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Recent activities and accomplishments of Pacific McGeorge alumni:

    • Norman E. Allen, '94, was elected to University of the Pacific Board of Regents on July 17, 2014, and will serve a three-year term extending through June 30, 2017. Allen is a senior vice president and partner at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. in San Francisco. (July 2014)
    • Carlos Ambriz, '00, has joined the Stockton law firm of Herum Crabtree Suntag as a senior litigation attorney, where he focuses on areas of public agency, employment, bankruptcy, creditor's rights and natural resources litigation. (March 2015)
    • Ruthe Catolico Ashley, '88, was elected to the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors as a Minority Member-at-Large for a term of 2014-2017 at the ABA"s Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on Aug. 12, 2014. (August 2014)

    • Daniel Barnett, '86, has been appointed professor of law and director of legal writing at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. (May 2014)

    • Paul J. Bauer, '99, has been elected to become the managing shareholder for Walter & Wilhelm Law Group in Fresno, CA. Bauer joined the firm in 2010 as senior counsel and joined Riley Walter and Michael Wilhelm as a shareholder in 2012. (December 2014)

    • Patrick Bergin, '02 has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015. A Partner with Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, he represents American Indian tribes in the areas of litigation, gaming law and economic development. (September 2014)

    • Edward M. Bernard, '03, has been promoted to Partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP. Bernard counsels private, nonprofit and public employers regarding all aspects of retirement health plan design, implementation and compliance. (January 2015)

    • Brett Bitzer, '09, joined the Arnold Law Firm in Sacramento as an associate specializing in personal injury and class action cases. (February 2015)

    • Eugene C. ("Gene") Blackard Jr., '89, has been re-elected Managing Partner for a fourth term at Archer Norris. He has been Managing Partner since 2008. (February 2015)

    • Patrick Blood, '12, has been named VP, Legal & Business Affairs at Atlas Entertainment. (May 2014)

    • Taylor Bloom, '13, has joined Dhillon Law Group Inc. as an associate attorney in the San Diego office, where she represents clients in campaign and election law matters. (March 2015)

    • Shari Borba, '13, has joined Herum Crabtree Suntag as an associate attorney. (July 2014)

    • Douglas Bordner,'91, has been named partner at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold LLP at the Thousand Oaks, CA office.  Bordner is a business, corporate transaction and real estate attorney. (February 2014)

    • Kim M. Bowman Jr., '11, is serving as the Interim Manager of the Department of Population Health Sciences, and as the Manager of the Health System Innovation and Research Division for the University of Utah Health Sciences. (October 2014)

    • Donna Brownsey, '87, made the 2014 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 98. (August 2014)

    • John R. Brydon, '78, has formed a new firm, Brydon Law, in San Francisco, CA. Brydon Law offers a national practice representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation, including complex products liability claims, professional negligence claims (legal and medical), insurance coverage matters, personal injury matters and insurance bad faith lawsuits. Brydon has more than 35 years of jury trial and litigation experience. (December 2014)

    • Natalie Bustamante, '08, has joined began working as an Associate Attorney for Kennaday, Leavitt & Daponde, PC, as an associate attorney. Bustamante specializes in employment litigation and counseling for employers. (June 2014)

    • Michelle Chester, '14, is an executive fellow to Commissioner Janea Scott at the California Energy Commission in the 2014-2015 CSUS Capital Fellows Program. (February 2015)

    • Jonathan Christianson,'91, LL.M.'95, has joined Boutin Jones Inc. as a shareholder. Previously, he was a founding partner of Mayo & Christianson and in solo practice. (May 2014)

    • Steven Cranfill, '84, won retention as a judge in the Fifth District Court, winning a six-year term that expires on January 3, 2021.  Judge Cranfill has served on the Fifth District Court in Wyoming since September 2006. (January 2015)

    • Dorene D'Adamo, '86, has been re-appointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley by Go. Jerry Brown, where she has served since 2013. She is a board member of the California State Water Resources Control Board and served on the California Air Resources Board from 1999 to 2013. (June 2014)

