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Federal court lawyer and adjunct professor of law, Peter Afrasiabi JD '97 is co-director of the University of California, Irvine School of Law Appellate Clinic. This spring he will publish Burning Bridges: America's 20-Year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges, the first full account of the true story of the longest deportation battle in U.S. history, a case that spanned four trials over 20 years and went to the Supreme Court twice.
Nanette Barragan JD '05 was elected to the U.S. Congress, representing California's 44th District. She was sworn into office on Jan. 3, 2017.
BTI Consulting Group named Steve Baumann '11 a "Client Service All-Star." Baumann is an associate attorney at Littler, where his practice is focused on complex commercial and employment litigation.
Matthew Belloni JD '02 was recently named as Editorial Director at The Hollywood Reporter.
Hermione Brown LLB '47, an attorney with Gang Kopp and Tyre for 55 years, was profiled in The Hollywood Reporter article, My Mother, the Lawyer, Had Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe Lining Up. Brown represented numerous celebrities, including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Clint Eastwood.
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers named Chris Cowan JD '07, an attorney in the Beck Redden LLP Austin office specializing in Business Litigation, to their "2017 Texas Rising Stars."
Hillel Elkins JD '05 made Partner at Sklar Kirsh LLP's Entertainment & Media Group in Los Angeles. Previously, he was Executive Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs at Relativity Media.
Javier Gutierrez JD '07, a Partner at Stuart Kane, was selected from over 400 finalists as one of this year's Urban Land magazine's 40 Under 40, recognizing "the world's best and brightest real estate professionals."
In December, Sheppard Mullin named Whitney Hodges JD '07 as the 2016 Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, the firm's highest pro bono honor. She is a member of Sheppard Mullin's Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in San Diego.
In June 2016, Nina Huerta JD '03 made Managing Partner at Locke Lord LLP. She was recently elected as President of the Mexican American Bar Foundation Board, where she will serve with fellow alumna Maria E. Hall JD '03, Attorney Development Director at the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium, who was elected as the Board's Vice President.
USC's Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) presented John Iino JD '87 with the 2017 Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership in the legal profession. Iino was also recently named Reed Smith's global chair of diversity and inclusion.
Avi Klein '04 is now managing investigator at the Mintz Group, an international private investigations and due diligence company.
The Southern California Super Lawyers named Steve Mindel JD '85, Managing Partner at FMBK, to its Top 100 list.
Employment litigator Elizabeth "Liz" Murphy JD '94 has joined Jackson Lewis' Los Angeles office as a Principal. With more than 20 years of experience in employment litigation, Murphy's practice focuses on the field of home healthcare and employment law, including accounting, retail, banking, manufacturing, and hospitality.
Tezira Nabongo JD/MA '97 was promoted to Senior Vice President of Talent Management at the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.
David Newman's JD '06 article, Out of the Courts, is the cover story of Los Angeles Lawyer's January 2017 real estate issue.
Judge Ronald S. Prager JD '69 recently joined Judicate West's roster of neutrals in its San Diego office.
Todd B. Scherwin JD '05, managing partner at Fisher Phillips' Los Angeles office, was named to the Southern California Super Lawyers 2017 Edition.
In January, Avraham "Avi" Schwartz JD '08 joined Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine as the Director of IP Litigation Counsel.
Dwight Stirling JD '00 MEd, CEO and co-founder of the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) and senior JAG officer in the Cal Guard, was recently named to the Orange County Register's 100 Most Influential for 2016, for his work with VLI, a veteran-specific nonprofit law firm.
Stirling will return to USC Gould this spring to teach Veterans Legal Practicum (Law 834) with public interest attorney Laura Riley JD '10. The course will allow USC law students to "assist former service members struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma."
Steven Sweeney JD '96 recently joined Duane Morris as an Associate in their Los Angeles office.
This summer, Dr. Riaz Tejani JD '09, Assistant Professor and Acting Chair in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield, will publish Law Mart: Justice, Access and For-Profit Law Schools with Stanford University Press.
NPR interviewed CBS Sports Analyst Amy Trask JD '85 on The Politics of the Super Bowl on February 5.
