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 - 1970s
  • Skip Brittenham ’70 of Ziffren, Brittenham LLP was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers. Brittenham also was included in Variety’s Dealmaker’s Impact Report for 2014.
  • Perry Maguire ’70 has retired from Farmer & Ridley LLP in Los Angeles, where he specialized in employee benefits and executive compensation for both publicly and privately held companies.
  • Gary L. Gilbert ’71 of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers.
  • The Honorable Paul A. Turner ’72 , presiding justice of the Second District Court of Appeals, was profiled in the Los Angeles Daily Journal for keeping a full caseload while undergoing cancer treatment and waiting for a liver transplant.
  • John T. Frankenheimer ’73 of Loeb & Loeb was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers.
  • William M. Kahane ’74 has been elected executive chairman of the board of New York REIT, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Kahane served as chief executive officer and president of American Realty Capital Trust, a publicly traded REIT, which he co-founded in 2007 and which was listed on the NASDAQ in 2012.
  • Randolph C. Visser ’74 , a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin, was named among the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
  • John Branca ’75 of Ziffren, Brittenham LLP was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.
  • Victor J. Gold ’75 is stepping down after seven years as dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Formerly a lawyer with the firm now called Nossaman LLP, Gold joined the Loyola faculty in 1984 and became an associate dean in 2000. During his tenure as dean, the school significantly increased its endowment, established dozens of scholarships, created a number of subject-matter concentrations and opened more than half a dozen new clinics. Gold said he will take a year-long sabbatical to update his books on federal practice and procedure and his evidence casebook. He plans to return to the Loyola faculty in 2016.
  • Ginny Sloan ’75 , founder and president of The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C., received the 2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award for a Federal Campaign, presented at the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference in November. Of the 47 nominees, Sloan was chosen for her leadership efforts in restoring funding for federal public defenders.
  • The Honorable Alex Kozinski ’75 was profiled by the Los Angeles Daily Journal in December at the end of his term as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a position he held for seven years. During his time as chief judge, he steered the nation’s largest circuit court through economic crises, a chronic work overload and skirmishes with Congress over judicial confirmations. He championed the installation of technology that includes live audio and video streaming of oral argument sessions and an electronic case filing system used by 42,728 registered attorneys.
  • Howard E. King ’77 , a partner in the Los Angeles firm King Holmes Paterno & Berliner LLP, was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers.
  • William Sullivan ’77 , a partner in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, was named among the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
  • Nancy Alpert ’78 has retired from A&E Television Networks, LLC, where she had been vice president and deputy general counsel since 2007. She previously served as deputy general counsel of Court TV and senior vice president of its business and legal affairs division.
  • Melanie Cook ’78 of Ziffren, Brittenham LLP was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 Power 100 listing of Women in Entertainment.
  • Lisa Greer Quateman ’78 has been named general counsel of the UCLA Alumni Association. While serving on the executive, nominating and government committees of the alumni association, she will continue as the office managing partner at Polsinelli LLP in Los Angeles.
  • The Honorable Ann Kough [Ret.] ’78 was profiled by the Los Angeles Daily Journal in December. The article highlighted her efficiency and thoroughness as a dispute resolution specialist with JAMS in Los Angeles and San Jose.
  • Glenn Whitehead ’78 , executive vice president of business and legal affairs at HBO, was included in Variety’s Dealmaker’s Impact Report for 2014.
  • Sandra Stern ’79 , chief operating officer of Lionsgate TV, was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 Power 100 listing of Women in Entertainment.