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 - 1980s
  • William Dato ’80 was appointed to Division One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal by Governor Jerry Brown. Judge Dato has been a San Diego County Superior Court judge since 2003. He was a partner with Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes and Leach from 1998 to 2003, and an associate there from 1994 to 1998 and from 1982 to 1984.
  • Ruth Fisher ’80 of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher was featured in Variety's 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report.
  • Laurie Levenson ’80 is the founding director of Project for the Innocent and was featured in the Daily Journal article titled "After decades, murder conviction is overturned" (3/16/2017) for her work on the overturned murder conviction for Andrew Leander Wilson.
  • Mark Green ’80 has been made Vice Dean for Administration and Finance for the University of Washington School of Medicine. Previously, Mark was General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Seattle Public Schools.
  • Laurel S. Terry ’80 was named the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law at Dickinson Law due to contributions to instruction, research and public services in the broad areas of legal ethics and lawyer regulations. Three time recipient of the Fullbright Grant. Terry is Board member at LawWithoutWalls and has served as Chair of the Association Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibilities. Terry has published more than 50 books, book chapters, and articles focused on issues related to lawyer regulation, globalization, and the legal profession.
  • Kevin Brazile ’81 was elected as Assistant Presiding Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. This is a two year term and then he will be the Presiding Judge for another two year term. He will be the first African American to hold these positions.
  • John Crittenden ’81 John Crittenden served as the UCLA School of Law Reunion Challenge National Chair for 2016, speaking at the September 2016 Law Reunion.
  • Adam Kurland ’81 , Howard University School of Law Professor, was quoted in a Reuters article entitled “FDA’s sharing of grand jury information comes under criticism” in September 2016.
  • Julie Mebane ’81 , a partner at Duane Morris LLP, was named for the tenth year in a row as a San Diego Super Lawyer in the Real Estate law practice area.
  • Antoinette Sedillo Lopez ’82 announced her run for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District seat in 2018. Sedillo Lopez runs Enlace Comunitario, a nonprofit organization supporting immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence. Previously, Sedillo Lopez was a professor at University of New Mexico Law School.
  • Jay Palchikoff ’82 joined the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors in September 2016. A partner practicing commercial and real estate law at O’Neil LLP, Palchikoff serves as chair of the UCLA Fund, is a member of the UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and member of the UCLA Fund Orange County Committee, where he has previously served as chair.
  • Bruce Rosenblum ’82 has joined Disney ABC TV Group as President of Business Operations. Prior to Disney, Rosenblum worked with Warner Bros for 26 years and established a legacy in the entertainment industry.
  • Marilyn Martin-Culver ’83 , business litigator, joined the California based boutique firm of Robertson & Olsen. Upon her arrival, the firm name changed to Robertson & Culver. The firm, located in Irvine, will focus on litigation almost exclusively. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Culver was a litigator at Manatt Phelps in Costa Mesa.
  • Kevin Brazile ’83 was elected as Assistant Presiding Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He will be the first African American to hold this position.
  • Bruce Tobey ’84 is co-head of O'Melveny & Myers’ Entertainment and Media Practice and was featured in Variety's 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report. He was also named on the Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood’s Top 20 Dealmakers of 2016 list.
  • Kent Brockelman ’84 , Managing Partner of Coppersmith Brockelman in Phoenix, was named one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers for 2017 by AZ Business magazine.
  • David I. Gindler ’84 is Partner at Irell Manella LLP, specializes in intellectual property litigation and licensing. Gindler was one of the principal trial attorneys in City of hope National Medical Center v. Genentech, Inc., in which the City of Hope obtained a verdict including $302 million in compensatory damages. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal named Gindler one of California’s “Top IP Litigators” in 2008, 2014 and 2015. He was also recognized by Law360 as a “Life Sciences MVP”.
  • Betsy Rosenthal ’84 is pleased to announce the release of her sixth book for children, "PORCUPINE'S PICNIC, Who Eats What?",(Millbrook Press/Lerner). She also recently completed another ghostwriting project. Her favorite parts of practicing law were the research and writing, which turned out to be good training for her second career as an author of books and essays.
  • Margarita "Maggie" Paláu-Hernández ’85 served as co-chair for the 2017 UCLA Law Women LEAD Inaugural Summit.