Shaun J. Voigt JD '09 (pictured) and Raul E. Zermeno JD '08 made Partner at Fisher Phillips' Los Angeles office, which recently hired Associates Ashley Attia JD '16 and Rayan Naouchi JD '16.
Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and General Counsel at SERVIZ, Adam Wergeles JD '91 was profiled in the Daily Journal (2/28/17).
In November 2016, Ryan Wolfe JD '12 received the Misdemeanor Attorney of the Year for the LA County Public Defender's Office. Wolfe is the Deputy Public Defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office Compton Courthouse - Juvenile Division.
Nanette Barragan JD '05 was elected to the US Congress, representing California's 44th District. (See Spring 2016)
On Nov. 8, Palo Alto City Councilor Marc Berman JD '08 was elected to the State Assembly representing the 24th District. He will be sworn in on Dec. 5.
As a student at USC Gould, Berman was the president of the Student Bar Association, and he served for two years on the Southern California Law Review. He went on to work as an attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP and Merino Yebri, LLP prior to his work on the City Council, where he served as chair of the Finance Committee. In addition, Berman worked as the Development Director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. He was a member of Palo Alto's Infrastructure Committee, and president of the Peninsula Democratic Coalition. He is a founding member of the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council.
In September, Eric Cheng JD '10 was named Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he specializes in intellectual property litigation; patent infringement litigation; patent-related ITC proceedings; copyright, trademark, Internet and advertising litigation; and trade secrets litigation.
Brian Duff JD '05, a member of the Corporate Department at Latham and Watkins LLP has recently been promoted to Counsel. His practice primarily focuses on M&A, representing strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in public and private transactions. He also regularly advises public and private clients on corporate governance and structure, securities law compliance and strategic transactions.
The Daily Journal named Robert Dugdale JD '93, Jackie Lacey JD '82 and David Willingham JD '98 to the "Top 100 Lawyers in California 2016."
Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP, recently hired Casey Flaherty JD '06 and Darth Vaughn JD '05 to the firm's Orange County office.
Flaherty, who now serves as of counsel and director of Client Value focusing on legal delivery systems, was formerly a litigator and in-house counsel at a global manufacturing firm. Recently, he authored Unless You Ask: A Guide for Law Departments to Get More from External Relationships, written and published in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel's Legal Operations Section.
Vaughn, who was a member of the Tort Section and Business Litigation and Corporate Services Division in a large international firm and a business technology consultant with Accenture, joined Haight as partner in the Product Liability, Business Solutions, Employment and Labor, Real Estate, and Transportation Law Practice Groups, and Director of Legal Process Services. He now represents corporations and individuals in tort-based litigation.
Vaughn and Flaherty are both principals in Procertas, provider of the Legal Tech Assessment (LTA). The LTA is a metrics and benchmarking tool that integrates training platforms with competence-based assessments in a live environment. The LTA enables the firm's attorneys and staff to become Certified Operators of Basic Office Technology (COBOT).
Laura Fry JD '72 recently returned to USC Gould to accept a position as the new director of Externship Programs. She will also serve as an adjunct assistant professor. Previously Fry was the director of Externships at UC Irvine School of Law.
Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein, LLP hosted a lunch featuring USC Gould professor and child interviewing and child testimony expert Tom Lyon, who presented Uncovering Parental Pressures When Interviewing Children. Attendees included Alex Grager JD '01, Jeremy Klein JD '85 and Steve Mindel JD '85.
In September, real estate transactional attorney Owen P. Gross JD '94 was hired as a Partner at Sklar Kirsh. According to the firm, during his 20 years in the field, Gross has handled "all types of properties for lenders, borrowers, buyers, sellers, developer partners, equity partners, government agencies, tenants and landlords. This experience allows him to work on virtually all aspects of very complicated transactions-from structured finance, joint ventures to negotiating purchase and sale agreements." Previously, Gross was Senior Counsel at Cox, Castle & Nicholson.
