USD Law Alumnus Michael Kaplan ’72 (JD) to Receive Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award at Alumni Honors

Michael Kaplan ’72 (JD) to Receive Hughes Career Achievement Award at USD Alumni Honors

Michael Kaplan

SAN DIEGO (April 7, 2017) – The University of San Diego (USD) will honor Michael Kaplan ’72 (JD), with the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award at Alumni Honors on April 22, 2017.

Michael Kaplan earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California in 1969, and his JD degree from the University of San Diego in 1972. He is co-owner, with his brother and sister, in the family business, ARKA Properties Group. ARKA is an industrial, commercial, and residential property ownership and management company that operates throughout the United States.

After graduating law school, Kaplan joined the law firm of Ambrose and Malat, a small law firm specializing in real estate law. In 1974, Kaplan became a deputy city attorney for Los Angeles. From 1974 through 1991, Kaplan founded and co-owned with his business partner, Mark, Mark Michael Men’s Clothing Store. The interest was acquired by Mark in 1994.  From 1976-1980, he also built homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his brother, Steven.

In 1977, Kaplan was general counsel for KB Management Company. He became a principal in 1984 and remained until 1988. Prior to KB Management Company, Kaplan had his own practice dealing with complex litigation.

Kaplan joined USD School of Law’s Board of Visitors in January 1992. He is also a trustee emeritus for USD's Board of Trustees. He’s active in World President’s Organization, as well as Pacific Council on International Policy. Kaplan is a lifetime honorary member of the City of Hope Board of Directors, as well as past president of The Sportsman’s Club. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2006 from the City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

Kaplan is fortunate to share his life with his wife of 34 years, Terri, and his 27-year-old son, Adam, a software engineer.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 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 and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 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 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast 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.


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