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News: February 2009

Palmer Center Hosts Social Responsibilty Event

Pepperdine University School of Law

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.

Panelists Kinya Claiborne, Louis Posen, and professor Larry Cox will discuss the social implications of entrepreneurship.

"Our purpose is to expose students to entrepreneurs, corporations, and organizations that are fulfilling their implicit obligation to give back to society as a whole," explains event organizer Audrey Owens, the program manager for the Palmer Center.

Each panel member draws from years of entrepreneurial experience. Kinya Claiborne works with JAKKS Cares, a charitable offshoot of the Malibu-based toy manufacturer, JAKKS Pacific. "Cares" donates toys and school supplies globally to underprivileged children. Claiborne will discuss how JAKKS Cares fits in with its parent company, the charities they support, and how and why it was established.

Louis Posen is the founder of punk record labels Hopeless Records and Sub City Records, the artists of which he will feature in a traveling music production called the Take Action Tour. He is also involved in the establishment of the S.T.A.K.E. (Sharing, Training, Assistance, Knowledge, and Education) Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, which is available to Pepperdine law students. Posen plans to share with the panel his work with the Take Action Tour, the formation and purpose behind the S.T.A.K.E. scholarship, and how and why he established Sub City Records.

One of Pepperdine University's own professors will also bring experience in the field of entrepreneurship to the panel. Larry W. Cox, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management (GSBM), will address how students can find success in their entrepreneurial pursuits while fulfilling their social responsibility.

The Palmer Center was established in the fall of 2000 to provide a complementary addition to the Pepperdine School of Law with its dual-focus on entrepreneurship and law. The innovative 16-unit certificate program assists law students in pursuing alternative career paths, and provides its fellows with the necessary education and training to succeed in the fields of business, finance, real estate, entertainment, intellectual property and technology.

The event is free and open to the public. A pizza lunch will be served. For more information about the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, visit the Palmer Center Web site, or call (310) 506-4681.