Javier Gutierrez JD '07, a partner at Stuart Kane LLP, was selected from among 400 candidates as one of Urban Land magazine's 40 Under 40, recognizing his achievements in the real estate industry and community involvement. In addition to chairing an Urban Land Institute pro bono technical assistance panel focusing on the integration of a homeless shelter, he has served as a jurist for a Breaking New Ground design competition to address urgent housing needs of farm and service worker families in southern California, and as a board member of American Family Housing, a nonprofit providing housing for homeless and low-income people. Gutierrez has led the organization to produce four housing projects that will provide nearly 100 new beds for the homeless and Potters Lane, affordable apartments for veterans.
Reed Smith's Los Angeles managing partner and global co-chair of its Japan business team, John Iino JD '87, was recently named as the firm's global chair of diversity and inclusion.
The Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region announced the first recipient of the Walter & Laurel Karabian Fellowship. Founded by Former State Assembly Majority Leader Walter Karabian BA '60, JD '63, MS '65 the Sacramento-based fellowship "offers young Armenian-Americans the opportunity to enhance their leadership and professional skills," focusing on public policy and politics. In 1997 and 2015, Karabian received the ANCA-WR's Legacy Award, its highest honor.
In 1966, Karabian was elected to the California State Assembly. At age 33, he became the youngest Assembly Majority Leader in California history.
Jeff Maloney JD '03 successfully won his bid to the Alhambra city council's third district. His victory was featured in the Alhambra Source. Maloney has been serving as the chief counsel for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy chair of Alhambra's Transportation Commission. Previously, he served on both the Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissions.
Van Nguyen JD '02, a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP's Commercial Litigation Group in the firm's Orange County office, was recently named to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) 2016 Best Lawyers Under 40. She is the immediate past president of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA), where she previously served as president-elect, treasurer, and secretary. Currently, Nguyen is a director on the board of the Federal Bar Association/Orange County Chapter, a member of the Executive Advisory Council and the Pro Bono Advisory Council for Asians Americans Advancing Justice, a volunteer attorney for the Orange Public Law Center, which awarded her with the Public Law Center's Distinguished Service Award/Special Recognition, and its State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award for her pro bono work. Nguyen has consistently been named a Southern California Super Lawyer - Rising Star in Litigation since 2007.
Laura Riley '10, an attorney with the Art Law Collective, LLC and Project Director with Bet Tzedek Legal Services returns to USC Gould to teach this spring's Veterans Legal Practicum.
Sanders, Roberts and Jewett, LLP was named to The Daily Journal Top Boutiques in California 2016 - Litigation. The firm, whose clients include Ford Motor Company, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the California Institute of Technology, was founded by Justin Sanders '00 in 2008. Reginald Roberts '00 joined the firm in 2011.
Dan Woods JD '77, a Partner at Musick Peeler, was named by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S. for 2016. A litigator and trial lawyer, Woods has specialized in employee mobility issues, and employment, real estate, banking and trade secret litigation.
Yingying Wu JD '16 was hired as an Associate at Autotelic Inc.
Lesley Anne Hawes joined Diamond McCarthy's Los Angeles office as Senior Counsel, where she will focus on federal equity receivership matters, bankruptcy litigation, Chapter 11 reorganization and commercial litigation. In addition, she is a regular contributing author to the Leasing and Financial Services Monitor.
In June, Schiff Hardin LLP announced the addition of partner Marisa Murillo JD '02 to its Chicago office, where she will concentrate on senior and junior capital financings, asset-based loans, secured acquisition, and other leveraged financings, debt restructuring, and intercreditor issues.
A graduate of USC Gould and Yale University, Murillo represents corporate clients in complex finance transactions, equity investments, and other general corporate and merger and acquisition matters. Previously, she served as special counsel in the commercial finance group of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago and as an in-house corporate transactions attorney at General Motors Company.
For young lawyers fresh out of law school, getting real courtroom experience can be challenging. One LLP Founding Partner Peter Afrasiabi JD '97 parlayed his own experience as a new lawyer into a pro bono program that gives students the opportunity to argue cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, while alleviating overflow in the court system. Several law firms and more than 10 law schools currently utilize the program.
