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Welcome to the Chapman University School of Law's new quarterly Alumni Connections e-Newsletter! We hope that you will find this newsletter useful in keeping up-to-date with what is going on at your alma mater and as a resource for ways you can stay connected to Chapman Law. I hope that you will share with us your thoughts on the new e-Newsletter so we can continue to make it as useful and informative as possible. Has something good happened in your personal or professional life? Please share your good news with us so we can include you in our next Alumni Highlights Blog and in the next newsletter. Click here to share your news. If you have any comments about the Connections e-Newsletter or any other alumni-related questions, please email Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Services Ian Jones.

Associate Dean Jayne Kacer
LL.M. Alumna Presents Scholarly Findings at National Crime Victims Conference

Alice B. Lustre (LL.M. '10) will be a presenter at the National Crime Victim's Conference in June 2013. Her research is based directly on a directed research project Alice undertook as part of her LL.M. in Prosecutorial Science at Chapman University School of Law. Alice is a California Deputy Attorney General. Alice's research focuses on gaps in the current system and will provide recommendations for remedial action as they apply to victims on capital litigations. Learn more.


Chapman's Historic Bar Pass Rate
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In December, Chapman University School of Law celebrated its highest California bar pass rate in its history! A record 82% of first time takers passed the state bar taken in July 2012. Their success is a testament to the hard work and dedication that the students put into their own studies. Professor Mario Mainero, Director of Bar Services at the law school, and his team of professors and other alumni put in combined hundreds of hours to read and critique over 3,000 essays submitted by our students to help prepare them for the 3-day exam. Learn more.


Chapman Mediation Teams Continue to Win...Internationally!
Congratulations to the Chapman Law Competition Teams who have won numerous awards at the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition allowing them to compete in the National ABA Mediation Competition in Chicago this April.

BREAKING NEWS: Chapman Law International Mediation Champions! Chapman Law won the overall first place team award for mediation. This is the first time Chapman has ever won the top mediation team award in Dublin, Ireland at the International Law School Mediation Tournament! Learn more.


Chapman Alumni Take Leadership Roles in Local Bar Associations
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Van Ha ('10),
pictured on the left, (photo by Laurel Hungerford) recently completed her term as the 2009 President of the OCBA YLD. Heather Brel ('08) installed as Barrister's President of the Long Beach Bar Association and Felipe 'Mike' Vela ('04) installed as one of the Board of Governors of the Long Beach Bar Association. Michelle Tran ('10) installed as President of the Young Lawyer's Division of the OCBA and Sarah Nowels ('10) was elected President-Elect of the OCBA YLD. Diana Lopez ('09) was elected to the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County as President-elect.


January and February Alumni Highlights
Jimmy Blalock ('09)

Jimmy Blalock ('09)
recently finished his term as Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board. During his tenure, he successfully increased Chapman Law alumni benefits.

Jason Rednour ('05) has been elected to a partnership at Paul Hastings. He is the first person in several years at the firm to make partner after only 7 years of practice.

Jeff Greenman ('06) was first ever recipient of the "Rising Star" award from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for recognition of his hard work and litigation success.

Lauren Mayfield ('10) and Darrel J. Greenwald ('10) were featured in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article on December 26, 2012 entitled, "Recent Bar Graduates Increasingly Hanging their own Shingles." The article details their success starting a law firm in a poor economy.

Michael Loesevitz ('11) has been offered a position as shareholder at Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson, Ltd beginning on January 1, 2013. Their typical partnership track is usually five years but Michael has made this happen in just a little over two years with the firm.

Jered Ede ('10) recently moved to Green & Hall APC as an Associate Attorney.

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In This Issue
LL.M. Alumna Presents Scholarly Findings at National Crime Victims Conference
Chapman's Historic Bar Pass Rate
Chapman Mediation Teams Continue to Win...Internationally!
January and February Alumni Highlights

Faculty Spotlight
Rob Morrow

Professor Rob Morrow
has an interesting way of teaching, to say the least. Instead of focusing solely on a barrage of appellate case law in his mandatory Federal Income Tax class, he strategically ties his lectures to popular culture. For example, Gandalf, Gollum and the Eye of Sauron-popular characters in The Lord of the Rings trilogy-are simply metaphors for various components of tax law. Learn more.


Watch the Dean's video!
Dean's Video

Upcoming Events
 Carnival Themed En Banc, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Law School Lobby

Student Alumni Softball Game, 11:30 a.m. Hart Park, Orange

 Comedy Night, OC Sports Bar and Grill, 450 N State College Blvd, Orange, CA 92868, 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

Special Guest Speaker, Russell Miller on the Euro-Debt Crisis, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kennedy Hall Room 237AB

En Banc, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Law School Lobby

Spring Alumni Mixer, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m, at Andrei's in Irvine, 2607 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614. Learn more.

Commencment, Wilson Field, Chapman University, 5:00 p.m.


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