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

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Class Notes - 1980s
  • Ruth E. Fisher ’80 of Gibson Dunn, has been named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Fisher specializes in entertainment law and is the co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s media, entertainment and technology group.
  • Erik Lied ’80 was again named as a SuperLawyer in the field of Business Litigation in Washington state. He is also serving on the House of Delegates for the Oregon State Bar Association. Erik is a litigation shareholder with Karr Tuttle Campbell in Seattle, and practices primarily in state and federal courts in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
  • The Honorable Rosendo Peña, Jr. ’80 was made an associate justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Peña had served as a judge for the Fresno Superior Court since 2002. He was a senior research attorney for the Fifth District Court of Appeal from 1994 to 2002 and from 1983 to 1990.
  • Abby J. Leibman ’81 joined MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel, as president & CEO.
  • Schuyler M. Moore ’81 of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Moore specializes in entertainment law and has recently represented distributors of popular U.S. films such as “The Smurfs” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”
  • Daniel Mayeda ’82 a shareholder of Leopold, Petrich & Smith, P.C., has been elected co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, an umbrella organization of civil rights and media groups that advocates for greater diversity in the media and entertainment industries.
  • Timothy Coates ’83 of Greines Martin Stein & Richland LLP, has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Coates specializes in civil rights and constitutional law. He has argued four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years.
  • David Durchfort ’83 recently won an important victory for juveniles in the California Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision in People v. Caballero, the court struck down a sentence of 110 years to life as cruel and unusual punishment for a 16-year-old convicted of attempted murder.
  • Sally Abel ’84 a trademark partner at Fenwick & West LLP, is the only U.S. attorney on Who’s Who Legal’s recently published list of the 10 most highly regarded trademark lawyers in the world. Recognized for her “world class service,” Abel, who founded and chairs Fenwick’s trademark practice, represents numerous technology and social media clients, including Cisco, Symantec, Facebook and NVIDIA. She was also named one of the most highly regarded trademark practitioners in the world in Who’s Who Legal 2010 and 2008
  • William Delvac ’84 was named a top real estate attorney by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Delvac, a partner at Armbruster, Delvac & Goldsmith LLP who specializes in development and historic preservation, was highlighted for his role in the development of Farmers Field in Los Angeles.
  • Michael D. Herbert ’84 was recently named “Person of the Year” by State Tax Notes magazine. Herbert is a partner in the State & Local tax practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the company’s San Francisco office.
  • Myron D. Moye ’84 a partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP, has been nominated to the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Board of Directors. Moye is the chair of Hanson Bridgett’s Labor and Employment Section. He has practiced with the firm for more than 14 years and has been a partner since 2003.
  • Harriet Posner ’84 was honored in December with the Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League at its annual dinner celebration, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Posner, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP, has a wide-ranging practice concentrating on complex commercial litigation in state, federal and appellate courts.
  • Valerie Ackerman ’85 was inducted into the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Board of Directors Hall of Fame. She was recognized as an extraordinarily successful professional in the world of sports who continues to inspire others by using the power of sports to improve communities and the nation. She was also recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation, Women in Cable Telecommunications and ESPNW as one of 40 women who have made an impact on society as part of a “40 for 40” celebration, held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Title IX last June.
  • Douglas Richard ’85 has been appointed to the Governing Board of the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. He will serve on the board until June 30, 2015. In 2010 and 2011, Doug was a guest lecturer on Entrepreneurship at Cambridge University for the Nanotech Master and Ph.D. programs. He was awarded Enterprise Educator of the Year in 2010, and was the first American to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2006.
  • Stacey Snider ’85 has been named to the "Power 100 Women in Entertainment" list by The Hollywood Reporter. Snider, who is parter, co-chairmen and CEO of DreamWorks Studios, has partnered with Steven Spielberg to make several movies in recent years.
  • Bob Roden ’87 was one of 10 finalists (out of more than 7,000 entries) in this year’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
  • Frank A. Merola ’88 has joined Stroock’s Financial Restructuring Practice Group as a partner in the Los Angeles Office. He previously served as a managing director in the Recapitalization and Reorganization Group of investment banking firm Jefferies & Company.
  • Steve M. Berliner ’89 , of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in Los Angeles, was named a “Top Municipal Law Attorney” in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The publication highlighted his work on the new Public Employee Pension Reform Act and as lead counsel for Metrolink in a lawsuit regarding the installation of cameras in locomotives.