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!

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Class Notes - 1970s
  • Thomas Stindt ’70 (Ret.), has been recognized for civic volunteerism by receipt of a Certificate from the Los Angeles Police Department, acknowledging one thousand hours of service to the Detectives of the Van Nuys Division, L.A.P.D. He is in his fourth year of pro bono service as a Detectives' Assistant, Los Angeles Police Department, supporting the CAPS, MAC and Theft table detectives of the Van Nuys Division.
  • Harold Hart-Nibbrig ’71 is an artist and a sole practitioner who continues to practice out of his Los Angeles office. His art piece entitled "River's End" appeared at the Riverside Art Market event at the Riverside Art Museum. Hart-Nibbrig has had exhibits throughout Southern California, including Pasadena, Claremont, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles and Idyllwild.
  • Paul S. Meyer ’71 will serve as Co-Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers Communication Committee for 2019 and as President of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association. He was also named Orange County Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers in America.
  • Laurence Rubin ’71 has been appointed Presiding Justice of Division 5 of the Court of Appeal.
  • Rinaldo Brutoco ’71 is now the host of “Solutions News", a weekly radio talk show presented by the World Business Academy. The show discusses solutions to local, national and global problems to give people optimism and solutions for the future.
  • David Carter ’72 led a march of county workers, elected officials, lawyers and reporters through Orange County’s largest homeless encampment along the Santa Ana Riverbed. Unsatisfied with secondhand information about living conditions at the riverbed, Judge Carter went to see for himself, talking to dozens of homeless people, picking up trash and recruiting volunteers.
  • Roger Boren ’73 was featured in the Daily Journal article concerning a trial involving Beats headphones.
  • George Kieffer ’73 was mentioned by the Daily Journal in an article regarding his interest in music and his path to becoming a lawyer. Kieffer is a partner at Manatt, and the Chair of the University of California Board of Regents.
  • Jonathan Airey ’73 is a retired partner in the Vorys Columbus office. His Oil and Gas law expertise has appointment him as General Counsel to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. He has also has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Oil and Gas Law, 2008-2017.
  • Joe Hilberman ’73 is the proud grandfather to new bruin Logan, born December 2017. Judge Hilberman looks forward to Logan joining the UCLA Law class of 2041!
  • Michael Abzug ’74 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal for doing "good judicial work." The article went on to say that Judge Abzug "tends to issue written rulings so lawyers understand his reasoning."
  • Julian Bailey ’74 was mentioned in a Daily Journal article regarding the release of discovery by the Orange County Crime Lab. Judge Bailey is a Superior Court judge in Orange County. He was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012 to fill a newly created position, and was elected to a full term in 2014.
  • Antonia Hernandez ’74 attended a "Real Film" event at the law school featuring the film "No Más Bebés." The film is about her fight for justice for Mexican immigrant women who were sterilized at the Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center in the 1970s. Hernandez was on hand for Q & A after the screening.
  • Victor Kenton ’74 was featured in an article in the Daily Journal titled "Timely & Therapeutic" detailing his work at Judicate West and 14 years as a magistrate judge of the Central District of California (4/28/2017).
  • Franz Miller ’74 has been appointed to Orange County Superior Court by Gov. Gray Davis. In 2002, Judge Miller was Senior Staff Attorney at 4th District Court of Appeal. From 1989 to 2002, he was Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School.
  • Lynn Miller ’74 has joined Tesla Motors as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Litigation and Privacy. Prior Tesla, Miller was Senior Litigation Manager at Apple Inc. Miller was also partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, served as Assistant City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted 40 jury trials.
  • Judith O'Brien ’74 is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of King and Spalding, member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Prior to joining King and Spalding, O’Brien was partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She also co-founded Incubic Venture Fund and served as Manager Director. She has been recognized in various publications continuously since 1993 - such as The Legal 500 United States, The American Lawyer - Deal maker of the Year 2000. Forbes Magazine Midas List- One of venture capital’s top deal makers, 2001-2005.
  • Percy Anderson ’75 was responsible for granting favor to the plaintiff in the Wells Fargo Bank case, in which he ruled that Wells Fargo had violated labor laws and was liable for damages. Judge Anderson was also mentioned in the Daily Journal article concerning a $500 million copyright infringement lawsuit he tossed out in 2016 that is now up for revival.
  • John G. Branca ’75 a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who's Who, was named the World's #1 Music Attorney. Partner and head of the music entertainment department at the prominent entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP in Los Angeles since 1981, Mr. Branca has represented over 35 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Edmund Clarke ’75 was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Prior to his appointment, Judge Clarke was a partner from 1992 - 2006 at Stark, Rasak & Clarke.
  • Andrew Guilford ’75 was profiled in the Daily Journal for his service as U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. He was also was mentioned in another issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal about a case concerning what constitutes timely public access to state court filings. Judge Guilford was appointed by President George W. Bush to the federal bench in 2006.
  • Robert Mc Guiness ’75 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal in regard to his decision in Vaughn v. Tesla Inc. race bias case.
