Former Dean Ken Starr

Honored at Portrait Unveiling

The School of Law honored Ken Starr, former Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law (2004-2010), with the unveiling of his official portrait on March 4. The event paid tribute to the Starr legacy and featured comments from interim dean and professor of law Thomas G. Bost, President Andrew K. Benton, and Starr himself.

Bost welcomed the crowd before Benton gave a reflection on the Starr legacy. In his address, Benton thanked the former dean for his determination to elevate the name and stature of the School of Law. “You led us to a level of national recognition more fitting to who and what we are and who and what we hope to be,” he said, “and we thank you.”

After the unveiling of his portrait, painted by artist Richard Morris, Starr addressed the guests in attendance and expressed his appreciation for George Pepperdine’s enduring spirit and dedication to service. Starr stated, “Pepperdine should be thankful and proud of the legacy that these deans who have come before me have created and a law school faculty that not only cares about students and policy issues, but is determined to be excellent at everything that it does.”

The event also paid tribute to past and present deans. Newly appointed dean and U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, said, “I feel privileged to follow him,” of her long friendship with Starr. “He has done such a remarkable job for Pepperdine and leaves the institution at a wonderful place.”

Founding dean Ron Phillips added, “Ken did such an extraordinary job during his deanship here and we are so blessed to have him with us.”

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