Amy B. Alderfer JD '99, a Partner with Cozen O'Connor in their Commercial Litigation Department, has been named as vice president of the board of the Century City Bar Association (having served as its president during the 2014-2015 term). Also, she is actively involved with the charity Every Mother Counts. Amy joined Cozen O'Connor from Greenberg Traurig in 2014.
The San Diego Union-Tribune profiled Neil Ash JD '50 in the May 27 article, USO's indispensable man, detailing his career in the military, tenacity in the face of tragic personal loss, and lifelong commitment to service.
Lael A. B. Awong '06 was made Partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Nanette Barragán JD '05 has launched a bid for the US Congress in California's 44th District. Nanette worked in Washington at the White House for President Clinton and at the NAACP, where she focused on social justice issues and researched racial health disparities. Most recently she was a leader in the successful fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill in the Santa Monica Bay. She served as the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Brown JD '75, a shareholder and managing partner in its Santa Barbara office, to the board of directors of the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation. The term of his appointment is five years.
"Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is dedicated to serving the needs of all members of the community and has recently completed a $120 million reconstruction of its hospital," Brown said. "I look forward to serving on the board of directors and supporting the hospital's mission to advance the quality of health care in the Goleta Valley and Santa Barbara County."
Brown's legal practice focuses on the representation of clients before governmental agencies in land use and environmental entitlement matters. He advises clients on a wide range of complex land use matters, including development of residential and industrial projects, shopping centers, and master plan permits for non-profit and educational and cultural organizations.
Andres Cantero '16, Jenecia Martinez '16 and Thai Viet Phan'16 were profiled in an ABC News feature on first generation professionals graduating from USC Gould.
Tracey L. Chenoweth JD '08 was promoted to Counsel in Banking at Skadden.
Jeremiah Chung JD '10 is an Associate with Lee & Ko in Seoul, Korea, where he works in the Cross Border Litigation Practice Group.
Kanika Corley BLC '15, a business and entertainment transactional and litigation attorney with Sedgwick, has been named to the National Bar Association's Top 40 Under 40 Nation's Best Advocates List.
Lauren Fendrick JD '10 and her teammate, Brooke Sweat, will represent the United States in women's beach volleyball at the Summer Olympics in Rio. The two have played in over 25 international tournaments, eight of which they finished in the top-five. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Fendrick.)
Todd G. Friedland JD '96, partner at Stephens Friedland LLP, was named as president of the Orange County Bar Association.
In April, the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, Long Beach Harbor Pioneer Project and the Long Beach Public Library co-sponsored a screening of Lil Tokyo Reporter, which details the life and work of Japanese American civil rights activist Sei Fujii JD 1911, publisher of The Kashu Mainichi (California Daily News). The film was produced by Jeffrey Chinn MFA Cinematic Arts '16.
Douglas Goldwater JD '04, a partner at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP whose practice focuses primarily on family law, has been named to the 2016 Rising Stars list of Super Lawyers for the third year in a row. Goldwater is a past president of the Ventura County Family Law Bar Association and is currently a board member of the Ventura County Bar Association.
Henry D. Gradstein '79 (pictured), Richard B. Kendall '79 and Howard Weitzman '65, were named in the 2015 Daily Journal California's Top Entertainment Lawyers List. Gradstein was also named in Billboard Magazine's 2015 "Top Music Lawyers" list.
Alex Grager JD '04 has returned to Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein, LLP as Senior Counsel. A Certified Family Law Specialist, he "represents clients in all stages of family law proceedings, from inception through trial or settlement, and post-Judgment. Alex has successfully negotiated and litigated a number of high asset cases, high-conflict custody cases, and he also has an expertise in domestic violence matters."
Anthony Greene JD '14 was recently hired by Alston & Bird in New York. Previously, he was Law Clerk to The Honorable Catherine E. Bauer in the United States Bankruptcy Court.
In March 2016, Steven M. Hernandez JD '96 was promoted to Assistant Assessor for Los Angeles County. Hernandez has been with the Office of the Assessor since 2013. Previously, he served as Manager for both Los Angeles County's Contracts Administration for the Department of Health Services and the Internal Services Department. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Los Angeles County Management Council, where he was Chair of the Education Committee from 2008-2011. He was also an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned his B.S. in Industrial Management.
