News from Pepperdine University School of Law. http://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law Read how the Pepperdine University School of Law is making headlines. en-us Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:29:12 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Drupal Professor Jim Gash Receives Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Mentoring Award https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/professor-jim-gash-receives-elizabeth-hurlock-beckman-trust-mentoring-award/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/professor-jim-gash-receives-elizabeth-hurlock-beckman-trust-mentoring-award Professor Gash selected to receive the prestigious Beckman Award for educators who have inspired students to make significant contributions to society. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:30:00 PST Professor James Allan Gash was recently selected to receive the prestigious Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award by the Trust Committee of the Philanthropic Services group at Wells Fargo Private Bank. The Beckman Award was created to benefit educators who have inspired their former students to make significant contributions to society. The award is granted to academic faculty members who have motivated and mentored students to "create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large," or "establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large."

Professor Gash was recognized for encouraging his former student Shane Michael (JD '11), who developed the J-FASTER Pilot Program that introduced plea bargaining to the Ugandan criminal justice system. J-FASTER laid a foundation for plea bargaining that began in the juvenile justice system and has since spread to the adult justice system. The program's implementation continues on a national scale and is now expanding to other countries in Africa.

For the past eight years, Professor Gash has worked to advance the rule of law in developing countries, including traveling to Uganda with Pepperdine students and alumni to assist that country in its justice reform efforts. While a student at Pepperdine Law, Shane participated in Pepperdine’s summer internship in Uganda between his first and second year of law school. After he graduated, Shane spent a year in Uganda serving as a Nootbaar Fellow. "Throughout my time in Uganda,” Shane says, “Professor Gash pushed me to help our important mission. He provided guidance, support, and motivation. Most significantly, Professor Gash demonstrated how passion and hard work can achieve positive, lasting change in the lives of others."

Professor Gash is the current director of Pepperdine Law's Sudreau Global Justice Program. Professor Gash was presented with the Beckman Award at a ceremony held on November 3 in Atlanta, Georgia, alongside six other distinguished educators from around the country. The 2018 award recipients were Anna Mae Diehl (M.D.), Duke University School of Medicine, Elyn Saks (J.D.), USC Gould School of Law and UC San Diego, Charles H. Zeanah, Jr. (M.D.), Tulane University, James Allan Gash (J.D.), Pepperdine School of Law, David L. Blustein (Ph.D.), Boston College, Patricia Perez (Ph.D.), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Ross E. Cheit (J.D. and Ph.D.), Brown University.

Additional information on the 2018 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award may be found here

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Pepperdine Law Represented at 2019 AALS Annual Meeting https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/pepperdine-law-represented-2019-aals-annual-meeting/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/pepperdine-law-represented-2019-aals-annual-meeting Dean Paul Caron and members of the Pepperdine Law faculty were among those who attended the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:00:00 PST To kick off a new year in legal education, thousands of law faculty, deans, and administrators gathered in the Big Easy for the 2019 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting. Dean Paul Caron and members of the Pepperdine Law faculty were among those who attended this year’s event in New Orleans. The AALS Annual Meeting serves as an opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from across the nation in legal education to discuss emerging legal issues and share best practices. The programming for this year was based on the theme of “building bridges”, and the Pepperdine Law faculty played an active role in the more than 250 sessions focused on shaping fresh perspectives on law and education.

On Friday evening, Dean Caron hosted a Pepperdine Law reception that saw a packed house of deans and faculty from many law schools. Dean Caron said, “It was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones.” The reception also served as an opportunity to thank colleagues for their help and support during the trying time of the Woolsey fires.

The Pepperdine Law faculty was well-represented among the 900 moderators, discussion leaders, and speakers participating in the annual program. Official program speakers included:

Christine Chambers Goodman

Session: Evidence, Co-Sponsored by Minority Groups

Donald E. Childress, III

Session: Conflict of Laws

Barry P. McDonald

Session: AALS Hot Topic Program

Derek T. Muller

Session: Federalist Society Annual Faculty Conference 7 Minute Presentations of Works in Progress Panel 1-A

Shelley Ross Saxer

Session: Agricultural and Food Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resources and Energy Law

A number of Pepperdine faculty have also assumed new leadership roles within the AALS organization for 2019. Christine Chambers Goodman is now the Chair of the Evidence Section, Secretary of the Litigation Section and remains on the Executive Committees of both. Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Michael Helfand was named new section chair for the AALS Law & Religion Section. Derek Muller was elected Treasurer of the Election Law section. Mark Scarberry elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Constitutional Law. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Victoria Schwartz was named to the 2019 Executive Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Tanya Asim Cooper was appointed to the AALS New Law Teachers 2020 Planning Committee, and Richard Cupp was elected to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Animal Law.

