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Pepperdine Law Review Hosts The Lawyer of the Future

The Pepperdine School of Law and members of the Pepperdine Law Review editorial board will host The Lawyer of the Future, a symposium that will explore the impact of past and present lawyers and the lessons they provide for future generations. The one-day symposium will be held on the Malibu campus on April 20th, beginning at 9 a.m.

With 12 presentations from top experts in the field, The Lawyer of the Future symposium will showcase the lawyers of the past and present, the variety of roles they serve within American society, and what their experiences and models teach us about who the lawyers of the future can and should be. From public servants to philanthropists, government officials to business entrepreneurs, the symposium will focus on the role of lawyers as working models of the rule of law.

Each symposium presenter will articulate the role that he or she sees lawyers serving in society. Given the cacophony of public and political rhetoric concerning the practice of law, the symposium will address a new form of lawyer for the future—modeling civil discourse, orderly resolution of conflict, and informed public discussion and debate.

The underlying purpose of the symposium is to gain a better understanding of the role that American lawyers have played in the past, what challenges and opportunities they face in the present, and how lawyers will best be equipped in the future to meet the needs and expectations of their clients.

"We have 12 amazing speakers from across the country who are coming to Pepperdine to speak about the value and importance of the legal profession, based on both their personal experiences and the experiences of influential lawyers of the past," said Alyssa Ayotte, symposium editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. "They each have unique perspectives on who the lawyers of the future should and can be, and I'm excited to hear them speak about that."

This year's symposium is the first to be led by Pepperdine Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha.

"We are excited in particular to present a symposium that Dean Tacha has been very involved in from its inception," said Nicole Rodger, editor in chief of the Pepperdine Law Review. "Given the many roles she has played over the course of her career - in private practice, as a judge, professor, and now dean – her perspective provides valuable insight and a unique angle that cuts across many of the symposium's themes."

For more information, or to register to attend the symposium, please contact the Pepperdine Law Review at (310) 506-4653.