Tuesday, May 1, 2012
San Diego (May 1, 2012) - The University of San Diego (USD) honored two alumni at the 2012 Alumni Honors gala. Honorable Dr. Joseph Ghougassian, '77 (MA) '80 (JD), received the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award and Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. ’87 received the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award.
Joseph Ghougassian was the first naturalized United States citizen from the Middle East to become a U.S. Ambassador. In 2003, he was the special envoy to Kirkuk where he helped resolve disputes between Kurds, Christians, Arabs and Turkmen.
As deputy senior advisor to the ministry of higher education for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Ghougassian oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq's universities and colleges, restarted the Fulbright Program in Iraq and accompanied the first 25 Iraqi Fulbright scholars to the White House to meet with President George W. Bush.
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Group, its Crisis Management Group, and its Media and Entertainment Group. He also is a member of the firm’s five-person global Management Committee.
During his career, Boutrous has successfully persuaded appellate courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts in history. In 2011, he convinced the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse one of the largest class actions of all time in the landmark case of Wal-Mart v. Dukes.
About University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. 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.