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Dean's Speaker Series

Pepperdine Caruso Law School has a well-earned reputation for welcoming distinguished scholars, judges, government officials, and leaders to campus to share their views on important current issues with our community. Our speakers, like our community, have diverse perspectives and believe that we all benefit when we engage in meaningful dialogue with each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

The Dean's Speaker Series participants

Through the years, we have hosted a dozen Supreme Court Justices on campus to share their varying judicial philosophies, from Harry Blackmun to Sandra Day O'Connor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Antonin Scalia.

Caruso Law holds several high-profile events each year with esteemed guest speakers, including our annual graduation ceremony and law school dinner, as well as symposia and the William French Smith Lecture Series. In recent years we have hosted speakers such as English Court of Appeals Lord Justice Mary Mance Arden, California Governor Jerry Brown, Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, American Bar Association President Linda Klein, and Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai.

A recent peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Legal Studies examined the political ideologies of all law school faculties and determined that the Pepperdine Caruso faculty is the most ideologically diverse in the country [Adam Bonica (Stanford), Adam Chilton (Chicago), Kyle Rozema (Northwestern), and Maya Sen (Harvard), The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity, 47 J. Legal Stud. 1 (2018)]. The chart below has more details of the article's findings.

Caruso Law launched a Dean's Speakers Series in 2019 to enrich the intellectual life and enhance the diversity of speakers on our campus.

2020–2021 Speakers

  David Nammo

David Nammo

 

Executive Director and CEO, Christian Legal Society

April 7, 2021

The Road From Babylon to the Christian Legal Society

 

  Eugene Volokh

Eugene Volokh

Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA

March 11, 2021

Protecting Free Speech in 2021 and Beyond

 

  Anita Phillips

Anita Phillips

Trauma Therapist and Life Coach; Host, "In The Light with Dr. Anita Phillips"

February 2, 2021

Deconstructing Us: Self-Interrogation at the Intersection of Christian Worldview and Social Justice

 

 

  Eugene Cho and Sharon Brous

Eugene ChoEugene Cho: Pastor and President/CEO, Bread for the World

Sharon BrousSharon Brous: Founder and Senior Rabbi, IKAR

January 26, 2021

The Intersection of Faith, Social Justice, and Racial Reconciliation 

  William Morris

William Morris

Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader, PwC
Assisting Priest for Engaging Faith and the Workplace, St. John's Church (D.C.)

November 17, 2020

Where Is God At Work? Love Thy Colleague: Being Authentically Christian at Work

 

 

  Robert George

 

Robert George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton

October 19, 2020

Campus Illiberalism and the Future of Higher Education

 

   Dorothy Brown

 

Dorothy Brown

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory

September 14, 2020

Critical Race Theory: Fighting Racial Bias in the 21st Century

 

 

2019–2020 Speakers

     
  Blake Morant

Blake Morant

Former Dean, George Washington and Wake Forest

February 24, 2020

Preparing the Next Generation of Diverse and Dynamic Leaders

  Noel Francisco

Noel Francisco

U.S. Solicitor General

January 20, 2020

The Rule of Law and the Role of the Solicitor General

 

  Haben Girma

Haben Girma

Disability Advocate

November 11, 2019

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

  Neil Gorsuch

Justice Neil Gorsuch

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

September 11, 2019

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

Nominate a Speaker

The Pepperdine Caruso Law community is invited to participate in developing a robust roster of speakers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives for the Dean''s Speaker Series. Submit a speaker or topic for consideration by completing this form.  All submissions will be considered and evaluated based on programming needs.

 

Ideological Diversity of Caruso Law Faculty

Graph demonstratinig ideological diversity at Caruso Law and other universities