USD School of Law Names 2012 Distinguished Alumni and Rising Star

San Diego (December 9, 2012) - On Friday, November 16, USD School of Law held the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter to honor alumni, the Honorable Robert J. Trentacosta, '79, presiding judge, San Diego Superior Court  and A. John Murphy Jr., '72 (BA), '75 (JD), managing partner at Wickersham & Murphy, in Palo Alto, Calif. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to law school alumni who have distinguished themselves in the legal field, or other chosen profession, at an exemplary level, and who embody the high ethical standards and commitment to community service USD School of Law seeks to instill in its graduates.

USD School of Law is also pleased to present the Rising Star Recent Alumni Award for a second year. This year’s honoree is Laurie G. Rowen, ’04, co-founder/owner, Montage Legal Group (center). The Rising Star Recent Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have graduated within the past ten years and have made significant achievements in the legal profession, or chosen field, and demonstrated a high level of community involvement.

Nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and the Rising Star Recent Alumni Award are being accepted through March 8, 2013. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon will be held on Friday, November 8, and sponsorship opportunities are available. You may email the office of development and alumni relations or call (619) 260-4692 for more information.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon’s Platinum Sponsor is Bartell Hotels which is owned and operated by law school alumnus Richard Bartell, ’75.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 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 81 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 23rd worldwide 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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