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Class Notes

Breaking news of those breaking new ground

This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements from fellow Bruins.
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Vito Costanzo ’84

Holland & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Litigation Partner Vito Costanzo ’84 has been named a 2017 “Client Service All-Star MVP” by the BTI Consulting Group Inc. This is the second consecutive year, and third time overall, that Costanzo has been recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star. The 2017 list features 319 […]

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Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Ph.D. ’00

The Spencer Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Ph.D. ‘00 to be the next president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. Nasir’s appointment follows a broad national search for an educational leader and scholar to head Spencer. Nasir currently serves as vice chancellor of Equity […]

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Lila Lee ’58

Lila H. Lee ’58 of Costa Mesa, California, lost her struggle with cancer on Jan. 8, 2017. She was 80 years old. Born in Los Angeles, she enjoyed most of her life in the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa area. Through her varied career Lee worked as a bookkeeper, corporate executive, performing artist manager, commercial […]

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Julia Luster ’08

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm recognized for protecting California employers for nearly 25 years, proudly announces the addition of new associate attorney, UCLA alumna Julia Luster. Luster defends California employers against class actions and single plaintiff claims in federal and state courts and in all stages […]

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Chris Wong, M.D. ’93

Bruin Chris Wong was acknowledged in Fort Worth Magazine as a Top Doctor of 2017. The recognized doctors are orthopedic surgeons who specialize in patients with musculoskeletal disorders from trauma, infections, tumors, deformities, injuries and degenerative diseases of the spine, hands, feet, knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. Wong is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the […]

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Michael J. Minnick Jr., J.D. ’14

Leading North Carolina law firm Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that Bruin Michael J. Minnick Jr. has joined the Greensboro office as a staff attorney focused on e-discovery. Minnick will work with attorneys across the firm to help them identify, review and preserve electronic data in preparation for trial. Prior to joining Brooks Pierce, […]

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Joseph B. Ishikawa ’42

Joseph B. Ishikawa ’42 passed away on April 14, 2017. While at UCLA, Ishikawa was on the wrestling and track teams. During his senior year he had an undefeated wrestling season in his weight class but was prevented from going to regionals because of a travel restriction for Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. […]

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Robert Abrahamsen ’92

Alumnus Robert Abrahamsen made partner in the intellectual property, patent and litigation group at Pierce Atwood LLP. Abrahamsen focuses his practice on procuring patent rights for clients, counseling clients on best practices for maximizing the value of such rights and litigating patents in various tribunals. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting both domestic […]

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Louise B. Henry ’35

Happy birthday to Bruin Louise B. Henry who turned 102 on April 19, 2017. Henry graduated with a degree in Zoology from UCLA in 1935 where her father was Dean of Life Sciences. While attending classes Henry “had her eye” on a classmate named Marvin Henry, a chemistry major. The two were married after graduation. […]

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Jonathan Kirzner ’00

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science hosted a profile of Bruin Jonathan Kirzner ’00 on April 3, 2017. The profile highlights Kirzner’s participation with the Van Nuys High School team in the 1995 National Science Bowl. Kirzner focused on biology and earth science for the competition. He stated, “I took a college life […]

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David Hamilton, M.S.W. ’89

David Hamilton of New York was recognized for outstanding service to the New York State Board for Social Work by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) during its 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly, held in November in San Diego, California. Hamilton, executive secretary of the New York State Board for Social Work, […]

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