UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2007
1970s

[1970]

THOMAS BELLEPERCHE (B.A.) resigned from full-time law practice in February 2006 and is a self-employed investor in Fort Wayne, Ind.

[1972]

JOHN HEISNER (J.D.) is a partner in Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez & Engel, a litigation law firm in San Diego. He is also an adjunct professor at USD’s School of Law and on the board of directors of St. Jude Research Foundation. He is active in Masonic organizations and is the author of “Meditations on Masonic Symbolism.”

SISTER MAXINE KRAEMER (M.A.) is still active in the Kraemer Endowment Foundation, which she established to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an organization that serves developmentally disabled adults in San Diego. Sister Kraemer was director of St. Madeleine Sophie’s for 25 years until her retirement in 1992.

[1973]

JAMES BOSTWICK (J.D., LL.M.G. ’02) handles criminal appellate cases through Appellate Defenders Inc. in San Diego and the California Appellate Project in Los Angeles. He has been a recognized appellate law specialist by the State Bar of California since November 2004. He is active in Toastmasters and an avid reader of Shakespeare.

DEBORAH HALL (M.ED., M.S. ’75) has been writing as an avocation for several years. “My biggest publication thrill came late last year when I had an essay accepted for NPR’s ‘This I Believe’ series,” Deborah says. “My essay was titled ‘The Power of Presence’ and can be found online at NPR.” It was broadcast on Dec. 26, 2005, and is included in an anthology of all “This I Believe” essays from the first year on NPR. The book is currently available in bookstores.

ROBERT JOHNSON JR. (J.D.) received the highest jury verdict award for a Jones Act case in California: $5.2 million vs. ExxonMobil for a worker injured on duty. He spends summers at his 42-acre horse ranch in McAllister, Mont., where he raises Tennessee walker and Missouri fox trotter pleasure horses.

[1974]

CAPT. MARK ZECCA (B.A.), commodore of Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 30, returned home after a year in the Middle East involved in coastal and port security for Iraq and Kuwait. There, he earned a Bronze Star for actions involving force protection of the United States and allied assets in the region.

[1975]

LANCE BEIZER (J.D.) retired in January 2002 after 25 years with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in order to attend the Episcopal Seminary at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He received a master of divinity degree in May 2005, was ordained as a priest on Sept. 10, 2005, and is now on the staff of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in San Jose, Calif.

STEPHEN EVATT (B.A.), longtime advertising manager of American Handgunner magazine, is now also the advertising manager of American Cop magazine. Steve and his wife, Sally, live in San Diego, and they have two grown daughters.

BRUCE GINSBURG (J.D.) continues to try cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “My children are growing and scattered to the wind.” Son Aaron is a manager of film writers and directors in Los Angeles; daughter Lauren works in the corporate offices of a clothing manufacturer in New York; and daughter Ariel entered college as a freshman in September. “I visit L.A. three to four times each year for business and pleasure. I always think fondly of my time spent in San Diego, and of the Law School itself.”

LORRAINE (CAGLIERO) PETERSON (B.A.) worked for three years after graduating from USD, was married and went to San Diego State University to earn a B.S. in nursing. She stayed home with her two sons until they were older, then worked at Costco, as an aide at Santee schools, and then as a school nurse at San Diego City Schools for five years. “I have worked in psychiatric nursing and in triage nursing for 1 1/2 years,” she says. “I enjoy nursing as an occupation.”

[1976]

RICHARD ANNIS (J.D.) reports, “On May 17, 2006, I became the grandfather of a beautiful baby girl, Daniela Vercollone.”

LARRY ROSENSTEIN (J.D.) has been practicing workers compensation law since 1977 with a private practice in West Los Angeles. “I have been active in the community as a member of the board of trustees of Temple Israel of Hollywood, a member of the Legal Division Cabinet of the Jewish Federation and a frequent volunteer at Meals on Wheels and the AIDS lunch program at L.A. County-USC.”

MICHAEL SPILGER (J.D.) has a solo practice in real estate transactional law in San Diego and is an author and speaker for continuing education classes for real estate brokers and attorneys.

[1977]

JAMES BOONE (M.ED.) and his wife, Lauralee (Nelson) ’77, are both retired from public school education. “We continue to serve the Lord Jesus Christ through teaching opportunities in our local church community and overseas,” Lauralee reports.

ROBBIN CUTLER (B.A.) has been a special education teacher with the Redlands Unified School District for the past 18 years.

DAVID FROMAN (J.D.) practices business and immigration law in San Diego. His family recently moved into their new home, which was built on the site of their home that burned in the October 2003 Cedar fire. David is a co-sponsor of the David Froman and Sandra M. Wagner Comparative Law Award at USD’s School of Law.

RITA MARIE KELLEY (M.ED.) is thrilled to announce the birth of her first granddaughter, Natali Cadence Kelley.

NANCY (SCHONS) SMOKE (J.D.) sends “more kisses to my fellow law school Class of ’77 alums!”

[1978]

ERIC GORDON (J.D.) and his wife, Bonnie Braiker-Gordon ’78, moved to Los Angeles after law school and opened their own law practice in 1981. They have two adult children: Jessica, 26, a licensed cosmetologist, and Spencer, 24, who earned an M.B.A. in April 2006 and is working toward his J.D. degree in a joint J.D./M.B.A. program at Pepperdine University.

[1979]

ANA ESPANA (B.A., J.D. ’82) continues to represent children in foster care in San Diego. Ana has been involved in drafting several bills pertaining to foster youth, and every one has been signed by a governor. “My oldest child is a sophomore in college, my middle child is entering college, and my baby is starting high school!” she reports. Ana and her husband, Jeffrey Reilly, have both worked in the San Diego County Juvenile Court for more than 20 years.

SISTER CHRISTINE FENDEL (M.ED.) is a teacher in the Early Start program with the San Bernardino Unified School District.

REGINALD GATES (J.D.) published his first book, The Barefoot Lawyer, on May 5, 2006. It is a 225-page compilation of 32 fictionalized short stories based on personal experiences.

GARY LOGAN (J.D.) is a partner at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball in Bakersfield, Calif.

STEPHEN MANCINI (J.D.) is a principal with Strazzeri Mancini, an estate and business planning firm in San Diego, and with the Southern California Institute, an educational institution of professionals teaching other professionals.

JAY SACKS (J.D.) has been a member since 2003 of Courtly Noyse, a Renaissance instrumental/vocal group. They have performed at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Old Globe Theatre.

SUSAN EYDENBERG WESTLAKE (J.D.) joined Sage Legal Search in New York, which places experienced attorneys in the corporate departments of law firms and corporations.