Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament Final Round


The final round of the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament was spectacular.  First, we had an amazing final round bench, with two sitting federal judges who also happen to be Pepperdine Law alums and a retired federal immigration judge who also happens to be a popular long-time adjunct faculty member.

But the stars were our two 3L finalists — David Moreshead and Scott Sasser.  Typically, after a moot court argument, the judges compliment the finalists and offer some pointers on how to improve.  This was the first time I have witnessed a final round bench with absolutely nothing to say in critique!  They were that good.

But the judges had to declare a winner, and in the end, David Moreshead (second from the right above) emerged as champion!

Congratulations to both David and Scott for their great work!


Waves Weekend


Today is a big day at the law school due to Family Day, the finals of the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament, and the meeting of our Board of Visitors.

Today also begins a big weekend at Pepperdine University.  Waves Weekend, Pepperdine’s homecoming, starts today and runs through Sunday.

There is a fantastic lineup of fun on the Malibu campus this weekend, including Blue & Orange Madness this evening to kickoff the basketball season and the annual Waves Weekend Concert on Saturday night featuring platinum-selling recording artists the Plain White T’s and Andy Grammer.

State Bar of California Information Session

Today, we are honored that Gayle Murphy, who directs the Office of Admissions for the State Bar of California, will speak to our 3L class.  Ms. Murphy will provide an overview of the admissions process in California, including registration, moral character, MPRE, and the bar exam itself. This is our fourth consecutive year to host Ms. Murphy, and it is an excellent opportunity to hear from the person who oversees the entire admissions process!


Supreme Court Talk

One of the (wonderful) challenges our students have is doing their required work while also taking advantage of the many outstanding lunchtime events that are on the calendar each week.

For example, today at lunch, Professor Babette Boliek will be giving a presentation about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.  In that decision, the Court prohibited a service that allowed people to watch publicly available television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs were broadcast over the air.

Family Day is This Friday!

I hope that many of you are planning to attend our annual Family Day this Friday!  This is always a fun day at the School of Law.

Here is the schedule:

  • 8:30am: Coffee and Registration
  • 9:10am: Attend a First-Year Class (Civil Procedure)
  • 10:20am: Welcome from Dean Tacha
  • 10:35am: A Panel Presentation and Discussion on Law School Life
  • 11:45am: Final Round, Critique, and Award Presentation for the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament
  • 12:45pm: Luncheon
  • 1:30pm: Guided Building Tour

If you have questions, please contact Margaret Barfield.  Hope to see you here!

Final Round Set!

Update from Professor Nancy McGinnis:

I am pleased to announce that 3Ls David Moreshead and Scott Sasser are the advocates for the Final Round of the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament.  They will argue at Family Day this Friday at 11:45 a.m, which will be followed by a critique and the awards presentation.

Our bench for the round consists of the Honorable Andre Birotte, the Honorable Jennifer Dorsey, and the Honorable Bruce Einhorn.

Congratulations to 2L Chelsey Huso for writing a great problem and to Moot Court Board Chair 3L Ryan Trotta for leading the Moot Court Board.

Student Life, Relationships, and the Law


We are hosting a very special conference today and tomorrow.  You can read an article on the conference HERE and watch it via live streaming HERE.

The following describes the conference:

Pepperdine University School of Law welcomes you to this gathering to address domestic violence in higher education. Panelists will explore various aspects of domestic violence on our college campuses and discuss how universities should respond to the epidemic of dating and intimate partner violence on campus.

This conference will address domestic and intimate partner violence among college students and its intersections with sexual assault and gender violence. Speakers and conferees will discuss institutional responses in policy and practice, culture and law. The School of Law has invited leaders, administrators, teachers, activists, professionals, scholars, and students to participate with speakers representing diverse disciplines and institutions. Colleges and universities face a critical moment of reckoning and response to violence and abuse among students, and Pepperdine hopes that this conference can advance our communities toward peace and justice.

The Princeton Review: The Best 169 Law Schools (2015 Edition)


There are many iterations of law school rankings, but one of the more unique is compiled by the Princeton Review.  What makes it unique is that the Princeton Review’s rankings are based on responses from actual students at the law schools.

The 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s law school rankings has just been released.  Once again, Pepperdine received the highest possible rating for “professor accessibility.”  Further, we were ranked #6 in the country for “Best Faculty.”

You can read Professor Caron’s blog posting HERE for more information.

Admitted to Appear Before the Supreme Court of the United States


Dean Tacha is in Washington, D.C., today along with members of our staff to support several of our graduates as they are admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.  Congratulations to our new admittees pictured above in front of the Supreme Court building!

We are also hosting an alumni reception in conjunction with this special ceremony.

The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789


Professor Ed Larson is an outstanding member of the law school faculty.  He is also a Pulitzer Prize winning historian.  His newest book, The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789, was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend.  You can read the excellent review HERE.

We brag on our faculty, and rightfully so, but I remain amazed by the opportunities afforded to our students to learn from such outstanding scholars.


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