Nine Decades of Alumni Outcomes

Nine Decades of Alumni Outcomes

California Western graduates have made meaningful contributions to the law, to society, and to the world from our earliest days to our most recent graduating class. We celebrate nine decades’ worth of alumni success with these nine stories.

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Dewitt “Dutch” Higgs ’34

While few records remain of the law school’s earliest days as Balboa Law School, the contributions of its early graduates are indelibly stamped on the history of San Diego and its legal community....

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Franklin B. Orfield ’49

Many children of lawyers go on to study law. Some even attend their parents’ alma mater. For the Orfields of San Diego, California Western was a family tradition...

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Milton “Mickey” Fredman ’50

When San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor sought a leader for the city’s newly established Arts and Culture Commission, she turned to Milton “Mickey” Fredman, a prominent San Diego attorney and 1950 graduate of Balboa Law School...

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Sandra J. Morris ’69

California Western graduates make history both on and off campus. The graduating class of 1969 included five women, the largest single class of women in the school’s history to that point. One of those women was Sandra J. Morris, who went on to great success as a leader in juvenile and matrimonial law in San Diego....

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Keith M. Kaneshiro ’76

“No matter how fast a fish swims, he never sweats.” Keith M. Kaneshiro ’76 recalls these words from California Western Dean Robert K. Castetter, his criminal law professor and a significant influence on the lives of many graduates of that era...

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Christopher W. Todd ’86

To say that Christopher W. Todd ’86 is proud of his law school would be an understatement. Todd is a partner at the San Diego firm Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie, LLP—and served the past two years as a California State Bar trustee...

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Andrew Jones ’96

From growing up poor while staring down racism in rural Florida, to starting law school at age 43, and locking horns with then-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Andrew Jones ‘96 has faced many obstacles in his life and career—and overcome them all...

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Alison O. Dearden ’09

Expanding access to justice and to quality legal services has long been a strong component of the work of California Western and its graduates. Using the power of technology, recent graduate Alison O. Dearden ’09 is able to...

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Brittney R. Dobbins ’14

Growing up in a small town outside Chicago, Brittney R. Dobbins, a May 2014 graduate, always wanted to be a lawyer. “My mom sparked my interest from birth,” Dobbins says. Her mother founded Peer Jury...

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