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SCU School of Law, Marking its 100-Year Anniversary, Will Hold Commencement May 21, Featuring Former Calif. Supreme Court Justice Moreno

Monday, May. 16, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 16, 2011 — Santa Clara University School of Law’s commencement ceremony this Saturday — featuring  speaker Carlos Moreno,  former California Supreme Court Justice — comes as SCU Law celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding as the “Santa Clara Institute of Law at Santa Clara College. “

The commencement is scheduled for May 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the University’s Mission Gardens.

Santa Clara University School of Law has come a long way from its starting class of first-year students in 1911, which comprised 15 men taught by a faculty of four part-time lawyers. The school now regularly boasts enrollment of about 1,000, with women accounting for 48 percent of the student body. Ethnic minorities routinely represent more than a third of the class (among the highest levels of ethnic diversity of all U.S. law schools) including those identifying themselves as having Asian, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander heritages.

Over the decades, Santa Clara Law’s graduates have had a profound and lasting impact on Silicon Valley and the larger Bay Area, including:

*Fifty-eight percent of SCU Law alumni from all years (6,656 out of 11,493 at last count) continue to reside in the Greater Bay Area. 

*Since the 1960s, no fewer than one-third of Santa Clara County’s Superior Court judges have been SCU Law alumni. SCU Law has nearly 220 alumni who are judges throughout the U.S. and elsewhere.

*Major areas of legal study and alumni placement are Technology/Intellectual Property law (14% of this year’s 300-member graduating class will get a high-tech law certificate of some sort); Public Interest/Social Justice (SCU Law is the home of the Northern California Innocence Project, and 12% of graduating class this year are getting a social justice certificate of some sort);  International law (4% of graduating class are getting certificates in either business or public-interest international law).

*A major presence of alumni in top legal jobs at Silicon Valley companies, including Carrie Dwyer, ’76, EVP at Schwab (SF); Elizabeth Harris, ’86, Sr. Corp. Counsel, Safeway (Pleasanton); Thomas Lavelle, ’76, SVP and General Counsel, Rambus (Sunnyvale); Mike Dillon, ’84, formerly EVP at Sun Microsystems  now General Counsel, Silver Spring Networks (Redwood City); Dorian Daley, ’86, SVP & General Counsel, Oracle (Redwood Shores);   Scott Shipman, ’99, Assoc. General Counsel, eBay (San Jose); Gordon Yamate ’80, former VP and General Counsel of Knight Ridder, now in private practice in Los Gatos; Paul Grossman, SVP Life Technologies (Carlsbad).

*IP leadership at top-tier firms including:  William Abrams  co-chair of Intellectual Property Practice Group of Bingham McCutchen; Henry Bunsow, noted IP lawyer with Dewey & LeBouef; Andrew Valentine, co-chair of patent litigation at DLA Piper; Ralph Pais, Chair Technology Transactions Group at Fenwick & West; Jedediah Wakefield, Chair, Trademark Litigation Group, Fenwick & West; Rodger Cole, Chair, Trade Secret Litigation Group & Co-Chair, IP and Technology Litigation Group, Fenwick & West;  Michael Sands, co-chair, Electronic Information Management Group of Fenwick & West; William Galliani Co-Chair of the Patent Counseling and Prosecution group at Cooley; Carolyn Craig of Cooley; John Ferrell, Chair of the IP practice of Carr & Ferrell; Kate Murashige, senior partner with Morrison & Foerster.

*A commitment to social justice that has been part of the Jesuit school’s mission from the very start.  Last year, law school students provided over 11,000 hours of legal pro bono work.

*SCU Law grads with high-level public-interest or social-justice jobs: Georgia Bacil of Senior Adults Legal Assistance; Dori Rose Inda of the Watsonville Law Center; Jennie Winter, Pro Bono Project, River Ginchild Abeje, East Bay Community Law Center; Haydee Alfonso, Bay Area Legal Aid; Kristin D. Love Boscia, Bay Area Legal Aid; Allison Brunner, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley; Aila Malik, Fresh Lifelines for Youth; Kimberley Pederson, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

*Other notable alumni:
o CIA Director Leon Panetta, a 1963 J.D. alumnus
o Former California Supreme Court chief judge, Ed Panelli, ’55
o California Appeals Court associate justice and former California State Senator Charles Poochigian, ’75
o Former San Jose mayor and formerly part-owner of 49ers, Al Ruffo, ’36
o Congress member Zoe Lofgren, ’75
o Senior trial attorneys at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Peter McCloskey, ’80 and Alan Tieger ’75
o Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney, Rolanda Pierre-Dixon ’80
o Bonnie MacNaughton, ’82, Sr. Attorney Microsoft

Media Contact:
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | | 408-554-5121



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