News from Pepperdine University School of Law. Read how the Pepperdine University School of Law is making headlines. en-us Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:45:23 -0700 Drupal US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Visits Pepperdine School of Law United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Pepperdine Law community for a discussion about his new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:15:00 PDT “We need you,” Justice Gorsuch says to law students, discussing his new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Pepperdine Law community for a discussion about his new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It. In a conversation led by Dean Paul Caron, with colleagues David Feder and Tobi Young, Justice Gorsuch reflected on the personal values he formed and stories he collected over decades of a career in the American justice system. “Oh, I’ve got a lot of stories,” he said, opening the program with a smile.

More than 300 Pepperdine Law students and dozens of invited guests packed the school’s Caruso Auditorium for the event. Gorsuch addressed the students especially, gesturing to his book collaborator Feder, one of his former law clerks, who helped him write the book. “You can do this, too,” he said to the students. “You don’t have to be 65 and gray-haired to write a book.”

“I didn’t want to do this book tour without spending time with students at some place” Gorsuch continued. "I wanted to communicate to young people, and young lawyers in particular, why I think our constitution is so incredibly special."

Gorsuch is known for his adherence to originalism, or the interpretation of the Constitution that holds true to the plain text and public meaning at the time of its enactment. “Originalism is about recognizing that we have a republic of we the people, that you own, and I don’t” he told the audience. “The Constitution is what protects that. I’m not saying the Constitution’s perfect - the original version had two major defects. It didn’t have equal rights for women or for minorities. Nine old judges didn’t fix those problems. We the people did.”

The lunchtime program opened with a color guard presentation by law students who are veterans of three different branches of the US military, and a performance of the national anthem by another law student. Having arrived at Pepperdine University on the day of its annual 9/11 memorial service, Justice Gorsuch and his team were able to view Waves of Flags—the 2,977 flags that are planted on the school’s lawn to honor those who died in the 2001 tragedies. His words for students resonated on this occasion. “The one message I want to send to this crowd in particular is the need for courage. Don’t be afraid of a life in public service; we need you.”

About A Republic, If You Can Keep It

Debuting on September 10, 2019, Neil Gorsuch’s latest book shares personal reflections, speeches, and essays that focus on the remarkable gift the framers left us in the Constitution. He draws on his 30-year career as a lawyer, teacher, judge, and justice to explore essential aspects of our Constitution, its separation of powers, and the liberties it is designed to protect. 

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Pepperdine Law Celebrates 50th Anniversary Pepperdine Law was founded 50 years ago in 1969 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:30:00 PDT One morning in 1969, over breakfast at a Denny’s restaurant in Santa Ana, the founders of Orange University College of Law decided to donate their school to a university, and the next year, Pepperdine University announced the opening of its new law school, led by Dean Ronald F. Phillips. 

Fifty years and 75 miles due north later, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, we celebrate our golden anniversary. Since that first year, 10,119 graduates have received degrees from Pepperdine Law. That means 10,119 more lawyers, mediators, and other champions of justice have been trained the Pepperdine way: exemplars of purpose, service, and leadership. 

Visitors will notice the celebration in the DNA of the law school throughout this year. We will add special touches to our events and activities. We will spotlight notable alumni, works of scholarship, and student stories. And we will spread the news about this impressive milestone far and wide, so that the ideals of Pepperdine Law become a mission not just for us, but for the world.

Pepperdine Law has risen further and faster than any other private law school in the country. And we’re just getting started. Join us for the next 50 years. And beyond.

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Straus Institute Leads National Conversation on Teaching Dispute Resolution at Upcoming Conference The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law will host a landmark conference centered on dispute resolution teaching and methodology on June 18-19, 2019. Thu, 23 May 2019 16:15:00 PDT The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law will host a landmark conference centered on dispute resolution teaching and methodology on June 18-19, 2019, in collaboration with American Bar Association and Texas A&M University’s Aggie Dispute Resolution Program.

