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.

Alumni Leaders

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

Ventura Graduates

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)

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