Brittney Lane (JD ’12) and Morgan Bennett (JD ’14) named John Marshall Fellows by Claremont Institute

May 19, 2016 — Pepperdine Law alumnae Brittney Lane (JD ’12) and Morgan Bennett (JD ’14) have been named 2016 John Marshall Fellows by the Claremont Institute. The John Marshall Fellows program selects recent law graduates en route to top clerkships, government postings, and academia positions for intensive seminars in American political thought and jurisprudence. Harvard Law, Yale Law, and Pepperdine Law are the only schools with multiple graduates among this year’s Fellows.

From “2016 John Marshall Fellows” (via claremont.org)

Brittney Lane is an associate for O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and she previously clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a law student, she was note and comment editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Language Citation in Spanish and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Morgan Bennett clerks for Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Bennett previously clerked for Judge Ronald S.W. Lew on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. As a law student, she served as a literary citation editor for the Pepperdine Law Review, and she was also an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Ms. Bennett’s writings have been published in the Public Discourse and Ethika Politika. She holds a B.M. in Commercial Music and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Read the announcement at claremont.org.

The John Marshall Fellows Program (via claremont.org)

The mission of the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence is to teach the next generation of lawyers and judges the natural law reasoning of the Founding and how it can be restored once again in our laws, decisions, and legal structures—in our constitutional life….

The John Marshall Fellowship, CCJ’s flagship program, is seven days of intensive seminars in American political thought and jurisprudence. Sessions are taught by a core faculty of Charles Kesler, Michael Uhlmann, and John Eastman. During the program, John Marshall Fellows learn about and discuss political philosophy, American government, and American history with a specific focus on the origins and development of American constitutional jurisprudence. Topics include:

  • Chief Justice John Marshall
  • Prerogative & Executive Power
  • Positivism: Left & Right
  • Originalism
  • Natural Rights & Natural Law
  • Living Constitutionalism

Read more at claremont.org

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