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 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:42:42 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Drupal 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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Professor Michael Helfand Presents American Jewish Identity https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/12/professor-michael-helfand-presents-american-jewish-identity/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/12/professor-michael-helfand-presents-american-jewish-identity Professor Michael Helfand speaks at Shalom Hartman Institute Faculty Seminar. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:30:00 PST Professor Michael A. Helfand  presented "American Jewish Identity" on October 30 at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Faculty Seminar. The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education located in New York City. 

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Pepperdine Law Responds to Recent Crises https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/pepperdine-law-responds-recent-crises/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/pepperdine-law-responds-recent-crises Trying times certainly serve as a reminder of the extraordinary community that we have built here at Pepperdine and how we come together to share in each other’s pain and serve together to provide for all those in need of our important work. Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:15:00 PST The past few weeks have been devastating to our entire community, but our collective faith at Pepperdine University has proven to be unshakeable. The immediate response to the Southern California Woolsey fire from the University and School of Law administration, faculty, and staff has been nothing short of tremendous. David McNeill, a second-year law student and George Page Residential Advisor, remained on campus from the time of initial evacuation on Friday until the University’s shelter-in-place safety measure was lifted on Sunday, and he told us, "I was so impressed with President Benton, Dean Gash, Dean DeWalt, and others...I was impressed with basically everybody.” McNeill added, “There was a lot of heartbreak and emotion running through our community, but understanding that this was an emergency situation, everybody went into ‘go-with-the-flow’ mode.”

When asked about his impressions of the on-campus response, McNeill said, “I don't know who was required to be there but they were there, working alongside fire and safety officials to secure campus and check for signs of hotspots or other potential threats."

There has been no shortage of support for our community in this time of intense uncertainty. The School of Law administration has worked tirelessly to ensure all ABA academic standards are met. Since learning of the campus closure, the administration has created a new class and final examination schedule that would accommodate the various needs and considerations of our law school community.

Trying times certainly serve as a reminder of the extraordinary community that we have built here at Pepperdine and how we come together to share in each other’s pain and serve together to provide for all those in need of our important work.

Please continue to monitor the University’s Emergency Information Page for updates.

We have TWO ways you can give to the disaster/crisis relief at Pepperdine:

In the wake of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on November 7 and the Woolsey Fire in Malibu and the surrounding areas, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for our Pepperdine family.

Many have asked how they can help and where they can give to support students and families dealing with such sudden and tragic loss. The tePepperdine Strong Fund will enable the University to respond quickly to our community in this time of crisis, providing needed support for the students, faculty, and staff directly impacted by these events.

In 2017, Pepperdine Law alumni Alex Caruso (JD ‘17) and Caelan Rottman (JD ‘18) created the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) in order to provide a means of immediate financial support specifically for law students in the wake of an emergency situation. Alex Caruso communicated to us, “If there was ever a time for the SEF to provide comfort and relief to students, now is certainly the time.” (scroll down to SEF)

The Malibu and Calabasas campuses are open following the Thanksgiving holiday period. 

We thank you all for your generosity and indefatigable gestures of love and prayer. We are proud to call ourselves part of the Pepperdine family.

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Pepperdine Law Launches Disaster Relief Clinic to Serve Victims of the Woolsey Fire https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/pepperdine-law-launches-disaster-relief-clinic-serve-victims-woolsey-fire/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/pepperdine-law-launches-disaster-relief-clinic-serve-victims-woolsey-fire In the wake of recent natural disasters in California, the Clinical Education Program at Pepperdine University School of Law is launching the Disaster Relief Clinic. Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:30:00 PST  

In order to address the immediate needs of the victims of the recent Woolsey Fire in Southern California, Pepperdine Law launched the Disaster Relief Clinic to serve Malibu, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Conejo Valley areas – parts of which remain under threat. The clinic will be administered under the leadership of Pepperdine School of Law Director of Clinical Education, Professor Jeff Baker. 

Professor Baker shared, “We love you all and know that this resilient community will emerge stronger and better.”

What is the Disaster Relief Clinic?

The Disaster Relief Clinic will provide limited-scope, pro bono legal services to people in Malibu, Conejo Valley, and Ventura County to assist as able with FEMA applications and appeals, insurance matters, contract issues, housing concerns, and other matters. The Clinic was first launched to serve folks after Hurricane Harvey and the Thomas Fire, and now we get to serve our own people in our community.

It will rely on volunteer lawyers and referrals for early phases of recovery, and it will offer significant community education sessions on these topics. In time, it will expand its capacity to provide direct legal services. 

How can legal professionals get involved?

The clinic is in need of volunteer lawyers licensed in California to help with as much as they are able. If you are able to join the legal effort, please register here: https://law.pepperdine.edu/experiential-learning/clinical-education/clinics/disaster-relief-clinic/

Where can volunteer lawyers find more resources?

Please see the Disaster Relief Clinic webpage for a working list of FEMA and California state resources.

How can I request assistance?

If you need legal services, please complete this form to request assistance: Legal Assistance Request Form. The Disaster Relief Clinic likely will not be able to handle cases for extended litigation or complex cases. The Clinic is working with legal aid agencies and volunteer lawyers to receive cases by referral. 

