Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 1970s
Lesli Caldwell J.D. '79 was, on July 25, 2010, appointed as the Solano County Public Defender. Lesli also celebrated 30 years as a public defender in July.
see Solano County Public Defender website
Leslie Burton '79 has been named the director of the U.S. legal studies LL.M. program at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she is a professor of legal writing.
Randolph E Breschini MBA '79 is CEO of Rift Valley Group with headquarters in Harare Zimbabwe. The Group consists of 18 agro-industrial companies operating in Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe with more than 20,000 employees, 1 million acres of land, 14 factories, and revenues nearly $200 million.
Michael J. Bowler ’79 published a novel called A Boy and His Dragon, which is set in the cities of San Rafael and San Francisco in the year 1970. It’s available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle download. He has another novel coming out in March or April through Outskirts Press entitled A Matter of Time. The principle setting for this novel is Santa Clara University in the year 1986. It also involves the sinking of Titanic. So Santa Clarans and Titanic-philes should enjoy this book, especially if they attended the university in the early eighties.
Michael J. Bowler ’79 writes, "My novel, A Matter of Time, which is set on the Santa Clara Campus in the year 1986, is a Silver Medal Award Winner in the 2012 Reader's Favorite Book Competition. I'll be traveling to Miami in November to accept the award and promote my book (and Santa Clara!)."
Michael J. Bowler ’79 has published the edgy young-adult novel Children of the Knight, which reflects his many years working with marginalized youth in Southern California. A young King Arthur leads a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. The well-trained army—the children of the knight—eventually win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society.
Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels. He grew up in San Rafael, California. He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for a number of years, both general education and to students with learning disabilities. He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a long-time volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and National Big Brother of the Year. The ?National? honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office. He has already completed the sequel to Children of the Knight and is hard at work on the third volume in the trilogy.
L. Michael Bogert ’79, former regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office in Seattle and counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, has joined Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Boise office as a shareholder. Bogert joins a team of more than 20 environmental law attorneys and will lead the firm’s environmental law practice in Idaho.
Gayten Bernal '79 joined the Global Women's Leadership Network, a program of Santa Clara University, as "Parterneship Manager." She has been married 28 years and resides in Portola Valley with her husband, Scott Harmon.
Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson J.D. ’79, a Superior Court of Guam Judge, is retiring. Sworn-in in April 1998, her contribution to the Guam Judiciary includes her work with Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III in developing the Guam’s therapeutic court approach to address family violence, drug and alcohol related crimes, and juvenile justice. She is credited with the creation of the Driving While Influenced (DWI) Court and the rules of procedure and practice in the field of domestic violence. Judge Barrett-Anderson has been recognized nationally for this work in the past, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Federal Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. Prior to her appointment by Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez, Barrett-Anderson served as a member of the 23rd and 24th Guam Legislatures, Attorney General of Guam during the Administration of Governor Joseph F. Ada (1987–1994), and Legal Counsel to the Guam Department of Education (1981–1985)
Paula Amanda J.D. '79 has been named director of Garson Studios, a 65,000-square-foot soundstage facility at the College of Sante Fe that serves the film industry in Northern Mexico and Sante Fe. Garson Studios is also the only professional movie studio on a U.S. college campus. Prior to her film career, Amanda was a business and environmental attorney.
Paula Amanda J.D. '79 was named associate chair of the moving image arts department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Amanda, director of Garson Studios on the campus since 2009, will continue in that role. Over the past 12 months, she served as the film department’s assistant chair. During Amanda’s tenure, Garson Studios has attracted several films and television productions, most recently the upcoming series “Longmire” on A&E; it also has postproduction facilities and has hosted the films “No Country for Old Men,” “Brothers,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “City Slickers.”
Amanda also is responsible for the film department’s internship program, where she helped place hundreds of students in commercial and independent feature and documentary films. She has served as a juror at Regards sur le Cinéma due Monde, one of France’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals.
Amanda is also president and co-founder of New West Media Foundation, a nonprofit that supports independent documentary filmmaking. She is in postproduction on her latest documentary, “The Headman,” shot in Indonesia in 2010.
William F. Abrams J.D. ’79 was hired by Atlanta-based King & Spalding LLP for its IP practice, the Atlanta-based firm said in a statement. Abrams joins from Boston’s Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he was the former co-chair of the IP practice group. He has handled patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes for technology companies. He has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Santa Clara.