Speaker Biography
"The ramifications of recognizing and enforcing a property interest in body tissues are not known, but are greatly feared-the effect on human dignity of a marketplace in human body parts, the impact on research and development of competitive bidding for such materials, and the exposure of researchers to potentially limitless and uncharted tort liability." - Justice Armand Arabian's concurring opinion in Moore


Justice Armand Arabian, LL.M., served as a member of the Supreme Court of California from 1990 to 1996. Justice Arabian is a nationally recognized leader in the reform of rape laws. He started his legal career as a deputy district attorney in California. In 1972, he was appointed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan to the Los Angeles Municipal Court and 15 months later elevated to the Superior Court. Justice Arabian served on the California Court of Appeal from 1983 until 1990. He was then appointed as the 105th associate justice of the Supreme Court of California, where he authored 104 majority opinions. Justice Arabian created the sexual assault victim counselor privilege now embodied in the California Evidence Code and adopted by 28 other states.

Since his retirement from the bench in 1996, Justice Arabian has served as an Adjunct Professor of Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching appellate advocacy. Additionally, he continues to arbitrate, mediate, and practice law. Justice Arabian received B.S. and J.D. degrees from Boston University and an LL.M. degree from the University of Southern California. In 1990, Boston University honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Selected Publications:

Armand Arabian, "Condos, Cats and CC&R's: Invasion of the Castle Common," 23 Pepperdine L. Rev. 1 (November 1995).

Armand Arabian, "Informed Consent: From the Ambivalence of Arato to the Thunder of Thor," 10 Issues in Law & Med. 261 (Winter 1994).

Armand Arabian, "The Cautionary Instruction in Sex Cases: A Lingering Insult," 10 Sw. L. Rev. 585 (1985).

Armand Arabian, "The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Business Associations," Master of Law Thesis, University of Southern California School of Law (1970).

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