Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

April 10, 2009
David Ostrove, Hon. Alan Friedenthal and Hon. Charles McCoy to be Honored at Southwestern Awards Event

The Southwestern community will salute three individuals who have contributed significantly to the legal profession, the law school and the greater community, at the 22nd Annual Awards Recognition Reception and Auction on Thursday, April 16. David Ostrove '58, a prominent tax attorney and former president of the American Association of Attorney-CPAs will be named Alumnus of the Year; the Hon. Alan Friedenthal '83, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner, will be recognized as Outstanding Judicial Officer; and the Hon. Charles McCoy, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty, will be honored as Outstanding Friend.

This annual event allows the Alumni Association and other members of the Southwestern community the opportunity to recognize alumni and friends for their outstanding service. In addition to the awards ceremony and cocktail reception, the evening features a silent auction benefiting the Alumni Scholarship Fund. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. at the law school campus, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The cost to attend is $50 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Southwestern's Institutional Advancement Office.

David Ostrove '58, Alumnus of the Year

While many are fortunate to find success in one profession, David Ostrove has built an impressive career over the past 50 years in three: law, accounting and education. A Board Certified Specialist in Taxation Law and a Certified Public Accountant, he is highly regarded for his expertise in the areas of probate and trust, tax and complex business litigation and served as President of the American Association of Attorney-CPAs. He serves as a mediator and arbitrator and regularly appears as an expert witness engaged by private practice lawyers representing both defendants and plaintiffs, as well as county, state and federal government agencies. Professor Ostrove also recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty where he teaches a variety of courses in tax, accounting and wills and trusts, and is a veteran faculty member of Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and the California CPA Foundation. He is a published author, writing extensively in the areas of wills, trusts, probate and business law.

Hon. Alan Friedenthal '83,
Outstanding Judicial Officer

Alan H. Friedenthal was sworn in as a Superior Court Commissioner in 2005, becoming a full-time bench officer after serving as an as-needed Referee for nearly eight years. He has presided over criminal, child custody and support, domestic violence, civil harassment, traffic and small claims cases, as well as "Adoption Saturday," for children being adopted out of the foster care system. He also initiated the Valley Community Legal Foundation's efforts to establish children's waiting rooms in the Van Nuys and San Fernando Courthouses. A member of the state bars of California, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, he was a judicial clerk in both the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, and has served private clients on issues ranging from intellectual property, securities and bankruptcy law to litigation and children's rights. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Southern California, and completed graduate work in International and Comparative Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He has served on the boards of the State Bar of California, the Anti-Defamation League, the Western Justice Center Foundation, and the Valley Community Legal Foundation, and as president of the California Young Lawyers Association.

Hon. Charles W. "Tim" McCoy, Jr., Outstanding Friend

First appointed to the bench in 1992, Judge McCoy became the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court in January 2009. He previously served as a trial judge, Managing Judge of the Complex Litigation Courts and Supervising Judge of the Civil Courts. He serves on the California Judicial Council, was a member of the Governing Board of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), and chaired several committees of the California Judges Association (CJA). He is the President-Elect of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts. Prior to joining the bench, he was a partner in the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's Los Angeles office, where he practiced for 17 years, and served as Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy to Hon. Matthew Fong '85, Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization. Since 1995, Judge McCoy has been a popular member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty where he teaches Trial Advocacy. He also serves on the adjunct faculties of UCLA and Pepperdine Law Schools and Azusa Pacific University, and is the author of the book Why Didn't I Think of That? Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness (Prentice Hall Press, 2002; published in five languages). He has received numerous honors, including the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' 2008 Trial Judge of the Year Award. He earned his B.S. degree in industrial management at Purdue University, and his J.D. degree with honors at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.