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).
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.
Three Pepperdine law students were selected as members of the editorial board for the next symposium issue of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Elizabeth Adams, Raija Churchill, and Sean O’Neill will each serve as editors.
The Asylum and Refugee Law Clinic’s three most recent cases have both challenged and strengthened the program. Each case involves clients that fled their home country to escape death threats received after converting to the Christian faith.
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.
At Pepperdine University School of Law, the first year Legal Research and Writing program consists of a rigorous year-long course designed to equip students to strengthen their ability to research, analyze, and write.