SBA Beach Day


Malibu is famous for many things, and one of those things is its spectacular beaches.  So, it makes sense for our students to take advantage of this wonderful resource that stands in our front yard!

Last Friday afternoon, as is tradition, our Student Bar Association (“SBA”) hosted a “beach day” at Zuma Beach for the student body.  It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful opportunity for our students to take a break from their hard work and enjoy hanging out on the beach, complete with volleyball, foam top surfboards, boogie boards, refreshments, and Corner Bakery..

Recruiting Season Already?!

The academic year is an interesting thing to observe.  We feel like we are just getting started on the year ahead, and it is already time to begin recruiting for next year!

However, we truly believe that Pepperdine University School of Law is a special place, so the recruiting process is a pleasure.

If you know of any prospective student anywhere in the country, odds are that we will have a representative in the area in the next few months.  Click HERE to see the recruiting calendar.

Pepperdine Alum Appointed Presiding Judge of California’s State Bar Court

Judge P swearing-in

On September 10, the Supreme Court of California announced the appointment of Catherine D. Purcell to the position of State Bar Court Presiding Judge.  The press release stated:

Judge Purcell was first appointed by the Supreme Court to the State Bar Court as a review judge in 2008. Before her appointment, she served as a Kern County Superior Court Judge, and presided over criminal, civil and family law cases since 2001. She also served the court as supervising judge of its East Division, and was active in continuing judicial education as faculty for ethics training for court personnel and attorneys who serve as pro tem judges. Before her judicial career, Judge Purcell clerked for Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas of the California Supreme Court, practiced civil law in Southern California, and prosecuted criminal cases as a deputy district attorney in Kern County. Judge Purcell received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Pepperdine Law School in 1985, and her honors degree in Nursing from California Lutheran College in 1980—she is a Registered Nurse and a Public Health Nurse.

We are proud that Judge Purcell is serving in such an important role!

The Future of Civilian Robotics

Click HERE to see Professor Greg McNeal participate in a panel discussion on “The Future of Civilian Robotics” at The Brookings Institution.

Here is a summary of the panel topic and discussion from The Brookings Institution:

With rapid advances in the field of robotics, the future possibilities seem endless: driverless cars on the roads, police forces using drones for surveillance, wearable technologies that integrate human and machine, and robots in the workplace – all of which raise questions of human acceptance of robotics in everyday life. The development of drones – along with other forms of robotics for commercial and personal use – in the civilian sector bring up many civil liberties, privacy, legal, and regulatory issues. While innovations in robotics are moving at a rapid pace, the law and regulatory guidelines around these technologies have not. Who will regulate the integration of these technologies into our societies? How will we allocate risk and liability for accidents? And how will the economic benefits of this innovative technology be maximized?

On September 15, Governance Studies at Brookings held a forum focused on the constantly changing landscape of civilian robotics in the United States. A panel of experts shared observations on the differing aspects of legal and regulatory policy surrounding civilian robotics.

Pepperdine Student Veterans

Professor Ann Ching wrote a wonderful article about student veterans at the Pepperdine University School of Law that was published in The Bencher, a publication of the American Inns of Court.  You can read the article HERE.

Middle Temple Moot

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Last week, we had the honor of hosting student barristers from the Middle Temple in London.  Our professors hosted these special guests in their homes, and our students had the opportunity to moot against their British counterparts.  The bench for the competition was comprised of Pepperdine faculty and a Bencher of the Middle Temple who visited Pepperdine along with the student barristers.

Even better than the opportunity for competition, our students had the opportunity to make new friends!  The picture above, including both our moot court student leaders and the student barristers from London, demonstrates the beautiful camaraderie that developed in such a short period of time.  Our students were sad to see their new friends go!

Amazing Start

I did not come away with any pictures, but there was video shot at last night’s event that will be priceless.

The Parris Institute for Professional Formation has four events on the calendar for the academic year (two each semester) that comprise the Professional Life Series.  Last night, the first event took place on the critical topic: “Taking Care of Yourself.”

It was awesome.

The furniture was cleared out of the atrium, and the 1L class turned out en force in workout attire for a fun and informative evening, which included:

Learning to take care of yourself is a critical professional skill, and last night’s event taught this skill in all the right ways.  I can’t wait for you all to see some video footage of the 1Ls, Dean Tacha, and others in the administration in action!

Waves of Flags

This is the seventh consecutive September for Pepperdine’s “Waves of Flags” display.  This breathtaking display serves as a memorial of the many lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.

There are nearly 3,000 flags on display — including one flag for each victim’s nationality.

I encourage our students to go down to beautiful Alumni Park at Pepperdine and take advantage of this awesome sight.  If you are in the area, I highly recommend that you, too, come for a visit and spend some time among the flags.

Here is a picture my high school daughter took over the weekend of the moving sight:

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Justice Tricia A. Bigelow

Director of Communications, Tom Inkel, shared a press release announcing the great news that Pepperdine alum, Justice Tricia A. Bigelow (JD ’86), received the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence, which had been known as “Judge of the Year.”  As the press release goes on to share, Pepperdine Law has recently had a great deal of wonderful news related to the judiciary!

Another Honor for Professor Caron

For the ninth year in a row, our own Professor Paul Caron was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Tax & Accounting!  You can read Professor Caron’s entry HERE.


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