School of Law alumnus Laure Sudreau-Rippe (’97) provided Pepperdine with a generous gift to establish the Laure Sudreau-Rippe Endowed Chair at the School of Law, the first chair to be endowed by a female alumnus.
“This chair will make possible very important enhancements to the work being done by the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law,” notes School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha. “It will enable students to be involved in the essential links that must be forged in training lawyers and businesspeople to work together in their mutual efforts to strengthen the economic fiber of the nation and the world.”
Professor Janet Kerr, the first occupant of the endowed chair, was selected by Sudreau-Rippe for her dedication to women’s
microfinance opportunities, and because throughout her career she has championed the cause of women in law. Kerr, who began her distinguished career on the School of Law faculty in 1983, serves as the executive director of the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law. During her tenure at the law school, she has twice been recognized as a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow, has served as associate dean for academics, and has written widely on securities regulation. She is an expert on corporate governance issues and sits on the boards of several publicly held corporations.