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Events Archive

February 25, 2011
  • A Call for International Religious Freedom

    "A Call for International Religious Freedom" explored the state of religious freedom and how we should respond. The conference discussed how religious clashes are become more and more prevalent throughout the world, as well as examined the growing need for tolerance between faiths, particularly as the Muslim and Christian worlds collide. The panels included topics such as "The State and Impact of International Religious Freedom," "Foundations for Religious Freedom," and "Responding to Religious Freedom."

January 23, 2009
  • Obama, Religious Faith, and the Public Square
    A Conversation with Doug Kmiec and John Jones

    Three days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, students, faculty, and staff at Pepperdine University gathered at the School of Law, thirsty for analysis of the new administration. The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institue on Law, Religion, and Ethics brought two of Pepperdine's most lauded experts in law and rhetoric together in a forum titled "Obama, Religious Faith, and the Public Square: A Conversation with Doug Kmiec and John Jones," which took place on Friday, Jan. 23, before a standing-room-only crowd.

April 26, 2007
  • The Second Annual Louis Brandeis Lecture, 12:30 p.m. in SR-1
    * Distinguished guest lecturer Amitai Etzioni, the founder of the Communitarian Movement and University Professor at The George Washington University spoke based on his book, "Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy" (Yale University Press). Professor Etzioni also drew from the essay, "The Global Importance of Illiberal Moderates."

March 29, 2007
  • Religion and the Law Symposium, Chapman School of Law
    * Professor Cochran spoke at the Third Annual Religion and the Law Symposium; Pepperdine University School of Law and Pepperdine Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics were co-sponsors of the Symposium.

March 21, 2007
  • "Only One Choice": Human Trafficking in Burma and Thailand, 12:30 p.m. in Room D
    * Moon, a young woman from Burma, who was trafficked into prostitution at a very young age. Accompanying her were Mark and Christa Crawford, founders of Just Food, Inc. and the Garden of Hope in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

February 24, 2007
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity Conference, Pepperdine University School of Law

February 23, 2007
  • Raul Gonzalez (CLS Lunch Speaker), 12:30 p.m. in SR-1

February 16, 2007
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference, Chapman Law School (the Nootbaar Institute was a conference sponsor)
    • 8:30-8:45 am Conference Welcome: Welcome by Joseph Bentley, Chair of J. Reuben Clark Law Society International

    • 8:45-9:30 am Morning Keynote Speaker: By Kenneth Starr, Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law

    • 9:30-10:15 am The Church and the United Nations Panel: Moderated by Robert O'Brien and featuring Former Governor Olene Walker and Elder Walker

    • 10:30-11:30 am Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought; Traditional Christian Attitudes Toward Law; Mormon Attitudes Toward Law: Implications of an International Perspective: Presented by Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law; W. Cole Durham, Gates University Professor of Law, Director, BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU; and Elizabeth Sewell, Associate Director, BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU

February 11-13, 2007
  • Genocide and Religion Conference, Pepperdine University School of Law and the Simon Wiesenthal Center
    *Approximately 61 attendees not including students who attended for course credit.

February 8, 2007
  • Transforming the Balkans from the Inside Out, Sam Ericsson,president and CEO of Advocates International,12:30 p.m. in the Appellate Courtroom
    * co-sponsored with CLS

November 2-5, 2006
  • Christian Legal Society Conference in San Antonio, Texas
    *The Nootbaar Institute sent 25 Pepperdine students

October 24, 2006
  • Lunch with Charles Michaels,President of the LA County Bar, 12:00 p.m. in Dean's Conference Room

October 16, 2006
  • War Crimes Panel, 12:30 p.m. in SR-1

October 12, 2006
  • Lessons from Enron, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. in Room G (co-sponsored with the Palmer Center)

October 9-13, 2006
  • Human Rights Awareness Week
    * co-sponsored with IJM Law School Chapter and ILS

    Monday, October 9th
    Exercise of Religious Freedom
    7:30am - 8:30am: Prayer Breakfast with Jay Wolf ('08 Salima Medical Clinic, Malawi)
    12:30pm - 1:30pm: Presentation European Free Exercise with Latcho Popov of Advocates Europe

    Tuesday, October 10th
    Violence Against Women
    7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast with Judith Wood of The Human Rights Project

    Wednesday, October 11th
    Rights of the Child
    12:30pm - 1:30pm: Presentation on Addressing the Needs of Children Around the World: Justice for the least of these with Restore International

    Thursday, October 12th
    Exercise of Religious Freedom
    1:00pm - 2:00pm: Presentation on Human Trafficking with Professor Goodno

    Friday, October 13th
    Social Entrepreneurship
    7:30am - 8:30am: "Make a Difference, Make A Choice" - Breakfast with Megan Datrice ('08 Kayamundi Trust Center, Cape Town, South Africa)

September 26, 2006
  • The Nootbaar Institute Luncheon-Joe LaConte Presentation, 12:30 p.m. in SR-1
July 31-August 12, 2006
  • The Nootbaar Institute Summer Courses
    • Religion and the Constitution: co-taught by Dean Kenneth Starr and John H. Garvey, Dean and Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
    • Legal Ethics Seminar: Theresa Stanton Collett, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Restorative Justice: Daniel Van Ness, Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation, an Institute of Prison Fellowship International
May 16, 2006
  • Russell Pearce, professor of law and director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham University, delivered the Louis D. Brandeis Lecture at the School of Law on May 16, 2006. That night, ILRE and David Nimmer of Irell & Manella, LLP hosted a dinner discussion moderated by Pearce, titled "Religious Faith and Law Practice: Integrated, Irreconcilable, or Irrelevant?"

  • Russell Pearce and ILRE Director Robert Cochran were featured in a May 2006 article published in California Lawyer magazine titled "In Good Faith: Lawyers Look for Ways to Work Religiously." The article discussed the "religious lawyering movement" that Pearce is credited with founding, and chronicled ILRE's work in this emerging field. It also highlighted Cochran's efforts to promote religion as "a means of bringing attorneys together to practice law in a more cooperative, compassionate, and productive way."

February 3-6, 2006
  • Conference: "Lawyers, Faith, and Peacemaking." Listen to audio from the conference:

Feb 3, 2006 Feb 4, 2006 April 7, 2005
  • "Erasing the Tension Between Career and Mission: Law as the Practical Application of Deeply Held Values" - Rabbi Daniel Lappin

April 6, 2005
  • International Religious Freedom: A Report Card - Samuel Ericson, Director, Advocates International

March 9, 2005
  • The Christian Concept of Vocation - Justice Donald Lemons, Virginia Supreme Court

February 1 - March 29, 2005
  • Weekly Discussions on the Spirituality of St. Ignatius - Attorney Byron Beam

February 4-5, 2005
  • Conference: Lawyers, Religious Faith, and Social Justice: Our Responsibility to "the Orphan, the Widow, the Alien," and "the Least of These"

November 11, 2005
  • Manna in the Desert of Law Practice - The Honorable Frank Firmat, Orange County Superior Court

October 13, 2004
  • Family, Law Practice, and Time Pressures - Attorney Panel

Fall, 2004
  • Opening of Pepperdine's J.D./M.Div. joint degree program, offering a Juris Doctor and a Master of Divinity degree

February 6-7, 2004
  • Conference: "Can the Ordinary Practice of Law be a Religious Calling?"

January 12, 2004
  • Forum: "Lawyers Seeking Justice for Human Rights Abuses"

November 17, 2003
  • Inaugural lecture: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, "The Establishment Clause and Judicial Initiatives that Are Driving Religion Out From the Public Square"