The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation funded a $100,000 program
directed by Cary Mitchell, associate professor of psychology
at GSEP. GSEP will match the gift with funds raised from outside
sources. The grant allows Pepperdine
to continue its innovative mental health training clinic at the
Union Rescue Mission (URM) in Los Angeles, where, since 2001, psychology
students have provided psychological services to homeless men, women,
and children in Los Angeles at no cost. The new grant makes it possible
to add a new aspect as the URM mental health clinic partners with
URM's Legal Aid Clinic, which is run by the Pepperdine School of
Law. They plan to provide psychological and educational services
to families that are dealing with child visitation, child custody,
or other family legal issues.
Seaver College debate team exploded onto the 2002 debate
season with two successful tournaments and was ranked number one
in the nation in October 2002. Later that month, the team hosted
the Fifth Annual Ray Buchanan Invitational Debates at Pepperdine,
one of the top ten debate tournaments of the year.
The School of Law and the School of Public Policy presented the
Fifth Annual Charles and Rosemary Licata Lecture in October
2002. The theme was "The International Criminal Court: A New
Diplomacy?" a discussion with Pierre-Richard Prosper,
U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, and David Davenport,
former Pepperdine president who at the time was a research fellow
at Hoover Institution.
Honduran poet Roberto Sosa read from a bilingual edition
of his work in November 2002 at Seaver College. The readings and
discussions were in English and Spanish. Sosa, a major figure in
recent Honduran literature, writes about a number of topics, but
a consistent theme in his poetry is social justice. Sosa's Pepperdine
reading was his only West Coast appearance.
The School of Law trial advocacy team earned its first national
championship title by winning the nation's most prestigious mock
trial competition. Pepperdine defeated second-seeded University
of Texas in the Tournament of Champions in November 2002. The National
Institute for Trial Advocacy, widely regarded as the best trial
lawyer training program in the country, sponsors the event every
year. Pepperdine will host the tournament in 2004.
Pepperdine students and faculty traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada,
in January to attend the American Humanics Management Institute.
American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities,
and nonprofit organizations that prepares and certifies college
students for professional careers in youth and human service agencies.
Representing Pepperdine at the conference were Executive Director
Regan Schaffer and five Seaver students.
February 10 as part of the 2003 Seaver College Dean's Lecture Series,
Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley discussed
"Why Mark Twain Still Matters: American Icon, Classic Writer
and Film Star." Trombley received her undergraduate and master's
degrees (1981, 1983) in English from Pepperdine University. She
became president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, in
2002 and is a nationally recognized Mark Twain scholar.
A major conference, "Religion and Public Virtue,"
sponsored by the Pepperdine University Center for Faith and Learning,
with support from the University Provost, Seaver College, and the
Pepperdine School of Law, was held March 6-7 on the Malibu campus.
The five distinguished scholars who served as plenary speakers for
this event were: Robert N. Bellah, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Michael
W. McConnell, Richard Mouw, and James Davison Hunter.
In January 2003, the School of Public Policy presented "Blue
Environmentalism" by Michael Novak, the 2002 Olin Professor
of Public Policy at Pepperdine and the George Frederick Jewett Scholar
at the American Enterprise Institute. Novak's teaching career began
as a teaching fellow at Harvard. He has taught at Stanford, College
at SUNY Old Westbury, Syracuse University, and Notre Dame.
Four hundred law students, alumni, and friends gathered at the
annual School of Law dinner on March 1, to celebrate the
school's twenty-five years on the Malibu campus. The Honorable Carlos
R. Moreno, associate justice
of the California Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker. The Legal
Hero Award was given to Judge Warren J. Ferguson, United
States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
January 11 through March 23, 2003, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum
of Art presented an important new exhibition, Wayne Thiebaud:
Works from 1955 to 2003. Thiebaud, one of California's most
respected and beloved realist artists, earned a national reputation
in 1962 with his Pop Art paintings of pies and cakes, lipsticks
At the School of Law in April 2003, Ambassador Andrew
Jacovides presented a discussion on the future of the United
Nations in the aftermath of the diplomatic stalemate over intervention
in Iraq. Jacovides is former ambassador of Cyprus to Washington,
permanent representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, a member
of International Law Commission of the United Nations, and special
ambassador for the legal committee of the U.N.
The School of Law also sponsored a Global Judges Forum in
May to forge international standards in the area of corporate insolvency
and creditor rights. The conference attracted more than one hundred
judges from sixty-five countries to the Malibu campus for a weeklong
forum examining global standards and strategies governing business
restructurings, insolvencies, corporate rescues, and creditors'
rights. It is thought to be among the largest gatherings of international
judges of its kind in history and was co-sponsored by The World
Bank. At least one-third of the participants sit on the highest
courts in their respective countries.
welcomed the Honorable Rod Paige, United States Secretary
of Education, as its commencement speaker in July 2003. Paige challenged
the future educators in attendance to bridge the gap between the
educated and uneducated, bringing quality education to all students.
Members of the Pepperdine community achieved 2002 election-day
success in their respective political contests. School of Law alumnus
Todd R. Platts (J '91), a Republican from Pennsylvania, was
elected to his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Law school alumnus Rod R. Blagojevich, (J '83) is the first
Democrat in thirty years to be elected governor of Illinois. Blagojevich
was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. Republican
John Cornyn, longtime member of the School of Law Board of
Visitors, was elected to the United States Senate, representing
The California Newspaper Publishers' Association (CNPA) recently
named The Graphic, Pepperdine's weekly student newspaper,
the best university newspaper in California. More than twenty newspapers
from universities across the state entered the competition of general
excellence for the division of four-year colleges and universities,
according to CNPA.