Titled “Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging our Future,” this international conference convenes leading academics, clinicians, adjuncts, practitioners, and leaders to discuss the history of and recent developments in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pedagogy and practice. Pioneering faculty from across the country will engage in thoughtful dialogue on topics from balancing legal skills, ethics and policy in the classroom to the impact of globalization and culture in research.

Panel discussions will focus on a wide array of issues including the future of dispute resolution clinics and public service initiatives to bridge timely societal divides. Featured speakers will include:  

Colin Rule
Vice President of Online Dispute Resolution for Tyler Technologies

Andrea Schneider
Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School

Carrie Menkel-Meadow
Chancellor’s Professor, and Founding Faculty, University of California, Irvine Law School

Leonard L. Riskin
Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Tickets are $285 and include all plenary and breakout sessions. For more information, visit the event website.

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Pepperdine School of Law Announces $2M Endowment of Parris Institute for Professional Formation The Parris Institute, established in 2014 with an initial gift of $1 million, is dedicated to the professional development of first-year law students at Pepperdine Law. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:30:00 PDT The Pepperdine School of Law has announced a pacesetting gift by benefactors Carrol and R. Rex Parris to formally endow the Parris Institute for Professional Formation. The Parris Institute, established in 2014 with an initial gift of $1 million, is dedicated to the professional development of first-year law students at Pepperdine Law. An additional $2 million presented in 2019 names the Parris Institute in perpetuity and firmly establishes the Parris family legacy at Pepperdine Law.

A national model for professional leadership training, the Parris Institute is committed to enhancing the core internal character competencies that have marked the great contributions of lawyers throughout human history.

“We are humbled by the continued generosity of Rex and Carrol Parris in funding the critical work of the Parris Institute for Professional Formation, which continues to provide one of the finest law school programs in ethical leadership training for our students," said Paul L. Caron, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law.

Led by institute director Danny DeWalt, the institute provides all first-year students with training in character and professional development, assistance with planning their law school experience, and exposure to different legal professionals as mentors across practice areas including judges, notable alumni, and entrepreneurs. With the latest gift from the Parris family, the program will expand to serve second- and third-year students as well.

“Our family is proud to announce that we are expanding the reach and impact of the Parris Institute," said R. Rex Parris. “The commitment to fostering the human and professional skills that take a lawyer from great to distinguished is what sets Pepperdine Law apart.”

The institute’s programming is designed to foster the character development, leadership, and professionalism integral to students’ success as members of the legal profession. The four cornerstone areas of the institute are Launch Week, an Introduction to Professional Formation course, the Preceptor Program, and the Parris Awards.

Students kick off their law school experience with Launch Week, a training program focused on legal analysis, academic success, legal ethics, and professional character. In collaboration with the Career Development Office, Introduction to Professional Formation helps students develop their identity as future professionals, learn presentation skills and how to interview, and begin to form their academic and career plans.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to shape the character of the young men and women who come to Pepperdine Law for a premiere legal education,” said Carrol Parris. “Beyond expanding the skill sets of these students, the Parris Institute perhaps most importantly connects future lawyers with current legal professionals who give them practical advice on how to use those skills.”

All first-year students are automatically enrolled in the Preceptor Program, an initiative that connects students with an attorney or judge in the local area. These preceptors agree to serve as mentors for the students throughout their first semester of law school. Since 2014 the program has grown from 75 preceptors to 210, allowing expansion of the program to upper year students.

The Parris Awards, held at the close of each spring semester, seeks to honor third-year students who exhibit the highest order of the pillars of courage, competence, and civility.

Founders of Parris Law in Lancaster, California, the Parrises and their children are fully immersed in the legal profession. Rex is a successful trial attorney and has served as mayor of Lancaster since 2008. Carrol is the law firm’s administrator.

