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Roger Alford, J.D. 
Associate Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-7626
E-mail: roger.alford@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Commercial and international dispute resolution
  • International trade and finance
  • International litigation
Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, Professor Alford served as a senior legal advisor with the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland, the tribunal established by the Volcker Commission to resolve claims to Holocaust-era dormant Swiss bank accounts. From 1995 to 1999, he was in private practice with Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C. He clerked for the Honorable James L. Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (1994-95), and the Honorable Richard C. Allison, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, in The Hague, Netherlands (1992-94).

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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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Naomi Goodno, J.D. 
Associate Professor of Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4178
E-mail: naomi.goodno@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Cyberstalking
  • Civil procedure and litigation
  • Criminal procedure
  • International criminal law
  • Legal advocacy

Naomi Harlin Goodno teaches Civil Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law, and Trial Advocacy. Her research interests include international and domestic criminal law, cyberspace, and oral advocacy. She is also active in working with international human rights organizations. After focusing on history and teaching as an undergraduate at Princeton University, Goodno attended Boalt Law School (U.C. Berkeley) for the first two years and spent her third year studying at Harvard Law School. While at Boalt, Goodno served as an articles editor for the California Law Review. At Harvard, she was an active member of the Mediation Program. She also interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California, and the Alameda District Attorney's Office.

After law school, Goodno joined the downtown Los Angeles firm of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, where she litigated numerous complex civil litigation cases, including white collar crime, class action, bankruptcy, breach of contract, fraud, and property and employment disputes. She recently clerked for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Colleen Graffy, J.D. 
Associate Professor of Law, Director of Global Programs - School of Law, Academic Director - London Program, School of Law, Former Diplomat
School of Law

Phone: +44 207 5811506
Cellular: +44 754 0688008
E-mail: colleen.graffy@pepperdine.edu
Location: London, England Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • British and U.S. politics
  • US Foreign Policy & International law
  • Public Diplomacy
Professor Graffy has recently returned to Pepperdine after serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. State Department. In that capacity, she travelled to over 40 countries and worked with U.S. embassies and a team in Washington, DC to communicate U.S. policy, values and culture. She created the first ever "media hub" for the U.S. government with radio and television broadcasting facilities based in Brussels, Belgium. In order to reach younger audiences, an area that she identified as critical to U.S. public diplomacy, she established the "Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship," a program that brings together high school students from former eastern block countries, Western Europe and the U.S. to study comparative constitutions and rights-in addition to fostering long-term relationships among nations. Professor Graffy was the first high level US government official to actively advance "Public Diplomacy 2.0" using Twitter and other social media platforms to further U.S. communications.

Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Professor Graffy was called to Bar of England and Wales as a barrister of the Middle Temple where she is now a Bencher. She teaches courses in public international law and international environmental law and is a frequent commentator on US foreign policy on various news outlets including:  BBC Newsnight,  BBC Worldservice, BBC Radio Two and Radio Four, Sir David Frost on Al Jazeera, Sky News,  and other.

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Robert E. Williams, Jr., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Political Science
Seaver College

Phone: (310) 506-4175
E-mail: robert.williams@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • International security
  • Human rights
  • International law
  • Transnational criminal organizations and trafficking

Robert Williams is the author, with Dan Caldwell, of Seeking Security in an Insecure World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). He has also written a number of articles and book chapters on arms control and human rights and is a former Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow in Arms Control and Disarmament. His current research focuses on the impact of international human rights norms on U.S. law and policy.

Williams has served on the boards of two Los Angeles-based human rights organizations, the International Monitor Institute and El Rescate. He speaks frequently on campus and in the community on topics related to human rights and international security.

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