Distinguished Visiting Professors

The Pepperdine School of Law proudly welcomed five Distinguished Visiting Professors, a Distinguished Visiting Jurist, and a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. “The Pepperdine School of Law is privileged indeed to engage world-class legal academicians as visitors,” said Dean Tacha. “They bring the finest in teaching and research to a faculty that welcomes and inspires this kind of excellence.”

SOL mag fall 2013 (1)-14Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his BA, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his JD in 1984 from Yale Law School, where served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Professor Amar is the coeditor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decision Making. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles; The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction; America’s Constitution: A Biography; and most recently, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By.

SOL mag fall 2013 (1)-16Susan Franck is an associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law where her teaching and scholarship relates to international economic law and dispute resolution. She has also been visiting associate professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, visiting associate professor at the University of Minnesota, assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a scholar in residence at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Franck is the author of various articles published in the American Journal of International Law, Fordham Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, and Harvard International Law Journal.

SOL mag fall 2013 (1)-17Donald Harris joins the School of Law for a second semester, teaching four courses on intellectual property patents, sales, and trademarks. A former associate in the San Francisco office of Cooley Godward, Harris currently serves as an associate law professor at Temple University. He graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and received his LLM from the University of Wisconsin Law School.


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John Copeland Nagle is the John N. Matthews Chair at the Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches legislation, property, and a variety of environmental law courses. He is the coauthor of three casebooks, and his book Law’s Environment: How the Law Affects the Environment was published by the Yale University Press in 2010. He also writes about the relationship between environmental pollution, cultural pollution, and other kinds of “pollution,” and about how religious teachings influence environmental law. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, Nagle was an associate professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law. He served as a law clerk to Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and he was a scientific assistant in the Energy and Environmental Systems Division of Argonne National Laboratory.

SOL mag fall 2013 (1)-18James Tomkovicz is visiting Pepperdine from the University of Iowa, which he joined in 1982.Tomkovicz was previously an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Lands Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also served as a law clerk to Hon. Edward J. Schwartz, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and as law clerk to Hon. John M. Ferren, senior judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Distinguished Visiting Jurist

SOL mag fall 2013 (1)-12Justice Allen Linden serves as Distinguished Visiting Jurist at the law school, teaching Advanced Torts Seminar each spring. Previously he served as supernumerary judge of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada, as judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario, and as a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada. Justice Linden is renowned as a torts scholar both in Canada and the United States.

Distinguished Practitioners in Residence

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Roger Cossack’s career as a prosecutor and defense lawyer spanned 22 years. He currently serves as a legal analyst for ESPN, a role he’s held since 2002, and weighs in on the relationship between sports and the law. The spring Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for five years, Cossack taught Entertainment Law and Media and the Law. His Media and the Law course was recognized by National Jurist magazine in 2011 as a “bucket list” must for law students.

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