Wednesday, April 24, 2013
After 23 years at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the past four Spring semesters at Pepperdine University School of Law, I have accepted an offer to join Pepperdine's tenured faculty beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.
My wife and I loved our time in Cincinnati, as we launched our careers, raised our children, and found our faith there. We will be forever grateful that the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio took a chance on us 23 years ago.
I am honored to join the line of lateral faculty that Pepperdine has hired in recent years, including Doug Kmiec (Dean, Catholic), Ed Larson (Georgia), Grant Nelson (UCLA), Bob Pushaw (Missouri), and Tom Stipanowich (Kentucky). Indeed, Brian Leiter (Chicago) recently noted Pepperdine's "steep upward trajectory of both lateral and junior hiring over the last decade," which is reflected in Pepperdine's dramatic rise in the U.S. News rankings, caused in large part by the third-largest increase in academic reputation among 172 law schools over the past 16 years (A Longitudinal Analysis of the U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores between 1998 and 2013, 40 Fla. St. L. Rev. ___ (2013)).
Although it is a Christian university, Pepperdine welcomes faculty of all faiths. Pepperdine's other lateral tenured hire this year is Ahmed Taha (Wake Forest), who will be the law school's first Muslim professor.