About Us

Meet the staff of the Information Services department at Caruso School of Law!

Phil Bohl

Assistant Dean, Information Services

Dean Bohl is our Assistant Dean of Information Services here at CSOL. He is originally from a small family farm in southeast Nebraska. After graduating from law school in the early 90’s, he practiced VERY briefly as an attorney (with a perfect record of wins in court — one motion made, one granted!). Joining the team at Caruso was one of his best decisions ever. What can be better than working with great people serving a great mission? Bohl leads the Information Services team, represents Caruso before various university groups on technology-related issues, and serves as an unofficial mover, janitor, and tech guy depending upon the day and the need. Outside of work, he enjoys making sawdust as much as possible.

David Dickens

Director of Information Services Operations

Mr. David Dickens is our Director of Operations for Technology here at CSOL. The two main areas of his work concern computer technology and audio-visual. In addition, when people have the tech and equipment they need but do not know how to use it to its full potential, David likes to train people to use their tech effectively.

David was originally a Seaver student who “never achieved escape velocity,” as he worked for various church departments, communications, business, and central IT at Pepperdine before he was recruited by Phil to work at Caruso. Originally, he applied to Pepperdine as a religion major, and became a music major.

His day-to-day consists of trying to keep up with what is coming next in academic computing and instructional technology. Day to day, there’s a lot of troubleshooting, responding to people’s needs, and keeping the ball rolling. His favorite part of his job is being able to help people achieve their goals. Outside of work, he enjoys “nerdy pursuits of all kinds,” including books, music, video games, board games, and reading his favorite authors (Jean Wolfe, Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more.)

Gilbert Marquez

Manager of Server Administration

Mr. Gilbert Marquez is our Manager of System Administration at CSOL. Originally, he was brought to this position through the 2011 United States v. Scheinberg case.

Gil’s day to day activities include providing timely, effective, and practical technology to the CSOL community. His favorite part of his job (besides getting paid), is working for the best department at the law school! Outside of work, he enjoys leisure weekends with his wife, as well as playing with his dogs… and raking in pots.

Seth Hackett

Instructional Technologist

Mr. Seth Hackett is the Instructional Technologist at CSOL: the interface between the law school faculty and the Information Services team. Seth came to the IS department from the Straus Institute, where he worked in admissions, recruitment, and faculty support for over five years.

His day-to-day consists of technological troubleshooting and training for various staff and faculty. His favorite parts of his job are getting to know all the faculty and staff at the law school, and having the opportunity to solve many different problems every day. Outside of work, Seth writes songs, sings, and plays guitar. He’s also a gamer, enjoying online games of all types, board games, and tabletop role-playing.

Hong Kha

Director of Learning Systems and Strategic Analytics

Ms. Hong Kha is our Director of Learning Systems and Strategic Analytics for the IS team at Caruso. She ensures that all the learning technology are working and helps faculty and students with their instructional tech-related questions and problems. She enjoys thinking creatively about how learning can be administered best in the classrooms through tech and combines her educational skills with her technology skills to serve CSOL.

Her day-to-day work includes trouble-shooting whatever comes her way, usually accompanied by a dose of “chaos and madness” when tech concerns flare up quickly. Her favorite part of her job is the people, as she has gotten to know many of the IS staff well. Outside of work, she enjoys watercoloring!

Helpful Tips for Traveling Overseas

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN is sometimes necessary to have when traveling abroad. The purpose of this is to extend a private network across a public network through a safe and encrypted connection. This enables you to to send and receive data without concern, especially if you would like to access sites that may be geographically restricted.

You are recommended to install Pepperdine’s VPN to access our network through the following link, https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/network/vpnwindows.htm

If Pepperdine’s VPN doesn’t work, you can consider ExpressVPN. It’s free for the first 30 days. For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.expressvpn.com/


In regards to email, please view the link below. https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/email/googlemail/failsafe.htmemail.pepperdine.edu

Authenticating your Laptop/Cellphone with DUO

Authenticating your devices with DUO is valuable so you can access Pepperdine’s online services like email, WaveNet, Google Suite, etc. on your device. 

If you will be using a mobile device to access our campus network that has not been registered on our network before, please visit the link below. https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/security/tools/secureconnect/

Click on the first orange button labeled “Secure Connect Portal Login” and follow the screen prompts. You can set your login to expire in 90 days. 

Cell Phone Rentals

If you need to rent a cellphone while you’re overseas, Cellular Abroad is a place to start. Please click the following link to be directed to their home page, https://www.cellularabroad.com/ .

Otherwise, check with your cell phone company to see what options they may have for overseas data plans.

Other resources from Pepperdine’s International Programs

We hope this information is helpful, and the Law I.T. staff is wishing you a wonderful trip!