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Dean Tacha Hosts Discussion with Distinguished Women Judges

Dean Tacha Discussion“I spent 25 years on the United States Court of appeals, and in the process I met women whose journeys have been very similar to my own, and they are journeys and stories that have very little been told,” remarked dean Deanell Reece Tacha as she opened “Hearing Her Story: Reflections of Women Judges” to an eager audience in the law school’s Caruso Auditorium on September 23.

At the event, Tacha, former circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, shared the stage with her distinguished panel of guests: the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

“What happened to us in the early days of our careers and where we are now in our careers is the story I’ve asked three of my closest friends on the judiciary to tell,” Tacha continued. The event officially welcomed Dean Tacha, who took office June 1, and served as a stop along her national tour.

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Kenneth W. Starr Headlines the Fifth Annual William French Smith Lecture

Ken Starr LectureKen Starr, president of Baylor University and former dean of Pepperdine School of Law, returned to Malibu October 11 to present the fifth annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture.

Starr spoke on the topic “The Justice Department: From Reagan to Obama,” along with conversationalists and fellow justice department colleagues F. Henry Habicht II, a pioneering figure in the areas of environmental business and policy and a leading contributor to environmental innovation; Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec (ret.), Caruso Family Chair and professor
of constitutional law at Pepperdine School of Law; and the Honorable Carolyn B. Kuhl, supervising judge of the civil departments of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of Pepperdine law and former judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, served as moderator.

Named in honor of the former Attorney General, the William French Smith Memorial Lectures on Law and the Judiciary serve as an ongoing tribute to Smith. Smith served as U.S. Attorney General from 1981 to 1985 and was a longtime friend and confidant of President Ronald Reagan. Past speakers in the Pepperdine series include Supreme Court Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day o’Connor, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito.

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