Picture it. Los Angeles, 1920. It’s 7:30 p.m. on September 8, and Loyola holds its very first class for a cohort of eight students.
Fast forward to today, as Loyola closes out its 99th year with an entering class of 380 students enrolled in 11 unique degree programs and an alumni community that totals more than 18,000 worldwide. For nearly a century, Loyola Law School has distinguished itself through its hands-on approach to legal education and an unwavering commitment to serving others and the community.
On September 8, 2020, we celebrate the people, moments, and memories that have shaped Loyola’s first 100 years and toast to Loyola’s future. Join us throughout the day as we reconnect the entire Loyola family on Loyola’s 100th birthday.
What is a birthday without a party? We've got 20 virtual parties for you to choose from, each with a unique theme, affinity, or tradition that bonds our community. You can stick to one party or hop around and connect with several groups throughout the night.
Join members of the Loyola family around the globe as we toast Loyola on the hour the law school turns 100.
Pick your room and register by September 7.
Centennial Ballroom | 7:00 p.m. PT
Dean Michael Waterstone, co-hosts Professor John Nockleby and Ibiere Seck '07, and special guest Brian Kabateck ’89 cordially invite you to join them in the Centennial Ballroom for a tribute to Loyola and countdown to 7:30 p.m. PT when Loyola officially turns 100 years old. Celebrate the people, moments, and memories that have shaped Loyola's first 100 years and toast to Loyola's future.
Last Call for a Good Time | 6:00 p.m. PT
Calling all friends of Professor Laurie Levenson. Join her and special celebrity guest, Mark Geragos '82, for a fun celebration with schmooze, games, and lots of reminiscing.
Trophy Case: Competition Teams | 7:00 p.m. PT
At Loyola, we love to win. Our teams and competitive programs are nationally recognized and allow our students to use their skills and showcase them around the globe. Join Professor Susan Poelhs '89 and Chris (Pez) Ardalan '00 for a party that celebrates Loyola's long tradition of taking home the trophy.
Black Alumni Chapter and BLSA | 7:00 p.m. PT
Join Professor Gary Williams, Demetria Graves '04, Jabari Willis '04, and former and current Black Law Students Association (BLSA) members for a family reunion on the night of Loyola's 100th birthday. Meet members of the Black Alumni Chapter Leadership Council, reconnect with classmates and leave the party with some new friends who share that same Loyola pride. Don't miss the party.
Latino Alumni Chapter & La Raza de Loyola | 7:00 p.m. PT
Join Professor Marissa Montes '12 and Judge Serena Murillo '96 in reuniting with former and current members of La Raza de Loyola. Reconnect, take a walk down memory lane, and toast to Loyola's 100th birthday at 7:30 pm. Cheers to Loyola – cheers to familia!
International Community | 10:00 a.m. PT
As they say on Centennial Day, it's 7:30 p.m. somewhere, which means it's time to toast to Loyola's 100th birthday. Join Professor Aaron Ghirardelli, Antonio Abdalla '19, and others living in other parts of the world to celebrate Loyola's 100th birthday. No packing necessary – you are one click away from joining the party.
West Coast Goes East Coast, Virtually (Eastern time zone) | 4:00 p.m. PT
It's like New Year's Eve, but in September. The east coast always gets to start the party three hours earlier than we do in Los Angeles, and Centennial Day is no exception. Join Associate Dean Lauren Willis and Cameron Bell '15 for a toast to Loyola on the hour the Law School turns 100. Reconnecting with your law school family is just one click away. Don't miss the party!
Across the Mountains and Plains (Central time zone) | 5:00 p.m. PT
We see you, friends living in the central time zone, and we have a party just for you. Join Professor Allan Ides '73 for a toast to Loyola on the hour the Law School turns 100. Reconnecting with your law school family is just one click away. Don't miss the party!
Anne O'Keefe and Women Pioneers | 7:00 p.m. PT
Loyola’s very first class included eight students. Among them was Anne O’Keefe. Anne, who had witnessed the ratification of the 19th Amendment two weeks before starting classes, was a pioneer of her time. Join Professors Shannon Treviño ’06 and Therese Maynard, along with Calista Wu ’12 for a celebration of Loyola’s women pioneers on Loyola’s 100th birthday.
Asian Pacific Alumni Chapter & APALSA | 7:00 p.m. PT
Join Professor Grace Parrish '06, Phil Nulud '06, and former and current Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) members for a family reunion on the night of Loyola's 100th birthday. Reconnect with old friends, try your luck at Loyola trivia, and get to know someone new who shares the same Loyola bond.
Armenian Alumni Chapter & ALSA | 7:00 p.m. PT
Join hosts Professor Stan Goldman '75, Board of Governors Member Shant Karnikian '12, and Amy Karnikian '16 for a special reunion of the Loyola Armenian Alumni Chapter and the Armenian Law Students Association. What a wonderful reason to gather and celebrate Loyola’s 100th birthday and toast to Loyola's future. This will be a special evening for generations of Armenian alumni and students.
