Pepperdine Law Waves Weekend 2015 features law alumni reunion, more

October 19, 2015 —  The School of Law hosted an event-filled weekend on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, welcoming law students, family, alumni, Board of Visitor members, and distinguished judges for Pepperdine University’s annual Waves Weekend. The weekend’s activities began Friday morning with Family Day, an enthusiastic gathering of family members who joined in their first-year students’ classes and later enjoyed lunch and tours of the law school.  Many guests stayed to hear the standing-room-only final round in the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament. Finalists Helen Andrews and Cory Batza, both second-year students, were congratulated for their excellent advocacy skills by visiting judges Retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian, Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann, Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Boyd (JD ’91), and California Court of Appeal Justice Tricia Bigelow (JD ’86). Friday’s activities concluded with the ninth annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture, which was given by Charles Eskridge (JD ’90), a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.  The engaging presentation on the Magna Carta and the nation’s  foundation was well-attended by the law school community, alumni, and guests.  Eskridge will be presenting a theatrical production on the Magna Carta at the Inns of Court in Washington DC next week.

The weekend’s festivities continued on Saturday at the annual School of Law Golf Tournament held at the Westlake Golf Course. After  an energizing breakfast, nine teams of students, faculty, and alumni were off to an 8:00 am shotgun start.  A student team, lead by Tim O’Hair, won first place, with an alumni team of Brian Simas (JD ’09), Jerren Wright (JD ’09), Jonathan Pearce (JD ’02), and Jeremy Shatzer (JD ’09), coming in second.  Beautiful weather, snacks, and gifts were appreciated by all who took part. The tournament was followed by an All-Class Alumni Reunion hosted by Dean Deanell Tacha.  The lively crowd had a great time reminiscing and enjoying a historic photo display, photo booth, pop-up SWAG store, APIL student auction, and catered food.  The program featured remarks by John Saginaw (JD ’75), Jake Glucksman (JD ’05), Jessie Johnston Fahy (JD ‘11 ), Professor Jim Gash (JD ’93), Vice Dean Shelley Saxer, and Dean Tacha, and a tribute to Dean Emeritus Ron Phillips.  The Classes of 1975 and 2005 continued the merriment by hosting dinners following the all-class reunion.  The School of Law plans to continue the tradition of holding an all-class reunion every year in the fall.

–Kylie Larkin

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