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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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Robert Cochran, J.D. 
Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4684
E-mail: robert.cochran@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and religion
  • Ethics

Robert Cochran began his career in law clerking for the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He went on to practice with the firm of Boyle & Bain of Charlottesville, Virginia, and has been a visiting professor at T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and Wake Forest University School of Law.

He is the co-author of Lawyers, Clients, and Moral Responsibility; Cases and Materials on the Rules of the Legal Profession; The Counselor-at-Law: A Collaborative Approach to Client Interviewing and Counseling; and Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought.

Cochran is the founder and director of two of Pepperdine's law institutes: the Judicial Clerkship Institute, a training program for law students across the country who are entering federal judicial clerkships; and the Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics, founded in 2003 to explore the nexus between those three areas via interdisciplinary seminars, conferences and symposia. A Rick J. Caruso Research Fellow, Cochran teaches courses in torts, legal ethics, religion and law, alternative dispute resolution, and family law. Cochran has been featured as an expert in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

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Gregory L. Ogden, J.D. 
Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4671
E-mail: gregory.ogden@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative law
  • Civil procedure
  • Governmental ethics
  • Judicial ethics

Gregory Ogden teaches administrative law, civil procedure, professional responsibility, and remedies. He has also taught on demeanor evidence and judicial ethics topics for the National Association of Hearing Officers Annual Conferences. Ogden was a member of the law faculty committee that helped to establish the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission. He was the founding faculty editor of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, and he was instrumental in initially bringing the Journal of the NAALJ to Pepperdine Law School.

Ogden was a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States on two different projects. He authored the final report entitled Public Regulation of Siting of Industrial Development Projects, which provided the basis for A.C.U.S. Recommendation No. 84 1 (1 C.F.R. Section 305-841). His second study focused on governmental ethics with an emphasis on ethics program assessment at the General Services Administration. Ogden was the editor and contributing author for California Public Agency Practice, a three-volume treatise on California administrative law published in 1988, and he was the editor and principal author of the 1997 two-volume revision of that treatise, entitled California Public Administrative Law. Ogden was an active participant in commenting on consultant reports and proposals with the California Law Revision Commission study on the California Administrative Procedure Act, and he was a consultant to the California Law Revision Commission for the Administrative Rulemaking study from 1996 to1998. Ogden is the author of a number of law review articles, with a concentration in administrative law subjects.

Ogden was the senior research editor for the UC Davis Law Review. Following law school, he was awarded the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship, and worked for the San Mateo Legal Aid Society, representing clients in numerous administrative hearings, and other civil cases. He then worked for a small law firm representing clients in many administrative hearings, as well as civil and criminal litigation.

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Maureen Weston, J.D. 
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-6313
E-mail: maureen.weston@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Ethics
  • Sports law

Professor Weston's is co-author of casebooks on Arbitration and on Sports Law and has written numerous articles in the area of mediation, arbitration, sports law, and disability law. She is a frequent speaker at academic conferences on arbitration, mediation, and sports law.   She teaches courses in arbitration, mediation, negotiation, sports law, and ethical lawyering.  Prior to her current post at Pepperdine, Maureen Weston was a faculty member at University of Oklahoma, where she taught courses in civil procedure, pretrial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and disability law. Before teaching at Oklahoma, Weston worked for the Colorado law firms of Faegre & Benson, and Holme Roberts & Owen. Admitted to practice in Colorado, Weston is a member of the American Bar, Hispanic National Bar and Oklahoma Bar Association. She is actively involved with the ABA, Section on Dispute Resolution, has served as co-chair of the Section's Education Committee and as Chair of the Section's Representation in Mediation program promoting mediation advocacy experiences for law students. She has also served on the Board of the Southern California Mediation Association.  A selection of her authored papers are available here.

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