Dear Pepperdine Alumni and Friends,
After two years of exemplary service to the law school, Courtney Echols, the
law school's director of alumni affairs, stepped down from her position effective May
20. We are so thankful for Courtney's faithful service to the law school
and our alumni community.
We wish her well as she and her husband, Pepperdine law alumnus Aaron Echols
('10), begin the next chapter of their lives in Texas. Courtney's message to the Pepperdine law
alumni community is below.
L. Timothy Perrin
Vice Dean and Professor of Law
After nearly two years of service, my last day at Pepperdine Law as the Director
of Alumni Affairs was May 20, 2011, the date of our Class of 2011
Commencement Exercises. I have drafted this letter in my head many times and the
truth is that there are not enough words to express my appreciation for having
served a truly amazing alumni community. From my very first day back in the fall
of 2009, you have made my job easy. Whether it was agreeing to host and sponsor
events, attending alumni gatherings, agreeing to take time out of your day to
speak to students, sharing potential job and internship opportunities at your
firm, or driving to Malibu to speak on a panel or attend a reception - my asks
have been many and your responses have been overwhelming.
I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing team of individuals and the
support from the administration makes Pepperdine an incredibly special and
unique place to work. As my husband Aaron and I set out for an adventure in
Texas, we go confidently because of the strength, security, and support that the
Pepperdine family has, and will continue, to provide for us.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you. You are a special part of our
community and I am grateful for you and your support. Leaving Malibu is a bit
easier having met so many of you in cities across the country. I feel like I
could move anywhere, and I would already know a really great local who would
help me get on my feet and take me under their wing. That is a community I want
to be a part of; that is a community I am proud to be a member of.
Exciting times lay ahead for Pepperdine Law as we anxiously await the arrival of
Dean Tacha. And so I challenge you to continue to support Pepperdine in any way
that you can. Hold tight to what we have accomplished and get ready for even
more successes ahead. May God bless all your endeavors and I look forward to our
paths crossing in the future.
Courtney L. Echols ('08)