This fall marks the beginning of my fifth and final year as dean at the University of La Verne College of Law. I am proud to have worked with a committed team of faculty, staff, university leadership, students, and alumni to bring the College of Law to its current point of strength and prominence in the Inland Empire and the state of California.
We have full ABA accreditation and our enrollment is up for the fourth straight year. We are in the most fiscally sound position since 2010. Our alumni are more involved and our relationship with the bench and bar throughout the region has never been better. We have more internships and employment opportunities for our students. The College of Law is more aligned with the university than it has been in more than two decades.
Finally, we have added six new faculty members in the past two years who have added strength and depth to the teaching and learning process at the College of Law. Among them are Professors Ronnie Gipson and Timothy McFarlin, who joined our faculty in the fall.
This year, we experienced the loss of former dean Ken Held. Dean Held was instrumental in the determination to seek ABA accreditation in 1998 and the merger of the San Fernando and La Verne campuses of the College of Law.
I am confident that the College of Law will continue the legacy of Dean Held and the other deans who preceded me and will thrive as we move to the next level of excellence on the horizon. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve as the dean of the University of La Verne College of Law.