USD School of Law Milestone Reunion: 1975 45-Year

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USD School of Law Milestone Reunion: 1975 45-Year

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Date and Time

  • Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Virtual Event

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Class of 1975

45-Year Reunion...A Virtual Get-Together Like No Other!

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with the one and only Class of 1975 to celebrate 45 years! The evening will include:

  • Greetings from the new Dean
  • Class updates
  • Socializing at virtual tables
  • Trivia
  • Gourmet food and wine delivery option (San Diego County)
  • Virtual photo booth
  • And more...

Registration is Complimentary

Your 45-Year Milestone Reunion registration is complimentary–it is our hope that you will please consider contributing to the Class of 1975 Fellowship, Scholarship, or Professorship. 

Instructions on how to access the virtual event will be emailed to registered participants once the digital platform goes live. 

Reunion Signature Drink

Signature Drink Recipe and Design credit to UC Davis School of Law – thank you!

Optional Gourmet Food & Wine Delivery

Champagne Bakery

View Canapé & Artisan Cheese Board and wine selections. Wine selections are available only with Canapé & Artisan Cheese Board orders. Alcohol cannot be delivered without a food order. 

USD School of Law is pleased to partner with Champagne Bakery to offer an optional gourmet Canapé & Artisan Cheese Board for $35 and split wine selections for $15 including tax, gratuity, and delivery.

Deliveries will be made on Friday, January 15, between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. at home or business addresses within San Diego County. Orders may be placed through Friday, January 1

Digital Reunion Experience

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations has compiled a snapshot of your USD School of Law experience and some videos to allow you to visit campus today.

Entering Class Photos Commencement Program Commencement Program

Campus Fly-Over Donate to Class Gift Campus Tour

What to Wear?

USD School of Law will be providing more details on how to participate in the Class of 1975 Virtual Photo Booth which will have a custom background to celebrate your 45-Year Reunion. The dress code is your personal choice and we encourage you to wear USD Blue and Sapphire Red.

  • Blue often represents justicepeace, freedomprosperity, and perseverance.
  • Sapphire Red is the traditional color for 45-Year anniversaries. 

A link to photos from the Virtual Photo Booth will be emailed to the class following the event.      

Class of 1975 Reunion Class Gift

In 2000, in celebration of the Class of 1975’s 25th Reunion, class members committed to establishing an Endowed Professorship—by signing pledges and making cash gifts the Class of 1975 Endowed Professorship was quickly established.  Thanks to the efforts of Reunion Co-Chairs Jack Hodges and Steve Hunsicker, members of the Class of 1975 came together to create a Professorship that recognizes meritorious teaching, leadership, and academic accomplishments of a professor in the School of Law.

The inaugural recipient, Ed Ursin, began his career at USD School of Law in the Fall of 1975 and the Class of 1975 Endowed Professorship has continued to acknowledge the academic achievement of valued faculty including Ralph Folsom, Bill Lawrence, Fred Zacharias, David McGowan, Mike Rappaport, Mary Jo Wiggins, Grayson M.P. McCouch, Steve Smith, Bert Lazerow, Walt Heiser, Lynne Dallas, Laura Berend, Laurie Claus, Lisa Ramsey, Orly Lobel, and most recently, Jean Ramirez (2021).

Ten years later, in 2010 the Class of 1975 did it again! This time the focus of the 35th Reunion turned to building an Endowed Scholarship for Students to recognize the merit of continuing law students with demonstrated academic success and financial need. The Class of 1975 Endowed Scholarship has generously relieved the financial burden that law students face for the past ten years.  Countless students have been successful in their studies thanks to scholarship awards generated by the endowment funded by the Class of 1975.

This year marks the 45th Anniversary of our graduation from USD School of Law. As we commemorate the occasion, we have a golden opportunity to be the first graduating class to establish an endowment devoted to funding Student Fellowships at USD School of Law. A Class of 1975 Public Service Law Student Fellowships will afford students the opportunity to accept unpaid internships in the public sector while receiving financial support through our fellowship.

Students will be able to earn fellowship funds while they serve a nonprofit or government entity, gain hands-on experience, and garner the skills necessary to successfully gain full-time employment following their graduation from USD School of Law. A Class of 1975 Public Service Law Student Fellowship will add a vital resource to recruitment efforts at the law school and will directly benefit employment prospects for USD’s law students while providing valuable legal assistance to the nonprofits they serve. 

With your support, by the time the Class of 1975 celebrates our 50th Reunion and the Golden Anniversary of our graduation from USD School of Law in 2025—we will be the only graduating class in the history of USD to successfully endow a Professorship, Scholarship, and now a Fellowship at our alma mater.

Please join us in supporting our Reunion Class Gift by donating to the Class of 1975 Public Service Law Student Fellowship.

Honoring Classmate Ray Mercado

In honor of Ray Mercado, the Class of 1975 is establishing a student scholarship at USD School of Law.  “The scholarship is named in memory of Raymond Mercado, a beloved member of the “Great Class of 1975.”  The scholarship is for a Latinx USD law student who is in the top 99 percent of his/her/their class and who has financial need.” Celebrating the humorous high-spirited fun, embodied by Ray Mercado, his friends add the following, “Applicants will receive extra points for certain qualities, including, but not limited to, love of family and friends, a genius for comedy coupled with a sense of irony, an ability to lampoon the absurd and treat others with courtesy and compassion, a love of language and repartee, the ability to converse with wit and charm, dress with style and flair, have an abiding appreciation and respect for their Latinx heritage, an indomitable, optimistic, and courageous spirit, and commit to honorary membership in the Class of 1975.”

If you would like to support the Raymond Joaquin Mercado Memorial Law Scholarship Fund, please make your gift online or directly by contacting Debbie Rider, Director of Development for USD School of Law at (619) 260-5955/  


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