Class Notes

UCLA School of Law alumni are doing great things in widely varied fields, demonstrating each day the wealth of opportunities afforded by a prestigious law degree. They are starting up entrepreneurial ventures, prosecuting and defending clientele in an astonishing variety of fields, working as judges and public servants, and serving our country. Catch up with your classmates here to find out their latest news, or submit your class notes! Please let us know if you would like to include news or a photo in current edition of the online and print versions of UCLA Law Class Notes at alum@law.ucla.edu.


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Class Notes - 1960s
  • Leon Coleman ’61 is chairman of the Democratic Party of Oregon's First Congressional District committee. In that position, Mr. Coleman is an Elector in the Electoral College.
  • Richard Aldrich ’63 joined the JAMS Resolution Center as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in disputes across California following his retirement from the California Court of Appeal.
  • A. Barry Cappello ’65 was featured in an article the Santa Barbara Independent in September 2017. The article discusses Cappello's recent donation to UCLA Law to support trail lawyering, and to integrate trail skills into the curriculum.
  • Riane Eisler ’65 was honored by the Feminist Press in New York City. She was celebrated at the Feminist Power Awards which took place in October 2017. Eisler is currently president of the Center for Partnership Studies and author of international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade.
  • William Elfving ’65 has been honored by Santa Clara Country Trial Lawyers Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes judges for their extended commitment to fairness and their dedication to public service.
  • Jack Newman ’65 was appointed to the Los Angeles County Municipal Court in 1975 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Newman later began working as a settlement judge in 1990 and retired from the bench in October 1996. The bulk of his 20 years on the bench was in civil departments and he specialized in real estate, commercial/business disputes, and labor and employment.
  • Kenneth Clayman ’66 will be appointed to serve as interim public defender of Ventura County. The appointment will be July 31, 2018. Clayman, who retired in 2006 at age 66, has previously served as interim public defender for Solano County in 2010, Napa County 2013 and Santa Barbara County in 2015.
  • Ron Rowen ’66 joined Oasis, an information technology and cybersecurity company based in Camarillo, CA, as Vice President of Operations.
  • Leland Tipton ’66 will retire from the bench July 31, after nearly 30 years of service. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge spent his entire judicial career in the Bellflower Courthouse. He was hired in 1987 as a court commissioner, and continued in that capacity until he took office as a Los Cerritos Municipal Court judge in 1997. In 2000, he became a Superior Court judge. Previously, Tipton served as a deputy Los Angeles public defender from 1971-87.
  • Kenneth Kleinberg ’67 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo LLP in 2017. Novelist J.K. Rowling, actor Dustin Hoffman, and rockers Mick Jagger and Kiss are among the firm's clients.
  • Jeffrey Miller ’67 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Judge Miller was first appointed to the San Diego Superior Court by Governor Deukmejian in 1987. He was then appointed to the U.S. District Federal Court by President Bill Clinton on May 27, 1997 (assumed senior status June 6, 2010). Judge Miller serves at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Diego.
  • Steven Perren ’67 served as a U.S. Army captain during the Vietnam War shortly after completing his law degree at UCLA. In 1983, he was appointed to the Ventura County Superior Court. Perren is also a devoted musical artist and has participated in productions such as "Man of La Mancha," "Guys & Dolls," " South Pacific," "Oklahoma," and even at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA.
  • Barry Russell ’67 serves as Chief Judge of Bankruptcy Court for Central District of California. He has been resolving cases for 43 years, making him one of the longest-serving bankruptcy judges in the nation.
  • Steven Wawra ’67 works with IVAMS Inc. and is based in Santa Monica. Wawra has spent 30 years as a corporate transnational attorney for organizations such as Mitsui Real Estate Sales USA Co. Ltd. and Vidal Sassoon Inc. and became a mediator in 2000.