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Donald Childress, LL.M., J.D. 
Associate Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4807
E-mail: donald.childress@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate law
  • Civil procedure
  • Constitutional law
  • Ethics
  • International law
  • Legal philosophy
  • Supreme Court practice

Donald Trey Childress teaches courses in international litigation, civil procedure, comparative law, and ethics. Prior to joining the law faculty in 2008, he was associated with the international law firm Jones Day in Washington, D.C. as a member of their Issues and Appeals practice, where he focused on Supreme Court litigation, general appellate litigation, and significant motions practice in trial litigation. Childress has briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has briefed matters in numerous other trial and appellate courts in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits, as well as in various state courts. He has significant private practice experience in complex civil procedure, conflict of laws, constitutional law, immigration law, international dispute resolution, federal Indian law, and national security law, including cases related to the war on terror. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Childress clerked for the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While at Duke Law School, he served as editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal (Volume 53) and received the faculty award for outstanding achievement in international, transnational, and comparative law.

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Bernard James, J.D. 
Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4689
E-mail: bernie.james@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Education law
  • Federal constitutional law
  • State constitutional law

Bernard James joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals in Michigan. Specializing in constitutional law, James has served as the First Amendment contributing editor of the ABA Preview Journal, which reviews the cases of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also writes for the National Law Journal on First Amendment matters. In addition, James lectures in the United States and Canada on constitutional issues and serves as a commentator for the national and local media discussing Supreme Court decisions.

James has served as a special consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice since 1988, writing policy guides and conducting workshops on constitutional subjects. He also has served since 1985 as a consultant to federal, state and local legislators, providing technical assistance and testimony on issues that arise in lawmaking. He writes and speaks on educational law issues for the National School Safety Center, a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and Pepperdine University. He is the past California chairman of the National Organization of Legal Problems in Education [NOLPE].

In addition to teaching courses in federal and state constitutional law at Pepperdine University's School of Law, James teaches education law at the Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

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Barry McDonald, J.D. 
Associate Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4668
E-mail: barry.mcdonald@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • First Amendment law
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Constitutional law
  • Contract law
  • Intellectual property law and copyright
McDonald is an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional law, First Amendment law, and intellectual property law.  He is a recognized scholar in the area of First Amendment law.  Prior to joining the faculty, McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of State, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and as general counsel to two different technology companies.

McDonald is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).  He also served as the 2008 Chairperson of the Mass Communications Law Section of the AALS, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of that Section, the Section on Defamation and Privacy, and the Section on Law and Religion.  He clerked for the Honorable James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and then served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1989-90 Term of the Supreme Court of the United States.  

McDonald has been quoted as an expert in publications such as The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, California Lawyer, and The Daily Journal, and his commentary has been broadcast on NPR, KABC, and KNX1070 to name only a few. Additionally, he regularly publishes articles and essays on the law governing freedom of expression and religion in such prominent journals as the Emory Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal and Washington & Lee Law Review.

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Mark S. Scarberry, J.D. 
Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4667
E-mail: mark.scarberry@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Bankruptcy (business reorganization)
  • Contract law
  • Legal philosophy
  • Constitutional law (freedom of religion)

Mark Scarberry specializes in bankruptcy (particularly Chapter 11 business reorganization), contracts, legal philosophy, and constitutional law (particularly freedom of religion). Currently he teaches remedies, creditors' rights, bankruptcy, business reorganization in bankruptcy, and mergers and acquisitions.

He received his J.D. from UCLA and joined the Pepperdine law faculty after four years of practice experience with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Los Angeles.

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