They say that April showers bring May flowers and in Southern California, we hope for April showers to bring relief from the drought. However, at the College of Law, April and May bring a significant time for both our students and the College. April and May mark the end of the Spring Semester, exams, Commencement, and the beginning of summer.   Summer brings bar exam preparation for graduates, as well as employment and internship opportunities for first and second year students as they matriculate to their second and third years in law school. In other words, although April and May bring a close to this phase of student transformation, it begins the next stage for students to use the tools, techniques, learning and experiences they have been gathering during this and prior academic years.

We look forward to celebrating the results of the February bar exam and the Commencement exercises for our graduating students. There are many activities surrounding these milestones. We will hold our bi-annual Swearing-In Ceremony on May 21 in the College of Law for those who pass the February bar exam. We will host the annual Grad Brunch on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ontario Airport Hotel with Greg Rizio, Esq. serving as the keynote speaker. We look forward to the 7th Annual Dean Don Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament at Coyote Hills Golf Course on May 15. There will be an 8:00 am shotgun start and participants can register online at

Most importantly, we will conduct the 45th Hooding and Commencement Exercise on May 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren in La Verne, CA, with San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos as our commencement speaker. I am excited about returning to the Church of the Brethren for this celebration of our graduates. It is a fabulous setting where we can have both the ceremony and reception in a place of warmth and easy access. And, holding the event at the Church of the Brethren reconnects the College of Law to its roots of being a significant part of the University of La Verne.

Finally, as summer unfolds, we will continue our focus on making the University of La Verne College of Law a significant component of the University of La Verne, and a vital entity within the Inland Empire. On June 10, we will recognize two graduates of the College of Law who were recently appointed to the Superior Court bench, Steven Singley in San Bernardino County and Gassia Apkarian in Orange County. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. On June 20 at 10:00 a.m., we will hold an Information Session for individuals who are considering entering the College of Law for fall 2015 or fall 2016. We encourage you to invite your friends, family members and colleagues who are considering a legal education to attend and learn about the La Verne Law Model of Legal Education.

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