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Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyer Jon PfeifferImagine you went to bed the evening of January 13, 2016 feeling smug in the knowledge that you are a member of a venerated organization that hosts an annual awards show watched by 45 to 55 million people.

Now imagine that when you wake up the next morning, your organization has been exposed as an exclusionary, old white people’s club. You are one of the 6261 members of the 94 percent white, 77 percent male, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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  • Above the Law
  • Feb 17, 2016

Like Rain Boots on a Sunny Day

Rain Boots on a Sunny DayEach semester I give my undergrad communication law students a writing prompt about the burden of proof. I explain the concept of a preponderance of the evidence then ask them to develop analogies to show that something is greater than something else.

Here are some of the most entertaining of the responses:


•  “Like rain boots on a sunny day, their evidence is irrelevant.”

•  “The evidence he has presented is like a hippo on a tight rope. It is fun…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Feb 10, 2016

From the Eye of the Audience

Alex Dease, Pepperdine studentAlex Dease, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Spring 2016 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the prompt: “When you tell someone your major, how do they respond? Are they impressed, surprised, judgmental, or curious? What stereotypes do you think surround your major? In what ways are the stereotypes accurate and in what ways are they inaccurate?”

“Wait, so like your major is manipulating people?” my sister announced during a particularly large bite of toast at a family breakfast…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Feb 03, 2016

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