Are there other ways to give?

Many have asked how they can help with the recent crises within our community and where they can give to support students and families dealing with such sudden and tragic losses. 

The #PepperdineStrong fund will enable Pepperdine to respond quickly to our family in time of crisis, and it can provide support for the students, faculty, and staff directly impacted by these events. You can make your gift here.

Finally, we thank you all for the outpouring of love and support for our Pepperdine family over the last week. Pepperdine will keep the University community updated as conditions change. For the latest information, visit the University’s Emergency Information Page.

 

 

*Featured photo courtesy of Steven Lippman

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Professor Michael Helfand Speaks on Religious Discrimination and Jewish Law https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/professor-michael-helfand-speaks-religious-discrimination-and-jewish-law/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/professor-michael-helfand-speaks-religious-discrimination-and-jewish-law Professor Helfand speaks at Fifth Annual National Conference for Jewish Lawyers and Jurists in Chicago. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:30:00 PST Professor Michael A. Helfand made two presentations at the Fifth Annual National Conference for Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, "The Mohel, the Baker and the Eruv-Maker: What Does Religious Discrimination Look Like?" and "Does Jewish Law Like Lawyers?"  The conference was held in Chicago on October 22.

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Professor Derek Muller: Cyber Interference in Elections and Federal Agency Action https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/professor-derek-muller-cyber-interference-elections-and-federal-agency-action/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/professor-derek-muller-cyber-interference-elections-and-federal-agency-action Professor Muller addresses the federal government's role in preventing cyber interference in elections. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:30:00 PST Professor Derek Muller's article, "Cyber Interference in Elections and Federal Agency Action," has been published in the Harvard Law Review Blog. The article considers the role of the federal government in protecting election integrity.

Excerpt from "Cyber Interference in Elections and Federal Agency Action"

Pop quiz: which part of the federal government is tasked with preventing cyber interference in our elections?

Congress has refused to say. We have reached a point of a significant gap between an important federal need and existing federal power. And in the absence of that federal power, federal agencies have stepped into the gap and extended their authority into domains unanticipated by Congress.

The complete article may be found here

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Professor Bob Cochran Presents Professionals and Moral Responsibility https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/professor-bob-cochran-presents-professionals-and-moral-responsibility/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/professor-bob-cochran-presents-professionals-and-moral-responsibility Professor Cochran lectures at the China University of Political Science and Law, and at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:15:00 PST Professor Robert F. Cochran spoke on “Professionals and Moral Responsibility” in a public lecture at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing on September 14 and in a faculty roundtable at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (IASC) on October 19. In the lecture, Professor Cochran compared the moral challenges of lawyers with those of doctors, psychologists, engineers, business managers, and musicians. Professor Cochran taught a two-week course on “Religion and Law in the United States” at CUPL and is serving as a Senior Fellow at IASC in Charlottesville this semester.

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Rick Caruso (JD '83) Featured in Forbes https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/rick-caruso-jd-83-featured-forbes/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/rick-caruso-jd-83-featured-forbes Pepperdine Law alumnus Rick Caruso featured in Forbes for excellence in retail and real estate. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:15:00 PDT Pepperdine Law alumnus Rick Caruso (JD '83) was recently featured in the Forbes article "The Walt Disney of Retail" for his excellence in retail, real estate, and ability to transform communities in Southern California. The story highlighted the recent opening of Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets. Palisades Village is the latest of Caruso's endeavors. The next project, Rosewood Miramar  Beach Montecito, a five-star resort hotel, is set to open in January 2019.

Rick, his wife Tina, and their son Alex (JD '17, former Student Bar Association President), and other members of the family, recently attended the Renovation Celebration at the School of Law, where their generosity enabled a much-needed and long-awaited transformation of the most visible areas of the Odell McConnell Law Center, the Lon V. Smith Atrium, and Henry J. & Gloria Caruso Auditorium. Both Rick and Alex have remained faithful and involved alumni at Pepperdine Law since their graduation.

The Forbes feature may be found here

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Pepperdine Law Hosts For People of Color Law School Admissions Conference https://law.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2018/11/pepperdine-law-hosts-people-color-law-school-admissions-conference/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/law/2018/11/pepperdine-law-hosts-people-color-law-school-admissions-conference Pepperdine Law hosts over 200 attendees at For People of Color Law School Admissions Conference. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:00:00 PDT Pepperdine Law hosted the very successful For People of Color Law School Admissions Conference on October 20, which was attended by over 200 participants. The all-day conference provided attendees with a comprehensive overview of the law school application process and included panels of laws students, professors, and lawyers who shared their pathways to law school and the legal profession.  The participants were welcomed by Dean Paul Caron, Associate Dean Shannon Phillips, and the founder of For People of Color, Inc, Anthony Solana, Jr. The keynote address was delivered by Pepperdine Law alumnus and Federal District Judge Andre Birotte (JD '91). The faculty panel featured professors Christine Goodman, Jeff Baker, Ahmed Taha, and Sukhsimranjit Singh.

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