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Law School Will Honor Larry Sonsini and Three Outstanding Alumni at May 1 Awards Dinner
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 16, 2009 – Santa Clara University School of Law will present its inaugural Santa Clara Law Amicus Award to Larry W. Sonsini, chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, in honor of his outstanding leadership in the legal profession and the community, and the many ways in which he has helped to advance the mission and reputation of Santa Clara Law.
The award will be presented May 1 at the law school’s Celebration of Leadership and Achievement event at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, at 6 p.m.
At the celebration event, Santa Clara Law will also honor Ronald H. Malone, J.D. ’71 as the Owens Lawyer of the Year and present this year’s Alumni Special Achievement Award to W. David P. Carey III, J.D. ’81, MBA ’82, and The Honorable Jean High Wetenkamp, J.D. ’76.
Sonsini has been described by Fortune magazine as “the most important lawyer in the most important industry for the past 30 years.” Since 2003, he has served SCU as a trustee, and Santa Clara Law as a member of the Dean’s High Tech Advisory Council. In addition, his firm is a benefactor of SCU’s High Tech Law Institute. In 2004, Sonsini gave the keynote address at the law school’s commencement.
“Larry Sonsini changed the way lawyers provide legal advice and services to the technology industry,” said Santa Clara Law Dean Donald Polden. “His entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in shaping the ways that lawyers protect their clients’ intellectual property made him a leader and visionary in the early days of
“But perhaps his greatest contributions have been to organizations and institutions in Silicon Valley like Santa Clara University,’’ Dean Polden added. “He’s provided us with sustained and sophisticated advice and encouragement, helping us flourish and support others in our community.”
The Owens Lawyer of the Year Award, first presented in 1966, is named for its first recipient, Edwin J. Owens, Dean of Santa Clara Law for 20 years and later Santa Clara County Superior Court judge. The award honors a lawyer who has distinguished him/herself in the profession. He or she should be a person of high moral character and recognized intellectual ability, who is devoted to the highest ideals of professional responsibility and has made significant contributions to the university, the community, and the law.
This year’s recipient, Ronald H. Malone, is a partner at Shartsis Friese in
He represented the Robertson family, which had given a gift, eventually totaling $880 million, to
The Alumni Special Achievement Award was established in 2001 by the university’s Law Alumni Association to publicly recognize outstanding achievements of its alumni. Recipients have distinguished themselves in their profession, community, and in service to humanity.
One of this year’s two recipients, W. David P. Carey III, is president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises, a privately held leisure lodging and hospitality company. Under his leadership, Outrigger has become one of the largest and fastest growing privately held companies of its kind in the Asia Pacific and
“David Carey is an exceptionally knowledgeable individual with respect to complex real estate development,” said professor Cynthia Mertens, who has invited him to her class as a guest lecturer, to rave reviews. “He has a natural ability to motivate people and to inspire them to explore various options in order to achieve a common goal. He is a true collaborative leader.”
The Honorable Jean High Wetenkamp, also honored this year, retired in 2009 after a long career in criminal law, as a prosecutor and a judge in
After 12 years as an assistant district attorney, in 1989 Governor Deukmejian appointed her to the Santa Clara County Municipal Court where she served with distinction, elected by her peers to be presiding judge from 1992–1993.
For the past decade she has presided over criminal cases as a Superior Court judge, including the case of Richard Archibeque, a handyman convicted in 2009 for the 1977 rape and strangulation murder of a Santa Clara high schooler, and fraudster Lawrence Maschino, who passed himself off as a millionaire who wanted to invest in San Jose arts. She was sentencing judge for drunk driver Nicole Rodriguez, who killed a
She also led the Superior Court’s efforts to educate state legislators on the role of the court and to review important pieces of legislation.
“She conducts herself and her courtroom with much dignity and she is respectful to all who appear before her,” said Superior Court Judge John Garibaldi, who was appointed to Municipal Court the same day as Judge Wetenkamp in 1989. “Her rulings and judgments are fair, informative, and legally sound. We need more judges like her. ”
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,758 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
Event Contact: Larry Donatoni, Assistant Dean for Law Alumni and Development
Media Contact: Deborah Lohse,