    • Tyler Dahl, '13, has joined Drobny Law Offices Inc., a Sacramento-based firm focusing on estate planning and estate/trust administration, as an associate. (February 2014)

    • Michael Daponde, '99, has co-founded a new Sacramento law firm, Kennaday, Leavitt & Daponde, which specializes in health care, employment and litigation. (February 2014)

    • James Michael Davis, '98, retired with the rank of Commander from the U.S. Navy in December 2014. Davis completed 28 years of combined active and reserve time. He spent all of 2013 recalled to active duty at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain. At his retirement, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his service.  (January 2015)

    • Chris Delfino, '93, has founded his own firm, Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler, in Sacramento.  Previously, he practiced for many years with Downey Brand LLP as did many of his new partners. (May 2014)

    • Rebecca Dietzen, '04, is the 2015 President of Women Lawyers of Sacramento. She is an Attorney III at the California Department of Health Care Services. (January 2015)

    • Kathleen Donelan-Maher, '11, has been named partner at Mopsick Tax Law, LLP. (July 2014)

    • Danielle Douglas, '99, was appointed as a judge to the Contra Costa Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown in July 2014 and joined the bench in late August after concluding her last murder trial as a San Francisco prosecutor. Douglas had previously served as a deputy district attorney in the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office from 2000 to 2013. (August 2014)

    • Michelle DuCharme, '12, has joined the Sacramento office of Greenberg Traurig as an associate within the firm's Litigation practice.   (January 2015)

    • Jack Duran, '02, was reelected to another four year term to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, District 1, which encompasses the City of Roseville and unincorporated West Placer County.  (December 2014)

    • Colleen Flannery, '13, has joined the North Delta Water Agency as the Assistant Manager, and the California Central Valley Flood Control Association as the Assistant Director. (September 2014)

    • Daniel Flores, '01, was elected a judge in the San Francisco Superior Court on Nov. 4, 2014. Judge Flores began his term on Jan, 15, 2015. (January 2015)

    • Rex Frazier, '00, made the 2014 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 29. (August 2014)

    • Bryan Freedman,'90, was named one of the most influential entertainment litigators by The Hollywood Reporter for the seventh straight year. A principal at Freedman & Taitelman LLP in Los Angeles, his most recent cases involve singer Alanis Morissette, boxer Mikey Garcia, and TV personality Maria Menounos. (May 2014)

    • Jill Friedman, '87, an attorney and litigator at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP in Ventura, CA, was elected to serve on the executive board for the California Coast Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Friedman will serve as membership chair in 2015 and is in line to be president of the local chapter in 2018. (December 2014)

    • Gina Genova, '92, has retired from the active practice of law to work full time for UC Santa Barbara teaching legal writing, business writing and writing for public speaking. (February 2015)

    • Amanda Gimbel, '08, is serving as president of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento in 2014. She is an associate at the Gavrilov Law Corp. (May 2014)

    • Nicole Gleason, '98, has formed a new Sacramento firm, King Williams & Gleason LLP, which specializes on environmental, real estate and business law. She was previously a partner at Downey Brand LLP. (February 2014)

    • Jeff Gorell, '98, narrowly lost the vote for California's 26th congressional district to the incumbent by a 52-48 percent margin in the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election. Gorell represented District 44 in the California State Assembly from 2010-2014 and currently serves as a Commander (intelligence officer) in the United States Navy Reserve. (December 2014)

    • George Guthrie,'98, has joined Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney in Sacramento where his practice focuses on real property law. (January 2014)

    • Bill Hake, '83, founder of Bay Area-based Hake Law, has joined the San Francisco office of national firm Wilson Elser bringing numerous members of his team with him. A veteran defense litigator, he has lectured at Harvard and Stanford. (April 2014)

    • Michael B. Harper, '93, was appointed to a judgeship in the Trinity County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. Harper has served as Trinity County District Attorney since 2007. (June 2014)

