Pepperdine University Recognizes LGBT Legal Society


The Pepperdine University School of Law has officially recognized the LGBT Legal Society, according to Thomas J. Stipanowich, the Academic Director of the school’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, had previously refused to recognize a campus LGBT support group, Reach OUT, citing the school handbook’s prohibition on “conduct or lifestyles inconsistent with biblical teaching.” A petition asking the school to reconsider received 4,000 signatures by last January, but Pepperdine has not recognized that group. Stipanowich confirmed that the legal society would begin operation when classes resumed in August.

-Zachary Bernstein