FROM ENTERTAINMENT LAW TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, contracts to torts, the new faculty at Pepperdine’s School of Law comes from a wide range of academic practices and backgrounds. Meet the new professors and learn more about what they will bring to the classroom.
DAVID HAN Torts
David Han will bring his broad professional background to the classroom this fall as a professor of torts. Having worked in a wide variety of legal settings, including at a large law firm, a city agency, and within the judicial system, Han encourages law students “to clarify your sense of purpose: who is the person you want to be, what is it that you want to accomplish in this world, and how will that influence what you do with your law degree?”
Before joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2013, Han was an acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law. He also practiced as a litigation associate with Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, California. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2005, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable David H. Souter on the Supreme Court of the United States.
VICTORIA SCHWARTZ Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Survey
Victoria Schwartz joins the Pepperdine faculty from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law. At Pepperdine she will teach entertainment law and an intellectual property survey course. As a result of her practice background, Schwartz brings a very practical approach to the classroom. “An underappreciated part of a lawyer’s role is giving advice to a client before they get into a litigation problem,” she explains. “I view one of the main purposes of an IP survey course as learning how to make smart business decisions in order to better advise future clients.”
Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Schwartz practiced as a litigation associate as part of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, focusing on complex and appellate litigation, contract law, entertainment law, and intellectual property. While at O’Melveny, Schwartz also taught at the UCLA Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic.
JEFFREY R. BAKER Lawyering Process
Jeffrey Baker, director of clinical education and professor of Lawyering Process, left private practice for clinical teaching in 2006 after six years in a big law firm. As a young lawyer Baker did not have the opportunity to prepare for practice at a clinic and was not aware of their value until after teaching the Family Violence Clinic at Faulkner University Jones School of Law, where he was an associate professor of law and director of clinical programs from 2006 to 2013. There, the experienced litigator, trial lawyer, and teacher discovered a calling for domestic violence practice after meeting his first clients—“the heroic people who would become my collaborators and friends.”
At Faulkner, Baker designed and launched the Elder Law Clinic, and supervised the externship program. Baker also received the Montgomery Advertiser’s Martin Luther King Spirit Honors Award and the Justice for Victims Award from the area domestic violence shelter.
ANN CHING Legal Research and Writing
Ann Ching, who has enjoyed a long and extensive career in the U.S. Army, will be joining the Pepperdine faculty this fall as a professor of legal research and writing and considers teaching another form of service. “Today’s law graduates must be able to adapt to an evolving legal environment,” she says. “I hope that my real-world experience helps me prepare my students to meet this challenge.”
A major in the U.S. Army Reserve and an expert in civil liberties in wartime, international war crime tribunals, and domestic and international disaster relief, Ching served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, where her distinctions include the Bronze Star Medal for combat service in Iraq and the Humanitarian Assistance Medal for Japan earthquake relief.
During her army career, she held various positions including associate professor of legal research and writing and editor in chief, Military Law Review (The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School); chief of military justice and special assistant U.S. attorney, West Point; and international law advisor, U.S. Army Pacific.
AMY LEVIN Legal Research and Writing
Amy Levin, who will join the Pepperdine faculty as a professor of legal research and writing and appellate advocacy, is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and the Department of Social Welfare, where she was an editor on the UCLA Law Review and earned membership in Order of the Coif.
Since 2011 she has been an assistant professor of law at the School of Law and hopes to continue training students to become strong advocates for their clients. “I hope I am able to make a small difference in their legal careers and that they believe they have learned something valuable from my classes,” she reflects.
Levin clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit during 2002-2003. Before teaching at Pepperdine, Levin was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP, specializing in civil commercial and trademark litigation.
RICHARD CHEN Contracts
Richard Chen joins the Pepperdine faculty as a visiting assistant professor in the fall. He previously served as a law clerk for two judges, the Honorable Raymond Fisher and the Honorable Paul Watford, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Between his two clerkships, Chen practiced for two years at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles, specializing in civil litigation. “I found myself wanting to return to the uniquely stimulating environment of a law school, where through scholarship and teaching I have the opportunity to explore the issues that matter most to me personally and to engage with them at a broader level than is possible in the world of practice,” he says.
Chen received his JD from Harvard Law School, during which he interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Prior to law school, he served as an intern in the Cambodia office of International Justice Mission, where he worked with trafficking victims.