A Break From The Blog

Today ends the last full week of classes for the spring semester.  Next week, classes will end on Wednesday, followed by the intense preparation period for final exams.

I will attend two back-to-back conferences next week, so I will return in time to begin our two weeks of finals.

The blog will take a break next week as I travel, but it will return on Monday, April 17, and track our exam period.

School of Law Dinner

Here are several pictures from an excellent School of Law Dinner last Saturday:

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Brand New Video (Parris Institute)

The Parris Institute for Professional Formation unveiled a brand new video at the School of Law Dinner last Saturday evening.  It features Pepperdine students and is fantastic.  Check it out on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Interclub Council Meeting Today

As the year comes toward a close, leadership of student-led organizations changes hands.  Today, at lunch, there will be an Interclub Council meeting of all outgoing and incoming leaders.

We have such a rich offering of student leadership organizations (and opportunities).  Consider this impressive list:

Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL)
American Bar Association (Law Student Division)
American Constitution Society
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
Armenian Law Students
Alexander Hamilton Society
Black Law Student Association
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Law Society
Dispute Resolution Law Journal
Dispute Resolution Society
DRPC Networking Society
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society
Honor Board
Interfaith Student Council
International Justice Mission
International Law Society
J. Reuben Clark Society
Jewish Law Student’s Association
Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law
Law Students – Catalyst for Youth
LGBT Legal Society
Moot Court Board
National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary
Pepperdine Law Review
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association
Student Mentor Program
Veterans Legal Society
Video Game Law Society
Women’s Legal Association

Gelato Truck Today!

Today, the Student Bar Association is bringing the Palazzolo Artisan Gelato truck on campus and providing the law school student body with free gelato!

Dalsimer Final Round

The Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition is the annual team appellate advocacy intraschool competition at Pepperdine Law.  Two-person teams submit an appellate brief, followed by oral argument rounds.  Students receive one unit of credit for participation, and the finalists have the opportunity to argue the final round before a distinguished panel of judges.  The winning team, as well as Brief and Individual Advocacy awards, are announced at the Law School Dinner.  Prize money donated by alumni is also awarded.

I am pleased to share that the final round has been set: a team of 3Ls, Scott Sasser and Matt Sessions, will compete against a team of 2Ls, Alex Farzan and Tim O’Hair.  The final round will be held this afternoon in front of a large crowd of prospective students in Caruso Auditorium.

Congratulations (and good luck) to our finalists!!!

Open House for Accepted Students Tomorrow!

We are gearing up for a huge day tomorrow when we welcome admitted students to campus for our annual Open House for Accepted Students Day!  This is always an exciting day on campus, and we anticipate well over one hundred guests in attendance.

Open House provides a wonderful opportunity for admitted students to truly check out the Pepperdine community.  They will interact with faculty, staff, and current students as they make their final choice on where to attend law school.

School of Law Dinner This Saturday!


The School of Law will host its 42nd Annual Law Dinner this Saturday evening at the J.W. Marriott at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.  This year’s dinner will feature Professor Arthur R. Miller.  I encourage you to click HERE for an interesting press release about Professor Miller.  The evening’s theme is titled, “From the Paper Chase to Legally Blonde: An Unfiltered Look at Legal Education.”

SBA Elections Week!

It is the time of year when elections for student leadership positions take place at the Pepperdine University School of Law, including the very important Student Bar Association (SBA) elections that will take place this week.

The SBA is the governing body of the students. The SBA endeavors to represent the entirety of the Law School community in furthering legal education, promoting fellowship and goodwill among students, faculty, and the administration, and advocating the concerns of Pepperdine Law students.

The mission of the SBA is to foster a cooperative, professional, and diverse educational environment at our law school. In pursuit of this mission, the SBA will:

  • Represent student interests to administration and faculty
  • Apprise students of issues and developments concerning our school,
  • Provide financial support to student organizations, and
  • Create opportunities for students to come together in both social and academic settings.

Ethical Dilemmas in the Professional World

Phi Delta Phi, a student-run academic fraternity at Pepperdine, is hosting a lunchtime panel today titled, “Ethical Dilemmas in the Professional World,”  The panel features practicing attorneys who will discuss ethical dilemmas they have faced in their practice. The speakers will present circumstances for which there was no Model Rule answer. These first-hand accounts will beg the question of each audience member, “What would you do if in a similar situation?”


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