The Parrises’ contributions to Pepperdine through the years have had a deep impact on the University community. Both Rex and Carrol are members of the Crystal Wave Society, which recognizes donors who have given lifetime gifts of $1 million or more. Their first major gift was to Pepperdine’s International Programs in support of the refurbishment of the Pepperdine campus in London where the Parris Family Office has been dedicated in their honor.

Their daughter, Ashley (’01, JD ’05), and sons, Khail (’12, JD ’15) and Rutger (JD ’16), are Seaver College and School of Law alumni.

About Pepperdine University School of Law

The School of Law offers a top-ranked legal education with nationally recognized degree programs committed to the highest principles of professional, ethical, and societal responsibility. With an emphasis on experiential learning, mentorship, faculty accessibility, global justice, and professional formation, Pepperdine Law offers a juris doctorate, two master’s degrees, six joint-degree programs, seven LLM degrees, and five certificate programs. The School of Law houses nine clinics and five institutes, including the globally recognized Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Follow the School of Law on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.



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Pepperdine Law Ranked 51 by U.S. News and World Report Pepperdine Law is number 51 in the country in 2020 Best Law Schools ranking. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 20:45:00 PDT U.S. News and World Report has ranked Pepperdine Law number 51 in the country in its 2020 Best Law Schools rankings. The newly released rankings reflect a significant increase for Pepperdine Law, which has advanced 21 spots in just two years.

“We are pleased to see the School of Law recognized for the growing excellence of its academic program. In particular, we are proud that the rise in our ranking was driven in part by the improved credentials of our entering class and job placement of our graduating class, as well as our rising reputation among academics, lawyers, and judges," said Paul Caron, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. “We are grateful for the efforts of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who together make Pepperdine Law such a special place.”

Pepperdine Law was also recognized for excellence in several specialty programs in rankings voted on by faculty in those fields, including rankings of #2 in dispute resolution, #32 in tax law, and #33 in clinical training. New this year, voters were given the opportunity to evaluate programs at all eligible law schools.

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution remains a leader in the field of alternative dispute resolution, having been ranked the number one dispute resolution program by peers in 13 of the last 15 years.

“The Straus Institute has a preeminent record of excellence and expertise in dispute resolution scholarship, training, and global engagement,” said Thomas J. Stipanowich, associate dean of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. “For three decades we have been a leader in preparing effective negotiators, peacemakers, and problem solvers and a driving force for improving the culture of conflict in America and the world.”

The U.S. News and World report may be found here

Information on Pepperdine Law may be found here

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James A. Gash Named Eighth President and CEO of Pepperdine University Jim Gash is the first alumnus to assume the University's presidential mantle. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 17:15:00 PST James A. Gash, associate dean for strategic planning and external relations and professor of law at the Pepperdine School of Law, has been named the eighth president and CEO of Pepperdine University. Gash is a renowned education administrator, legal scholar, global justice advocate, and attorney. He was selected by the Board of Regents Wednesday afternoon and will succeed Andrew K. Benton on August 1, 2019. Benton announced last March that he planned to step down at the end of the 2018–2019 academic year after 19 years as president.

“The board’s selection of Jim Gash to serve as the next president of Pepperdine is an auspicious moment in the history of this remarkable university,” said Ed Biggers, chair of the Board of Regents. “Throughout his venerable career at Pepperdine and beyond, Jim follows in the footsteps of Pepperdine presidents before him who have demonstrated the kind of inspiration, integrity, strength, and measured leadership that have made this university into the elite academy it is today. We will be fortunate to have Jim’s guiding vision for Pepperdine as we write our next chapter and continue to be a leading university in Christian higher education.”

Biggers also praised the robust participation from the Pepperdine community throughout the search and the work of the Presidential Search Committee, which was led by regent Dale Brown (’64) and committee vice chair Harold Smethills.

“For the past year, the Presidential Search Committee along with the Board of Regents have worked tirelessly to identify the next chapter of Pepperdine leadership,” said Biggers. “I’m grateful for the commitment and support of each of these groups, which have done an exceptional job gathering and listening to community feedback and carefully deliberating the qualities of each candidate.”

