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Pepperdine Visits Washington, D.C.

Six Pepperdine law alumni were sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court on October 5 by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of Pepperdine's School of Law, began the ceremony by calling for Emily Allen (JD '05), Andy Braniff (JD '00), Wendy Coats (JD '05), Julia Cronin (JD '05), Megan Johnson (JD '02), and Kelly McIntyre (JD '02) to be admitted to the bar. The six lawyers took the oath before 29 friends and family members.

"The ceremony is a time-honored tradition," said Carly McKeeman (JD '08), the school's director of Law Associates and one of the seven Pepperdine staff members in attendance. "Seeing fellow alumni sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court is something I'll never forget."

The Pepperdine admittees, who practice law in California, Indiana, and Hawaii, were invited to an alumni event later that day. The event was hosted by O'Melveny and Meyers and firm partner Barbara Stettner (JD '94) and featured a lecture with Dean Starr and noted attorney Sri Srinivasan.

Srinivasan and Starr spoke on the Roberts Court and the unfolding term. Among the cases discussed was Maryland v. Shatzer, the 4th amendment cases that deals with Miranda rights and police conduct.

Srinivasan is a partner in O'Melveny's Washington, D.C. office, and his focus is on appellate and complex litigation. He previously served in the Office of the Solicitor General. He has argued 14 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Starr was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Of Counsel to Kirkland & Ellis. He has served as counselor to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Solicitor General of the United States, and Independent Counsel on the Whitewater matter. As Solicitor General, he argued twenty-five cases before the Supreme Court.

For information on how to participate in future United States Supreme Court Admissions ceremonies, please contact the Law Alumni Office at or call 310-506-6567.