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Pepperdine Welcomes New Faculty
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Robert Anderson, associate professor. B.A. (economics-accounting and French), Claremont McKenna College; J.D., New York University School of Law. Anderson has been associated with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and financial institutions regulation. In 2003, he entered the Ph.D. program in political science at Stanford University, where his fields included American politics, political organizations, and political methodology (statistics). Anderson’s primary research interests are in corporate and securities law, positive political theory of the judiciary, and quantitative and empirical approaches to law.
Herbert E. Cihak, professor and associate dean. B.A. and M.A. (two, one in political science and one in library science), Brigham Young University; J.D., University of Nebraska. Since July 2007, Cihak has been the associate dean, library and information services, and professor of law at the Pepperdine School of Law. His previous service includes posts as director of the law library and professor of law at the University of Missouri, the University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Grant Nelson, William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law. B.A. (magna cum laude), University of Minnesota; J.D., University of Minnesota. Nelson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Coif, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He served as Enoch H. Crowder and Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was professor of law at UCLA from 1991 to 2007, where he received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Nelson is coauthor of 14 books, and author of 35 law review articles and book chapters.
Hilary Stirman Reed, assistant professor. B.A. (history, magna cum laude), Abilene Christian University; J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was a Presidential Scholar. Stirman comes with several years of experience in the Adversarial Department and Bankruptcy Group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. She was a Blackstone Fellow at the Liberty Legal Institute in Texas and a National Merit Scholar at ACU. Her professional and community activities include the Christian Legal Society and the VIP Mentors Program.