Victoria L. Pepper, JD ’83, retired in late 2017 after a career as an attorney in federal service. Over a career spanning more than 30 years she served in the executive branch, including in the United States Department of Justice and working in and with agencies of the United States Intelligence Community. As a practitioner Vicki has over 25 years of experience working legal and legal-related policy issues pertaining to the national security, including often complex and frequently novel issues of constitutional law, intelligence oversight, information law and policy, security, litigation, and administrative law. Professor Pepper has kept busy in her semi-retirement, initially through teaching business law to undergraduates while serving as an adjunct professor in the Law Program of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and serving as a volunteer in various coastal environmental educational and scientific research programs of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve ("GTM NERR") in Ponte Vedra, Florida. More recently, early in 2021, Professor Pepper also became a founding member of Community Advocates for Racial Equity (CARE), an informal independent civic action group that grew out of St. Augustine’s ongoing "Community Conversation" effort. After attending Reunion 2018 and discussions with CLS administration, she decided to put together a seminar course drawn from her extensive experience that would explore significant national security legal and policy issues spring semester 2019. In this endeavor, she initially teamed with another Law School adjunct, Cornell Government Professor Sarah Kreps, who has a very different background and career path, but who shares her keen interest in national security issues. In fall semester 2019, in addition to the seminar, Professor Pepper also developed and offered an upper-class course in National Security Law. Professor Pepper has enjoyed the transition to teaching at the law school level, as well as the opportunity to return to Ithaca more frequently and engage Cornell Law Students on some of the most challenging and significant legal and policy issues of our times. Earlier this year Professor Pepper joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of Lincolnville, which oversees the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in St. Augustine. She also joined the Board of Directors of the St. John's County Continuum of Care. Despite increasing demands on her time as a volunteer and an increasingly challenging commute, Professor Pepper looks forward to returning to Ithaca in the fall semester of 2023 to engage Cornell law students in person.