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Khrista McCarden, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law

E-mail: khrista.johnson@pepperdine.edu

Pepperdine School of Law
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Before joining Pepperdine, Professor McCarden practiced with Morgan Lewis in London where she focused on all aspects of international taxation, including corporate, individual, estate, and trust planning for US persons conducting business or residing abroad. She also advised individuals and charities on US and cross-border charitable giving and structuring and served as Pro Bono Vice Chair for the office. While living in London, Professor McCarden was actively involved with her local church and with several charitable organizations. In addition, she was appointed to the Board of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of the UK.

Professor McCarden began her legal career with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. During her first two years of practice, she was selected as a Washington, DC delegate by the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation section to present a policy paper on charitable giving and planning before the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department, which was later published. She has practiced international tax law in Paris and completed a clerkship in New York with the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor McCarden has published articles in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Her scholarly work focuses on international charitable giving and international tax reporting and offshore assets and has been published in, among other journals, the Columbia University Journal of Tax Law and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. Most recently, she was invited to present her latest scholarship at The Sanford E. Sarasohn Conference on Critical Issues in Comparative and International Taxation at St. Louis University School of Law.

She has been elected to the AALS Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Section's Executive Committee and was chosen to present her scholarly work on alternative US approaches to cross-border charitable giving rules at the 2016 AALS Annual Conference. Professor McCarden also has been selected as a Contributing Editor for Nonprofit Law Professors Blog.

She has presented a leading paper as a selected participant of the International Research Symposium held as part of the 66th Congress of the International Fiscal Association in Boston, Massachusetts. She also regularly presents her scholarly work at Junior Tax Scholars' Workshops held at various law schools throughout the country and most recently in Toronto, Canada. She has presented her works at tax colloquia associated with Loyola Law School as well and as Washburn University School of Law. Professor McCarden has served as a moderator for the business/international tax panels associated with Pepperdine Law Review Tax Symposia.

Professor McCarden teaches Federal Income Taxation, International Taxation, Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities and Criminal Law. She is the Faculty Advisor for Law Students as Catalyst for the Youth (LSCY) and is also an active member of the Christian Legal Society and Black Law Students Association on campus.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Taxation
  • Charitable Giving 


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003, magna cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1998, cum laude