The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law Celebrates Half Century of Legal Education with Gala on Sept. 21

The 50th Anniversary Gala is set for Sept. 21 at Museum of Ventura County. The Hon. Colleen Toy White to be honored with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award.

WHAT: The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) 50th Anniversary Gala

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6–10 p.m.

WHERE: Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street, Ventura, California 93001

WHO:   Alumni, trustees, students, faculty, and the legal communities of Santa Barbara and Ventura;
The Hon. Colleen Toy White, recipient of the Colleges of Law’s Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award

SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA, Calif.: The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL), the region’s oldest and largest independent law school, celebrates a half century of service to the local legal and business communities with their 50th Anniversary Gala. Distinguished alumni, local attorneys, and business leaders will gather on Sept. 21 to recognize the law school’s historic achievements during an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the Museum of Ventura County.

COL was established as the Ventura College of Law in 1969. The Santa Barbara College of Law followed in 1974 with the schools merging in 1978. Since its inception, COL prided itself on having a faculty comprised of judges and practicing attorneys who brought real-world experience into a practical learning environment. Over five decades and more than 2,000 graduates later, COL alumni include numerous distinguished members of the local legal community. In Santa Barbara, recognized alumni include Judges Edward Bullard, Colleen K. Sterne, Von Nguyen Deroian and District Attorneys Joyce Dudley and Christie Stanley, among others. In Ventura, alumni include Judges Rebecca Riley, Edward F. Brodie, Ellen Gay Conroy, David W. Long, JoAnn Johnson, and William Redmond, among others.

In recognition of the caliber of service and outstanding contribution to the local legal community, one such illustrious COL alumnae, the Hon. Colleen Toy White, will be presented with school’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award at the 50th Anniversary Gala.  A 1977 graduate of COL, Judge Toy White served 23 years on the Ventura County Superior Court following 18 years in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, 10 of those as Assistant Chief District Attorney. During her tenure at court, Judge Toy White served as Presiding Judge in 2007 and 2008, and as Supervising Family Law Judge. She initiated actions to develop the Community Intervention Court, Dependency Drug Court, Elder Law Court and Mental Health Court. Of special note is Hon. Toy White’s ground-breaking contribution to develop tailored, holistic solutions for veterans facing criminal charges under the auspices of the Veterans Court Treatment Program named in her honor in 2018.

TICKETS: Gala tickets may be purchased here or at the Colleges of Law campuses (located at 4475 Market Street, Ventura and 20 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara). Tickets are $125 per guest, or Table Sponsors $1,000 for table of 10; $900 for table of eight.

About The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law:
Established in 1969, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) was founded as a nonprofit to expand opportunities and broaden access to legal education. COL is dedicated to a student-centered approach that affords students of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue careers in law or legal-related fields. The Colleges’ faculty advances a real-world perspective and practicality on the application of law and includes practicing attorneys, judges, public servants, and leaders in business and non-profit organizations.  An accredited nonprofit institution, COL offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program.  Starting in Fall 2018, COL became the first accredited law school in California to offer a hybrid J.D. degree. COL is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California.  For more information, visit www.collegesoflaw.edu.

The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.

For more information, contact the COL Public Affairs Coordinator Kryztofr Kaine at (805) 765-9729; [email protected].

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The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law to Host Environmental Public Forum, May 7

Federal v. State: How has the Trump Administration affected California’s Environment?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kryztofr Kaine Public Affairs Coordinator [email protected] (805) 765-9729

SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA, Calif. – On May 7, 2019, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law will host a public forum that examines the effects of Trump Administration environmental policy on the state of California.

WHAT: Federal v. State: How has the Trump Administration Affected California’s Environment?

WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6–7:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Santa Barbara Campus, 20 E. Victoria Street.

WHO: Linda Krop, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Center, and Aeron Arlin Genet, the Director and Air Control Officer for Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

BACKGROUND:On June 1, 2018, President Trump announced to the world that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (UNFCCC). Last November, Trump would become only global leader at the G20 summit to refuse to sign a communiqué confirming that climate change is irreversible and commitment to address the causes of global warming. Additionally, according to a list compiled by National Geographic, the Trump Administration has reshaped the environmental landscape by:

  • Cutting funding to the Climate Adaptation Program, an international effort to monitor and mitigation the effects of climate change;
  • Lifting restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions for coal plants;
  • Approving off-shore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic;
  • Allowing oil and gas companies to use seismic air gun blasts to search for oil deposits on the ocean floor;
  • Repealing rules requiring oil and gas companies to monitor methane gas releases;
  • Nullifying rules restricting coal power plants;
  • Revoking water rules accounting for sea level rise;
  • Reducing the number of waterways protected by the Clean Water Act; and
  • Changing the US approach to the Endangered Species Act.

Krop and Genet will explore current administration environmental policy with an eye to its impact on California’s climate change agenda.