The Association of American Law Schools is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of 179 law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers.

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Professor Victoria Schwartz Named to Executive Board of AALS Intellectual Property Section https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/professor-victoria-schwartz-named-executive-board-aals-intellectual-property-section/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/professor-victoria-schwartz-named-executive-board-aals-intellectual-property-section Professor Victoria Schwartz appointed by the Association of American Law Schools Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:30:00 PST Professor Victoria L. Schwartz was named to the 2019 Executive Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools. The Section on Intellectual Property Law promotes the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members and makes recommendations on matters of interest in the teaching and improvement of the law relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and unfair competition.

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Rick Caruso (JD '83) Named Among 25 Most Powerful Figures in Los Angeles Real Estate https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/rick-caruso-jd-83-named-among-25-most-powerful-figures-los-angeles-real-estate/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/rick-caruso-jd-83-named-among-25-most-powerful-figures-los-angeles-real-estate Caruso is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso Affiliated Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:15:00 PST Pepperdine Law alumnus Rick Caruso (JD '83) was named as one of the 25 "most powerful real estate figures in Los Angeles" by the Commercial Observer. Caruso is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso Affiliated, one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the United States.

From Commercial Observer:

Rick Caruso, the driving force behind Los Angeles landmark The Grove, the 575,000-square-foot shopping center adjacent to the historic Farmers Market established in the Fairfax District in 2002, has helped redefine the American mall. With its Neo-Deco facades, chiming trolley and dancing fountains, the shopping center often has been likened to the Disneyland of retail. Caruso’s town-square-style retail emporiums with central manicured green space are outdoor lifestyle centers in homage to a golden age—which may or may not have ever existed.

As the head of Caruso Affiliated, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate companies, founded in 1987, his vision has paid off handsomely.

The Grove and his nine other shopping centers in the area, including Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades, which opened last month, have made the 59-year-old real estate developer rich. According to a recent profile on him in Forbes, Caruso is worth an estimated $4 billion.

The full feature may be read here

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Professor Derek Muller Discusses Legal Industry Midterm Election Donations https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/professor-derek-muller-discusses-legal-industry-midterm-election-donations/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/professor-derek-muller-discusses-legal-industry-midterm-election-donations Professor Derek Muller comments on public campaign finance data Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:00:00 PST Professor Derek Muller is quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, "Lawyers Shell Out Record $160M for Midterms, Fatten Dem Coffers."  Bloomberg Law analyzed public campaign finance data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission to arrive at legal industry donation figures and identify trends.

Excerpt from Lawyers Shell Out Record $160 M for Midterms:

Derek T. Muller, a professor who teaches election law at Pepperdine University, says PAC activity is more likely to be motivated by business concerns than ideology.

The complete article may be found here

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Professor Barry McDonald Quoted on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/professor-barry-mcdonald-quoted-ninth-circuit-court-appeals/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/professor-barry-mcdonald-quoted-ninth-circuit-court-appeals Professor McDonald comments on cases decided by the California court. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:45:00 PST Professor Barry P. McDonald is quoted in the U.S News article, "California-Based Appeals Court Has Been a Thorn in Trump's Side." The article considers cases decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, most recently on the deportation of immigrants brought into the country as children.

Excerpt from California-Based Appeals Court Has Been a Thorn in Trump's Side:

"The 9th Circuit is an easy punching bag for Trump because not only has it been traditionally liberal but California is its beating heart, and we all know how Trump fares in California," said Barry McDonald, a law professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu. "He probably sees much of the West Coast as a nemesis for him."

The complete article may be found here

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Professor Michael Helfand Participates in American Democracy and the Responsibilities of Jewish Citizens https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/professor-michael-helfand-participates-american-democracy-and-responsibilities-jewish/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/professor-michael-helfand-participates-american-democracy-and-responsibilities-jewish Professor Michael Helfand featured in panel discussion. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:30:00 PST Professor Michael A. Helfand participated on the panel, "American Democracy and the Responsibilities of Jewish Citizens" at Shalhevet Institute. The presentation took place in Los Angeles on November 12, 2018.

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Professor Maureen Weston Interviewed on Women in Sports Law https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/professor-maureen-weston-interviewed-women-sports-law/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2019/01/professor-maureen-weston-interviewed-women-sports-law Interview with Sports Law Professor and Author Maureen Weston Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:15:00 PST Professor Maureen Arellano Weston was interviewed by Ms. JD blog for the feature, "On the Field: Women in Sports Law." Professor Weston discusses her sports law and arbitration casebooks, as well as sports law research and trends, teaching philosophy, and career advice.