As president, Gash will have the primary responsibility for the strategic leadership of the institution. In the coming years, he will lead the University through major initiatives to support the University’s Christian mission and reputation, strengthen student learning and scholarship, enhance faculty research and recruitment, and develop new resources that advance its vision to become a premier, global, Christian university. The first alumnus to assume the University’s presidential mantle, Gash will be formally introduced as president-elect to the Pepperdine community at 9 AM on Monday, March 4 at a special community event in Elkins Auditorium on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.

As the associate dean for strategic planning and external relations, Gash provides operational oversight for many of the School of Law’s signature development initiatives. As professor, his areas of focus are torts, evidence, global justice, and international human rights. He also serves as the director of the esteemed Sudreau Global Justice Program at Pepperdine Law, is a Special Advisor to the High Court of Uganda, and was recently named chancellor of LivingStone International University in Mbale, Uganda.

Since 2010 Gash has visited Uganda more than 25 times with Pepperdine students to support the Ugandan judiciary and assist the country in its justice reform efforts. In 2016 he published his first book, Divine Collision, which chronicles how his life and the Ugandan criminal justice system were dramatically changed as a result of meeting a Ugandan teenage prisoner during Gash’s first visit to Uganda. The following year, Revolution Pictures released the award-winning and highly acclaimed documentary Remand about the Sudreau Global Justice Program’s transformative work in the developing world.

“Pepperdine has always been a story of unbridled progress and never more so than under the leadership of Andy Benton, who has propelled this university to the highest echelons of Christian higher education in the United States,” said Gash. “I am both humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to build on his administration’s legacy of growth and excellence, fueled by the imagination, innovation, and creativity of Pepperdine’s talented faculty, staff, students, and alumni around the world.”

Prior to joining the faculty at Pepperdine, Gash worked for the litigation firm DeSimone & Tropio before serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He later joined Kirkland & Ellis, focusing on civil and appellate litigation, until he joined Pepperdine as an associate professor of law in 1999. Gash is also the recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Beckman Mentor Award and the Warren Christopher Award, which recognizes the State Bar of California’s international lawyer of the year. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US District Court for the Central District of California.

Gash received his bachelor’s degree in finance, summa cum laude, from Abilene Christian University in 1989 and his JD, summa cum laude, from the Pepperdine School of Law in 1993. He is married to Joline Gash (’92), and together they have three children, Jessica (’18); Joshua, a Seaver College junior; and Jennifer, a Seaver College first-year.

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Professor Michael Helfand, The Case Against Yeshivas and the Future of Religious Liberty Article examines the debate over yeshiva educational standards. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 17:00:00 PST Professor Michael A. Helfand's article, "The Case Against Yeshivas and the Future of Religious Liberty," has been published in Tablet magazine.  The article examines the ongoing battles between New York's ultra-orthodox Jewish community and the New York State Education Department over yeshiva educational standards.

Excerpt from "The Case Against Yeshivas and the Future of Religious Liberty"

Legal challenges working their way through the courts pit the deeply felt instinct to protect the welfare of children against the uniquely American devotion to protecting religious liberty that inspired the country’s founding. So far, New York state has ruled to preserve the right to religious practice in areas ranging from schools to dietary laws. But that precedent is being slowly reversed in court cases and legal arguments that hinge on reinterpreting some of the constitution’s foundational precepts and will have far-reaching consequences both for religious communities and broader attitudes towards the freedoms to which they’re entitled.

The complete article may be found here

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Pepperdine Law Congratulates Caleb Miller Caleb, a Marine Corps veteran, will work at the Reape-Rickett Law Firm. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:45:00 PST Pepperdine Law is pleased to congratulate it's eighth bell-ringer in celebration of post-graduation employment success, Caleb Miller! Caleb was joined in the festivities by Dean Paul Caron, Dean of Students Naomi Goodno, and members of the Career Development Office and Deans' Suite.

