School of Law Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

This year the School of Law added three new faculty members—Khrista McCarden, Derek Muller, and Amy Levin—to its  dynamic roster of professors.

Khrista McCardenMcCarden, associate professor of law, arrived at Pepperdine this spring after practicing international tax law at Morgan Lewis in London. Following her graduation from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, she clerked for Judge Barrington D. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has published articles in both the United States and in the United Kingdom and lectured on U.S./U.K. dual-qualified charitable structures (learn more on page 19). She will teach Federal Income Taxation, Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities, and International Tax.

Derek MullerMuller graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Law, summa cum laude, and then clerked for Judge Raymond W. Gruender on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As an associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, Muller practiced litigation, including white-collar criminal defense and commercial and corporate disputes. His teaching background includes serving as a visiting assistant professor and Shughart Fellow at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law (learn more on page 26). He will teach Civil Procedure and Complex Litigation.

Amy LevinLevin,visiting assistant professor of law, is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law. Before joining the Pepperdine faculty this fall, Levin was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP, specializing in commercial and trademark litigation. Levin clerked for Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following her graduation from law school. She will teach Legal Research and Writing.

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