The complete interview may be found here

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Professor Michael Helfand Presents When Judges are Theologians https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/professor-michael-helfand-presents-when-judges-are-theologians/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/professor-michael-helfand-presents-when-judges-are-theologians Professor Helfand speaks at the Journal of Law, Religion and State Workshop. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:45:00 PST Professor Michael A. Helfand presented "When Judges are Theologians: Adjudicating Religious Questions" at the Journal of Law, Religion and State Workshop, held at Bar Ilan University on November 22. Professor Helfand's book chapter, "When Judges are Theologians: Adjudicating Religious Questions," (SSRN) is published in the Research Handbook on Law and Religion (from Elgar Publishing).

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Professor Edward Larson Wins 2018 National Book Award https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/professor-edward-larson-wins-2018-national-book-award/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/professor-edward-larson-wins-2018-national-book-award Professor Larson wins book award in history and biography category. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:45:00 PST Professor Edward J. Larson was awarded the 2018 National Outdoor Book of the Year Award in History and Biography for his book, To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for Three Poles. Professor Larson's most recent book chronicles the expeditions in the North and South Poles, as well as to the Himalaya and Karakoram, in search of the third pole, or "altitude pole."

More on the 2018 National Outdoor Book of the Year Award may be found here

Professor Larson's To the Edges of the Earth may be found here

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Pepperdine Law Student Sarah Parker Selected as 2018-2019 Douglass Fellow https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/pepperdine-law-student-sarah-parker-selected-2018-2019-douglass-fellow/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/pepperdine-law-student-sarah-parker-selected-2018-2019-douglass-fellow Parker is one of seven students chosen as a Douglass Fellow from the nation's top law schools. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:30:00 PST Pepperdine Law third-year student Sarah Parker was selected by the Human Trafficking Institute as a 2018-2019 Douglass Fellow. Parker is one of seven students chosen this year from the nation's top law schools. The public service fellowship is named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy. The Fellows will participate in projects throughout the year, including writing for the Institute and Trafficking Matters websites, conducting legal research, and hosting advocacy events at their law schools.

Additional information about the 2018-2019 Douglass Fellows may be found here

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Jason B. Chin (JD '02) Appointed to Alameda County Superior Court Judgeship https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/jason-b-chin-jd-02-appointed-alameda-county-superior-court-judgeship/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/jason-b-chin-jd-02-appointed-alameda-county-superior-court-judgeship Judicial appointment by California Governor Edmund Jerry Brown. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:15:00 PST Pepperdine Law alumnus Jason B. Chin (JD '02) has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court by California Governor Jerry Brown.

Via the Office of the Governor:

Chin has served as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office since 2004. He served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General in 2011. Chin earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Vernon K. Nakahara.

The complete announcement may be found here

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Professor Maureen Weston Participates in Annual Sports Law Conference https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/professor-maureen-weston-participates-annual-sports-law-conference/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/professor-maureen-weston-participates-annual-sports-law-conference Professor Weston presents Emerging Legal Issues in Professional Sports. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:00:00 PST Professor Maureen Weston recently presented Emerging Legal Issues in Professional Sports at the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University’s Annual Sports Law Conference. Weston discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the legality sports betting, league decisions concerning player discipline, the impact of the #MeToo movement, pending collective bargaining negotiations, and athlete advocacy, speech, and political rights in the pro sports arena.

The conference convened sports lawyers and team industry professionals to examine current legal issues impacting various levels of the sports industry, along with panel discussions from lawyers working in the industry and impacted by these issues day to day.

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Professor Edward Larson Presents The Scopes Trial in History and Folklore https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/professor-edward-larson-presents-scopes-trial-history-and-folklore/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/professor-edward-larson-presents-scopes-trial-history-and-folklore Professor Larson continues Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar series. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:00:00 PST Professor Edward J. Larson presented "The Scopes Trial in History and Folklore" tonight at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. The presentation is part of Professor Larson's Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars series.

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Professor Kris Knaplund Presents The Unintended Consequences for Dynastic Trusts https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/professor-kris-knaplund-presents-unintended-consequences-dynastic-trusts/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/professor-kris-knaplund-presents-unintended-consequences-dynastic-trusts American College of Trust and Estate Counsel presentation took place in Washington, D.C. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:45:00 PST Professor Kristine S. Knaplund presented "The Unintended Consequences for Dynasty Trusts When Adoptions Are Not Recognized" at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fall Meeting. Professor Knaplund discussed that many statutes include express language excluding adopted children, not realizing that, in certain cases of assisted reproduction, a person may adopt his or her own genetic child. The meeting took place on October 28 in Washington, D.C.

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