    • Lynn C. Harris, '78, was selected by his peers for inclusion in Utah Business Magazine's 2015 Utah Legal Elite. Harris is an attorney at Jones Waldo specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice. (March 2015)

    • Timothy Harris, '96, has joined the Seattle City Attorney's Office as Assistant City Attorney. (September 2014)

    • AnnMichelle Hart, '11, has opened a law office, HartLaw, PLLC, in Seattle, WA. (July 2014)

    • Andrea Hoch, '84, won retention as a justice the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in the Nov 4, 2014 election. She has served on the Court of Appeal since January 2011. (December 2014)

    • The Honorable L. Douglas Hogan, '99, has been appointed to fill a judicial vacancy on the Third District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Governor Gary R. Herbert. Hogan has been the elected County Attorney for Tooele County since 2007. (December 2014)

    • Peggy Huang, '97, was elected to the city council for the City of Yorba Linda. Huang is the first Asian woman elected to the city council. (January 2015)

    • Vanessa Hunter, '13, has joined the Demas Law Group as an associate. (February 2014)

    • Jeff Huron, '88, has been appointed to a three-year membership term for the California State Bar's Financial Institutions Committee beginning Sept. 14, 2014. The Financial Institutions Committee, part of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, tracks legislative and case law developments affecting financial institutions. (September 2014)

    • Timothy H. Irons, '97, has joined Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu, HI, as an attorney of counsel.  Irons was previously a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, in Century City, CA, representing private developers, businesses, special districts and local government in entitlement proceedings and litigation involving county, state and federal land use and environmental law. (December 2014)

    • Brent Jamison, '00, was appointed the deputy director of the California Department of General Services' interagency support division by Gov. Gerald Brown. (May 2014)

    • Christina W. Kelly, '98, has been elected as a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli in the Phoenix, AZ office. (December 2014)

    • Justin Keys, '11, joined Jones Waldo as a litigation associate in Salt Lake City, UT. Keys previously practiced as a judicial law clerk for former Chief Judge Ted Stewart, where he handled civil and criminal cases. (December 2014)

    • Adam Knowlton, '96, has joined Loeb & Loeb as senior counsel in the Los Angeles firm's real estate department. He was previously senior vice president and general counsel for Younan Properties Inc.  (February 2014)

    • Adam Koss, '06, has been promoted to partner at Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney. Koss represents professionals and their businesses in real estate litigation and lawyer malpractice, and serves as appellate counsel on a wide range of subject matters. (December 2014)

    • Laura O. Lewis, '97, was appointed general counsel of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District by the SMUD board of directors. She joined the utility's legal office directly out of law school and served as its chief assistant general counsel in 2013. (May 2014)

    • Kenneth Mackie, '08, has been named shareholder in the law firm of Canelo, Wallace, Padron & Mackie, P.C. in Merced, CA. (December 2014)


    • Corrie (Erickson) Manning , '11, joined the League of California Cities as Deputy General Counsel. (January 2015)


    • Lauren Manning, '11, will begin the University of Arkansas School of Law's highly competitive LL.M. program in food and agriculture law in August 2015, with a full tuition waiver. She will serve as a visiting professor at the law school while attending. Manning has also started a food and agriculture news and editorial blog called The California Crow. (June 2015)

    •  Lawrence Manzi, '11 LL.M., made a statement at the UN Security Council debate on UN Mission in Haiti-MINUSTAH on Sept. 11, 2014, in his role as political coordinator at The Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations. Read. (September 2014)

    • David M. Marchiano, '09, has been elected to serve on the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) Board of Directors for 2015 starting Jan. 1, 2015. Marchiano is an attorney in Archer Norris's Litigation practice. (December 2014)

    • Linda A. Mathes, '90, has been appointed Chief Counsel and Chief Executive Officer for the State of California's Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board.  (February 2014)

