(FULLERTON, Calif. – September 6, 2012) Western State College of Law at Argosy University (“Western State”) is hosting its annual gala dinner: Colleagues in Law – A Celebration of Alumni Achievement. Being held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Celebrations by Turnip Rose, located at 1901 Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, the event will highlight the achievements of the law school’s distinguished Juris Doctor alumni and name three new members to its alumni hall of fame.
At the event, Western State College of Law will induct Yoshiaki Kubota, Esq. (Class of 1994), Judge Michael Libutti (Class of 1987) and Andrew Struve, Esq. (Class of 1998) into its alumni hall of fame. “We are honored to induct these distinguished legal professionals into the Western State College of Law Alumni Hall of Fame,” says Dean William Adams.
Yoshiaki Kubota (Class of 1994) is a partner at the Orange County trial firm of Chambers, Noronha & Kubota, among whose partners is Hall of Fame member Gary Chambers. He has served on the Board of the Orange County Trial Lawyers for ten years, culminating in the organization’s presidency in 2010. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California as well as a Life Fellow and Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been named a Super Lawyer for the last three consecutive years.
Judge Michael Libutti (Class of 1987) was appointed to the San Bernardino County Superior Court bench by Governor Grey Davis in 2002. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years as a prosecutor for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, rising to Supervising Deputy of the Chino Branch. He has served on the Board of Directors of the California District Attorneys Association and as City Councilman for the City of Upland. The Los Angeles Times has named him One of the Most Influential People in the Inland Empire.
Andrew Struve (Class of 1998) is a partner at the Los Angeles office of the international firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips where he emphasizes complex commercial litigation and unfair competition actions with an expertise in healthcare, private equity, insurance and the defense of consumer suits. He is a member of the American Law Institute, and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. He volunteers his time as a domestic violence counselor for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and to Board of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library. He was valedictorian of his graduating class.
Western State is the oldest law school in Orange County. It is a private law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and located in the suburban college town of Fullerton, in Orange County, Southern California. The law school has a large base of 11,000+ alumni and a strong presence in the private and public legal sectors in California and the West. The law school offers a wealth of programs to help students build practical skills, including the Business Law Center, the Criminal Law Practice Center, and the Immigration Clinic as well as private and public practice Externships.
About Western State College of Law
Western State College of Law at Argosy University, (www.wsulaw.edu/) was founded in 1966 and is the oldest law school in Orange County with more than 11,000 alumni. Located in the heart of Southern California, Western State College of Law offers both full- and part-time programs, taught by a dedicated and highly motivated faculty who serve as scholars and mentors both inside and outside of the classroom. Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, www.wascsenior.org/). Western State College of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 988-5000). See wsuprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.