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Pepperdine Welcomes New Members to Board of Regents

July 21, 2020  | 1 min read

Pepperdine University has added two new members to its Board of Regents, the governing board of the University.

Elected as mayor of Dallas in June 2019, Eric Johnson has been a practicing lawyer there for more than 15 years. During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, where he represented Dallas from 2010 to 2019, Johnson served on nearly 20 prominent legislative committees and as chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation. Johnson, a member of the Mountain View Church of Christ in Dallas, holds an undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University, a graduate degree from Princeton University, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Virginia F. Milstead (JD ’04) is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles. She has a broad commercial litigation practice, representing clients in both federal and state courts, with a particular emphasis on securities and merger litigation, director misconduct, and related claims.

Since 2012 Milstead has been a panelist for the annual Federal Court Boot Camp and Superior Court Boot Camp presented by Pincus Professional Education, teaching about all facets of civil procedure in federal and state courts. She served as a panelist at the third annual William French Lecture at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, which featured retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and on three occasions has been a panelist at the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute.

The valedictorian of her class at the Caruso School of Law, Milstead, a member of the Burbank Church of Christ in Burbank, California, has also organized and conducted new lawyer training related to class actions, legal writing, and depositions.