University of La Verne College of Law
Spring 2014 Hooding & Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  James O. Heiting

The 2014 University of La Verne College of Law Hooding & Commencement Ceremony will take place in the Sports Science & Athletics Pavilion at the University of La Verne central campus on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., tickets are required. Parking is available in Lot “D” or other designated University parking lots, permits are not required.  Handicapped parking is available in Little Lot “D” with advance notice, please contact August Farnsworth, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Career Services at to request a handicapped parking pass.

For further information on Commencement, please contact August Farnsworth, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Career Services at (909) 460-2016 or

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James O. Heiting

James O. Heiting, managing partner of Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law in Riverside, has practiced law for more than 30 years. He is past President of the State Bar of California, the only person from the Inland Empire ever elected to that august position.

In 1976, Heiting opened a small law office in Riverside. Today he handles civil litigation matters throughout the state, dealing with wrongful death, serious injury, professional malpractice and transportation accidents, and has recovered in excess of $100 million for his clients. He has served in a variety of roles in the Superior Court and the Federal District Court. Along with garnering recognition as a successful, tough and tenacious lawyer, he is a highly regarded as a privately requested and court-appointed mediator and arbitrator both in state courts and the California Court of Appeal.

Along with his work on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, Heiting is former president of the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), co-founder of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, a charter member of the Inland Empire Federal Bar Association, and was West Coast Commissioner of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. He is founder and co-chair of the Inland Empire Champions of Collaborative Courts, a trustee with the International Lawyers Group (ILAA), and has served on both the Chairman’s Council and Risk Management Committee of the Betty Ford Center.

Heiting has been recognized for his State Bar service with awards from the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, senators and other legislators. Additional honors include the RCBA 2009 Ralph A. Krieger Award for meritorious service, as well as recognition for exemplary service as a mediator/arbitrator from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Born in Chicago, Heiting was one year old when his parents relocated the family to Southern California. A graduate of Corona High School, he earned his Bachelor of Science from Riverside (Calif.) University (1972) and his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law (1975)

Announcements/Class Rings

Graduates can order announcements and class rings online with Jostens at


All gowns, hoods, tams (hat), and tassels have been ordered for all students and stage participants in the 2014 Hooding & Commencement Ceremony.   All cords and stoles have been ordered for those students that requested them.

Graduate and faculty regalia will be available to be picked up in Assistant Dean August Farnsworth’s office or from  Heather Startsman on the following days:    Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Monday, May 5; Tuesday, May 6; or Wednesday, May 7 all from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. or by appointment.     Stoles will be available on Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9, and also at the Grad Brunch, and those that are not picked up will be taken to the President’s Dining Hall on Saturday, May 10.

Graduation Brunch

The Graduation Brunch is scheduled for Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. – 12:30 the Ontario Airport Hotel in the Tahoe/Sequoia room at 700 N. Haven in Ontario for graduates and their guests.  Dean Gilbert A. Holmes,  Jendayi Saada, Assistant Dean for the Center for Academic & Bar Readiness;  Jason Whiteside representing the Class of 2014, and Elizabeth F. Courtney, Attorney at Law will be speaking.

Open House

La Verne Law is open to grads and their guests as a no host, no agenda on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. so that grads can show off their law school and take pictures on their own.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking for Commencement

Parking permits will not be required for those who wish to park in any University lot on campus on the day of Commencement.  The most convenient place to park will be the parking lot located directly behind the Campus Center, Lot “D”. Please be mindful that the city has restrictions on parking in the public parking spaces surrounding the campus and those will still be enforced. Handicapped parking will be available in “Little Lot D”.

Check-In Time and Location

All graduating students that are participating in the ceremony should assemble no later than 12:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Hall located on the east side of the Davenport Dining Hall about a block directly north of the Campus Center on the University of La Verne campus in La Verne.  There will be signs to guide graduates from the Campus Center parking lot.  Refreshments will be provided.

Time/Location for Guests

For guests, the Sports Science & Athletics Pavilion doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Please note that the ramp entrance will close temporarily from 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. to allow for the processional and ALL doors will close from 1:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. for the opening ceremony.   Guests please arrive in plenty of time to find parking and a seat in the Sports Pavilion before the doors close so they you do not miss the first part of Commencement.


Everyone other than graduating students and stage participants (faculty and administration) will need a ticket.   All tickets can be picked up at the regalia distribution.

Dress Code

The dress code for Commencement is business casual.

Ceremony Time Frame

The Ceremony starts at 2 p.m. and lasts approximately and hour and a half.

Smile, You Are On Camera

The 2014 Hooding & Commencement Ceremony will be both videotaped and live streaming on the web. The web streaming link is

Reception After Ceremony

There will be a no host, no agenda reception following the Commencement & Hooding Ceremony that will last an hour and a half in the Ludwick Conference Center on the third floor of the Sara & Michael Abraham Campus Center from approximately 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Light food and drinks will be served.