Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

April 26, 2007
California Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter to Speak at Commencement

Hon. Arthur Alarcón, Beverly Rubens Gordon and Janice Manis to receive honorary degrees

The Honorable Marvin R. Baxter, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will be the keynote speaker at Southwestern Law School's 92nd Commencement Ceremony, where J.D. degrees will be conferred on 286 graduates, and LL.M. degrees in Entertainment and Media Law will be conferred on 8 graduates. Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degrees will also be presented to the Honorable Arthur Alarcón, Beverly Rubens Gordon '54 and Janice A. Manis. The event will be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

With a long and distinguished career in the law, including 25 years in public service, Justice Baxter has been a member of the Supreme Court of California since 1991. Earlier in his career, he served as Appointments Secretary to Governor Deukmejian assisting in the appointment of over 700 judges, and was a justice of the California Court of Appeal. Justice Baxter was the keynote speaker at Southwestern's 1993 Commencement Ceremony when he received an honorary LL.D. degree from the law school.

At a recent meeting of Southwestern's Board of Trustees, the Board voted to award honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to three deserving individuals who have contributed significantly to Southwestern, legal education and the community. The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, was the first Hispanic appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when former president Jimmy Carter named him to the bench in 1979. He previously served as Chief of Staff and legal counsel for Governor Edmund G. Brown and as chair of the California Parole Board. A major force in legal education for over four decades, Professor Beverly Rubens Gordon graduated first in her law class in 1954 at Southwestern,where she later served on the faculty for ten years. She went on to establish two other southern California law schools that are now part of Pepperdine University and Whittier College. Janice A. Manis, Director of Administrative Services at Southwestern, has played a key role in the development of the law school for more than 25 years. Her vast administrative duties have included supervising all aspects of the transformation of the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building, other facilities and grounds into one of the most highly admired and technologically advanced law school campuses in the country.