Grand Alumni Society (1940 - 1970) | 7:00 p.m. PT
Join Professor Victor Gold, Loyola's 16th Dean, and Pat Kelly '69 for a special reunion of our Grand Alumni Society (alumni who graduated from Loyola 50+ years ago). See how campus has transformed over the past fifty years and get a small taste of what it is like participating in a virtual classroom before toasting to Loyola's 100th birthday at 7:30 p.m.
100 Years in Review: Law Reviews | 7:00 p.m. PT
Professors Justin Hughes, David Glazier, and Bob Brain, alumni host Chris Chin '94, and a panel of former editors of Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Entertainment Law Review, and International and Comparative Law Review recount some of the milestones (and horror stories) of the past 50 years.
Evening Division | 7:00 p.m. PT
Loyola's very first class started at 7:30 p.m. on September 8, 1920 – so some might say that September 8 is also a centennial celebration for Loyola's Evening Division. While today's program might look a little different than it did in 1920, the bond that distinguishes our evening cohorts remains strong. Join Professor Katherine Lyons '02 and Steve Lurie '02 as well as other evening division alumni, students, and enthusiasts for a celebration of Loyola's Evening Division.
Staff Lounge | 7:00 p.m. PT
Associate Dean Marianne Carlton and Corinne St. Claire '18 welcome all current and former Loyola Law School staff to reconnect in the "staff lounge." Grab a seat on the couch and bring a drink and snack; first one in gets to pick what's playing on the TV!
Parents and Families | 7:00 p.m. PT
Calling all Loyola parents and family members. Welcome to the Loyola community! Join Professor Justin Levitt as he gives you a glimpse into the life of a Loyola student and the experiences and opportunities that await your student in the year ahead.
Attorneys for Others: Public Interest Community | 7:00 p.m. PT
Loyola has always been a training ground for attorneys committed to using their legal education to help others. Join Associate Dean Aimee Dudovitz, Professor Sande Buhai '82, Yvonne Mariajimenez '84, and Dominique Quevedo '03 for the party that pays tribute to the alumni, students, faculty, and friends who use their legal skills and training to serve the community.
Social Justice Clinics | 7:00 p.m. PT
Join Professor Liz Bluestein, Executive Director of Loyola's Social Justice Law Clinic, for a celebration of Loyola's commitment to serving the community while educating the next generation of leaders and advocates. Rub elbows with friends like Adam Grant '10 of the Loyola Project for the Innocent, Associate Dean Kathleen Kim of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, Sara Campos '99 of the Center for Conflict Resolution, Rajika Shah of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, Chris Hawthorne '00 of the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, Megan Stanton-Trehan of the Youth Justice Education Clinic, and Sean Kennedy '96 of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy as we celebrate the 50,000+ clients our clinics have served throughout the history of the school.
Turf Club | 7:00 p.m. PT
Classes are over and it's time to reconnect with your favorite law school friends over a law-school-worthy libation. Grab your sunglasses, bring a beverage, and get ready to reminisce with Professor Bryan Hull and co-host Aalok Sharma '99.
International Community | 7:00 p.m. PT
With over 18,000 alumni, the Loyola family spans the globe. Whether you attended Loyola after living and studying in a different country or grew up in the United States but have relocated after law school, join Professor Aaron Ghirardelli and co-host Alessandra Tarissi de Jacobis '20 for the party celebrating Loyola's global community.
Loyola Law School's history spans 100 years, more than 1 million pro bono service hours, 18 deans, 20,000-plus students and so much more.
In celebration of Loyola’s 100th, we hope to reconnect with all pockets of the Loyola family and welcome your help in getting the word out. Post, text and tweet.
The #LLS100 toolkit is here to help you celebrate Loyola's Centennial with social media templates, GIFs, and Zoom backgrounds!
Social Media Graphics
Spread the word and tell the world. Get the party started with these Centennial Day assets for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Let people know what party room you will be attending!
Dean Waterstone's Party
Professor Bluestein's Party
Professor Gold's Party
Professor Goldman's Party
Professor Hughe's Party
Professor Hull's Party
Professor Ides' Party
Professor Levenson's Party
Professor Levitt's Party
Professor Montes' Party
Professor Nockleby's Party
Professor Poehls' Party
Professor Ghirardelli's Party
Professor Trevino's Party
Professor Williams' Party
The Centennial Day Challenge is a one-day campaign showcasing the generosity that defines the Loyola family. In 2019, Loyola set a new record and secured 334 gifts in a single day. This year, we aim higher in honor of Loyola’s 100th birthday.
We have eight Centennial Challenge Gifts on the line:
We need your help to get them open! 500 gifts from LLS alumni, friends, students, family members, staff, and faculty on September 8, will open all five Centennial Challenge Gifts and secure a total of $500,000 for Loyola.
The Centennial Day Challenge begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 7 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, September 8. Mark your calendars and be sure to make your gift.