    • Alana Mathews, '03, is among 10 young leaders featured in Comstock's Magazine's March 2015 issue. Read. (March 2015)

    • Clayton McCarl, '12, has joined the U.S. Navy JAG Corps as a JAGC Attorney. (January 2014)

    • Anthony McClaren, '03 reached the summit of the largest and highest volcano in Peru, the Nevado Coropuna, elevation 21079 feet. (October 2014)

    • The Honorable W. Kearse McGill, '91, was appointed as the Presiding Judge for the Stockton District Office of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Judge McGill was also appointed by the California State Bar Board of Trustees to the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), which writes ethics advisory opinions for the California State Bar. (July 2014)

    • Gavin McGrane, '07, was featured as a "2014 Legal Rebel" in the September 2014 issue of the ABA Journal. Read.  (September 2014)

    • Steve Merksamer, '75, made the 2014 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 67. (August 2014)

    • Richard Meyer, '78, ran unopposed for the bench in Alpine County. A partner in a general litigation firm for 15 years upon entering the legal profession, he has served as the public defender in both El Dorado and Alpine counties for three decades. (June 2014)

    • Andrea S. Moon, '13, has joined the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Non-Medical Class Action Team as an attorney. Moon previously worked as an attorney with the California Prison Industry Authority. (February 2015)

    • Zackery Morazzini, '99 (J.D.), '02 (LL.M.), has been appointed director of the Office of Administrative Hearings at the California Department of General Services by Gov. Jerry Brown. (January 2015)

    • Mhare Mouradian, '03 was promoted to Partner at Murchison & Cumming, LLP in Los Angeles. Mhare was selected for the 2014 Southern California and Mountain States Rising Stars® list for a fifth consecutive nomination, and he was selected as a Top Attorney in Pasadena Magazine for Business Litigation. Mouradian won an award for his client in the breach of contract case, Plover Services LLC v. ITS Financial, LLC, where the court found in favor of his client and ordered Plover Financial Services, LLC, to pay ITS Financial, LLC the net sum of $867,684. (December 2014)

    • Michelle Nam, '14, has joined the Criminal Defense Practice of The Bronx Defenders in Bronx, NY. (September 2014)

    • John Newell, '05, has been named director of the Rozier E. Sanchez Judicial Education Center of New Mexico (JEC), which provides education and training to the judges, administrators and other staff of the New Mexico judicial branch. (January 2015)

    • Deborah Ortiz, '87, won 67 percent of the vote to retain her a seat on the board of the Los Rios Community College District in the Nov 4, 2014 election. A former state legislator, she has served on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees since 2010.  (November 2014)

    • Nancy Park, '97, was awarded the Champion of Excellence Award by the Sacramento chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) on Nov. 13, 2014. According to CREW, the award honors those individuals who consistently deliver excellence in their personal and professional lives, and whose efforts advance the industry and show support for everything CREW Sacramento stands for. Park is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP. (December 2014)

    • Analea J. Patterson, '03, has been named partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in the Sacramento office. (February 2014)

    • Holly Pearson, '91, was appointed deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Government Operations Agency. Pearson has worked in multiple positions at the California Department of Managed Care since 2005. (January 2014)

    • Tony Perez, '95, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Government Operations Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown.  In addition to years of private practice, he has held multiple administrative positions at UC system schools and a private university. (February 2014)

    • Katherine Pettibone, '06, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. (February 2014)

    • John Phillips, '91, was selected to Chair the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings LLP. He was previously the Chair of the Litigation Department and has been with the firm for 17 years. His practice focuses on complex litigation. (February 2014)

    • Jinnifer Pitcher, '07, has accepted a clerkship with Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Pitcher recently completed a clerkship for District Judge Troy L. Nunley, Eastern District of California. (March 2015)

    • Grant Puleo, 95, joined Duane Morris LLP 's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner, in the firm's San Diego office. (January 2014)

