50 Years of Innovation: The History of the Albany Campus

‌‌‌‌Legal clinics. Law reviews. Lasting relationships. Loyola Law School's Albany campus has spawned these and much more since it debuted a half-century ago. When it opened the doors of its gleaming new steel-and-cement structure in 1964, the Law School administration embarked on a mission to enhance the curriculum with more professors, clinics and academic opportunities. The Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review launched in 1968. The faculty grew rapidly. Before long, space was needed to accommodate a growing array of offerings and a burgeoning student body. The Law School selected architect Frank O. Gehry to design an expanded campus. The result, eight buildings later, is an academic village that allows students to build the legal skills -- and relationships -- necessary for success after graduation. [View a video of Gehry explaining the stories behind his award-winning design of Loyola's academic village.]

While the buildings are important, the foundation of the Law School's campus has always been its people. There is no history of Loyola Law School without your story. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends collectively comprise the narrative of Loyola. During the 50th anniversary year, we will be compiling your stories and integrating them into Loyola’s history. Check back to this page for updates as your stories are woven into Loyola's history. And in the meantime, view highlights from the previous 50 years below on our Albany campus timeline, which will grow throughout the year as we add more details and information.

1960s    1970s    1980s    1990s    Today

1960s

  • J. Rex Dibble was dean of the Law School from 1960-1966.
  • Lloyd Tevis was dean of the Law School from 1966-1968.
  • Rev. Richard A. Vachon, S.J. was dean of the Law School from 1968-1969.
  • Leo J. O'Brien was dean of the Law School from 1969-1973.

1970s

  • The Hobbs District Attorney Clinic was founded.
  • Frederick J. Lower, Jr. was dean of the Law School from 1973-1979.
  • The Disability Rights Legal Center was created in 1975.
  • The 1978 Commencement speaker was John Van de Kamp, LA County District Attorney
  • Theodore A. Bruinsma was dean of the Law School from 1979-1981.
  • The 1979 Commencement speaker was Dean Theodore A. Bruinsma

1980s

  • The 1980 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Manuel Real, U.S. District Court
  • John E. Anderson Chair in Tax Law is established in November, 1980. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Ellen Aprill. 
  • Gerald Rosen was dean of the Law School from 1981-1982.
  • The 1981 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Arthur N. Frakt was dean of the Law School from 1982-1990.
  • The 1982 Commencement speaker was Dean Gerald P. Rosen
  • Leonard Cohen Chair in Law and Economics is established in October, 1982. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Daniel E. Lazaroff. 
  • The Disability Rights Legal Center moved to Loyola in 1983.
  • The 1983 Commencement speaker was Justice Cruz Reynoso, California Supreme Court
  • Harriett L. Bradley Chair in Contract Law is established in November, 1983. The previous holder to this chair was Larry Lawrence.
  • James P. Bradley Chair in Constitutional Law was established in November, 1983. The current holder of this chair is Prof. West-Faulcon. Previous holders of this chair include Allan Ides and Kurt Lash. 
  • The 1984 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Allen E. Broussard 
  • The 1985 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 
  • The 1986 Commencement speaker was the Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • The 1987 Commencement speaker was Eugene C. Thomas, president of the American Bar Association
  • The Byrne Trial Advocacy Team was created in 1987.
  • The 1988 Commencement speaker was William T. Coleman, Jr., Senior Partner, O'Melveny & Myers; Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation from 1975-1977  
  • The 1989 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Monroe G. McKay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Provo, UT)          

