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School of Law Salutes Waves of Giving Campaign, Begins Atrium Renovations

SOL Atrium Renovations

The Pepperdine School of Law successfully completed its year-end Waves of Giving campaign, created to encourage alumni support and engagement with the law school. To commemorate the arrival of Deanell Reece Tacha, the School of Law's newest Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean, the school created two distinct avenues for campaign giving.

"The Waves of Giving campaign gave alumni and friends the option of giving to the School of Law Ken Starr Excellence Fund or purchasing a new locker for a law student," said Dean Tacha. "Both options provided me with the flexibility I needed to accomplish one distinct goal—to renovate the Lon V. Smith Atrium in the McConnell Law Center."

Gifts to the Waves of Giving campaign were generously matched by alumni and School of Law Board of Visitors members Scott Mager (JD '82) and Janet Kerr ('75, JD '78). In total, 268 alumni and friends contributed to the campaign and 89 new lockers were purchased, raising an extraordinary $260,000.

Over the holiday break, the school completed phase one of the atrium renovation project. New carpet, tile, and furniture were installed along with the removal of the atrium's tree and metal lockers. This summer, the school will complete phase two, installing new lockers better suited to the needs of today's law students. New lockers will carry dedicatory plaques on which donors have honored faculty, family, and others who have been significant in their lives.

"The campaign has been instrumental in connecting our alumni giving directly to our students, producing an immediate and tangible impact," enthused Dean Tacha. "The atrium renovation is a perfect illustration, made possible because of the generosity of our alumni. Without their support, the speed and success of the renovations would not have been possible."

For more information about the Waves of Giving campaign or to purchase a locker, please visit