Class Notes

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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.
  • The Honorable Anthony B. Drewry (Ret.) ’71 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Timi Anyon Hallem ’72 was named one of the Top Women Lawyers of 2016 by the Daily Journal.
  • Michael J. Woodruff ’72 joined Munger Chadwick as partner. Woodruff specializes in nonprofit law, trust, and estate. He has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell with Preeminent AV rating for 24 years.
  • Judge Owen Lee Kwong (Ret.) ’73 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Louis Miller ’73 was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.
  • Kenneth Gibbs ’74 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Antonia Hernandez ’74 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Brown University for her achievements as a social justice champion and nonprofit leader. She was also elected by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees to serve as a trustee of the foundation.
  • Dale Kinsella ’74 of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP in Santa Monica was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers by the Daily Journal.
  • Charles Margines ’74 has been appointed presiding judge in the Orange County Superior Court. Margines has been working towards finding creative solutions to champion over the county’s ongoing budget deficit. His efforts have led to the recently adopted system of bail based on defendants’ risk assessments.
  • John Branca ’75 of Ziffren Brittenham LLP in Los Angeles was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers by the Daily Journal.
  • The Honorable Andrew C. Kauffman (Ret.) ’75 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • 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.
  • Bernardine Brandis ’78 was named as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100.
  • Melanie Cook ’78 of Ziffren Brittenham LLP was named as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100.
  • Deborah Crandall Saxe ’78 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Julia Strickland ’78 of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Los Angeles was named one of the Top Women Lawyers of 2016 by the Daily Journal.
  • The Honorable Ann Kough (Ret.) ’78 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal. Previously Kough served on the Los Angeles Superior Court and has now been with JAMS for 13 years.
  • Nancy Abell ’79 of Paul Hastings LLP in Los Angeles was named one of the Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal.
  • Joel M. Grossman ’79 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Gary Stiffelman ’79 has joined the global law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the Entertainment & Media Practice. Stiffelman joins the firm from Ziffren Brittenham and has served as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law for 10 years.
  • Sandra Stern ’79 was promoted to President of the Lionsgate Television Group. Additionally, Stern was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100.