Therapy Dog Day

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The last Friday of the semester (class wise) meant some furry visitors wold be stopping by as Al noted on his Thursday post.  Therapy Dog Day is always a huge hit with the students especially as we close out the semester.  There were four different dogs that came to visit today with approximately 50 students anxiously waiting to greet them.

Next week we’ll have three days of normal class before taking the rest of the week off from class.  Final Examinations will commence on April 28th and end on May 9th.

Fuel for Finals

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Since this is the last full week of classes prior to finals, our wonderful Law Library staff is once again hosting a week they call, Fuel for Finals.  Here is the great lineup of events they assembled this week to support our students during this stressful time:

- Monday, April 14, Krispy Kreme Kraziness (free donuts until they are gone!) and a Free Yoga Class.
- Tuesday, April 15, Free Yoga Class.
- Wednesday, April 16, Sundae Fun Day (create your own sundae!).
- Thursday, April 17, Free 10-minute massages and Full Throttle Happy Hour (energy drinks and brain food).
- Friday, April 18, Therapy Dog Day.

Yours,
Al Sturgeon
Dean of Students

US Army JAG Flora Darpino visits Pepperdine Law

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Today Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, the 39th Judge Advocate General of the US Army is on campus to talk about her distinguished career and the challenges that come with being the first woman in the 236 year history of the JAG core.  In addition, to her impressive resume, Darpino is highly decorated with awards including the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Really special to have Lieutenant General Darpino in the building.  She has such an important job to do for our country!

 

CAO

 

Gary Haugen at Pepperdine Law

Gary Haugen is the President and CEO of International Justice Mission (“IJM”).  This week, Mr. Haugen is at Pepperdine Law co-teaching a one-week intensive course with Professor Jim Gash titled, “International Criminal Law, Human Rights, and the Development of the Rule of Law.”  Pepperdine Law is one of two places Mr. Haugen teaches at during the year (the other is his alma mater, The University of Chicago).

Much of the class focus is described in the description of Mr. Haugen’s recently-released book, “The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.”

This morning, Mr. Haugen graciously agreed to a fascinating breakfast Q & A session with all interested members of the Pepperdine community.

Yours,
Al Sturgeon
Dean of Students

Parris Professionalism Institute

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We were excited to announce the launch of the Parris Professionalism Institute at our Open House event last Friday.  The generous gift from the Parris family will directly benefit our incoming 1L class and our professional formation efforts at the School of Law.  You can read the full press release HERE.

Yours,
Al Sturgeon
Dean of Students

Open House for Admitted Students

Today the School of Law welcomes prospectives to our  ‘Admitted Students Open House’. It’s a great chance for prospective students to “kick the tires” at the place they might be spending the next three years (or less if interested in our AO program)

A record number of students, family and friends arrived today to gather as much information as possible before making this important decision.  After lunch, students get a chance to talk with various different student organization leaders before sitting in on a Criminal Law class with professor Carol Chase and finishing the day with special tours of the law school.

Lots of good things happening today!

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Pics From SBA Open Mic Night

A random sampling of the student acts featured at SBA Open Mic Night in the law school cafeteria on Tuesday night.  What a talented student body!

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Open 2

Yours,
Al Sturgeon
Dean of Students

Interfaith Student Council

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It is that time of year when student organizations host their last meetings and make plans for next year.  Last evening, my family had the pleasure of hosting the final meeting of the year for our Interfaith Student Council (pictured above).  My family has had the pleasure of hosting several “dessert & discussion” meetings for this great organization in our home over the course of this year.  We have learned so much, while enjoying the opportunity to get to know a fine group of students.

Our group has included students from the following faith backgrounds: Buddhism, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Eastern Orthodox, Atheism, Evangelical Christianity, Latter-Day Saints, Islam, and Mainline Protestantism.

The purpose of the Interfaith Student Council is two-fold:  (1) to foster an environment where law school students of different faiths can interact with each other and learn to understand each other on a spiritual or religious level; and (2) to be the conduit through which students can effectively communicate any faith-based concerns with the administration.

I was excited to hear the students plan for next year, and I anticipate the continued growth of the ISC!

Yours,
Al Sturgeon
Assistant Dean for Student Life

Nominated to the Federal Bench

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We were excited to learn late last week that Pepperdine Law alum, preceptor, and current U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr., was nominated to serve as a federal district court judge for the Central District of California.  HERE is an article on the nomination.

If confirmed by the United States Senate, Mr. Birotte will be the third Pepperdine Law alum on the federal bench, joining Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell and Judge Jennifer Dorsey.

Yours,
Al Sturgeon
Assistant Dean for Student Life

National Security Law Symposium

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Today, Pepperdine School of Law is hosting a symposium on National Security Law led by newly tenured professor, Greg McNeal.  Professor McNeal has amassed an amazing array of speakers including former General Counsel of the CIA, John Rizzo.

Mr. Rizzo, spoke to the group about the challenges of sanctioning “Advanced Interrogation Techniques” in the wake of 9/11.  Very Interesting stuff to say the least.

Additional panels included topics on:

  • The Future of National Security Law
  • American National Security Surveillance
  • Whether the 2001 Authorization for use of Military force should be renewed?

If you’re at all interested, the respective panels are available for viewing here.

 

Have a great weekend!

CAO

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