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Alumni News paci f i c l aw 33 formany years before becoming an El Cajon– based facilitator for the family court of the San Diego Superior Court. Denny Keller, ’85, died at the age of 71 on Dec. 28, 2015, in Auburn. He practiced law for almost three decades, much of it as a workers’ compensation attorney at Amara & Keller. Keith Sugar, ’90, died of sudden heart failure at the age of 54 on March 17, 2015, in Santa Cruz. An environmental law attorney, he served on the Santa Cruz City Council, was the city’s mayor from 1999–2000, and was a strong voice in major landuse decisions there. Jennifer Lynne Rice, ’95, died at the age of 52 on Dec. 4, 2015, in Clements. She enjoyed a long career in pharmaceutical sales, also practicing law for a decade in the Stockton area. Kristen Robinson Olsen, ’98, died at the age of 47 on Sept. 3, 2015, in Riverside. She was a senior associate at Varner & Brandt LLP, where she concentrated her practice on civil litigation. C. Roman Rector, ’00, died at the age of 44 on Sept. 30, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Several years out of law school, he cofounded what was at the time one of the larger bankruptcy firms in Northern California. Kathryn Bates Turner, ’05, died at the age of 60 on Nov. 2, 2015, in Woodland of ovarian cancer. She served as the Yolo County Law librarian for nine years and was known for serving the legal needs of the poor, ill and elderly. James Maynard, ’06, died at the age of 44 on Nov. 2, 2015, in Sacramento. He was the managing partner at the Northern California office of Silver & Wright LLP, a municipal law boutique, after operating his own firm, Maynard Law, from 2011–2014. Faculty and Staff Adjunct Professor Thomas Chase died of cancer at the age of 74 on June 29, 2015, in Folsom. A longtime executive administrator for several legal firms, he built his own recruiting firm, Chase Legal Professionals. His Law Office Management course was one of the most popular electives for McGeorge students for more than 15 years. Dorothy Cochran died on March 28, 2016, at the age of 86. She worked as Gordon Schaber’s legal secretary and followed him to McGeorge, where she retired as the executive assistant to the dean. Mary Swanson, ’94, died after a long illness at the age of 56 on Jan. 8, 2016, in Sacramento. She spent her entire legal career at McGeorge, teaching a Parole Representation course, working for the law school’s Institute for Administrative Justice, playing an important role in its stewardship of the Special Education Hearing Office, and the creation of the California Parole Advocacy Board, and ultimately serving as IAJ director. Professor Emeritus Donald Wollett died at the age of 95 on Sept. 23, 2014, in Clinton, Wash. He taught Labor Law and other courses in the 1980s at McGeorge. He brought with him a tremendous level of experience that included partnership at Kaye Scholer in New York City, a faculty position at the New York School of Law, a stint as the director of employee relations for the governor of New York and a successful fight to bring bargaining rights to public school teachers as an NEA advocate. In retirement, he was an advisor to baseball agent Scott Boras, ’82.


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