Hernandez is Chair of the Class of 1996 USC Gould 2016 Reunion Committee.
Elyze Iriarte JD '01 was nominated to the Superior Court bench in Guam by Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. In private practice for 15 years, Iriarte served as an associate and partner of Carlsmith Ball LLP and as founding partner of Iriarte Camacho Calvo Law Group, LLC. Currently, she is secretary to the Guam Solid Waste Board of Directors and a board member of Invest$Smart, a nonprofit organization focused on financial literacy. In addition, Iriarte is a member of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Guam Chamber of Commerce. She has been involved in a number of local community organizations, and in 2014 she was named as one of Guam Business Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40."
Edith (Lopez) Jasper JD '09 has announced the formation of her new partnership, SJM Law Group, LLP, which focuses on disability rights and education.
Thomas Kearney JD '04 (pictured) was made partner at Akerman. Based in their Washington, D.C., office, he will enhance the Practice Group's experience in federal and state compliance as well as operational support capabilities. Thomas joined Akerman from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Regulations, where he played a key role developing and drafting multiple mortgage originations related rulemakings.
Lisa Kolieb JD/MBA '04 was named as one of five new partners in Akerman's Los Angeles office. Kolieb regularly appears before planning commissions, city councils, and other governmental agencies in matters involving land use approvals, environmental and regulatory permits, and local discretionary approvals associated with alcohol licensing on behalf of real estate developers, owners, retailers, and other clients. She regularly conducts land-use due diligence evaluations for property owners, developers, and institutional lenders. Her experience also includes substantial work with CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, the Mello Act, and the Public Records Act. Kolieb represents clients in connection with government contracts and bid protests, and is well-versed in providing political and public relations assistance to both private sector and public sector clients. She also assists clients with land use litigation, defending development projects against CEQA and other land use-related claims.
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey JD '82 was named as Prosecutor of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Criminal Justice Section at their Annual Criminal Justice Awards Dinner in May.
Archana Lannin JD '12 is now an Associate at DLA Piper, LLP in Los Angeles.
Te'Aira Law, JD '12 and her husband announce the birth of their first child, Caleb.
Jaime L. Lee BA '06, JD '09, CEO of Jamison Realty, Inc., is currently serving on the Board of Administration of the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System at the appointment of Mayor Garcetti. Recently, she has been named as president-elect of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. Lee will serve as president in 2017-18.
Harry J Leonhardt, Esq. '83 J.D. recently returned from Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he served as legal monitor at the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who stands accused of involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four other alleged co-conspirators. Leonhardt served in this capacity on behalf of Pacific Council on International Policy, where he is a member of the National Security Committee and the GTMO Task Force.
After beginning his legal career as an attorney at Lyon & Lyon in Los Angeles as a patent litigator, Mr. Leonhardt served as a senior business executive and/or General Counsel at six pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, including Allergan, Nanogen, Genoptix, Senomyx, Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Halozyme Therapeutics, where he currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary.
Paul Maxon JD '03 won Case of the Year from the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association for Basevitz v Fremont RE 2 School District, et al.
Steve Mindel JD '85, Managing Partner at Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein, LLP, speaks and writes extensively on divorce and family law. He was recently interviewed by People Magazine, for an article on Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's divorce, and by Good Morning America regarding the custody battle between Madonna and Guy Ritche. In addition, Steve is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and Divorce Magazine.
Christine Nitoff JD '12 is now an Associate with Murchison & Cumming in Los Angeles.
Alyson Parker JD '09 recently accepted a position with the California Office of the Attorney General in the Health, Education and Welfare Division. Previously, she was an attorney with Quinn Emanuel, Seconded In-House Counsel with Sumitomo Chemical Company in Tokyo, and most recently, an Associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP.
Superior Court Deputy General Counsel Sheila Recio JD '98 was selected by Orange County judges as one of the court's two new commissioners.
