Qualcomm President Steven R. Altman, '86, (JD) to Address USD School of Law Class of 2009

San Diego April 24, 2009 – The University of San Diego School of Law today announced that USD School of Law class of '86 and Qualcomm President Steven R. Altman will address the graduating class of 2009.

The commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion with a reception at the Hahn University Center immediately following.

About Steven R. Altman

Steven R. Altman is president of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Most recently, Altman has been  executive vice president of QUALCOMM and  president of QUALCOMM Technology Licensing (QTL).  He has been a member of QUALCOMM’s executive committee since 1992.

Altman joined QUALCOMM in 1989 and is the  chief architect of the Company’s strategy for  leveraging its broad intellectual property portfolio into  a value chain, which has accelerated the growth of CDMA technology. Under Altman’s leadership, the Company has entered into more than 130 domestic and international licensing agreements with many of the world’s largest telecommunications and electronics companies.

Altman began his career with the San Diego law firm of Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich, where he specialized in intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate matters. He joined QUALCOMM as corporate counsel with responsibility for licensing and contracts, quickly moving up through the management ranks and becoming vice president and general counsel in 1992.

Altman graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; he received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1986, graduating cum laude. He serves on the board of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and is a member of the University of California, San Diego Athletics Board. A former board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), he remains an active supporter of the JDRF and numerous other charitable causes.

About the 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.


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