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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Professor Sarah Deer Is a MacArthur Fellow!

I admit that the one email I dread every September is the announcement of the MacArthur Fellows --nothing like feeling totally inadequate three weeks into the new school year by reading about the exceptional accomplishments of this extraordinarily creative and hardworking group of individuals.  I personally much prefer the announcement of the Darwin Awards. 

But this year when I saw the dreaded email from the MacArthur Foundation, I quickly noted that the clinical community’s own Sarah Deer has been selected!  Professor Deer is on the faculty of William Mitchell College of Law and is co-director of their Indian Law Clinic.  She is a tireless advocate who has been instrumental in developing legal protections for Native American victims of domestic violence.  A description of Professor Deer’s work can be found here.  A full list of this year’s MacArthur Fellows can be found here.  Congratulations, Professor Deer, on a truly extraordinary and well-earned distinction!        

September 16, 2014 in Clinic News, Clinic Profile, Current Affairs, Domestic Violence, Faculty Profile, Family Law, Job Opportunities & Fellowships, Promotions, Honors & Awards | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Professor Ken Dunham

My friend, Ken Dunham, begins his last semester teaching this week.  He is retiring after a long, fruitful career first as an accountant, then a lawyer for decades, then reborn as a mediator and clinical law professor.  I met Ken at Faulkner University Jones School of Law where I started teaching as the school’s first dedicated clinical director.  

The truth is that Ken had been the clinical director there before there was a clinical program to direct.   He started the first clinic there, JSL’s Mediation Clinic, even as he founded the school’s center on alternative dispute resolution and as he helped design and shape Alabama’s systems for alternative dispute resolution.  He researched, designed and launched the school’s externship program, all before the school moved from state-accreditation to full approval by the ABA.   Ken wisely navigated complex local politics, using his training and experience as a mediator and negotiator to help guide JSL through great and disruptive transitions.  

Ken laid the foundation for the clinical program which I led for a long season as a rookie law professor, and he only ever encouraged and empowered me.  We became and are fast friends, and he is a wise, calm and committed colleague with a heart for justice.   We coached JSL’s ABA Negotiation Competition and the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition teams, and won a national championship in 2013.   In these competitions, we traveled the country together with students, and I discovered Ken’s secret weapon.   He knew really good restaurants in every single city we ever visited, and this is knowledge not to be underestimated.        

Professor Ken Dunham is a loving, funny teacher, and he has had a formative effect on generations of students at JSL.   He has transformed Alabama’s system and culture of alternative dispute resolution.   He has been indispensable in the building of a strong and scrappy law school that serves Montgomery and Alabama with excellence.   He is a great friend to many and is a wise mentor to young lawyers throughout the South.   He is devoted as a husband and father, and he tells great stories without end.   He is an excellent, practical lawyer.  

Thoreau wrote, “Do not be too moral.  You may cheat yourself out of too much life.   Aim above morality.  Be not simply good; be good for something.”   Ken Dunham is moral, and he is good.  He lives a full and abundant life, and he has been good for something.     He has earned retirement, but he will strive to teach and love students for one more semester.  His legacy is secure. 

August 8, 2014 in Faculty Profile | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Prof. Terry Adamson, Pepperdine’s New Director of Externships

Today, Prof. Terry Adamson joins Pepperdine’s clinical faculty as our new Director of Externships.   Prof. Adamson has been a valuable part of the law school’s community for years, as an adjunct, coach and, most recently, as our Distinguished Jurist in Residence.   She is a former Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Superior Court where she served for nearly 20 years.   She was a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney after law school at the University of San Diego.  

Terry has a teacher’s heart and loves our students.  She is an excellent, practical lawyer, and she has cultivated a vital network of friends and colleagues in Southern California.   With our Prof. Harry Caldwell, she is the author of CRIMINAL PRETRIAL ADVOCACY. 

We are working to expand and improve experiential learning at Pepperdine, with new programs, new space and new faculty.   Terry is a vital part of our school and brings new depth and focus to our field placement program.  As you have opportunity, please welcome her to the clinical community.          

August 4, 2014 in Faculty Profile, New Clinical Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)