New Students Receive Warm Welcome at Orientation

Loyola’s new day and evening students listened to prominent alumni, faculty and students during Orientation, which was held on campus from August 13-15.

Former dean of the Law School and current Loyola Marymount University President David W. Burcham ’84 kicked off the welcome address with a lesson on the correlation between reputation and success in a law career. He advised new students on the importance of practicing in an ethical and respectful manner.

Next, Dean Victor Gold explained what it means to be an advocate for others. “You’re here because you are being called to something higher than just a job,” he said, “Once you become a lawyer, people in crisis will look to you for help and you will have the power to change their lives and society itself.”

Renowned Loyola alumni and longtime friends Mark J. Geragos ’82 and Brian S. Kabateck ’89 regaled their audience with stories of their law school careers. Kabateck (pictured speaking above), managing partner of of Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP, offered this advice: “Form a study group as soon as you can; go to the bookstore and buy every book on the subject you’re learning and take the time to study,” he said. “If you do all of these things, you’ll succeed at being a law student.” He also stressed the magnitude of building a network early on in law school and utilizing the Law School’s resources.

Geragos, of Geragos & Geragos, also spoke of the Loyola network in Los Angeles and the famous lawyers the school has produced. “All of the titans of the trial bar came out of this law school,” he said. “Loyola is known as the go-to place, and this is the opportunity of a lifetime for all of you students.”

Day Student Bar Association President Neel Ghanshyam '14 spoke on behalf of the student body. Associate Dean of Student Affairs Helen Albertson served as master of ceremonies and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning Jean Boylan also welcomed the new class.

After the speeches, students attended Mastering Law School Skills classes, toured the Law Library and received Technology Training. The final day of Orientation included a mixer where new day and evening students mingled with student leaders and members of the faculty.