COST: The forum is free and open to the public. Participants are advised to arrive before the 6p start as seating is available first-come-first-serve. MCLE credits are available. About The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law:

Established in 1969, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) was founded to expand opportunities and broaden access to legal education. COL is dedicated to a student-centered approach that affords students of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue careers in law or legal-related fields. The Colleges’ faculty advances a real-world perspective and practicality on the application of law and includes practicing attorneys, judges, public servants, and leaders in business and non-profit organizations. An accredited nonprofit institution, COL offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program. Starting in Fall 2018, COL became the first accredited law school in California to offer a hybrid J.D. degree. COL is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California. For more information, visit www.collegesoflaw.edu. The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.

For more information, contact the COL Public Affairs Coordinator Kryztofr Kaine at (805) 765-9729; [email protected]

You can learn more about the Trump Administration’s actions by watching the event on our Facebook page.

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley to Keynote The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony, March 30

SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA, Calif. – The Honorable Julia Brownley, member of the United States House of Representatives, will receive an honorary Doctor of Law degree and address The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law’s (COL) graduating Class of 2019.  The Commencement ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Rep. Brownley will be honored for her more than 25 years of public service and leadership in the local community.

Rep. Brownley began her career in public service in 1994 after deciding to run for the local school board as a way to advocate for a better education for her daughter, who had dyslexia, and other special-needs students.  She won and was later elected to the California State Legislature in 2006.  Rep. Brownley was first elected to Congress in 2012 to serve the California’s 26th District, which includes the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.

“From the school board to the California legislature and now at the highest levels of government in Washington, I and many other Ventura County residents can attest to Congresswoman Brownley’s exemplary and responsive service to her constituents, in the past or currently, be they students, veterans, seniors, farmers, or victims of the deadly fires that swept our counties,” said Trustee Carmen Ramirez who sponsored Rep. Brownley’s honorary degree resolution to the COL Board of Trustees. “She is well deserving of this honor as a maker of laws that benefit our community.”

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Brownley serves on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, including as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Health. Rep. Brownley also sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

 

 

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Board Trustee Carmen Ramirez and the entire leadership of the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law for this special honor,” said Rep. Brownley. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to address the Class of 2019, as well as their friends and family, as they mark this momentous occasion. These graduates have worked extraordinarily hard to get to this special day, and I look forward to recognizing this tremendous achievement as they embark on their careers in the law.”

As commencement speaker, Rep. Brownley joins a distinguished list of local public servants invited to address a Colleges of Law graduating class.  Recent keynote speakers include Calif. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson; the Honorable Lois Capps; Joyce Dudley, current District Attorney of Santa Barbara County; the Honorable Gregory Totten, current District Attorney of Ventura County; Judge Michele Castillo, Ventura County Superior Court and COL trustee; and Justice Steven Z. Perren of the California Court of Appeal.

Rep. Brownley will join trustees, faculty, staff, family, and guests gathering on March 30, 2019, to celebrate the 45 members of COL’s Class of 2019.  Representing the Santa Barbara Campus are graduates Joseph Beck, Martin Bender, Kiley Clevenger, Evelyn Cortes, Matthew Haas (Honors), Shannon Lofft, Devonnie Mann, Tyler Potter (Highest Honors), Nicolette Reeves, Keiran Schwoerke, Stephanie Sivers, Samuel Sosa, Stacy Tolkin Lowman, Joan Vignocchi, and John Weninger.

Representing the Ventura Campus are graduates Karina Almaguer, Ashley Brown, Megan Cooper (Honors), Emily Dixon, Larissa Garcia, Maritza Garcia-Lopez, Laura Garibay, Valarie Grossman (Honors), Amy Gunderson, Jonathan Gunderson (Highest Honors), Kryztofr Kaine, Alessandro Manno, Eddie Martinez, Daniel Moore (High Honors), Viktoria Morgan, Bryan Murotake, Sergio Prado, Esther Reynoso, Veronica Romero, Dianne Seaberg, Rogelio Tuazon, and Rodrigo Yanez.

Representing the Master of Legal Studies program are Francisco Aragon, Michael Barney, Ashley Barrios, Susan Foster, Daniel Hodorowski, Renee Paige, Tyler Thompson, and Jaclyn Zaragoza.

About The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law:
Established in 1969, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) was founded to expand opportunities and broaden access to legal education.  COL is dedicated to a student-centered approach that affords students of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue careers in law or legal-related fields. The Colleges’ faculty advances a real-world perspective and practicality on the application of law and includes practicing attorneys, judges, public servants, and leaders in business and non-profit organizations.  An accredited nonprofit institution, COL offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program.  Starting in Fall 2018, COL became the first accredited law school in California to offer a hybrid J.D. degree. COL is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California.  For more information, visit www.collegesoflaw.edu.

The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.

For more information, contact the COL Public Affairs Coordinator Kryztofr Kaine at (805) 765-9729; [email protected].

COL to host Prop. 10 debate in Ventura

Prop. 10 seeks to ease the pressures of the ongoing California housing crisis, and The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law will host a debate highlighting the primary arguments surrounding the proposition prior to the November elections.

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