Family Day 2016: Armand Arabian Moot Court Competition and Dean Tacha Portrait Unveiling
October 14, 2016 | By Alexa Brown —Family Day kicked off with parents attending classes alongside the students to get a taste of law school. This was the perfect opportunity for Professor Naomi Goodno to perform her annual prank based on the movie Legally Blonde in which the teacher kicks a student out of class while having another student support her decision to do so:
Parents were informed, after squirming in their seat for a few moments, that it was all in good fun and laughed in relief.
Everyone then shuffled out of class to Friday Donuts and coffee, where family members were able to mingle and experience the sweet morning tradition the law school students, faculty, and staff participate in weekly.
The day also included lunch and a guided tour.
After lunch, students and family were able to witness a truly exciting round of the Armand Arabian Moot Court Competition, held in the school's Appellate Courtroom. The three judges gave competitors a shining review and offered a few pieces of advice.
A portrait unveiling of Dean Deanell Tacha followed the competition, with University President Andrew K. Benton opening the event with words of appreciation for Dean Tacha and her work at the law school. Provost Rick Marrs lead guests in a prayer. Benton then invited Dean Tacha to unveil her portrait to applause and appreciative remarks. Tacha received a bouquet and delivered remarks, specifically thanking Vice Dean Shelley Saxer and executive assistant Margaret Barfield for their generous contributions; her executive assistant Jennifer Champion for her steadfastness; and her husband for his support, as well as all the Law School's students and staff and faculty for being so wonderful.
A dessert reception followed.
Family Day occurs annually at Pepperdine, with the University providing carnival rides and games, In-N-Out, and an outdoor concert at sunset.
Alexa Brown | Law Marketing & Events