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Southwestern was one of the first law schools in the country to encourage the enrollment of women and minorities when it was established more than 100 years ago. As a result, from the very first graduate, Southwestern-trained lawyers quickly became trailblazers in the profession and the greater community—from the courthouse to the Mayor’s office.

Today, Southwestern alumni live and work throughout the United States and 26 foreign countries.  They include leaders in local and national elected offices, founders of major and boutique law firms, general counsels of multinational corporations, and top public interest lawyers. They have served in such diverse positions as general counsel of Lionsgate Entertainment, president of the Mormon Church, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, CEO of the American Red Cross, and California State Treasurer.

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January 2023

Gerry E. Agnew, Jr. '74 joined Judicate West in its Los Angeles office.

Reagan E. Boyce ’06 was named partner at Chamblee Ryan P.C. in Dallas, Texas.

Camille M. Vasquez '10 joined NBC as a legal analyst. Vasquez is a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP.

Benjamin C. Lau ’11 was elevated to principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Manny S. Mukkar ’11 was named partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto, Canada. Mukkar is a member of the firm’s real estate and development group.

Michael B. Gelfound ’13 joined Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP as partner in its Los Angeles location. Gelfound was most recently with Selman Breitman LLP.

Mark C. Humphrey ’13 was promoted as partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. He is a member of the firm’s litigation group.

Max N. Wellman '13 was elected partner at Venable LLP in its Century City location.

Mindy Bae Kulikov ’14 was promoted as partner at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP in the firm’s Los Angeles office focusing on professional liability and commercial litigation.

Nathan B. Eprem ’22 joined the litigation section of GrayRobinson in Melbourne, Florida.


Class Notes Archive

  1. December 2022

    Jeffrey R. Erickson ’88, was appointed to serve as judge in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. Erickson was most recently a partner at Raynes Erickson since 2012.

    Patricia D. Cafferata ’89, was elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors.

    Edwin P. Chau ’92, was appointed as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Chau was most recently an assemblyman representing the 49th district of California.

    Celeste V. Thomasson ’93, was appointed as chief audit and risk officer of Renault Group in France.

    Jillian R. Weinstein ’09, was elected partner at O’Melveny & Myers LPP. Weinstein serves as the firm’s Assistant General Counsel, and the firm’s public safety officer.

    Patricia Brum ’13, was selected for inclusion in LA Times Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Magazine for exhibiting achievements both within their organizations and in the community at large through actionable programs and initiatives impacting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. Brum is a partner at Snell Wilmer and is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community.

    Whitney Nonnette Perry ’13, joined Reed Smith as counsel to their labor and employment practice.

    Lucy A. Vartanian ’13, was named partner at Hahn & Hahn. Vartanian is a member of the firm’s family law practice group since 2019.