    • Aaron Ralph, '04, joined the Washington, D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig as an associate in its Government Contracts and Projects practice group.  Prior to joining the firm, Aaron served as an attorney with the Air Force's Acquisition Law and Litigation Directorate.  (November 2014)

    • Camille Rasmussen, '14, has joined Goyette & Associates, Inc. as an associate in the firm's  Labor and Employment & Litigation practice. (January 2015)

    • Jodi Remke, '91, was appointed chair of the California Fair Practices Committee by Gov. Gerald Brown. She has served as the presiding judge of the State Bar Court and a member of that court since 2000. (May 2014)

    • Jonathan Renner, '96, won retention as a justice the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in the Nov 4, 2014 election. He has served on the Court of Appeal since July 2014.   (November 2014)

    • Stephanie Rice, '06, was honored as one of Sacramento Business Journal's "40 under 40" in the Nov. 21, 2014 issue. She is an associate with Spinelli Donald and Nott PC and is active in Junior League, MetroEdge and the SCBA. (November 2014)

    • Erin Riley, '03, was named a shareholder at Boutin Jones Inc. where she practices in the Sacramento firm's real estate group. (January 2014)

    • Ronald B. Robie, '67, won retention as a justice the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in the Nov 4, 2014 election. He has served on the Court of Appeal since January 2002. (November 2014)

    • Katherine A.E. Roe, '12, joined the Sacramento law firm of Haworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht and Barber, which specializes in Workers' Compensation Defense. (January 2014)

    • Erin Faith Rose, '88 published "Selling Ice in Alaska: Employment Preferences & Statutory Exemptions for Alaska Native Corporations 40 Years After ANCSA" by Gregory S. Fisher, Erin "Faith" Rose, Duke University, in the Alaska Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 1. (June 2014)

    • Kevin Rosenberg, '94, has joined Goldberg Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP (GLW), a California litigation and transactional law firm with a focus on patent, antitrust and business litigation, as General Counsel and Chair of the Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Group. (March 2014)

    • Kelly Ryan, '94, joined Kennaday, Leavitt & Deponde PC as a partner. Ryan's practice focuses on Knox-Keene Act liscencing, regulatory compliance matters, government health programs and health payer contracting. (April 2014)

    • Megan A. Shapiro, '09, has been selected to supervise the Pacific McGeorge Administrative Adjudication Clinic as an Adjunct Professor. (January 2014)

    • Amber Simmons, '12, joined San Luis Obispo law firm Andre, Morris & Buttery as an associate attorney. (February 2014)

    • Evan Smiley, '92 has formed Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, with 7 of the 11 lawyers of his prior firm where he spent 19 years. Evan's new firm specializes in Insolvency, Business Litigation and Real Estate with offices in Orange County and Los Angeles.  The firm's lawyers include five former federal judicial clerks, the former OCBA President, and the President-Elect of the California Bankruptcy Forum. (October 2014)

    • Morgan C. Smith, '93 and his firm Cogent Legal announced that Michael Kelleher has joined Morgan C. Smith as a co-owner and manager of the firm. Smith, who founded Cogent Legal in January 2011, sought to partner with Kelleher so that the firm can strengthen its service to trial teams specializing in intellectual property and business litigation. (January 2014)

    • Summer Smith, '00, has joined the San Francisco office of Archer Norris as a partner. (May 2014)

    • Stuart Somach, '79, is quoted in the New York Times article, "West's Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights." Read. (March 2014)

    • Kaitlyn Sommer, '13,has joined the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as a Judicial Law Clerk. (January 2014)

    • Paul Starkey, '83, joined the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board as special board counsel. (January 2014)

    • Melinda Steuer, '01, won a $925,000 counter-claim for a former Wells Fargo employee in a FINRA case involving a breach of promissory note and wrongful termination. She is a principal in the Law Offices of Melinda Jane Steuer in Sacramento. (March 2014)

    • Dylan Sullivan, '97, was appointed to an interim judgeship in the El Dorado County Superior Court by Gov. Gerald Brown. After beginning her career as a defense attorney and California Parole Authority hearing officer, she has served as a court commissioner since 2011. (September 2014)

