School of Law
Palmer Center Honors Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus
Representatives from Pepperdine's Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law traveled to Bangladesh to present Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, with the Palmer Center's 2006 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. The Grameen/Pepperdine partnership continued this past summer when the Palmer Center sent students Amadea Goresh, Ian Davis, and Jay Milbrandt to Bangladesh to intern with Yunus.
Yunus also addressed in fall 2007 an audience of more than 700 at the School of Law. The renowned economist and visionary spoke on microcredit, an innovative practice he pioneered that has helped lead millions of people out of poverty. It was Yunus' only Los Angeles-area public appearance.
Renowned Legal Scholar Grant S. Nelson Joins School of Law Faculty
Nationally acclaimed real estate scholar Grant S. Nelson joined the School of Law faculty as the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law. As one of the leading real estate law professors in the country, Nelson has published numerous books and articles on real estate finance law, property, and remedies, and has taught these subjects for 40 years.
Moot Court Team Wins Prestigious International Competition
The School of Law Moot Court team won the prestigious Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong. Pepperdine competed in four preliminary rounds alongside teams from 46 law schools, representing 14 countries on five continents. In the final round, Pepperdine won First Place in a competition against Monash University from Australia.
Duane and Kelly Roberts Endow Pepperdine's First Dean's Chair
Generous benefactors Duane and Kelly Roberts of Laguna Beach endowed Pepperdine's first dean's chair with a seven-figure gift to the University. The Roberts' generosity endowed the chair of the dean of the Pepperdine School of Law currently held by Kenneth W. Starr.
Symposium Addresses First Year of the Roberts Court
In its first major symposium of the year, the School of Law welcomed the nation's leading Constitutional scholars for "The Rookie Year of the Roberts Court & A Look Ahead." Panelists included Akhil Reed Amar, Erwin Chemerinsky, Elizabeth Garrett, and Pepperdine's Doug Kmiec and Dean Ken Starr, who examined the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term. A nationwide audience watched the proceedings via C-SPAN on a program titled America & the Courts.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Headlines Inaugural William French Smith Memorial Lecture
The School of Law welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and attorney Carter G. Phillips for the inaugural William French Smith Memorial Lecture on Law and the Judiciary. Alito and Phillips shared their thoughts on Supreme Court advocacy and deliberation before a full auditorium and live C-SPAN cameras. A gala dinner event marked the establishment of the new annual lecture series, named in honor of the 74th attorney general. Among the distinguished guests were Rudy Giuliani and former first lady Nancy Reagan.
Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Endow Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics
Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar of Laguna Beach, California, endowed the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics with a generous $5 million gift. Robert Cochran, director of the institute and the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, said the endowment will enable the institute to further investigate the nexus between law, religion, and ethics, in addition to providing students and faculty the opportunity to explore these areas through interdisciplinary seminars, conferences, and symposia.