Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, July 20, 2005


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UWLA Law School Names Cheryl Ward, Formerly of City Attorney’s Office, as Interim Dean


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles attorney Cheryl Ward, who recently retired after a lengthy career with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, has been named interim dean of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, a spokesperson for the school said yesterday

Ward, a lawyer for 30 years, succeeds Anne Arvin, who will remain with the school as a fulltime teacher and accreditation liaison. The school is not accredited by the American Bar Association, but is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the State Bar of California and recently freed itself from sanctions that endangered that status.

Ward’s priorities, President Robert W. Brown said in a statement, “will be a renewed focus on Bar passage and academic support on behalf of our students,.” She will also assist the president “in expanding the areas of communication between our office and our institutional community,” Brown said.

Ward, who did not respond to a request for comment, was a senior assistant to James K. Hahn when he was city attorney, and later to Rocky Delgadillo. The Pasadena City Council voted to name her city attorney in 1997, but the appointment was withdrawn after her past financial problems, including a bankruptcy filing that discharged a federally insured student loan, were disclosed.

Ward sued the city, claiming her civil rights had been violated. A six-figure settlement was reached in 1999.


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