Director, Global Justice Program
Professor of Law
Jim Gash is in his seventeenth year of teaching Torts, Evidence, Remedies, and Legal Ethics. Since 2012, he directed the Global Justice Program within Pepperdine's Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics. In 2010, Professor Gash began traveling periodically to Uganda to help imprisoned juveniles who were waiting for their day in court. Over the next six years, Professor Gash has returned to Uganda nineteen times to help other juvenile and adult prisoners secure access to justice. At the invitation of the Chief Justice of Uganda, Professor Gash became a Specialist Advisor to the High Court in January of 2012 and moved his family to Uganda for six months. Over the course of those six months, he designed and helped implement a juvenile justice structure that seeks to ensure Ugandan children will never again be forgotten by the judicial system. Soon thereafter, that system was implemented in adult prisons throughout Uganda.
In March of 2013, Professor Gash became the first American ever to argue a case in the Ugandan Court of Appeals. The appeal concerned the case of one of the prisoners he met on his first trip to Uganda in 2010. In recognition of his ongoing work in Uganda, Professor Gash received the 2013 Warren Christopher Award, which is presented to California's International Lawyer of the Year.
Jenna DeWalt manages the Global Justice Program, which includes coordinating summer internships, leading the Spring Break trip, planning conferences and events, and promoting the program to prospective students and alumni. She has been volunteering with nonprofits and traveling to Uganda since 2008. She received her Bachelor's degree in International Development and Master's in Business Administration.
Phone: (310) 506-6978
Director, Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics
Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law
Robert F. Cochran. Jr., is the director and founder of the Nootbaar Institute as well as the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law. He has written several books on the subjects of law, religion, and ethics, and is one of the founders of the Law Professors' Christian Fellowship. He teaches torts, as well as courses on the relationship between faith, morality and the legal profession. In 1999, the idea for Pepperdine's Union Rescue Mission Legal Aid Clinic grew out of those classes. Professor Cochran led a group of students and faculty to Rwanda and Uganda in the summer of 2010, providing training to pastors regarding issues of domestic violence.
Chair of Board of Advisors
Adjunct Professor of Law
Bob is the founding president and CEO of Love Does, a non-profit that works to "find audacious ways to restore justice to children and the poorest of the poor." Bob has dedicated his life to actively seeking justice for those who need a voice to speak on their behalf. He is committed to justice in Uganda, serving as an Honorary Consul General to the country. Bob teaches a course on faith, leadership, and the practice of law.
CEO, International Justice Mission
Adjunct Professor of Law
Before founding the International Justice Mission in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations' investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary teaches a class on human rights in the developing world each spring.