Five WLS grads to be honored at 2017 Alumni Awards Dinner

Five distinguished graduates of Whittier Law School, with experience ranging from in-house counsel for the video game industry to an administrative law judgeship for the State of California, will be honored at the 2017 Alumni Awards Dinner. The annual event, presented in partnership with the Whittier Law School Alumni Association, will be held Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Tickets may be purchased here.

Andrew M. Vorzimer, WLS Class of 1988This year’s Attorney of the Year recognition will be awarded to Andrew W. Vorzimer, Class of 1988. Mr. Vorzimer’s practice focuses on third-party reproduction, serving as an advocate for prospective parents and handling more than 16,000 reproductive arrangements for clients worldwide. He is the managing partner of Vorzimer & Masserman, Fertility & Family Law Center, P.C. Mr. Vorzimer received the American Fertility Association’s Illuminations Award for outstanding vision and contribution to family building. He has lectured throughout the world, has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and has authored a number of books and articles on assisted reproduction.

Ursula M. Clemons, WLS Class of 1992Ursula L. Clemons, Class of 1992, will be recognized as Judicial Officer of the Year for 2017. Judge Clemons began her career with the State of California, litigating cases for the Department of Industrial Relations and Department of Health Services. She also served as senior staff counsel for both the Department of Social Services and the Department of Corporations. For the last 11 years she has served as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the Department of Industrial Relations’ California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board. In 2009, she was appointed Presiding ALJ. Judge Clemons volunteers her time lecturing at the UCSD Extension OSHA Institute, and she has presented on behalf of her employer at Stakeholder Forums in northern and southern California.

Vickie Brett, WLS Class of 2011The Outstanding Young Alumni honor will be awarded to Vickie Brett, Class of 2011. After being admitted to the California bar, Brett co-founded the Orange County firm of Selogie & Brett, LLP. The firm’s primary clients are families of children living with disabilities who seek an appropriate public education. She is a pro bono attorney for Public Law Center, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Superior Court of Los Angeles’ Juvenile and Dependency 317(e) Panel. Most recently she became a supervisor for the University of California, Irvine School of Law’s Pro Bono Special Education Law Project. Brett is also the co-founder of the Inclusive Education Project, a non-profit which provides legal access to low income families and which helps spread awareness of special education issues.

Michelle Philo, WLS Class of 2012Michelle Philo, Class of 2012, will receive the Dean’s Alumni Award. Philo is Corporate Counsel at Adtile Technologies Inc., a company focused on motion engagement and virtual reality technology for mobile devices. She joined Adtile as its first in-house counsel in 2015 after working at a mid-size firm doing both business litigation and transactional work. She has been active in the legal community since becoming a lawyer and currently serves as the Chair of the Whittier Law School Alumni Association, Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, and the Chair of the Gender Equity Task Force for California Women Lawyers. She is also active in the ABA as a California State Bar Delegate to the House of Delegates, the YLD Liaison to the Section of Human Rights and Social Justice, and routinely posts content for the Commission on Women’s gender equity social media platforms.

Patrick M. Sweeney, WLS Class of 1995Patrick M. Sweeney, Class of 1995, will be presented with this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Sweeney is a leading attorney in the video game industry, having served both as in-house and external counsel to a variety of companies. In nearly 20 years in the games industry, Sweeney has negotiated agreements resulting in the commercial release of more than 400 games across all distribution platforms and territories. He is the founder and principal partner of the Interactive Entertainment Law Group, currently the largest video game practice in North America. He is also a founding member and current president of the Video Game Bar Association, an invitation-only organization made up of the top legal practitioners in the games industry. Sweeney is an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Tickets for alumni and their guests are $125. Admission for 2015-2016 graduates and their guests is $75 each. Tickets must be purchased here no later than March 24. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. More information is available here.

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