  • Indrajit Obeysekere ’85 has joined Meridian Property Company as Vice President of Client Services in the San Ramon area. Previous to joining Meridian, he was President of SL Realty Advisors Providing land development, legal and real estate acquisition consulting services to select major corporate clients, including Symantec, Recurrent Energy, Lennar Multifamily Communities and La Clinica de La Raza.
  • Beth Schroeder ’85 , partner at Lathrop & Gage, was named 2017 Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association. This honor is determined based on input from peers in the 4,000-lawyer CCBA. Schroeder was one of five attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” across five distinct practice areas by CCBA.
  • Patrick Harder ’86 was named chair of the Infrastructure Practice Group at Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles.
  • Joe Taylor ’87 was added as a partner to the firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC in the Media & Entertainment Litigation Group. Joe has been involved in several high profile entertainment cases in recent years and is a significant addition to the New York based Frankfurt Kurnit’s 2-year-old Los Angeles office.
  • Scott Campbell ’87 was named a Super Lawyer for 2017. Scott is the City Attorney of Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island and is the General Counsel for Gold Coast Health Plan, which provides Medi-Cal coverage for over 200,000 Ventura County residents. For ten years, he has served as General Counsel for the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District. He is a partner at Best Best and Krieger, LLP, where he opened the Los Angeles office.
  • Gary N. Frischling ’87 a partner at Irell & Manella LLP in the Los Angeles area, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the 11th straight year and was named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list by Los Angeles Magazine for the years 2006-2016.
  • Sandra Goldberg ’88 has been appointed technical advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. She previously served as senior counsel at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.
  • Susan van Keulen ’88 has been selected to fill the magistrate judge position in the Northern District of California's San Jose Division. She was previously a litigation partner at O'Melveny & Myers.
  • The Honorable Kevin Brown ’89 was featured in an article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about his work as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge titled "Tough Love" (4/20/17).
  • Andrew Gilford ’89 joined Weintraub Tobin as a shareholder in the Los Angeles office. Gilford has extensive experience handling complex business and commercial disputes, and he has tried cases involving intellectual property rights, contract and fraud claims stemming from a large-scale real estate development, contract and business tort claims, and product defect and warranty claims in the power and energy space, as well as insurance coverage matters. Gilford most recently practiced with Baute Crochetiere & Gilford, which he joined in July 2012. Before landing at the boutique, he was a career-long partner with Alston & Bird in Los Angeles and, prior to that, Weston Benshoof, which merged with Alston in 2008.
  • Brian K. Williams ’89 was appointed Executive Director of the very first Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission in Los Angeles. The Commission established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is aimed at boosting transparency and increasing trust between communities and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Livingston "Jack" Wong ’89 was profiled in the Hawaii Business Magazine for his work as CEO of Kamehameha Schools (6/2017). Wong oversees a portfolio that includes a $10.6 billion endowment; ownership of more Hawaii land than any other nongovernment organization; and developments in Kakaako, Moiliili, Kapalama and Kona; three K-12 campuses and 30 preschools with a total of 7,000 students; plus another 7,000 learners in a variety of culture-based programs. Wong joined Kamehameha Schools in 1997 as senior counsel.
  • Erich Andersen ’89 , Microsoft’s head of IP, rose to the number one spot on IAM's annual Meet the World’s Elite IP Dealmakers list, citing Andersen’s leadership over “a far more collaborative, partnership-based approach in Microsoft’s IP affairs.” With a flurry of licensing deals inked, including a high-profile agreement with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, the software giant has once again proved that it has one of the most valuable portfolios in tech. However, Andersen has also overseen a far more collaborative, partnership-based approach in Microsoft’s IP affairs, as the company has shifted its focus to ensuring that its products are on as many devices as possible.
  • Ronald A. Kaye ’89 was named one of the 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Kaye has specialized as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in both federal and civil. Before forming KMBL, Kaye was a trial lawyer in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for 8 years. In 2010, he was named one of the California Attorney of the Year by the California Lawyer Magazine. Kaye was also featured in Southern California’s Prisoner’s Right Award. In 2015, Kaye received the Johnnie Cochran Award from the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles, and he was the Lead counsel for the Gabriel Carrillo v. County of Los Angeles.