Monday, October 14, 2013
San Diego (October 14, 2013) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Frederick Schenk, ’78 (JD), has been elected by the Board of Directors, 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fair Board), to serve as its president.
In his new role, Schenk, a partner with the law offices of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt and Penfield, will oversee the Board of Directors, 22nd District, which runs the San Diego County Fair, as well as all operations at the state-owned fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. Members of the volunteer, nine-member board were appointed by Governor Jerry Brown or by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to four-year terms.
Schenk, a longtime San Diego resident, was previously vice president of the Board of Directors, and will serve as president for two years. He had been appointed previously to serve on the Fair Board by former Governor Gray Davis, serving from 2002 to 2006, and was vice president of the board in 2006.
An attorney with San Diego-based CaseyGerry since 1983, Schenk has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury and asbestos litigation. He serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world's largest trial bar, and is also past-president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center of San Diego and the Washington, D.C.-based Civil Justice Foundation, a national non-profit charitable organization. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Schenk is listed in Best Lawyers In America in America and was selected by his peers as San Diego "Lawyer of the Year” for Plaintiff’s Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers. Additionally, he is listed in Super Lawyers magazine, and was twice awarded the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.
The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA) is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces five events each year: the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show, Professional Bull Riding (PBR), the Scream Zone and Holiday of Lights. In addition, the Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horseracing meet each summer, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.
USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.