Chapman Law Alumnus Thomas Robichaux recently climbed the ladder to President of the Orleans Parish School Board. Robichaux was elected to school board in 2008, despite being a gay Caucasian male in a state with few publicly gay individuals, and a voting district that is “overwhelmingly black,” according to an article on his election. In his personal life, a few years ago Robichaux randomly bumped into a 17-year-old, who was looking for legal advice on becoming emancipated to get out of foster care, and ended up adopting him as a son. Robichaux is quoted as saying, “I’m out to save the world — or my little piece of it. When I die, I want the world to be a better place for me having been in it.” Read more about it here.
From international law firms and corporate legal departments to nonprofits and the public sector, multiple generations of Chapman University Fowler School of Law graduates can be found flourishing together across the legal industry, thanks to the extensive reach of the Orange County law school’s alumni network.
Hon. Michele Mathis (JD ‘07) has spent most of her legal career as a public defender, but she says that she has “always been able to see both sides of the argument.” That’s a skill that should suit her well in her newest role—Mathis was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the Riverside Superior Court