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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

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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

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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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2022 Golden Gavel Winners Summer Externship

August 24, 2023 by | General News

By Jodee Storm Sullivan, Kaelyn Timmins-Reed and Deane Sutic. Law school externships are an opportunity to forge links between the theory and practical application of the law, a chance for students to hone their legal acumen while embedding themselves in supervised praxis, usually within an established practice or agency. From time to time, a student

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Alumni on the Move: Daniel Kim

August 9, 2023 by | Alumni

How does a personal injury lawyer with a strong focus on motor vehicle accident cases survive two years of shelter-in-place state mandates during COVID-19, when suddenly no cars were on the road? Alumnus Daniel Kim (JD ’12) knows that the answer to this riddle lies somewhere between having an entrepreneurial mindset and possessing an uncanny

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Chapman Alumni Win Landmark $161 Million Verdict

May 25, 2023 by | Alumni

Chapman Law School alumni T. Gabe Houston (JD ’08) and Robbie Godinez Munoz (JD’20) have recently been awarded a $161 million verdict in a civil case against a major motorcycle manufacturer. The verdict, eight years in the making, has $11 million compensatory, and $150 million punitive damages attached to it, represents the culmination of a

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Fowler Continues its Upward Trajectory in 2023

May 12, 2023 by | General News

The U.S. News & World Report has published its rankings of the best law schools in the country, with Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law continuing its upward trajectory and leaping 9 places to clinch 109th place. The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a variety of performance factors for each of

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Golden Gavel 2023

April 24, 2023 by | Uncategorized

A standing-room-only appellate courtroom on the second floor of Kennedy Hall was the venue for this year’s annual Rutan & Tucker Golden Gavel Competition, where two seemingly unflappable 1L students prepared to make their final arguments before three guest judges. If 2023’s Golden Gavel finalists Hannah Hamblin (plaintiff) and Kristin Sinks (defendant) had any pre-appearance jitters,

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Alumni on the Move: Alex Mohajer Runs for State Senate

March 27, 2023 by | Alumni

When Alex Mohajer (JD ’11) graduated from Chapman University, his graduating class voted this champion of equality and LGBTQ+ rights, “Most Likely to be Held in Contempt of Court”–they were wrong, of course. Mohajer left Chapman and entered public service where, for the past ten years, he has been investigating allegations of discrimination and sexual

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