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Class of 2015 Secures 12 Judicial Clerkships

April 24, 2015  | 2 min read

The Class of 2015 has secured twelve judicial clerkships, Pepperdine School of Law announced today. The placements are in courts ranging from California to New York and Washington, D.C., and include Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts, the Court of Federal Claims, federal district courts in Texas, California, and New York, and the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

"We are so proud of these outstanding graduates of the Pepperdine Law School who will be serving distinguished judges as law clerks," said Dean Deanell R. Tacha, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. "Law clerks are such an important part of the work of every judge. I am confident that these Pepperdine law clerks will make valuable contributions to the work of the judges who have selected them. I am also confident that Pepperdine has instilled in these students the spirit of public service that is essential to every law clerk entrusted with the great responsibility of assisting some of our nation's finest public servants--the judicial officers of the nation."

The Class of 2015 judicial clerks and their placements are as follows:

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Rachel Busick

  • Whitworth University, B.A. in Mathematics and Speech Communication 
  • Judge Victor J. Wolski, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2015-2016
Evan Elliott

Evan Elliott

  • University of Oklahoma, B.A. in Spanish
  • Justice Jeffrey Bivins, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2015-2016
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Catherine Eschbach

  • Vanderbilt University, B.S. in Human & Organizational Development and Anthropology
  • Judge David Hittner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2015-2017
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Zaur Gajiev

  • CUNY Hunter College, B.A. in Psychology and Political Science
  • Judge William B. Shubb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2015-16
  • Judge Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2016-2017
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Sarah Gerdes

  • Arizona State University, B.A. Global Studies; Minor in Political Science; Certificate in International Relations
  • Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2017-2018 
  • Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2018-2019
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Olivia Hardinge

  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S. in Foreign Service (focus in National Security Studies)
  • Judge Ronald S. W. Lew, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2015-2016
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David Iden

  • California Lutheran University, B.S. Psychology
  • Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2015-2016
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David Moreshead

  • Lindenwood University, BFA in Acting, BA in Finance and Arts Management
  • Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2016-2017
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Matthew Sessions

  • University of Utah, B.A. in Political Science; Minor in Spanish
  • Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2016-2017
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Stephen White

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Theology and Philosophy 
  • Judge Bobby Baldock, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit,  2015-2017

Class of 2015 Judicial Clerks

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