Fostering SoCal Connections

With many alumni based in Southern California, UC Hastings launches a series of regional community-building events.

On April 26, UC Hastings launched its Southern California Kickoff Event Series with an exclusive art gallery and book-signing event featuring Professor Joel Paul, author of the best-selling book Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times, and co-hosted by Jonathan Novak ’79 and Moe Keshavarzi ’02.

Alumni gathered at the Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art Gallery in Los Angeles and were treated to a reading from and Q&A with Paul. Those in attendance agreed that this type of event created an elevated experience for alumni to meet and connect and said they look forward to similar opportunities.

“I was honored to co-host this event with Moe,” said Novak. “UC Hastings taught me how to think, organize, and plan a business model to be a successful art gallery owner and curator. I hope other alums feel blessed by the education they received and would like to contribute to future events.”

Also in attendance was Paul’s high school speech teacher, the Academy Award– winning director Shelley Levinson. “He’s sort of exactly the same as he was then, except with less hair,” said Levinson. “I hope I did a good job presenting, but if not, blame her,” retorted Paul.

UC Hastings is dedicated to its vast network of alumni in SoCal, and Robin Drysdale, Senior Director of Development, Southern California, recently relocated to work more closely with the 4,000 alumni throughout the region. Drysdale will focus on reunion campaigns and events in conjunction with Senior Director of Engagement & Philanthropy John McCoy to build up regional alumni groups and further the sense of community between graduates. Together, they have already increased the number of events in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles to promote connection and reconnection. Anyone interested in participating in future events as a host, sponsor, or guest should contact Robin Drysdale at or (424) 322-9429.