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2020 Caruso School of Law Dinner

The 50th Anniversary Caruso School of Law Dinner, scheduled for April 4, 2020, has been postponed.

We are working to reschedule the dinner for a date when state and local guidelines deem it safe for large gatherings. Once a new date is confirmed, we will announce it here and on our social media channels.

We look forward to celebrating with you the many accomplishments made possible through your support of Pepperdine Caruso School of Law.

In 50 years, Pepperdine Law has risen from humble beginnings to one of the country’s premier institutions of legal education whose distinguished graduates serve as attorneys, judges, and public servants around the globe. This year, we celebrate that ascent, made possible because of the support of a community that continues to believe in our big Pepperdine idea—that a legal education guided by a faith-based mission, centered on lives of service, can change the world.

We’re also celebrating the next 50 years as we are propelled into the future by the unprecedented $50 million gift from Rick and Tina Caruso. With the momentum created by that gift, the newly named Caruso School of Law will soar higher still as we advance new efforts in legal scholarship and continue to expand access to those pursuing careers in law.

Join us April 4 for an unforgettable evening as we welcome to the stage President George W. Bush, who will share inspiring stories from a lifetime of public service and his unique perspective as our nation’s 43rd president. Pepperdine Caruso Law is on the rise, more than ever before, and we look forward to celebrating our remarkable achievements with you.

*Tickets for the 2020 School of Law Dinner are sold out, but sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact us directly for more information. 


Featured Speaker

George W. Bush - Pepperdine University

43rd President of the United States

George W. Bush served as 43rd president of the United States of America from 2001–2009. As commander in chief, President Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and security at home and abroad. At home, he championed the No Child Left Behind Act to raise standards in schools and cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, restoring economic growth and launching an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. The Bush Administration also negotiated new free trade agreements, worked with Congress to pass landmark healthcare reforms, and instituted robust environmental protections.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. Under his leadership, the United States built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America and provided unprecedented support for young democracies and dissidents around the world. President Bush also launched global HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives that have saved millions of lives, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to serving as president, he was the 46th governor of Texas from 1995–2000.

After the presidency, President Bush and former first lady Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a nonpartisan public policy and leadership development center that engages communities across the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

President Bush is the author of three bestselling books: Decision Points (2010), 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014), and Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors (2017). He and Laura are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne, and Jenna, married to Henry Hager. The Bushes also are the proud grandparents of Margaret Laura “Mila”, Poppy Louise, and Henry Harold “Hal” Hager


Saturday, April 4, 2020
5 PM | Reception
6 PM | Dinner


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