Belynda Reck '92 was named partner at Reed Smith. Formerly a partner at Hunton & Williams, Ms. Reck has more than 22 years of experience litigating environmental issues in both state and federal courts.
Jasmyn Jones Richardson, '13 recently accepted a position as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Voting Section at the Department of Justice.
David Ring JD '90 was named as 2016 President of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.
In April, Richard Romero JD '06 and colleagues launched a new partnership, Devaney Pate Morris & Cameron, LLP. Romero was selected for the San Diego Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" in 2016 for the second year in a row.
Robert (Bob) Rosenberg BS '66 , JD '69 was named as the State of California's No. 1 Real Estate Solo Practitioner by the Super Lawyers National Business Edition for the third consecutive year. He continues his transactional real estate practice in Beverly Hills.
Stephanie Schroeder JD '91, Executive VP of Business & Legal Affairs at The Jim Henson Company, was featured in the Daily Journal (2/8/11).
Selma Moidel Smith JD '41 (pictured) was honored with the American Bar Foundation's Inaugural Life Fellows Achievement Award on February 7.
Michelle Stover JD '10 was appointed as Corporate Counsel at Ambry Genetics Corporation in January 2016.
Elena Villasenor Sullivan JD '04, a Texas trial attorney who primarily handles high stakes business litigation, was selected for the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters.
Lindsay Toczylowski JD '08 is Executive Director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, which advances social justice for Southern California's most marginalized immigrant and refugee communities.
Karen B. Wong (1986), a partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, was named one of the Daily Journal's 2016 "Top Women Attorneys" in California.
Christine Wozniak JD '15 writes that she is taking part in the Remote Year, which brings together a community of 75 professionals from across the globe to spend a year, working, travelling, and exploring 12 cities around the world. Spending one month in each city, the community connects with local cultures and business ecosystems, forming lifelong, borderless personal and professional relationships along the way.
Southern California Super Lawyers recognized Raul Zermeno JD '08 (1986), an associate with Fisher Phillips, as one of the Rising Stars in its Southern California Super Lawyers 2016 Edition.
Roger Anawalt LLB '49 was a WWII U.S. Army veteran who served in France, Japan and the Philippines. Upon his return to the U.S., he earned his law degree from USC and worked in the legal and corporate secretarial field in California.
An avid dancer and musician, he was a member of the New Horizons Band. He also completed 32 marathons, the last one when he was 72 years old!
Roger passed away on Jan. 31 at the age of 97. He was predeceased by his son Eric, and he leaves behind his wife Audrey, daughter Robin, son Greg, stepson Clifford and grandchildren Paige and Jack.
Richards D. Barger '53; Jan. 17, 2016. Barger served on the USC Gould Board of Councilors for nearly 20 years. His distinguished six-decade legal career included serving as California Insurance Commissioner from 1968 to 1972, a post to which he was appointed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan. He remained active as a practicing lawyer at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP until shortly before his death. Barger was president of the National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners and started the Federation of Regulatory Counsel. He co-founded Barger & Wolen LLP, which he grew into one of the nation's leading insurance law firms and which merged with Hinshaw in October 2014.
Walter C. Foster LLB '50 passed away on July 15, 2016. During WWII, Foster served with the 874th Airborne Engineer Battalion in North Africa. He returned to Los Angeles and served as City Attorney at City Hall and at the Harbor Department. Later, he worked for Dart Industries and as an independent legal consultant. Foster also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife, Ethel M. Foster, were married for 47 years and raised three children.
William Genego, who was instrumental in the success of Gould's pioneering Post Conviction Justice Project, passed away in March 2017. A member of the Gould faculty 1981-1989, Genego rose to the rank of Clinical Professor of Law, before he went into private practice, focusing on criminal defense and appellate litigation.
Professor Scott Bice, who was dean during Genego's time on the faculty recalled Genego and his work with the PCJP with fondness and admiration. "Willie and his students provided critical legal assistance to an important population who had no access to legal services. He was a valued colleague and a popular teacher who inspired his students to pursue public interest careers."
In addition to leading the PCJP, Professor Genego taught courses in criminal procedure, evidence, trial advocacy, and appellate litigation.