    • Rochelle Swanson, '03, City of Davis Councilmember & Regional Account Manager at CTI Towers, Inc., was honored as part of Sacramento Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Class of 2014 at the annual luncheon on June 27, 2014.  (June 2014)

    • Troy Szabo, '01, joined Kennaday, Leavitt & Deponde PC as a partner. Szabo's practice focuses on resolving health plans' litigation and regulatory needs. (April 2014)

    • Todd Trotter, '02 has been appointed to the California Veterans Board by Governor Jerry Brown. (March 2015)

    • Marcus Turner, '04, has joined Radoslovich Krogh PC as a partner Sacramento where he will advise clients on construction law disputes and related claims. (April 2014)

    • Fred Valdez, '80 has opened a law practice in Anchorage, Alaska with concentrations in family law, estate planning, personal injury, DUI defense, and business disputes. (July 2014)

    • Stan Van Vleck, '91, has been named Chairman of Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento. (March 2014)

    • Bryan D. Victor, '03, has been named partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in the Sacramento office. (February 2014)

    • Jon Waldie, '83, has retired as chief administrative officer of the Assembly Rules Committee after 17 years in that role. He began his career with the Legislature while attending law school. (May 2014)

    • Jake Weaver, '10, has joined Downy Brand's litigation practice as an associate. (December 2014)

    • Lizbeth West, '99, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is an exclusive trial lawyer honorary society limited to 4,000 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. (March 2015)

    • Arthur G. Woodward, '89, a partner at Downy Brand, was named chairman of the California Associated General Contractors legal advisory committee. (May 2014)

  • Edmund Yan, '11, has joined Slater Cosme, a law firm located in Pasadena, CA that specializes in wealth management and business/real estate advisory, as an associate. (March 2014)
  • Allan Zaremberg, '78, made the 2014 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 12. (August 2014)

