We have just completed another extremely busy and productive academic year, and have graduated another impressive class. Some recent highlights are below, including photos from reunions, which attracted a record breaking crowd this year for a lively, fun-filled evening! I hope you enjoy, and I hope to see you on campus this fall.
Michael H. Schill
Dean and Professor of Law
LL.M. Program Application Process Reopened
In response to the changing employment situation for graduates of U.S. law schools, UCLA School of Law reopened the LL.M. program application process in April for the 2009-10 academic year, to accept up to 20 additional students, including deferred hires.
The newly admitted LL.M.s will have the option of participating in the new Transition to Practice program, which will focus on enhancing the practical skills and development of the new lawyer. The program will replicate significant parts of the learning that comes in the first year of practice, but in a controlled learning environment. Capstone courses, which will be taught by both the core faculty of the law school and prominent practicing lawyers, will draw heavily on practice-oriented projects and will include part-time externships within corporate legal departments, as well as clinical simulations.
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Free Audio CLE on IP Topics
Professor Douglas Lichtman has launched the Intellectual Property Colloquium, a free online CLE series devoted to intellectual property topics. The programs, which are posted at http://www.ipcolloquium.com
, each last one hour and feature interviews with high-profile guests drawn from academia, the entertainment community and the judiciary. Lawyers who listen to the shows can earn free CLE credit in New York, California, Texas, Illinois and Washington, and there are plans to add more states later this year.
New audios are posted each month and can be streamed online or downloaded. To listen to any of the audios, or for more information, please click here
Alumni Forum: Paul Glad '77 Discusses Proposition 8
Paul Glad '77, managing partner of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal's San Francisco office, shares his views on Proposition 8 in the inaugural Alumni Forum. Alumni Forum is a new e-newsletter column that will serve as an arena for alumni to share their opinions, comments and original writing on current legal issues.
To read Paul's article on Proposition 8 and view the Alumni Forum Web page, please click here.
To submit a piece for consideration in the next Alumni Forum, please click here.
A record crowd - more than 420 people - returned to campus on May 16 to join their classmates, friends and professors celebrating this year's class reunions for the '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99 and '04 classes. The extended law school family gathered to reconnect with each other during a festive evening filled with shared stories and fond memories of law school.
To view more reunion photos, please click here.
Alumni of the Year: Nancy L. Abell '79 and Lowell Milken '73
Alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the 2009 UCLA School of Law Alumni of the Year, Nancy L. Abell '79 and Lowell Milken '73, who were honored at a luncheon on May 15 at the California Club.
Nancy, a leading attorney who specializes in employment law as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, was honored for Professional Achievement. Since 2000, she has served as the global chair of Paul, Hastings' 190-lawyer Employment Law Department and has led its global expansion from Shanghai to Frankfurt while practicing law full time.
Lowell, a businessman/philanthropist known as an education reform leader, who is the chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, was celebrated for Public and Community Service. Guided by his vision over the past quarter century, the foundation has become one of the most innovative private foundations in the U.S., developing groundbreaking programs in K-12 education as well as medical research.
On May 8, more than 300 UCLA School of Law students joined the law school's alumni community when they were awarded their J.D. degrees during the UCLA Law commencement. Commencement speaker Kamala Harris, district attorney of the city and county of San Francisco, gave an inspiring speech encouraging the graduates to see the opportunity in their current situation, despite the economic difficulties our country is facing. "Don't you get blown over. Ride the wind. See the opportunity. And remember that historically in times of crisis, this is what lawyers have always done," she said, adding, "Your country needs you."
To view more Commencement photos, please click here.