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Diversity and Inclusion

 At Pepperdine Caruso Law, our community is rich in political, racial, and spiritual diversity which has formed a strong culture of connection among our students, faculty, and staff. Led by our faith-based values, we believe that each person’s voice and convictions enhance our community.

We are committed to being a place where all belong. For additional resources on these important matters, see here.

Diversity Council

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Naomi Goodno

Dean of Students
Diversity Officer

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Chalak Richards

Assistant Director of Career Development
Diversity Officer

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Berenice Hernandez

Financial Assistance Administrator
Diversity Officer

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Marcelo Rosadilla

Associate Director, Straus Institute
Diversity Officer

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Jeffrey Baker

Director of Clinical Education
Diversity Officer

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Sukhsimranjit Singh

Managing Director and Assistant Professor of Law and Practice
Diversity Officer

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Nicole Serleto Chavez

Director of Admissions, Student Information & Services
Diversity Officer

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Ahmed Taha

Professor of Law
Diversity Officer

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Tanya Asim Cooper

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Director Restoration and Justice Clinic
Diversity Officer

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Tiffany Williams

Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
Diversity Officer




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  • Asylum & Refugee Law
  • California Family Law Practice
  • Community Justice Clinic
  • Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Seminar
  • Cross Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution and Relgion
  • Divorce & Family Mediation
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • Employment Law Practicum
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Faith Based Diplomacy & Intl. Peacemaking
  • Faith and Family Mediation
  • Fair Employment and Housing Mediation Clinic
  • Health Law Practicum
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Law Practicum
  • Jewish Law
  • Juvenile Rights
  • Law and Religion Seminar
  • Legal Aid Clinic
  • Low Income Taxpayers' Clinic
  • Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic
  • Police Practices
  • Restoration and Justice Clinic
  • Veterans' Law Practicum - Los Angeles/ Ventura
  • War Crimes


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Alumni Spotlight

"It shouldn't take an African-American attorney to represent an African-American client – everyone should be aware of the needs of any given gender or ethnicity."

Alumni Spotlight

A Conversation with Judge Dwayne K. Moring

First Generation Spotlight: Nathalie Adourian

First Generation Students

Pepperdine Caruso Law is excited to support students who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Through our "First Gen" initiatives, we strive to foster a community that establishes mentors, creates opportunities, and opens dialogue about what it means to be a First Gen law student.


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I became the person I am today because of Pepperdine – how to be an attorney who has a sense of empathy and compassion in this world – we all gravitated naturally towards this attitude.

(JD '10)

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Alexis Joyce
Associate Director of Career Development
Chair of First Generation Initiatives
Diversity Officer

Conferences and Scholarships

Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals

The LSAC Equality Conference

Meeting of Law School Diversity Officers

The National SEED Project

Diversity Events

Annual Pepperdine Caruso Law Diversity Week

For People of Color (FPOC) Law School Admissions Day 

Open Conversations - Monthly

Student Groups

All diverse student interest groups can be found here.