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Spring-Summer 2012

Making Her Own Way

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.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Capitol Gains

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.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Accountability Amid Chaos

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.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

A Pioneer on the Bench

As she sat firesideat the 39th Annual Pepperdine School of Law Dinner in February, Canadian Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin took a moment to reflect. In the company of the Pepperdine Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha and the Honourable Allen M. Linden, Chief Justice McLachlin was being honored with the Robert H. Jackson Award for contributions as a pioneer in law.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Pride in Print

In a small storefront in Santa Ana, California, in the fall of 1970 emerged the newly established Pepperdine School of Law. Just as the school earned provisional accreditation from the State Bar of California, 34 full-time students walked through the doors, and a new era in Pepperdine history began.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

From DJ to JD

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the late 1990s, Ashley Messenger (JD ’94) was engaged in a phone conversation about the city’s homeless population and agreed with her counterpart that the police could be unnecessarily aggressive.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Law School Renovations

In December 2011, the School of Law began its latest renovation, the first since 1992. Additions include new furniture in the atrium, carpeting throughout the building, new tile in the entrance and atrium, and a reception desk designed to greet visitors to the school.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Straus Institute Hosts Three International Scholars

Pepperdine School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has a history of drawing students and professionals from throughout the world to study the program’s unique curriculum. In its 25 years of existence, and with its eight-year stint at the top of the U.S. News & World Report rankings for dispute resolution programs, Straus has hosted nine academic scholars associated with either the Fulbright or Muskie Fellowship programs. These scholars stem from diverse backgrounds in Germany, El Salvador, Egypt, Panama, Tunisia, the Czech Republic, and Moldova.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Pepperdine Law Celebrates Passover with Seder

Students, faculty, and staff from the School of Law gathered to celebrate Passover by participating in an on-campus Seder hosted by the Jewish Law Student Association in March. More than 40 members of the Pepperdine Law community came together in a roundtable formation surrounded by matzo and conversations about the history of Jewish traditions, specifically about the liberation of the Israelites from the slavery of ancient Egypt.

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012

Jay Milbrandt’s Latest Book Challenges Readers to “Go + Do”

Jay Milbrandt’s (MBA ’07, JD ‘ 08) latest book, Go + Do, was welcomed by readers at an official release reception held at the School of Law in April. Published by Tyndale House, the book is a compilation of firsthand accounts of Milbrandt’s work overseas as the director of Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program. According to Milbrandt, it serves as a challenge to “go out into the world, witness the raw edges of humanity, and then do something about what you see.”

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Issue: Spring-Summer 2012