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News: November 2007

Pepperdine Dedicates the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics

Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar

Pepperdine University hosted the official dedication of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics with a dedicatory address by Dr. Os Guinness on Nov. 8 at the School of Law in Malibu.

A renowned author and speaker, Guinness was previously a freelance reporter with the BBC. He has written or edited more than 25 books, including his latest publication Unspeakable: Facing up to the Challenge of Evil, and his soon-to-be-released, The Case for Civility: And Why our Future Depends on It. Guinness will be a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine in the spring of 2008.

The Nootbaar Institute, which was founded 2003 by Robert F. Cochran, Jr., the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, was endowed by Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar of Laguna Beach, California, in the summer of 2007. As agribusiness consultants, the Nootbaars remain involved in H. V. Nootbaar and Co., based in Capistrano Beach. The couple is active in numerous community organizations, and over 34 charities have benefited from their generosity.

Upon learning about Pepperdine's institute on law, religion, and ethics, the couple supported its initiatives. "When we realized the extent of their work and the programs and mission, we were so inspired that we wanted to help," said Elinor.

The dedication both honored the Nootbaars and highlighted the purpose of the institute.

The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics reflects Pepperdine School of Law's mission to train students to be service minded and purpose driven in their chosen vocations. Since 2003, the institute has offered students, faculty, alumni, and the community opportunities to explore the relationship between law, religion, and ethics through seminars, conferences, courses, and service opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.