes. Additionally, he was elected Professor of the Year at two other law schools where he was visiting. While in Missouri, he chaired the Missouri State Bar Property Committee.

Professor Nelson's books and articles on real estate finance law, property, and remedies, include: Real Estate Transfer, Finance and Development (with Dale A. Whitman) 7th ed. St. Paul: West Group (2006); Real Estate Finance Law (with Dale A. Whitman) 4th ed. St. Paul: West Publishing (2002); and Contemporary Property (with W. Stoebuck and Dale A. Whitman) 2nd ed. St. Paul: West Publishing (2002).