Caleb is working at the Reape-Rickett Law Firm located in Santa Clarita. He found out about the position through the Career Development Office's On-Campus Interviews. After working at the Reape-Rickett Law Firm as a law clerk while in law school, Caleb was offered a post-graduate employment opportunity with the firm.

Caleb is a Marine Corps veteran. His undergraduate degree is in Business Administration and Marketing from Cal State Northridge. During his time at Pepperdine Law, Caleb enjoyed participating on the Trial Team and working as a research assistant for Professor Chris Goodman.

Pepperdine Law is grateful for Caleb's service to our country.

Congratulations, Caleb!

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Dean Paul Caron Quoted in Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats Article examines new courses and programs offered by law schools. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:30:00 PST Dean Paul L. Caron is quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)." The article examines the various new courses offered by law schools, including master's programs for working professionals and courses for foreign lawyers.

Excerpt from "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats"

Back when he was a full-time tax law professor, Paul Caron publicly questioned the value of some LLMs. Now, as dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, Mr. Caron oversees seven LLM programs, a master of dispute resolution, an online master of legal studies and several certificates. Around 38% of Pepperdine's 780 students are enrolled in non-J.D. programs.

The courses were "designed as a strategic response when the school was looking to secure a sounder financial foundation," Mr. Caron said. But he says they weren't done hastily. The school partnered with online education company 2U Inc. to translate its existing teaching strengths into online courses and launched its master of legal studies in 2017.

The complete article may be found here (subscription required)

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Professor Derek Muller, Diverging Supreme Court Trends May Leave Some Conservatives Out In the Cold Article considers two recent Supreme Court cases. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:30:00 PST Professor Derek Muller' s op-ed, "Diverging Supreme Court Trends May Leave Some Conservatives Out In the Cold," has been published in the Law and Liberty blog.  The article considers the Supreme Court's choice in hearing two recent cases.

Excerpt from Diverging Supreme Court Trends:

The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy was an opportunity for a different kind of Supreme Court, much to the delight of many conservatives and the dismay of many liberals. But December 10, 2018 may be the day that showed us that the Supreme Court of the future may not be the one that all conservatives longed to see.

On that day, the Court considered two cases that addressed concerns long deemed problematic by conservatives. The first was a case that could reconsider the deference federal courts give to federal agencies when the agencies are interpreting their own regulations. The second was a case that could have clarified that federal courts cannot imply a cause of action in a federal statute for private parties when Congress has not expressly done so.

Both cases sound dry. The Court chose to hear one and not the other. And in its decision to do so, it suggested that the Court’s newly configured membership may eschew the concerns of social conservatives.

The complete article may be found here

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Professor Rick Cupp Quoted in An Elephant's Personhood on Trial Professor Cupp addresses recent developments in animal legal personhood litigation. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:30:00 PST Professor Richard L. Cupp is quoted in the Atlantic article, "An Elephant's Personhood on Trial." The article discusses Professor Cupp's objections to animal legal personhood in context of addressing recent developments related to animal legal personhood litigation.

Excerpt from An Elephant's Personhood on Trial:

Richard Cupp, an animal-law professor at the Pepperdine School of Law, worries that extending rights to animals could ultimately erode our own. “Courts and society might, with this new paradigm, be tempted not only to look at more intelligent animals as being like humans,” he said in a debate with Wise, “but start to think of less intelligent humans a little more like animals.”

Cupp also fears opening a “floodgate of litigation” as animal advocates work their way through the animal kingdom, moving from elephants and chimpanzees to common creatures...

