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Pepperdine Caruso Law Congratulates Derek Kliewer

Pepperdine Caruso Law is glad to congratulate its latest bell-ringer in honor of post-graduate employment success, Derek Kliewer! Derek was joined in the celebration by Dean Paul Caron,  Professor Steve Schultz, Professor Stephanie Williams, Dean Shannon Phillips, Assitant Dean Laine Kontos, directors and members of the Career Development, Dean's Suite, and Administrative Offices, and a large gathering of Derek's classmates. Prior to ringing the bell, Derek thanked his wife for her support over the past 3 years, and all his law school friends with whom he formed relationships that he will always remember.

Following graduation, Derek will be working as an Associate Attorney at Greenberg Traurig in their Los Angeles office. He found out about the position through networking with Delaney Hendershot, a talent acquisition coordinator with Greenberg Traurig. Derek interviewed with the firm and received an offer during the fall semester of his 3L year.

Derek is from Fresno, California, and graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 2015. After graduating, he spent time studying and living abroad in Israel and Egypt. He also volunteered with an organization that assists recently released inmates in transitioning to life outside of prison. All of these experiences inspired Derek to attend law school.

While at Caruso Law, Derek's favorite experience has been his position as Lead Articles Editor of Pepperdine Law Review. He also participated on Moot Court, worked as a research assistant for Professor Shelley Saxer, and as a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing. Derek completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Dale A. Drozd in the Eastern District of California, an externship with the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, and a summer externship with Wanger, Jones, Helsley, PC.

Derek is eternally grateful to his wife, Allison Frye, who has supported him throughout law school and inspires him to grow personally and professionally.  He is also grateful for the many friendships he's formed with fellow students that have made the long nights of studying (somewhat) enjoyable!

Congratulations to Derek!

Derek Kliewer with friends