Governor Jerry Brown Speaks at 44th Annual School of Law Dinner

July 24, 2017  | 1 min read

More than 800 guests attended the 44th annual Pepperdine School of Law dinner held at the Beverly Hilton on March 3.

Rick Caruso (JD ’83), member of the School of Law Board of Visitors, dinner chair, and founder and chief executive officer of Caruso, one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the United States, introduced this year’s featured speaker, California governor Edmund “Jerry” G. Brown, Jr.

“You need rigor in your education, but rigor alone is not enough,” Governor Brown said in his speech. “If it is only rigorous, it leads to paralytic death. You need imagination, but if all you have is imagination, you have insanity. If you link imagination and rigor ... you get the Pepperdine School of Law.”

The Honorable André Birotte, Jr., (JD ’91) led the awards ceremony, which included the Vincent Dalsimer Appellate Advocacy Competition Award, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Professor of the Year Award in the 1L and 2L/3L categories, presented to Donald Earl (Trey) Childress III and Steven M. Schultz, respectively. The Otto P. Cipolla Preceptor of the Year Award was given to Catherine C. Baggett, the Honorable James J. Di Cesare (JD ’73), and Kelsey L. Schulz (JD ’14).