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Pepperdine Caruso Law Congratulates Elissa Crowder

Pepperdine Caruso Law is pleased to congratulate its most recent bell-ringer in celebration of post-graduate employment success, Elissa Crowder! Elissa was joined in the cheerful festivities by Dean Paul and Courtney Caron, remotely by Dean Naomi Goodno, directors and members of the Career Development Office, Administrative Offices, and Deans' Suite, as well as a large gathering of Elissa's law school colleagues. Before ringing the bell, Elissa expressed her thanks to Professor Stephanie Williams, Professor Nancy Hunt, all her friends at Caruso Law, Dean Emeritus Ron Phillips, and her mom for forging the way at Pepperdine.

Following her graduation, Elissa will be serving as a clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon in Houston, Texas. She is particularly excited about the position since Judge Sheldon's favorite part of being a magistrate judge is conducting mediations. Elissa has taken a number of Straus Institute classes, and is particularly interested in mediation,  so she is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Judge Sheldon in this area.

Elissa attended Capital University where she double-majored in music and business administration. At Caruso Law, she has loved serving as a teaching assistant for Professor Williams's Legal Research and Writing class since her second year. One of the most rewarding experiences she has had is helping to start the Student's for Life organization and serving on the board. Elissa is also on the board of the Christian Legal Society and serves as a Lead Articles Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review.

Elissa would like to thank Professor Hunt for her mentorship and clerkship advice. She would also like to thank Professor Williams for her investment in her learning to become a better writer and learning to enjoy it. Elissa would also like to thank her mom, alumna Mary Kay Crowder (JD '92), for her constant advice and support. Most importantly, she wants to thank the Lord because all of the blessings she has been given during her time at Pepperdine Caruso Law are all a result of His grace.

Congratulations to Elissa!

Elissa Crowder surrounded by friends