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Alumni and Admitted Students Reception in Los Angeles

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Mar 17, 2010

On Monday, I visited my hometown of Los Angeles to attend a reception for UC Davis School of Law alumni and admitted students.  These receptions are a terrific opportunity for alumni to reconnect with each other, and for newly admitted students to learn more about the incredible commitment to academic excellence and community that we have at UC Davis School of Law.

The international law firm of Alston and Bird LLP hosted the reception in its offices in downtown Los Angeles.  Peter Nyquist '95, a partner at the firm, was our host and provided a wonderful introduction before I addressed the 22 alumni and 11 admitted students in attendance.  

The event provided a chance for students to ask questions about what I call the "King Hall difference."  It is gratifying to know that our alumni had a truly positive law school experience - unlike many lawyers, who look back at their law school years with dread. 

The alumni in attendance were a diverse group, coming from a wide range of graduation years and areas of law practice.  This made the event particularly helpful to students who have been admitted to multiple law schools and are trying to decide which one to attend.

Besides telling the admitted students about King Hall, the alumni enjoyed reconnecting with their friends and former classmates.  I enjoyed catching up with alumni, including Alumni Board member Bill Strickland '97, Pamela Kohlman Webster '82, Steven E. Knott '90, Jennifer F. Novak '96 (who was a Jessup moot court champion in law school), Desiree C. Velasco '06, David W. Kesselman '99 and Aimee Dudovitz '99. 

Fun fact: Kesselman and Dudovitz met at King Hall and are now married.  Two other alumni in attendance are also married to classmates from UC Davis School of Law.

Admitted students, take note! :)