In Memoriam

  • William Chapman, '72, died at the age of 70 in St. Augustine, Florida on April 27, 2014. He practiced maritime and labor law in California until moving to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he practice for many years in federal courts.
  • Frank Cook, '69, died on Dec. 28, 2013, at the age of 75 in Las Vegas. He practiced law in both California and Nevada for 35 years.
  • Jeff Corzine, '84, died at the age of 58 on Jan. 14, 2014, in Folsom. A former president of the El Dorado County Bar Association, he was a personal injury attorney and partner at Adams & Corzine in Folsom.
  • James Curry, '75, died at the age of 69 on Jan. 9, 2014, in Browns Valley. A former partner at Curry, Vasquez and Hansen in Marysville, he was elected to the Yuba Superior Court in 1997 and served on the bench until his retirement in 2010.   
  • Edward Dannan, '76, died at his home in Reno on Oct. 17, 2013, at age 67 from complications following cholangiocarcinoma surgery that had taken place weeks earlier. A former deputy district attorney in Washoe County, he won election to the Reno Justice Court in 1992 and served 15 years on the bench.  
  • William Garrison, '84, died at the age of 64 in Sacramento on Sept. 1, 2013. A Marine veteran who served in the Vietnam War, he had a lengthy career in the construction business.  
  • James Harrison, '64, died on Jan. 1, 2014, at the age of 87 in Sacramento after a brief illness. He practiced law for more than three decades with Coben, Cooper & Zilaff before ending his career as a solo practitioner. 
  • Kenneth Kay, '80, LL.M. '85, died at the age of 58 in Fresno on May 5, 2014. He practiced real estate law for many years, was a published author, political talk show host, and university adjunct professor.
  • Kurt Kumli, '87, died on Aug. 2, 2014, after a battle with brain cancer. Judge Kumli served as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County, California. He is the co-author of the nationally recognized Juvenile Law treatise "Sieser & Kumli on California Juvenile Courts" published by LexisNexis. Prior to becoming a Judge, he spent nearly twenty years as a prosecutor in San Jose, California. His surviving family includes his classmate and wife, Sue Gillett, '87, and brother Karl Kumli, '81.
  • David A. Magnan, '12, died on Aug. 29, 2013, after a long-fought battle with cancer. David is survived by his wife Mariela, and their young daughter Sophia, his parents Ken and Cherise, brother Aaron, and mother-in-law Maria. His accomplishments include Marine Corps Sergeant, road-construction superintendent, and attorney.  
  • Joseph Martin, '57, died on Aug. 12, 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Ocean Park, WA.  He retired February 1988 after serving 22 years on the bench.  
  • Dennis Mathews, '72, died at the age of 77 in Logan, Utah on Aug. 11, 2013. He was a general practitioner in northwestern Utah for more than 40 years.  
  • Robert H. McIntosh, '82 LLM '83, passed away on Dec. 2, 2013 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.  
  • Robert Milam, '75, died on Feb, 3, 2014, at the age of 75 in Davis after a long illness. He had a distinguished 26-year career with several state agencies and once argued a case for the California Attorney General before the Supreme Court of the United States.  
  • David W. Miller died at the age of 76 on Dec. 20, 2013, in Port Saunders, Newfoundland. A former assistant U.S. attorney, he was a member of the faculty for 25 years until his retirement in 2006, teaching Evidence, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Miller served as interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the early '90s, presided over the law school's Order of the coif Chapter for a decade, and helped overhaul the Appellate Advocacy program.  
  • Douglas Miller, '82, died on Nov. 4, 2013, after a long battle with colon cancer at the age of 65 in Carmichael. His legal career included service as the director of human resources for Crystal Creamery, solo labor law practice in Fair Oaks, and labor analyst with the Sacramento Regional Transit District.  
  • Jock Penn, '78, died after a lengthy illness on Oct. 3, 2013, at the age of 71 in Shawano, Wisconsin. Although a member of the State Bar of California, he did not practice law while enjoying a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in California.  
  • Craig Pridgen, '73, died on Jan. 15, 2014, at the age of 68 in Woodland. He practiced law with firms in Mountain View, Bakersfield, Beverly Hills and San Francisco before opening a private practice in Tahoe City.
  • Cynthia Pyzel, '78, died on Dec. 17, 2013, at the age of 60 in Reno. After several years in private practice, she joined the Nevada Attorney General's Office serving agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services until her retirement 25 years later in 2011.  
  • Lynn Rohwer, '88, died on Oct. 31, 2013, after a long illness at the age of 72 in Woodland. An active member of the Evening Division, she attended law school while raising four children. After a clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, she practiced law for several years representing low-income clients. Her widower, Claude Rohwer, is a professor emeritus of the Pacific McGeorge faculty.  
  • Samantha Spangler, '89, died at the age of 49 in Auburn after a long battle with progressive supranuclear palsy on April 10, 2014. She was an assistant U.S. attorney who was honored in 1999 with a Director's Award from Attorney General Janet Reno.
  • Tony Stathos, '63, died at the age of 85 on Dec. 15, 2013, in Sacramento. After a career an Air Force pilot and 10 years as an elementary school teacher, he practiced law for 45 years before his retirement in 2000.  
  • Sharon C. Stevens, '77, died at age 66 on July 7, 2014 in Oregon. Stevens began her law career in the Marion County District Attorney's office as a Deputy D.A. She later moved into private practice, spending the last 20 years as a partner in Callahan & Stevens with her husband Michael Callahan.
  • John Tosney, '80, died on Jan. 11, 2014, of a heart attack at the age of 62 while vacationing in Costa Rica. A well-known Sacramento attorney, he operated a sole practice in bankruptcy law for more than three decades.  
  • Roger Whomes, '85, died on Jan. 28, 2014, at the age of 58 in Reno. He was a busy prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney's Office for 18 years with a three-year hiatus in private practice. He later moved to the county Public Defender's Office.