Orange County criminal defense attorney William "Bill" Kopeny JD '74 died on June 7 of a heart attack at age 65. Kopeny handled a range of high profile cases, including the defense of Theodore Briseno, one of the four Los Angeles police officers accused in the 1991 beating of Rodney King.
Bernard A. Leckie BS '57, JD '59: Dec. 16, 2016. Of counsel to Meserve, Mumper & Hughes LLP, Leckie co-founded the USC Legion Lex William P. Gray Inn of Court in 1989 as his law practice focused on general civil litigation, trial practice, family law, personal injury, corporate, real estate, probate and insurance matters. Leckie handled many high-profile cases, which included representing O.J. Simpson in a child custody case.
At his passing, he was a member of the USC Legion Lex (Orange County) Board of Directors and served on the Board of the William P. Gray Inn of Court. An arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Orange County Superior Court, Leckie served as a judge pro tem for the Orange County Superior Court, a member of the State Bar Disciplinary Committee and chairman of the State Bar Preliminary Investigation Panel.
As a USC law student, Leckie received the Law Week Award for highest scholastic progress in 1959. Leckie was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife Maryanne (Hammatt); son Scott and daughter Karin.
A WWII U.S. Army veteran, Noel Harding Merrihew (Dornsife BA' 44, LLB '52) passed away on Feb. 19. He was 96. Merrihew worked for the State of California Division of Corporations for 25 years. He retired in 1982.
He was married to his wife Dorothea for nearly 35 years before her death in 1992. He leaves behind his children, Kirstin Merrihew, Sigrid Palmer, and Rolf Merrihew; granddaughter, Jennifer Palmer; a niece, and two nephews.
A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Donald R. Perry LLB '60 passed away on February 19 after a prolonged illness. He attended Cal State LA and USC Law School and went on to serve as an FBI Agent in Detroit, MI, later returning to California to pursue his legal career. Perry practiced law for 45 years, and earned a reputation as a noted bankruptcy attorney.
Steven J. Saito JD '84: Jan. 5, 2017. Saito worked at Stanley Mosk Courthouse for 26 years as an in-house probate attorney. He is survived by his wife Deborah.
A native of Minneapolis, the Hon. Sheldon "Shelly" Sloan JD '61 was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan as a judge to the Los Angeles Municipal Court (now Superior Court), and sat on the bench for three years before returning to private practice. He was a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, where he was chair of the Government Relations Practice, focusing on government relations and real estate.
Judge Sloan was a highly regarded community leader, serving in a variety of professional and civic roles. He was the 82nd president of the State Bar of California, chair of the Federal Judiciary Advisory Committee, president of the Los Angeles County Bar, president of the LA County Arts Commission and president of the Guardians of the Jewish Homes of the Aging. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from UCLA before earning his J.D. from USC Gould. He passed away on February 26, 2016.
Joseph Wapner BA '41/JD '48: Feb. 26, 2017. A Double Trojan, Judge Wapner became well-known to TV audiences for his 12-year tenure on courtroom reality show, "The People's Court."
Wapner worked in private practice as a lawyer for nearly a decade before Gov. Edmund Brown appointed him to the California Municipal Court. Two years later, Judge Wapner was elected presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court system.
Between earning his undergraduate degree in philosophy and his JD at USC, Wapner served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.
"The People's Court" debuted in 1981 and Wapner presided over 2000 episodes.
Upon the news of Wapner's death, Dean Andrew Guzman told CNN: "'People's Court' brought our system of justice into American homes and was truly revolutionary." Wapner is survived by his wife Mickey and sons David Miron-Wapner and Hon. Fred Wapner.
Beverly Hills attorney and realtor Lillian Worthing Wyshak '56 passed away in May. She passed the California bar in 1956 and also served as a certified specialist in taxation law and a CPA. In 2005, she was named as a Super Lawyer Law & Politics in Los Angeles Magazine. Her daughter Susie shared that being a USC Law alumna and attending Gould events was a huge highlight of Wyshak's life, especially in recent years.