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Bernard James, J.D.

Bernard James, J.D.

Professor of Law

E-mail: bernie.james@pepperdine.edu

Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

Faculty Support Services: (310) 506-4676

Bernard James teaches courses in Civil Rights, Federalism, Individual Rights, Education Law, State Constitutional Law and Introduction to American Law. He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals.

Professor James is the author of the textbook Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary (Vandeplas Publishing 2009). He serves as a senior consultant to the US Department of Justice where he published Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs (DOJ Programs 1997). He is the contributing legal editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety and comments on constitutional issues in North America and Europe.

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Education Law


  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1983
  • B.G.S., University of Michigan, 1977

Scholarship & Activities

Key Works

  • Bernard James, T.L.O. and Cell Phones: Student Privacy and Smart Devices After Riley v. California, 101 IOWA L. REV. 343 (2015) HeinOnline
  • Bernard James, Tinker in the Era of Judicial Deference: The Search for Bad Faith, 81 UMKC L. REV. 601 (2013) HeinOnline
  • Bernard James, SROs, Safe Schools, and the Interagency Agreement, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Spring 2010
  • Bernard James, Safe Schools and Special Education Students, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Spring 2009
  • Bernard James, The Safe Schools Movement and SRO Liability, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Summer 2009

Additional Scholarship

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