King Hall Faithful Return for 2013 Alumni Reunions
UC Davis School of Law alumni from eight classes returned to King Hall for the 2013 Milestone Reunions on October 27. More than 200 alumni, family members, friends, and faculty came together to reminisce, enjoy lunch, tour the renovated and expanded King Hall building, and listen to remarks from Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Alumni Board President Gage Dungy '03, and Jeff Osofsky '08.
2013 Milestone Reunion Photo Gallery
"Welcome to the Classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008," Dean Johnson said in his opening remarks. He thanked the reunion committee volunteers who helped make the event a success by contacting classmates, arranging for smaller gatherings after the Reunion Luncheon, and organizing class gifts.
Dean Johnson also talked about the many milestones the School of Law has achieved in the 48 years since its founding, including recent accomplishments such as completion of the King Hall Expansion and Renovation project, the hiring of outstanding new faculty, the establishment of the California Supreme Court Clinic and the Aoki Center for Critical Race & Nation Studies, the hosting of sessions of the California Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and more.
"Thank you so much for your support," said Dean Johnson. "Your generosity makes our success possible."
Following a slide show of images of the School of Law and the King Hall community down through the years, Dean Johnson introduced Dungy, a partner at the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, who was attending both as Alumni Board president and as a member of the Class of 2003. Dungy encouraged his fellow alumni to "keep involved in the King Hall community. There are so many ways to be involved. Stay in touch with the school by providing internships, volunteering, and getting involved in great King Hall events."
Osofsky, who works at the firm of Munger Tolles & Olsen, was present in his capacity as founder of the King Hall Young Alumni Association and as a member of the Class of 2008. He talked about wanting to create a culture of giving back to the law school and his hope that the Young Alumni Association would "create the strongest alumni community possible."
Class gifts being organized in conjunction with the reunion include a substantial sum from the Class of 2008, which exceeded the contribution of any preceding fifth-year reunion class. The Class of 1998 is raising funds for a contribution to the Bill Smith Memorial Public Interest Fellowship, which was founded in memory of Bill Smith '98. The Class of 2003 is organizing to endow an award memorializing Steven Cannata and Matthew Cunningham, two classmates who died before completing their legal studies. Older classes are also organizing gifts, often working in small peer groups.
Plans are already in motion for the 2014 Milestone Reunions. Members of the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009 who would like to help ensure that next year's event is another success are invited to contact Christian Rockwood, Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-754-5326.
View photos from the event