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The Pursuit of Excellence

Pepperdine University School of Law has completed the "Waves of Giving 30-Day Challenge" and has secured 250 new gifts totaling over $165,000. Funds raised will directly benefit students through the Dean's Excellence Fund, which provides for distinguished visiting professors, visits from U.S. Supreme Court Justices, public interest opportunities for students, and conferences and symposia.

"These gifts will allow us to continue the momentum into the next academic year by providing the outstanding academic programming, scholarly conferences and symposia, and alumni services that are essential to our further rise in national prominence," said School of Law Dean Ken Starr.

During the past academic year, Pepperdine students had the opportunity to learn from numerous legal scholars, including Akhil Amar from Yale, Dale Whitman from Missouri, and Michael Green from Wake Forest as they came to Pepperdine as distinguished visiting professors. Pepperdine also welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justices O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, who discussed topics such as lawyering, judicial opinion writing, and constitutional law in a conversation format. Watch videos of these conversations.

In addition to bringing preeminent scholars and Supreme Court justices to campus, Pepperdine provided 51 law students with stipends this summer for national and international public interest work. Thirty-three students are currently working stateside in locations ranging from downtown Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and 18 students have traveled abroad to work in Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Thailand, and Belize. Follow student stories on the Waves of Justice blog.

On campus, the Dean's Excellence Fund provides for Pepperdine's conferences and symposia. In the last year, Pepperdine has hosted twelve major events including a Pepperdine Law Review symposium on the mortgage crisis, a Nootbaar Institute conference on religious liberty and religious property disputes, and a lecture on Supreme Court nominations and the confirmation process presented by the Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute.

To learn more about the challenge and to view the participants, visit Pepperdine's Waves of Giving 30-Day Challenge.