1990s

  • Frederick J. Lower, Jr. was dean of the Law School from 1990-1991.
  • The 1990 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Edward A. Panelli, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court           
  • Gerald T. McLaughlin was dean of the Law School from 1991-2000.
  • The 1991 Commencement speaker was Hon. Stephen S. Trott, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The 1992 Commencement speaker was Prof. Aaron D. Twerski, Brooklyn Law School           
  • The Center for Conflict Resolution was created in 1993.
  • The 1993 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The 1994 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Nora M. Manella, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California
  • In fall 1994, Loyola became the first ABA-approved law school in California to require its students to fulfill pro bono hours for graduation when it instituted the rule for entering students.
  • Fritz B. Burns Chair in Real Property is established in September, 1994. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Daniel P. Selmi. The previous holder of this chair was Roger W. Findley. 
  • The 1995 Commencement speaker was the Hon. William A. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The 1996 Commencement speaker was Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont)
  • The Cancer Legal Resource Center was founded in 1997.
  • The 1997 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Terry J. Hatter, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • The 1998 Commencement speaker was U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) 
  • The 1999 Commencement speaker was Sen. Joseph Biden, Jr., U.S. Senate

Today

  • David W. Burcham was dean of the Law School from 2000-2008.
  • The 2000 Commencement speaker was Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Deleware) 
  • The 2001 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • William C. Hobbs Chair in Trial Advocacy was established in March, 2002. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Susan G. Poehls. 
  • The 2002 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court  
  • Fritz B. Burns Dean and Professor of Law Chair was established in April, 2003. The current holder of this chair is Dean Victor J. Gold. The previous holder of this chair was David W. Burchman ’84, President, Loyola Marymount University.         
  • The 2003 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court      
  • The Center for Juvenile Law and Policy was created in 2004.
  • The 2004 Commencement speaker was the Hon. William M. Byrne, Jr., Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • The Sports Law Institute was created in 2004. 
  • The Juvenile Justice Clinic was established in 2005.
  • William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law was established in March, 2005. The previous holder of this chair was Richard L. Hasen.
  • The 2005 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Bill Lockyer, Attorney General for the State of California
  • The 2006 Commencement speaker was Scott Turow, Author & Attorney at Law    
  • The 2007 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Helen G. Berrigan, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana 
  • The Center for the Study of Law and Genocide was created in 2008.
  • Victor Gold is dean of the Law School from 2008-Present.
  • The Nonprofit Tax and Transactional Clinic was created in 2008.
  • The Youth Justice Education Clinic was established in 2008.
  • The 2008 Commencement speaker was David W. Burcham ’84, President, Loyola Marymount University
  • Christopher N. May Chair was established in December, 2008. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Allan Ides. 
  • David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy was established in February, 2009. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Laurie Levenson. 
  • The IRS Small Case Tax Clinic was created in 2009.
  • The Project for the Innocent was founded in 2009.
  • The Restorative Justice Project was created in 2009.
  • Hon. William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Chair was established in May, 2009. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Peter Tiersma. 
  • The 2009 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Ruth V. McGregor, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court
  • Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Chair in Civil Rights was established in October, 2009. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Gary C. Williams.  
  • The 2010 Commencement speaker was the Hon. Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • David P. Leonard Chair was established in April, 2011. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Georgene Vairo. 
  • The Alarcon Advocacy Center was dedicated in 2011.
  • The Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic was created in 2011.
  • The International Human Rights Clinic was created in 2011.
  • The Pro Se Clinic was created in 2011.
  • The 2011 Commencement speaker was Hon. Audery B. Collins, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court 
  • The Employment Rights Clinic was created in 2012.
  • The Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic was founded in 2012.
  • Thomas V. Girardi Chair in Consumer Protection Law was established in May, 2012. The current holder of this chair is Assoc. Dean Paul T. Hayden. 
  • The 2012 Commencement speaker was the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Frederick J. Lower, Jr. Chair was established in September, 2012. The current holder of this chair is Prof. Theodore P. Seto. 
  • The Collaborative Law Clinic was created in 2013.
  • The Conciliation & Mediation Assistance Clinic was established in 2013.
  • The Consumer-Debt Options Clinic was created in 2013.
  • The 2013 Commencement speaker was Patrick M. Kelly '69, president of the State Bar of CA
  • The Home Base Immigration was founded in 2013.
  • The Fashion Law Project was launched in 2014.
  • William G. Coskran Chair will be established in March, 2014. The holder of the chair will be Therese Maynard.