Last Saturday night, Southern California was treated to a visit by SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito who spoke at Pepperdine 41st Annual Law School Dinner. His comments addressed hard cases and attending the State of Union address; he also stated, “Our country needs lawyers.” The Malibu Times covered the event here.
Before the dinner Justice Alito was a moot court judge in the final round of the school's Dalsimer competition.
Pepperdine's website also reports: "In the honors portion of the event, the Robert H. Jackson Award was presented to Justice Alito. Senior Judge Stephanie K. Seymour of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals were recognized with The Vincent S. Dalsimer Dean's Award." Further, Dean Deanell Reece Tacha announced a one million dollar gift, plus an additional million in matching funds, from Carrol and R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, for a new Center for Professional Formation that "will provide additional facilities and support for Pepperdine's collection of "practice-ready" initiatives."