2017 Milestone Reunions King Hall’s Largest
UC Davis School of Law hosted its largest-ever reunion celebration on October 28, as more than 300 alumni from nine classes returned to King Hall to reconnect with classmates and teachers, tour the expanded and renovated law school building, and hear presentations from Dean Kevin R. Johnson and King Hall Alumni Board President Kimberly Lucia ’09.
2017 Reunion Photos
The 2017 Milestone Reunions brought together members of the classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. A record turnout of at least 311 participants met in the King Hall courtyard for an informal reception, building tours, and class photos, as well as a dinner at the nearby UC Davis Conference Center. The dinner program included a photo slide-show of students and faculty from years past, a showing of video footage from Congressman John Lewis’s speech at the School of Law’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony, and a performance by Law Cappella, as well as remarks from Dean Johnson and Kimberly Lucia.
Dean Johnson welcomed the alumni and King Hall faculty in attendance, including Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder and Professors Floyd Feeney, Jasmine Harris, John Hunt, Lisa Ikemoto `87, Irene Joe, Evelyn Lewis, Edward Rabin, Marty West, Joel Dobris, Cruz Reynoso, Daniel Simmons ’71, and Bruce Wolk. He thanked the alumni volunteers who helped organize the event and recapped recent developments at the School of Law, including the achievement of the only “majority minority” faculty of any leading American law school, the funding of 40 student scholarships, the recruitment of an outstanding and diverse Class of 2020, the founding of the First Generation Advocates program, and other news.
Dean Johnson also talked about the many impressive achievements of King Hall alumni.
“We have graduates among the judiciary, including the Chief Justice of California, as well as alumni serving as politicians, as partners in law firms and businesses,” he said. “They prosecute criminals, defend the accused, argue before the Supreme Court, champion civil rights, and one of our alums competed in the Olympics a few years ago. Others have committed their careers to advocating for the homeless, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and people with disabilities.”
Kimberly Lucia ’09, an attorney and shareholder at Boutin Jones Inc. in Sacramento, talked about the importance of staying connected to the King Hall community and giving back to the School of Law.
“By giving back and paying it forward any way you can, you are helping to build a new generation of lawyers who will make the world a better place in ways we can’t even begin to imagine,” she said, listing numerous ways alumni can support the School of Law. “There is something for everyone, and some way for everyone to give back.”