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.
“Rarely are three students from one law school chosen in one year,” said professor of law, Greg McNeal. “This is a real honor.”
McNeal served as an executive editor for the Harvard Journal in 2005 as a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Additionally, he served as Case Western’s student chapter president for the Federalist Society, which sponsors the publication of the symposium issue of the Harvard Journal. During his time on the editorial board, McNeal assisted in editing an article contributed by Pepperdine professor of law Doug Kmiec. McNeal noted the irony, saying that at the time he never realized their paths would cross as colleagues.
Each year, Harvard University publishes three issues of the journal, all edited by Harvard students, and one additional symposium issue, edited by a select group of students from throughout the country.
“It is an extremely prestigious list,” McNeal said, noting that the lineup often includes students from Yale University, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, and Duke University.
This year’s symposium issue will focus on writings from the Federalist Society National Student Symposium, titled “Bureaucracy Unbound: Can Limited Government and the Administrative Coexist?,” which was hosted by Stanford University in March.
“The selection to be a part of this unique and prestigious journal is an honor,” Adams said. “Some of the very brightest conservative and libertarian legal minds in the country contribute to this journal, and it is a privilege to be an editor of these scholarly works.”
In addition to completing her law degree, Adams is also working toward a master’s degree in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her main interests lie in criminal law. Adams has served as vice president for Pepperdine’s chapter of the Federalist Society, and will hold the role for a second time in 2012-2013. She also competed with Pepperdine’s trial team in the spring of 2012, and will compete again next fall.
O’Neill’s professional interests are in constitutional law. As a student at Pepperdine, he has served as president of the law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society, and as a staff member of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Additionally, he worked for the district attorney in Compton, California, in the spring of 2012, and will split his time this summer working for Kirtland & Packard LLP, and the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C.
“I am very excited and humbled by the selection,” O’Neill said. “It is always gratifying when another institution or individual recognizes that hard work and rewards you with opportunity. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be associated with the premiere journal on law and public policy, and I can’t wait to get started.
Churchill hopes to focus her legal career on education reform and school safety law. She noted, “Education is one way that Americans pass on freedom, because schools are one way that we equip the young to shoulder a self-governing republic.”
As the next editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, and as a member of the Federalist Society and current board member of the Christian Legal Society, Churchill is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the writings of some of the nation’s best legal scholars.
“The journal is a forum for dialogue among skilled legal scholars, including John Eastman from Chapman Law, Michael McConnell from Stanford Law, and several Supreme Court justices,” she said. “Serving that dialogue is humbling and a delight.”