Peter Wendel will be a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law. He is a professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches primarily in the property, and wills and trusts areas of law.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty in 1991, Wendel served for three years as an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law. He has been a regular visitor at UCLA School of Law, Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and the University of Augsburg, Germany, School of Law.
Professor Wendel has published three books: A Possessory Estates and Future Interests Primer (2nd ed. West); Emanuel's Wills, Trusts and Estates (Aspen); and Exam-Pro Property (West). Two of his more recent articles include: “Protecting Newly Discovered Antiquities: Thinking Outside the 'Fee Simple' Box,” 76 Fordham Law Review 1015 (November 2007); and “Inheritance Rights and The Step-Partner Adoption Paradigm: Shades of the Discrimination Against Illegitimate Children,” 34 Hofstra Law Review 351 (Winter 2005).
Wendel attended the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.S. in Political Science. He earned a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, and his J.D. in 1983 from the University of Chicago. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in law by the University of Augsburg.