Alumni on the Move: Judge Bryan Clavecilla

February 14, 2024 by | Alumni

In a likely first for an alumnus of the Fowler School of Law, Bryan F. Clavecilla (JD ’07) was appointed to serve as a judge in the Orange County Superior Court by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 29, 2024–filling the vacancy left by Judge Linda Marks’ retirement. Previously Clavecilla served as a Commissioner for the


2024 Chapman Law Review Symposium: Rhythm, Rhyme and the Rule of Law

February 7, 2024 by | General News

As Fowler School of Law Dean Paul Paton noted during his welcoming remarks, you don’t often hear the words “Law Symposium” and “Sold Out” in the same sentence. The 2024 Chapman Law Review was hosted in a packed-to-capacity Kennedy Hall and treated guests to a dazzling array of legal scholarship, experience and insight. Academics, practitioners


Nancy Schultz Memorial at the Fowler School of Law

January 31, 2024 by | Faculty

Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law would like to extend sincere thanks to all who attended the memorial event for Professor Nancy Schultz on Thursday, January 25th. The turnout for this special evening, both in-person and via Zoom, was truly overwhelming. Add to this the wonderful notes received by email, the personal testimonials, vignettes and


In Memoriam: Professor Nancy L. Schultz

December 18, 2023 by | Faculty

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Professor Nancy L. Schultz, the Kennedy Professor of Dispute Resolution and the Director of Chapman’s Competitions Program, who passed away at her home on Thursday, December 15. Nancy, as she insisted on being addressed by students and faculty alike, was synonymous


December 2023 Bar Swearing-in Ceremony

December 4, 2023 by | Alumni

A cool fall evening provided the perfect backdrop to the Fowler School of Law State and Federal Bar Swearing-in Ceremony held in a packed Memorial Hall on Friday evening. In attendance were the one-hundred-plus bar exam passers, faculty, family and friends, along with Judge Nathan Vu, the Honorable Mark Wallace (Retired), Dean Paton, Professor Nate


Fowler Law Students Set the Bar High in 2023

November 30, 2023 by | Dale E. Fowler School of Law

This July, one hundred and sixteen Fowler School of Law graduates passed the California Bar Exam, posting a remarkable 81% successful pass rate for first-time bar-takers from the school. Placed in context, this achievement is nothing short of exceptional: Of the 7,500-plus bar-takers this July, 49% failed the exam; new graduates from Californian ABA-accredited schools saw


Alumni on the Move: Amanda Simmons

November 20, 2023 by | Alumni

What draws one to work as a lawyer and an advocate in the difficult area of child abuse, sexual abuse, and their legislation? Amanda Simmons’ (JD ’21) answer is direct and about as unequivocal as it gets: “If not me, then who?” She offers, “I waited twenty-five years for someone else to clean up this


Chapman Law Hosts National Moot Court Competition:

November 13, 2023 by | Competitions

Regionals for the National Moot Court Competition were held at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law this weekend. The Kennedy Hall courtrooms were the battleground for what can only be described as a fiercely competitive field of fourteen teams from California and Arizona as law students fought it out for a coveted place in the


Alumni on the Move: Captain Mandi Ford

October 18, 2023 by | Alumni

“Oh, there was never a Plan B,” alumni Mandi Ford (JD ’18) chuckles on a Zoom call from her Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) office at Fort Riley, Kansas, “even before my bar results came in, I was packing for the Army.” In part, it was the intrigue and promise of adventure, as this native

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