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Pepperdine Law Review Sorenson Spotlight Series: Sean Varner

The Pepperdine Law Review is proud to present its Sorenson Spotlight for May 2023. The Sorenson Spotlight is a series showcasing past Sorenson Writing Award recipients. The Ronald M. Sorenson Memorial Writing Award is presented each year to the member of the law review who submits the most well-written, thoroughly researched, and intellectually engaging comment or note. The Sorenson Spotlight Series features the many outstanding award recipients and highlights what they are doing now.

This month, Pepperdine Law Review is excited to spotlight Sean Varner. Varner received the Sorenson Award for his article, "The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) After Two Decades: Relevant Problems and Ideas for Necessary Reform," which was published in Volume 19, Issue 4 of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Varner currently serves as managing partner of Varner & Brandt LLP, a regional boutique firm specializing in business. He has been serving as the vice chairman of the Little Hoover Commission since his appointment in 2016 by Governor Jerry Brown. The Little Hoover Commission is an independent state oversight agency in California that investigates state government operations and policy, and provides recommendations to improve efficiency and service. In addition to his role at the Little Hoover Commission, Varner serves on the board of directors of Stater Bros. Markets, a supermarket chain based in California. He is also a member of the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law Board of Advisors. Furthermore, Varner was appointed by the California Senate to the California State Senate Advisory Committee on University of California Regents appointments.

Varner’s advice to a successful career is straightforward but essential: prioritize relationships by treating everyone with dignity and respect, do not cut corners, and most importantly, give back to the people and community you serve. The Pepperdine Law Review appreciates his wise words and for taking the time to support the law review.