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Capitol Reception for the Class of 2017

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Sep 12, 2014

I was pleased to attend one of my favorite annual law school events yesterday – the Capitol Reception to welcome the new first-year class.

The event began with a tour of the grand State Capitol building. Students also heard from alumni speakers including Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lawrence Brown '89 and Deputy Director of Legal Affairs for the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development Grace Arupo Rodriguez '02. Students also were greeted by LSA President Hayes Hyde '15. First-year students then gathered on the Capitol's north steps for their class picture.

Cap Steps 
Members of the Class of 2017 moments after taking their class photo

Then everyone headed to the Sheraton Grand Ballroom for a reception with dozens of judges, faculty members, members of the King Hall Alumni Board, and many other distinguished members of the Sacramento legal community. I made the event's opening remarks and gave the students an assignment: to practice networking and collect at least five business cards. From what I observed, they were doing a good job!

Networking 1

Networking 2

Thanks to the sponsors who helped to make this year's Capitol Reception a success!


Cota Cole LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP


Boutin Jones, Inc. 

Locke Lord LLP

Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Best Best & Krieger LLP

California Business Properties Association & Rex Hime

Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler

Ellison, Schneider & Harris L.L.P.

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Stoel Rives LLP

Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP