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Pepperdine Welcomes Three Visiting Professors

Pepperdine University School of Law welcomes three visiting professors this spring semester. D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor Paul L. Caron, of University of Cincinnati College of Law will teach Federal Income Taxation and Federal Estate and Gift Taxation. Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence Roger Cossack, a legal analyst for ESPN, will teach Media and the Law, and visiting associate professor of law, Khrista McCarden, a former practitioner at Morgan Lewis in London, England, will teach International Tax and Federal Taxation of Business Entities.

Paul Caron is the Charles Hartsock professor of law at University of Cincinnati College of Law. Active in many facets of tax law, Caron is publisher and editor of TaxProf, the most popular tax blog on the internet, and serves as the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Law Professor Blogs Network of more than 50 blogs edited by law professors around the country in numerous areas of law. Having recently published Tax Stories (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2009), and Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 6th ed. 2009) (with Paul McDaniel & Jim Repetti), his most recent law review articles have concerned the estate tax, law school rankings, and the impact of new technologies on legal scholarship and teaching.

Roger Cossack has been a legal analyst for ESPN since 2002, and has been explaining legal applications to television audiences since 1994 when he worked as a legal analyst on CNN, in addition to being a co-host of Burden of Proof. Having served as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer during his 22 years of practice, Cossack argued U.S. v. Leon before the Supreme Court in 1984. Prior to beginning his private practice, Cossack served on the faculty of UCLA Law School, where he earned his BA and LLB. This year marks the fourth consecutive year Cossack has taught Media and the Law at Pepperdine.

Before arriving at Pepperdine, Khrista McCarden practiced with Morgan Lewis in London where she focused on all aspects of international taxation, including corporate, individual, estate, and trust planning for U.S. persons conducting business or residing abroad. Additionally, she regularly published articles in the United States and in the United Kingdom and presented lectures on US/UK dual-qualified charitable structures. McCarden began her legal career with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles after having graduate from Harvard Law School and Harvard University. She has practiced international tax law in Paris and completed a clerkship in New York with Judge Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Pepperdine has welcomed many prominent law professors as D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professors including Akhil Amar of Yale Law School, Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School, Michael D. Green of Wake Forest, and Ellen Pryor of SMU Dedman School of Law. Recent Distinguished Visiting Practitioners in Residence include Mark A. Behrens of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, and John G. Malcolm, previously of the Motion Picture Association of America.

"I have long been a fan of Pepperdine and its unique mission in American legal education," said Caron of his visiting professorship. "I am looking forward to experiencing how faith permeates day-to-day life at Pepperdine."

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