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Justice For All, Patricia Kay Oliver Feb 2013

Justice For All, Patricia Kay Oliver

Pepperdine Law Review

Fourteen years into her career at a top U.S. law firm, no one would have imagined that Patricia K. Oliver would walk away from her private practice to return to the world of her poverty-filled childhood in Compton. But in 2011, she left her practice to serve as the President and Executive Director of Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles (CLA-LA). This is the story of her journey, which she was honored to share at the Pepperdine Law Review's The Lawyer of the Future symposium.


A Blueprint For Change, William D. Henderson Feb 2013

A Blueprint For Change, William D. Henderson

Pepperdine Law Review

This Article discusses the financial viability of law schools in the face of massive structural changes now occurring within the legal industry. It then offers a blueprint for change - a realistic way for law schools to retool themselves in an attempt to provide our students with high quality professional employment in a rapidly changing world. Because no institution can instantaneously reinvent itself, a key element of Professor Henderson's proposal is the 12% solution: approximately 12% of faculty members take the lead on building a competency-based curriculum that is designed to accelerate the development of valuable skills and behaviors prized ...


Legal Education: Rethinking The Problem, Reimagining The Reforms, Deborah L. Rhode Feb 2013

Legal Education: Rethinking The Problem, Reimagining The Reforms, Deborah L. Rhode

Pepperdine Law Review

Whether or not law schools are in a crisis, it is certainly true that legal education currently faces a number of significant challenges. The fundamental problem is a lack of consensus over what the problem is. Legal educators and regulators are developing well-intended but inadequate responses to the symptoms, not the causes of law school woes. In addition to identifying the problem, this Article discusses potential reforms. Financial issues represent a significant source of much of the current criticisms face by law schools today. Tuition rates have increased at a pace far outstripping the steep hikes seen at universities as ...


The Future Of Legal Education Reform, James E. Moliterno Feb 2013

The Future Of Legal Education Reform, James E. Moliterno

Pepperdine Law Review

As a historical matter, the legal profession obstinately resists change. Its ponderous, backward-looking and self-preservationist characteristics are embodied in the ABA's Ethics 20/20 Commission, which endeavors to protect, preserve, and maintain. But the profession suffers from such thinking. It must look forward; grow more attuned to outside events and trends; and become a player in how change is assimilated into established ways, and how established ways are replaced by more effective ones. Law schools require reform. The academic focus bears little relation to the reality of practice. Graduates must better able to contribute to clients of law firms ...


Louis D. Brandeis And The Lawyer Advocacy System, Robert F. Cochran Jr. Feb 2013

Louis D. Brandeis And The Lawyer Advocacy System, Robert F. Cochran Jr.

Pepperdine Law Review

The law practice of Louis Brandeis serves as an appropriate vehicle for examining both the history of the legal profession in the United States and the role of lawyers as philanthropists. Brandeis was one of America's most successful and innovative lawyers at the turn of the twentieth century, and serves as a role model for lawyers in his dedication to public service. Brandeis, of course, is best known for his work as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court; however, he is less well known for his work as a lawyer-though he practiced law for 40 years before ...


How To Make Rules For Lawyers: The Professional Responsibility Of The Legal Profession, Stephen Gillers Feb 2013

How To Make Rules For Lawyers: The Professional Responsibility Of The Legal Profession, Stephen Gillers

Pepperdine Law Review

When considering the professional responsibilities of American lawyers, two questions often arise: (1) whether a particular rule strikes the right balance among the multiple interests it purports to reconcile and (2) whether in a particular circumstance a lawyer's or law firm's behavior complied with the governing rules. This article explores a third question. What is the responsibility of the profession itself when, through its various institutions and especially bar associations, it asks courts, lawmakers, or agencies to adopt particular rules governing the conduct of lawyers? Rather than exploring the discussing the conduct of individual lawyers or the correctness ...


Founding Legal Education In America, Paul D. Carrington Feb 2013

Founding Legal Education In America, Paul D. Carrington

Pepperdine Law Review

Thomas Jefferson is rightly recognized as the author of the Declaration of Independence, but less well known to the public is the role of his professional mentor and close friend George Wythe, who assisted in drafting the Declaration and served as both a law professor and Chancellor. Among Wythe's mentees were future President James Monroe, John Marshall, Henry Clay, and many others who played a role in shaping the Nation. This symposium paper explores the foundations of American legal education in the antebellum era, a short account of which confirms that the Founders understood that a republic needs experienced ...


The Lawyer Of The Future, Deanell Reece Tacha Feb 2013

The Lawyer Of The Future, Deanell Reece Tacha

Pepperdine Law Review

This piece introduces the Pepperdine Law Review symposium issue for Volume 40, publishing articles derived from the April 20, 2012 The Lawyer of the Future: Exploring the Impact of Past and Present Lawyers and the Lessons They Provide for Future Generations symposium, which explored the role of the lawyer in American society-past, present, and future.


Ethics In Legal Education: An Augmentation Of Legal Realism, Gerald R. Ferrera Nov 2012

Ethics In Legal Education: An Augmentation Of Legal Realism, Gerald R. Ferrera

Pepperdine Law Review

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Choice Of A Profession, John T. Noonan Jr. Nov 2012

Choice Of A Profession, John T. Noonan Jr.

Pepperdine Law Review

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The Supreme Court's Most Extraordinary Term - Introduction, Douglas W. Kmiec Oct 2012

The Supreme Court's Most Extraordinary Term - Introduction, Douglas W. Kmiec

Pepperdine Law Review

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