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The past several months have been very exciting at the law school. In May, we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2013 and we wish them the best of luck as they finish studying for the Bar Examination. We look forward to celebrating with them in December. In other news, we received word from the ABA that Chapman Law received full re-accreditation. We were also honored that Dr. Elie Wiesel held a private question and answer session in April, moderated by Associate Dean Danny Bogart, with our students, faculty and staff.

We hope you're having a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon at a Chapman alumni event!

Jayne Kacer
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Administration
Introducing the Professor Frank J. Doti Lecture Hall!
Doti Hall
The Chapman Law community celebrated with Professor Frank J. Doti and his family on April 24, 2013 at the dedication of the Professor Frank J. Doti Lecture Hall. Lecture Hall 142 was renamed for Professor Doti through a generous gift made by Chapman University Trustee and Chapman Law alumna  Zeinab H. Dabbah, M.D. ('12) and her husband, Dr. Daniel Teminaka. Learn more.


Congratulations Class of 2013!
The Chapman Law community gathered on May 17 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013 at Wilson Field on the Chapman University campus. The Class of 2013 was one of the largest graduating classes in the history of the law school with a total of 221 graduating J.D. and LL.M. students. The class was addressed by the Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Learn more.


Chapman Law Welcomes New Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty 
New faculty
Lan Cao
The law school is proud to welcome four new full-time faculty members to our community. Professor Lan Cao joins the faculty as a Professor of Law from William & Mary Law School. Professor Samuel Ernst was formerly a partner at the national firm of Covington & Burling LLP and joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law. Professor David H. Gibbs was formerly a partner at Bowditch & Dewey LLP in Boston and was a Practitioner in Residence at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Gibbs joins the faculty as an Associate Professor of Practice. We are also pleased to welcome Julie Greenwald Marzouk, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Family Violence Clinic. Professor Marzouk is currently a supervising attorney at the Public Law Center in Santa Ana. Additionally, internationally renowned sports agent Leigh Steinberg and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., general counsel Eric Roeder will join our community as adjunct faculty membersLearn more.


Chapman Law's Mediation Clinic Goes to Juvenile Hall
Mediation Clinic
Chapman Law is proud to announce the creation of the Juvenile Mediation Clinic. The clinic offers mediation services to Riverside County's Juvenile Hall population using two different types of conflict resolution including training youths to use peer mediation techniques to solve their problems. Melissa Bohl ('13) and Amanda Singer ('13) helped create the program with Professor David Dowling ('06)Learn more.


Remembering Mitch Waller 
The Chapman Law family was deeply saddened to learn of the death of alumnus Mitch Waller ('99), who was struck and killed by an automobile in a cycling accident on Friday, June 28 in Laguna Canyon. Mitch was the former Chief of Police and City Manager for the City of Westminster. Mitch is survived by his wife, Sally, and two children, Chase and Kiana.


Summer 2013
Alumni Highlights 
Antoinette Balta

Antionette Balta ('06) has been assigned to lead Public Law Center's new veterans project, Operation Veterans Re-Entry. The program is dedicated to providing Orange County veterans and their families with free legal assistance to facilitate their re-entry into civilian life.  


Sandra Diaz ('06) became the President of the Southern California Region of the nonprofit National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). 


Tom Pokladowski ('06), Director of Law, Finance and Business programs at UC Irvine Extension, has been appointed as a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certifying Board for Paralegals. Pokladowski will serve on the board for two years and will be responsible for all aspects of the certification program.  


Jake Vollebregt ('08) joined Best & Krieger as a public law associate. Jake previously served as a Captain and Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps where he acted as trial counsel and legal assistance attorney.  


Ruby Banipal ('10) recently left her position with Ernst & Young to join DLA Piper's tax practice based in Chicago. Her focus is primarily on private wealth planning (everything from trusts/estates to business/corporate formation, M&A and financial governance). She works with a small group of highly specialized tax attorneys and works on complicated planning/restructuring projects.


Michelle Tran ('10) is the new Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Orange County Bar Association, replacing Chapman Law alumna Van Ha ('10).


View more alumni highlights. 


In This Issue
Introducing the Professor Frank J. Doti Lecture Hall
Congratulations Class of 2013!
Chapman Law Welcomes New Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty
Chapman Law's Mediation Clinic Goes to Juvenile Hall
Remembering Mitch Waller
Alumni Highlights
Faculty Spotlight

Professor Mario Mainero is the 2013 recipient of the M. Katherine Baird Darmer "Outstanding Professor of the Year" award. Learn more. 


Upcoming Events
 Alumni Advisory Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
Chapman Law School, Room 237B

En Banc at 5 p.m. in the Lobby

10/04/13 - 10/06/13
Homecoming & Chili Cook Off at Chapman University

Save the Date
Alumni Mixer
Location TBD

 En Banc at 5 p.m. in the Lobby

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