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The School of Law and School of Public Policy Welcome Spring 2011 Visiting Professors
Pepperdine received four new members to its faculty for the Spring 2011 semester only, including Victor Davis Hanson who returns as the William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy. Paul L. Caron joined the faculty as the D& L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Law, which also welcomed Roger Cossack as the Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence and Khrista McCarden as a visiting associate professor of law.
Victor Davis Hanson: Spring 2009 and 2011 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Public Policy (SPP)
At SPP, Hanson will teach a course called “Seminar in International Relations: Global Rule of Western Civilization?” Additionally, he will present a lecture titled “Savior Generals: How a Rare Few Win Lost Wars” on Thursday, Feb. 10. Hanson will discuss the gifted leaders throughout history who turned around the course of a conflict in the darkest moments of war, such as Athens in 480 B.C., or America in Korea during fall 1950.
Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Professor Emeritus of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno; and the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College. He is also a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services.
Among numerous awards, honors, and fellowships, Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 and the Bradley Prize in 2008. He is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian, and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited 17 books and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and New York Post, among others. For more information about his articles, visit his official website or follow him on Twitter.
Hanson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1975, attended the American School of Classical Studies, and received a Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University in 1980.
Paul L. Caron: D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law
Caron will teach Federal Income Taxation and Federal Estate and Gift Taxation at the law school. He is the Charles Hartsock professor of law at University of Cincinnati College of Law. Active in many facets of tax law, Caron is publisher and editor of TaxProf, the most popular tax blog on the internet, and serves as the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Law Professor Blogs Network of more than 50 blogs edited by law professors around the country in numerous areas of law.
Having recently published Tax Stories (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2009), and Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 6th ed. 2009) (with Paul McDaniel & Jim Repetti), his most recent law review articles have concerned the estate tax, law school rankings, and the impact of new technologies on legal scholarship and teaching.
Pepperdine has welcomed many prominent law professors as D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professors including Akhil Amar of Yale Law School, Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School, Michael D. Green of Wake Forest, and Ellen Pryor of SMU Dedman School of Law.
"I have long been a fan of Pepperdine and its unique mission in American legal education," says Caron of his visiting professorship. "I am looking forward to experiencing how faith permeates day-to-day life at Pepperdine."
Roger Cossack: Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence, School of Law
Cossack will teach Media and the Law at the law school. He has been a legal analyst for ESPN since 2002, and has been explaining legal applications to television audiences since 1994 when he worked as a legal analyst on CNN, in addition to being a co-host of Burden of Proof.
Having served as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer during his 22 years of practice, Cossack argued U.S. v. Leon before the Supreme Court in 1984. Prior to beginning his private practice, Cossack served on the faculty of UCLA Law School, where he earned his BA and LLB. This year marks the fourth consecutive year Cossack has taught Media and the Law at Pepperdine.
Recent Distinguished Visiting Practitioners in Residence include Mark A. Behrens of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, and John G. Malcolm, previously of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Krista McCarden: visiting associate professor of law, School of Law
McCarden will teach International Tax and Federal Taxation of Business Entities at the law school. Before arriving at Pepperdine, she practiced with Morgan Lewis in London where she focused on all aspects of international taxation, including corporate, individual, estate, and trust planning for U.S. persons conducting business or residing abroad. Additionally, she regularly published articles in the United States and in the United Kingdom and presented lectures on US/UK dual-qualified charitable structures.
McCarden began her legal career with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles after having graduate from Harvard Law School and Harvard University. She has practiced international tax law in Paris and completed a clerkship in New York with Judge Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.