The complete article may be found here

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Pepperdine Law Congratulates Spencer Penuela Spencer will be joining Consumer Law Experts. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:15:00 PST Pepperdine Law is proud to congratulate its seventh bell-ringer in recognition of post-graduation employment success, Spencer Penuela! Spencer was joined in the celebration by Dean Paul Caron, Associate Dean Jim Gash, Associate Dean Danny DeWalt, Straus Director Shellee Warnes, Director of Alumni Relations, Jessie Fahy, Associate Director of Career Development, Chalak Richards, and many members of the Career Development and Administration Offices. Prior to ringing the bell, Spencer was sworn in as a new member of the California Bar. A special guest at both the swearing in and bell ringing ceremonies was Spencer's father, Alan Penuela.

Spencer will soon be joining Consumer Law Experts, located in Los Angeles, as an Associate Attorney. He learned of the position through the Career Development Office.  Spencer came to Pepperdine Law after completing his undergraduate degree at Cal State Channel Islands. Spencer greatly enjoyed participating in the Restoration and Justice Clinic and trial advocacy while at Pepperdine Law.

Congratualtions, Spencer!

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Professor Derek Muller Quoted on Tulsi Gabbard's Birthplace Article considers the question of what it means to be a natural born citizen. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:00:00 PST Professor Derek Muller is quoted in the Honolulu Star Advertiser article, "Tulsi Gabbard's birthplace could create political fodder in national campaign." The article considers congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who was born in American Samoa, and the constitutional question of what it means to be a natural born citizen. Gabbard is considering running for United States president.

Excerpt via the Honolulu Star Advertiser:

Gabbard needed only one of her parents to be a U.S. citizen to gain automatic citizenship. But the question, if she’s to run for president, is not whether she is a citizen, but whether she’s a “natural-­born citizen,” the definition of which is a matter of legal debate.

“She is, no question, a citizen at the moment of her birth under U.S. law,” said Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University Law School who specializes in election law. “The real question that arises is about whether or not you have to be born on U.S. soil, and not only that, on U.S. soil where citizenship sort of flows from merely being born on that soil.”

The complete article may be found here

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Professor Michael Helfand Publishes Implied Consent Religious Institutionalism: Applications and Limits Chapter included in book on religious freedom. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:00:00 PST Professor Michael A. Helfand's chapter, "Implied Consent Religious Institutionalism: Applications and Limits," is included in the book, Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground, published by Cambridge University Press.

From Cambridge University Press:

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) are strongly contested by certain faith communities, and this confrontation has become increasingly pronounced following the adjudication of a number of legal cases. As the strident arguments of both sides enter a heated political arena, it brings forward the deeply contested question of whether there is any possibility of both communities' contested positions being reconciled under the same law. This volume assembles impactful voices from the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities - from the Human Rights Campaign and ACLU to the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic and LDS churches. The contributors offer a 360-degree view of culture-war conflicts around faith and sexuality - from Obergefell to Masterpiece Cakeshop - and explore whether communities with such profound differences in belief are able to reach mutually acceptable solutions in order to both live with integrity.

The book may be found here

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Wendy McGuire Coats (JD '05) Appointed to Contra Costa County Judgeship Pepperdine Law alumna Wendy McGuire Coats appointed to judgeship. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 15:45:00 PST Pepperdine Law alumna Wendy McGuire Coats (JD '05) was appointed to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Wendy has been a partner at Fisher and Phillips LLP since 2016, specializing in Appellate Law.  From 2010 to 2016, Wendy was a partner at McGuire Coats.  Wendy previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 2005 to 2006.

Wendy has been a faithful alumna of the law school, mentoring students, coaching Moot Court teams, speaking at conferences and in classes, attending events, and she even housed two law students last summer who lost their summer housing at the last minute.

Wendy's husband Daniel also graduated from Pepperdine Law (JD '08).  Wendy recently told us, "At the end of this month we will have been married for 22 years, 6 spent at Pepperdine. Without him, there is no 'this.' We are who we are because of the investment Pepperdine poured into us individually and collectively. Being part of the Pepperdine family is woven of the fabric of who we are."

From the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown:

Coats served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 2005 to 2006. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Barry P. Goode.

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