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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015

Alumni News PACI F I C L AW 35 Robert Lucas, ’80, died at the age of 67 on Jan. 8, 2015, in Sacramento. He operated his own lobbying business, Lucas Advocates, for three decades, representing alliances and companies involved in energy production and environmental quality control. Kenneth Kay, ’80, LL.M. ’85, died at the age of 58 on May 5, 2014, in Fresno. He practiced real estate law for many years and was a published author, political talk show host and university adjunct professor. John Tosney, ’80, died of a heart attack at the age of 62 on Jan. 11, 2014, while vacationing in Costa Rica. A well-known Sacramento attorney, he operated a practice in bankruptcy law for more than three decades. Gerald Deady, ’82, died at the age of 58 on Oct. 15, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was a prominent criminal defense attorney who once won a reversal of a death-penalty sentence. Nancy Hotchkiss Smith, ’82, died after a long battle with brain cancer at the age of 57 on Jan. 19, 2015, in Sacramento. She spent her entire legal career with Trainor Fairbrook after joining the prominent real estate firm as its second employee. Jeff Corzine, ’84, died at the age of 58 on Jan. 14, 2014, in Folsom. A former president of the El Dorado County Bar Association, he was a personal injury attorney and partner at Adams & Corzine in Folsom. Barbara Eckard, ’84, died at the age of 69 on Sept. 16, 2014, in Roseville. She worked for more than three decades for the state of California’s Office of Administrative Law and was involved in many community organizations. Anne E. Elbrecht, ’84, died of a brain tumor at the age of 74 on Sept. 24, 2014, in Davis. A scholar of Armenian history, she worked as an attorney for the California state government for nearly two decades. James Meier, ’85, died suddenly at the age of 58 on Feb. 19, 2015, in Sacramento. He taught science at two Waldorf schools for more than 20 years. Roger Whomes, ’85, died at the age of 58 on Jan. 28, 2014, in Reno, Nevada. He was a prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for 18 years with a three-year hiatus in private practice. He later moved to the county Public Defender’s Office. Denny Forland, ’86, died from complications related to pneumonia at the age of 60 on Dec. 20, 2014, in Sacramento. A former public defender and criminal defense attorney, he was a judge of the Butte County Superior Court bench. Robert Lucherini, ’86, died at the age of 58 on May 15, 2014, in Logan, Utah. He served as a deputy district attorney for Clark County, Nevada, and was later a highly regarded criminal defense attorney. Kurt Kumli, ’87, died of brain cancer at the age of 52 on Aug. 2, 2014, in San Francisco. A nationally recognized expert on juvenile law and policy, he was a well-known judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court who spent 20 years as a prosecutor before taking the bench. Surviving family members include his wife, Sue Gillett, ’87, and brother Karl Kumli, ’81. John Gezelius, ’89, died of a heart attack at the age of 58 on Aug. 2, 2014, in Orange. A former missile launch commander in the U.S. Air Force, he was a longtime probate attorney and specialized in elder law. Samantha Spangler, ’89, died after a long battle with progressive supranuclear palsy at the age of 49 on April 10, 2014, in Auburn. She was an assistant U.S. attorney who was honored in 1999 with a Director’s Award from Attorney General Janet Reno. Harry Bivens, ’90, died at the age of 60 on Aug. 8, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He began his career with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP before founding the Law Offices of Harry R. Bivens, which specialized in construction contracts law. Patricia B. Jennings, ’94, died at the age of 46 on Sept. 16, 2014, in San Jose. She practiced law with Henk, Bock, Leonard & Vega in Sacramento before moving to the South Bay. Krysten Hicks, ’05, LL.M. ’06, died after a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 34 on Sept. 20, 2014, in Poway. She practiced municipal law with Meyers Nave, serving as assistant city attorney for Citrus Heights, Colusa and Pittsburg.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015
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