January 6, 2020 | Pepperdine Caruso Law faculty gathered with fellow law school faculty members, deans, and scholars at the 2020 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2020 Annual Meeting that took place on January 2-5 in Washington, DC. The theme of the 114th conference was “Pillars of Democracy: Law, Representation, and Knowledge,” which represents the role of legal education in sustaining the institutions of constitutional democracy. Dean Paul Caron and Pepperdine Caruso Law faculty members participated in panels and presentations over the course of the conference that examined the law and its values, elections and representation, and the knowledge institutions of which law schools play an important part. The featured guest of the conference was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who spoke about her life, career, and commitment to the law and legal education.
On Friday, January 3, Dean Caron hosted an evening reception, the law school’s first as the Rick J. Caruso School of Law. The event was very well-attended by law school deans and faculty members, and served as a momentous launch into a new decade with a new name in honor of the historic $50 million gift from alumnus Rick Caruso (JD ’83) and his wife, Tina.
The Pepperdine Caruso Law faculty took prominent roles as moderators, panelists, and speakers in the presentations that took place over the four-day event. The program participants included:
Professor Tanya Asim Cooper
Speaker: A Time of of Momentum in Child Welfare Advocacy, Policy, and Research: Stories of Bias in Foster Care
Associate Dean Victoria L. Schwartz
Discussion: Regulatory Abdication and Student Loans
Speaker: Teaching Intellectual Property Law
Professor Christine Chambers Goodman
Moderator: Algorithmic Knowledge: Law, Science, and Democracy
Speaker: European and Corporate Law Works in Progress: Gender Equality, Surveillance Capitalism, and Empires
Professor Shelley Ross Saxer
Presenter: Agriculture and Food, Environmental, and Natural Resources and Energy Works in Progress
Professor Robert Anderson
Presenter: A Property Theory of Corporate Law
Speaker: Empirical Research in Business Law Works in Progress
Dean Paul L. Caron
Deans Forum Facilitator: Building a Fundraising Infrastructure
In addition, Professor Maureen Weston was recognized by the AALS Section on Law and Sports for her “substantial and significant contributions to scholarship, teaching, and service in the area of law relating to sports.” Additional information on Professor Weston’s award may be found here.