In case you didn’t know, I rented an SUV to drive during our time in Uganda rather than hire a driver, which is what most families do, but where is the adventure in that? I have been driving for a solid two days and pretty much have it down. I have successfully driven us from our hotel to the orphanage and back every day without so much as one wrong turn.
What do you think of when you think “Olympics?” For most of us, the Olympic Games conjure up images of athletes, gold medals, and the five interlocking rings symbolizing the games. But for 21 students from Pepperdine and five other law schools, the Olympic Games were revealed through the eyes of legal and media professionals and experts from both the U.K. London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and members of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).
“You could have knocked me down with a feather . . . [I]t was almost mindboggling, that a white man could doff his hat to my mother, a black woman, really a nonentity in South Africa’s terms.” In the world of South African apartheid, a world in which racial heritage and skin color determined as a matter of law where and with whom you could live, your education and job prospects, and who you could marry, an Anglican priest’s small, instinctive act of courtesy to his mother made a huge impression on young Desmond Tutu.
The story made the evening news that day. Eighteen-year-old Marvin Laguan had been shot more than six times while talking to his girlfriend in the 400 block of North Mar Vista Avenue in Pasadena, California. He died almost instantly.
The legendary Professor Kingsfield famously tells first-year law students in the movie The Paper Chase, “You come in here with a skull full of mush and you leave thinking like a lawyer.” The “skull full of mush” sentiment is a bit much— as was Professor Kingsfield in general—but the product he identified remains the oft-repeated goal of legal education. Law students are to be taught to think like lawyers.
Message from Dean Deanell Reece Tacha: One of my goals as dean of the Pepperdine School of Law has been to address the questions and concerns being raised about the current climate of legal education. Among those concerns is the financial burden that, for many, accompanies enrollment in law school. The fact is, applications to law schools nationwide and at Pepperdine are down significantly. Student debt load is at an all-time high. At least in the short-term, the legal employment market is providing fewer employment opportunities for graduating law students than at any time in the recent past. In this piece Paul Caron, D&L Straus Distinguished Professor of Law, provides his perspective on these issues and more.
Graduation day 1997 at Pepperdine School of Law. The moment of truth. The culmination of three years of hard work. For Laure Sudreau-Rippe (JD ’97), it was just the beginning. The ceremony served as a stepping-stone to the obstacles that lie ahead.
While practicing in Washington, D.C., School of Law alumna Nancy Hunt (’01) recognized a gap in Pepperdine alumni representation in the federal government and related D.C. institutions. “The law school fosters rational thinking and that is something I thought we could certainly use more of in Washington,” she thought.
Though avoiding civilian deaths has traditionally been a focus of advanced combat training, there was never an established guidebook specifically designed to prevent civilian casualties. But in the spring of 2011, a group of U.S. Army officials gathered to combine the results of a then-recent study with a new method of engaging in combat, all with the focus of preventing harm to civilians.