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A Newport Beach woman has donated $250,000 to Chapman University, creating the first endowed professorship at the campus's nascent law school, university officials announced Friday. Fritzie Williams made the gift in honor of her husband, Frank L. Williams Jr., former head of the Orange County public defender's office who died in 1981. The gift creates the Frank L. Williams Jr. Professorship in Criminal Law, the second new endowed professor position at Chapman this school year.
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
September 3, 1995
I read with some interest the article in The Times on Aug. 21 about the opening of the Chapman Law School. If Dean Jeremy Miller really believes that any part of the public "disdain for attorneys" is traceable to the teaching style that is commonly used in law schools, he is living in a dream world. After practicing law in California for more than 30 years (more than 10 of which have been in Orange County), I have reached the inescapable conclusion that the public disdain for attorneys is almost solely traceable to the general public perception (which I share)
September 15, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
It was billed as a bold attempt to give parents the power to transform their failing schools. But more than two years after California legislators passed the parent-trigger law, it has sparked so much controversy that even the measure's author supports revisions. Los Angeles Unified last week launched the first effort in the state to ease confusion and conflict over the 2010 law, which allows parents to oust staff, change curriculum, close a campus or convert the school to an independent public charter.
September 29, 2001
Re "UC Irvine Ties Law School Plan to Fund-Raising Push," Sept. 24: As a UC Irvine alumnus, I am dismayed at Chancellor Ralph Ci-cerone's and his supporters' misguided search for glory. While it is true that UCI does not have a law school, it also lacks schools in nursing, architecture, library science, journalism, etc. Why doesn't the good chancellor push for a nursing school, when there is a critical shortage of nurses nationwide? Is this Newport Beach bunch suggesting that a nursing school is not as prestigious and that building one instead of a law school would somehow diminish UCI's chance of becoming a top-tier university?
May 5, 1989 | From United Press International
Colin S. Diver, a leading scholar in the field of administrative law, has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Diver currently is dean of the Boston University Law School.
March 20, 1991
I was pleased to see such positive and comprehensive coverage of an important opportunity for those wishing to undertake the challenging study of law ("Local Law School Boasts Alumni of Consequence," Feb. 2). The Ventura College of Law undoubtedly offers an affordable and worthy alternative to a less affordable, less attainable education and has developed its place in the community over a period of 20 years. But I am happy to inform you that Ventura County offers not just one choice to prospective law students, but two. Southern California Institute of Law is in the Appellate Courts building in Ventura.
April 6, 1997
Once again Chapman University law students have been disparaged in your newspaper because of inaccurate information in a press release by former Dean Jeremy Miller. In your Jan. 30 and March 25 articles you cited the low pass rate on the California "baby bar" exam as the reason Chapman University's School of Law did not receive American Bar Assn. accreditation. This information is false. Nowhere in the action letter received by Dean Miller did the ABA list the low pass rate as a material factor for ABA accreditation denial.
December 13, 1990
U. S. Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh will be the speaker at the annual Pepperdine University School of Law Dinner Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Thornburgh also will serve as presiding judge for the final round of the law school's moot court competition to be held the same day on the Malibu campus, university spokesman Jeff Bliss said.
February 11, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Pepperdine University on Thursday named a federal appeals court judge from Kansas to succeed former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr as dean of its law school. Deanell Reece Tacha has been a federal judge on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals since her 1985 appointment by President Reagan. She also has served on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal court system's policymaking body, as well as on the U.S. Sentencing Commission that sets guidelines and punishment ranges for those convicted in federal courts.
September 6, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Sergio C. Garcia was brought to the United States illegally by his parents when he was a minor. Since then, he has earned a college degree and worked his way through law school. He's met all the requirements necessary to become a lawyer, passing the bar exam and receiving a positive moral character determination from the Committee of Bar Examiners. The only thing Garcia lacks is a law license. The State Bar of California, which normally determines who should receive a law license, has recommended he be given one, and Atty.
August 19, 2013 | By Jason Song
Loyola Law School administrators once justified accepting extra students or raising tuition because the market virtually guaranteed prospective attorneys a high-paying job after graduation. But faced with growing alumni complaints that they can't find employment, Dean Victor Gold and other administrators decided this year to do something they had never done before: They accepted fewer students. Loyola, southwest of downtown Los Angeles, enrolled 20 fewer applicants than last year, about an 5% drop - and a loss of about $1 million.
August 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Chapman University's law school has received a $55-million gift from real estate developer Dale E. Fowler and his wife, Sarah Ann.  The gift is believed to be one of the largest ever pledged to an American law school. As a result of the donation, the 560-student law school in Orange County will be named the Dale E. Fowler School of Law. A ceremony marking that change is scheduled for Sept. 10, with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz as keynote speaker. Fowler, who invested in industrial property development, is an alumnus of Chapman University, as are two of his children.
July 7, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Unlike better-known programs in which law students take on longer-term pro bono work that focuses on single cases, students at UCLA and Southwestern law schools will write amicus briefs, often known as "friend of the court" documents. "I have not heard of law schools doing anything quite like this," said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who will head the university's First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic this fall.
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Two UC Berkeley law school graduates accused of beheading a large exotic bird in Las Vegas entered their pleas in court this week. Three men -- the two graduates and a third-year law student -- were accused of chasing a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl around the Flamingo Hotel's Wildlife Habitat on Oct. 12, cornering the bird and severing its head.  When officers arrived, witnesses told them they saw the men “throwing the dead bird, discussing...
April 30, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
An Orange County law school hopes to ease the stress on the financially burdened California court system by offering its newly christened practice courtroom on campus as a venue for official legal proceedings. Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa will offer to host public court proceedings, including trials and arbitration hearing. Such an arrangement would benefit students, allowing them to observe the proceedings in the school's fully functioning 4,400-square-foot courtroom, officials said.
April 12, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
California needs to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a UC Berkeley Law School report that identified a number of shortcomings in state oversight of the controversial practice. Although not new to California, fracking has come under increasing scrutiny recently as states such as Pennsylvania and New York experience a boom in the technique, which involves the high-pressure injection of chemical-laced fluids into the ground to crack rock formations and extract oil and gas. Environmental concerns center on potential groundwater contamination from fracking fluids and disposal of saline wastewater.
April 2, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of law graduates across the nation have joined class-action lawsuits alleging that law schools lured them in with misleading reports of their graduates' success. Instead of working in the law, some of the graduates were toiling at hourly jobs in department stores and restaurants and struggling to pay back more than $100,000 in loans used to finance their education. Others were in temporary or part-time legal positions. Michael D. Lieberman decided to enroll at Southwestern Law School after reading that 97% of its graduates were employed within nine months.
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