  • Juan Ulloa ’75 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal highlighting his ability to work with limited resources in Imperial County. Judge Ulloa was elected to Imperial Country Court - an under-funded, high intensity drug trafficking, impoverished area - in 1994. Judge Ulloa is known for his ability to efficiently manage cases, empathy and creative thinking.
  • Alex Kozinski ’75 was profiled on CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview with Lesley Stahl. Judge Kozinski offered advice to President Donald Trump, and offered his opinion on various topics including splitting the Ninth Circuit and the death penalty.
  • William Fahey ’76 was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1998. Judge Fahey is known for his thorough preparation when trying a case. Prior to his appointment, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District and formed Smaltz, Anderson & Fahey in Los Angeles, specializing in complex civil and white-collar cases.
  • Wilma Pinder ’76 has been inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame. She receives this award among judges, corporate, private and government lawyers across the nation.
  • Michael Rich ’76 published the research report/book, “Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life." Rich is president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis.
  • Bruce Stuart ’76 was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America 2018. Stuart was recognized in the practice area of Real Estate Law for Orange County. Stuart is a partner at Stuart Kane LLP in Newport Beach, CA.
  • Donald Clark ’77 was named a senior staff member of the Federal Trade Commission. Clark will continue to serve as the Secretary of the FTC.
  • Kenneth J. Fransen ’77 has opened a boutique estate planning practice in Portland, Oregon. Ken was an attorney in "that other state which shall not be named if you live in Oregon" for 38 years, then retired so he and his wife could move to Portland to be with their family, and also to travel. After 75,000 miles of road trips in just over two years, he found that he really missed practicing law. Take note young associates and junior partners! You can indeed love the law! After taking the Oregon Bar exam this year, Ken proudly became the oldest new lawyer in Oregon. He handles all manner of estate planning projects, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland, the University Club, and the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Portland.
  • Royal Oakes ’77 was honored by the Los Angeles City Council in a special presentation recognizing 30 years of commentary and service to the community. Oakes is a legal analyst, news contributor, and has his own show - "The Royal Oakes Show." He is also a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and general counsel for the Radio and Television News Assn.
  • James Blancarte ’78 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal highlighting his ability to make tough decisions to protect domestic violence victims. Blancarte serves as Commissioner in Los Angeles County at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. After earning his law degree, Blancarte embarked on a career in entertainment law as well as media and broadcasting and international matters. Over the years, he has represented celebrities such as comedians George Lopez and Paul Rodriguez as well as institutions such as the Comedy Store.
  • John Parke ’78 has been appointed to represent the 3rd Supervisorial District on the County Planning Commission. Parke is a senior partner at Allen & Kimbell LLP, where his emphasis is on litigation in real estate and trust matters in addition to land-use issues.
  • Paul Rutter ’78 has been named the Urban Development Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association. The Association provides legal education, leadership opportunities, and a sense of community to more than 4,000 Century City attorneys. Paul is among six attorneys being recognized by the Association for distinguishing himself in his respective field of expertise.
  • Julia Strickland ’78 was featured in the Daily Journal as one of 2018's "Best Woman Lawyers." Strickland works with victims of the Great Recession at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
  • Anthony Wheeldin ’78 was featured in the Daily Journal for his goals and accomplishments as a traffic court judge. Judge Wheeldin is a Superior Court Commissioner in the Sonoma Superior Court.
  • Glen Reiser ’78 has joined the panel at JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. Judge Reiser will be based in the Century City Resolution Center.
  • Beth Berke ’79 joined Nelson Hardiman, LLP as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the healthcare specialty law firm, Berke was Chief Administrative Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • David De Alba ’79 was elected the next Presiding Judge by the Judges of the Sacramento Superior Court. Judge De Alba’s term will commence on January 1, 2018 and will continue through December 31, 2019. Judge De Alba is presently the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Sacramento Superior Court, and has served in that capacity since January 2016.
  • Rogelio Flores ’79 of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court is retiring after more than 30 years on the bench. Judge Flores lectures nationally and internationally on the idea of "collaborative justice" which diverts non-violent offenders away from incarceration and into drug or mental health treatment programs.
  • Bruce May ’79 was named the 2018 Labor and Employment Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Orange County by Best Lawyers®. May is a partner at Stuart Kane LLP in Newport Beach, CA.
  • Michael Schwartz ’79 was appointed Chief Assistant District Attorney at the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. The position is second in command in the office, overseeing 282 employees and some 20,000 criminal prosecutions a year.
  • Kim McLane Wardlaw ’79 was mentioned in two Daily Journal articles concerning DACA, and also the possibility of the 9th Circuit revisiting anti-SLAPP appeals. Judge Wardlaw was nominated to the 9th Circuit by President Clinton in 1998. She also served as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Wardlaw is considered a First Amendment scholar and role model for a whole generation of women coming into the profession in the '80s.
  • Roger Lautzenhiser ’79 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Lautzenhiser is a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. He was also mentioned in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2009-2013, and 2015-2017, Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus 2014 and in Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A, 2013-2017.
  • Howard Kollitz ’83 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal article entitled "Resolving Insolvency", concerning multi-million dollar reorganizations and his firm Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP. Kollitz is a named partner at the firm.