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Charles I. Nelson

Dean & Professor of Law


B.S., Abilene Christian University; J.D., University of Texas School of Law

Dean Nelson became Dean of Thomas Goode Jones Law School in 2004. He received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University in 1962 and his J.D. degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1965.

He practiced law in Waco, Texas, from 1965-1971, specializing in mortgage financing, banking and insurance law. In 1971, he joined the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law. During his thirty-three years at Pepperdine, he served as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, Director of the Overseas Program, and Interim Dean. He was named a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 1993 and was appointed the Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law in 2000.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


Co-author (with Justin Garrett), Beyond Mere Ethics - Enhancing Professionalism in the Practice of Law, 67 Ala. Law. 180 (2006).

A Walk Through the Woods of the Property Course with Dukeminier and Krier's Casebook on Property, 22 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1013 (1999).

Co-author (with Peter Wendel), An Estates in Land and Future Interests Primer (West 1996).

Co-author (with Peter Wendel), California Real Estate Law and Practice, Statutes and Regulations (Matthew Bender, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996).

The Interpretation of Wills Under the Uniform Probate Code(CALI, 1994).

The Execution and Revocation of Wills Under the Uniform Probate Code (CALI, 1987).

Intestate Succession Under the California Probate Code (CALI, 1986).

Intestate Succession Under the Uniform Probate Code (CALI, 1986).

Co-author (with Jeanne M. Starck), Formalities and Formalism: A Critical Look at the Execution of Wills, 6 Pepp. L. Rev. 331 (1979).

Administration by Community Survivors in Texas, 24 Tex. Bar J. 29 (1971).

Faulkner University | Charles I. Nelson

Contact Information

Phone: 386-7220
Email: cnelson@faulkner.edu