Our community of alumni is distinguished by their service throughout California, and our graduates have also helped to build the reputation of the Colleges of Law, earning distinction on the bench, as judges and commissioners.
More than 2,000 law students have graduated from the Colleges of Law. The majority have enjoyed successful careers in the legal profession, while others have used their law degrees to advance in fields such as higher education, law enforcement, health care, natural resources, accounting, insurance, and construction. All have experienced the transformative power of a legal education.
By their distinguished service throughout California, our graduates have also helped to build the reputation of the Colleges of Law. Our alums have earned distinction on the bench, as judges and commissioners. They have founded legal services organizations and successfully campaigned for high public office. Some have followed a traditional legal path, establishing law firms where they have offered top-flight client service and taken honors as trial advocates.
Others have challenged the status quo, breaking through glass ceilings to bring greater diversity to the legal profession.
But our alumni have achieved more than professional success. They are well known for their commitment to public service within the communities where they practice, as leaders of local bar associations and philanthropic organizations.
Prime examples of this pro bono ethic are the 10 Ventura campus graduates who have earned the State Bar Presidentʼs Pro Bono Service Award in the last decade. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding legal service contributions to those who cannot afford such assistance.
Our graduates have a proud tradition of service and, if you are a prospective student, we hope you will consider joining them.
Judges in Santa Barbara County or LA County
James R. Brandlin, LA County
Nancy Cummins Ashley, Modesto
Colleen Sterne, Santa Barbara
Denise Motter, Santa Barbara (Commissioner, Current)
Judges/Commissioner in Ventura County
JoAnn Johnson (Commissioner, Current)
David Long (Judge, Retired)
Colleen Toy White (Judge, Current)
Edward Brodie (Judge, Retired)
Ellen Gay Conroy (Judge, Retired)
Rebecca Riley (Judge, Retired)
William Redmond (Commissioner, Current)
Santa Barbara Graduates
Joyce Dudley, District Attorney, Santa Barbara
Gordon Auchincloss, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara
Karen Michaels, District Attorney, San Bernardino
Gretchen Gardner, District Attorney, Santa Cruz
Lynn Compton, District 4 County Supervisor, San Luis Obispo
Dennis Orrock (Former Mayor, City of Ventura)
Laura Espinosa (Former City Council, Santa Paula)
Steve Blum (BOT Member, VCCCD)
Timothy Hirschberg (Former BOT Member, VCCD)
State Bar Pro Bono Award Winners
2001 Laura Bartels & Debora Vierra
2002 Carolyn Tulberg & Pauline Zebk
2003 Michael Ford (Small Law Firm)
2004 Gabriella Navarro-Busch
2005 Susan Ratzkin (Small Law Firm)
2007 DarAnn Dearing (Government)
2008 Kim Shean (Government)
2010 Deborah Jurgensen (Solo Practice)