School of Law alumna Laure Sudreau-Rippe has provided Pepperdine with a generous gift to establish the Laure Sudreau-Rippe Endowed Chair at the School of Law. The endowed chair – the first to be given to the school by a female alumna – was announced at a private dinner at which Professor Janet Kerr, the first occupant of the endowed chair, was also honored.
"The Pepperdine University School of Law is so grateful for the generosity and friendship of Laure Sudreau-Rippe and her husband. Their remarkable understanding of the role the Pepperdine Law School can play in educating lawyers and serving the community is a model that inspires and challenges all of us," said Dean Tacha.
According to the wishes of Sudreau-Rippe, preference for future occupants of the chair will be given to those who have overcome significant obstacles in their careers.The school noted that the new chair's first occupant, Janet Kerr, was selected by Sudreau-Rippe because she is dedicated to helping women through microfinance opportunities, and that throughout her career she has championed the cause of women in law. Professor Kerr was also a mentor to her when she was a Pepperdine law student.
"I am very honored to be the first occupant of this new chair and especially so since it is from an alumna who has such a great vision of giving back and changing lives," said Kerr, who serves as the executive director of the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.
"In particular, this chair will make possible very important enhancements to the work being done by the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law," Tacha noted."It will enable students to be involved in the essential links that must be forged in training lawyers and business people to work together in their mutual efforts to strengthen the economic fiber of the nation and the world," she added.
Sudreau-Rippe, who is originally from France, received her certificate in Dispute Resolution from the law school in addition to her J.D, and also received her Maîtrise degree (J.D.) while living in France. Throughout her highly successful corporate legal career, she advocated for people to give back. Discussing her gift, Sudreau-Rippe said, "I'm pleased that I was able to give back to an institution that helped me. It has been very gratifying." She resides with her husbandin Westport, Conn., and they have five children: Brad, Amy, Chloe, Lucas, and Juliette.