In this issue, Pepperdine explores religious liberty and Lincoln and Darwin through a litany of upcoming conferences and events.

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Arguing Life and Death

After more than five years of groundwork, Professor Harry Caldwell argues a death penalty case before the California Supreme Court. more

Graduates Show Strong on California Bar Exam
Pepperdine had a passage rate of 89 percent on the July California Bar Exam, which ranks the School of Law in the top four of all California ABA-accredited schools (tied with UC Berkeley). Only Stanford, USC, and UCLA are higher. more

Pepperdine Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The School of Law will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with three events and five one-time service opportunities at the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic. more

Nootbaar Institute Hosts Religious Liberty Conference
The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host a conference titled “Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes: Who Owns the Lord's House?” on January 30, in Malibu, California. The keynote speaker will be Kent Greenawalt of Columbia Law School. more

Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes: Who Owns the Lord’s House?
January 30, 2009
School of Law-Malibu, CA
Presented by the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion & Ethics. Visit the Web site.

Contact Audrey Owns or call (310) 506-4292, for additional information.

Lincoln vs. Darwin: Who Had the Greater Impact on American Law?
February 2, 2009
4:00 - 5:30 pm
School of Law – Malibu, CA
Dean Starr and Professor Ed Larson invite you to join us for a stimulating debate
featuring Daniel A. Farber, Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley, and
Laurence Claus, Professor of Law at University of San Diego, in commemoration in law of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. This event has been approved for MCLE credit.

Contact Kylie Larkin for additional information and to RSVP.

Arbitrating Sports: Reflections on USADA/Landis, the Olympic Games, and the Future of Sports Dispute Resolution
February 27, 2009
8:30-5:00 p.m.
School of Law-Malibu, CA

Presented by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Visit the Web site for more information, or contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342.

Law Alumni Reunion
March 6-9, 2009
School of Law-Malibu, CA

Organize a mini-reunion for your student group, club, section, and friends. Join us at the 32nd Annual Law Dinner and stay for the first-ever “Alumni After-Party.MCLE credit opportunities available.

Share your memories with us. The alumni office is collecting testimonials and photos to post on our Web site. Send us your thoughts and let us know what made your time at Pepperdine School of Law special.

Visit the Web site for the weekend schedule. E-mail Brad Benham, or
call (310) 506-4492 with questions and to register.

32nd Annual Law Dinner
March 7, 2009
The Beverly Hilton-Beverly Hills, CA
Featuring the Honorable John R. Bolton. Visit the Web site, or call (310) 506-6567
for registration information.

3rd Annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture
March 27, 2009
School of Law-Malibu, CA
Featuring the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor. Visit the Web site 
for details. Registration information will be available in early February.

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Also, check out what upcoming Pepperdine Alumni Association chapter events are happening in your area.

For information about law alumni events, please call (310) 506-6567 or email lawalumnievents@pepperdine.edu.

Orange County Reception
January 22, 2009
5:30-7:30 p.m.
California Court of Appeal
Santa Ana, CA

Hosted by The Honorable Eileen C. Moore (JD ’78).
Register online, or email LawAlumniEvents@pepperdine.edu.

Nashville Reception
February 11, 2009
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLC Nashville, TN

Sponsored by Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP
Register online, or email LawAlumniEvents@pepperdine.edu.
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