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Ruben Arizmendi '81
Ruben Arizmendi '81

"My experience at TJSL helped me realize that my goal is to help people better their lives by educating and advising them of their legal options, with the hope that their tomorrow is a happier and healthier one as a result of my work. If I can help people resolve their legal issues, and that brings them peace of mind, then I've succeeded. I am very grateful to TJSL for the opportunities, and I show my gratitude by giving back to people I interact with, clients, other professionals and students. By teaching classes at TJSL and community colleges, I hope to inspire the next generation of legal professionals to do great things for people who have needs with which we can help them."


Ruben Arizmendi '81 is a practicing attorney and has been the owner of Arizmendi Law Firm since 1990.


The Arizmendi Law Firm commits its partners, associates, and professional staff to effectively and ethically represent the interests of its clients in the areas of business law, corporate representation, bankruptcy and estate planning.

Marc D. Adelman ‘77
Marc D. Adelman ‘77

I have always felt the responsibility to give something back to the school. As a former member of the Board of Trustees, Adjunct Professor, member of the TJSL Hall of Fame, and frequent speaker, the long-standing relationship with TJSL motivates my desire to see it succeed and continue in scholastic excellence. The extraordinary accomplishments of alumni and the efforts by current leadership demonstrate the ongoing commitment by all to achieve new milestones.


Marc D. Adelman ‘77 is a former President of the State Bar of California, the largest legal regulatory agency in the world. He also was elected to serve as President of the San Diego County Bar Association. In addition, he is the principal of his prominent San Diego law firm, where he has gained an excellent reputation over the last 34 years as a skilled, diverse and versatile litigator in the fields of Business, Personal Injury, Insurance, Professional Negligence and Tort litigation. He is certified as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. His clients consist of insurance companies, major corporations, charitable institutions, small businesses and individuals. For the last 18 years he has served as a lecturer and/or Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego, California Western and Thomas Jefferson law schools. He also serves as an expert witness, consultant and lecturer on the appropriate standards of care for solo and small firm practitioners in Legal Malpractice actions.


He served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Municipal Courts, presiding over Criminal Preliminary Hearings, Traffic and Civil matters. The Court of Appeal, Fourth District affirmed his rulings in Wickware v. Tanner (1997) 53 Cal. App. 4th.  


Adelman was named Legal Professional of the Year in 1985 and 1999 by the San Diego County Bar Association and was included as one of the “Legends of The Bar” by the Historical Committee of that same organization. He received the prestigious Bernard Witkin Award presented by The Law Library Justice Foundation and was chosen Honorary Chairman of the 1998 Lawyers Have Heart 5K race sponsored by the American Heart Association and the San Diego County Bar Association. In 1985, he was named one of San Diego’s Citizens of the Year by the San Diego Jr. Chamber of Commerce. He has also been inducted into the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Hall of Fame.


In 1989, he served as President of the San Diego County Bar Association, the year their impressive Bar facility was purchased by the Association. That same year he founded the statewide organization of the California Association of Local Bars and directed the implementation of the Civil Litigation Code of Conduct of the San Diego County Bar Association. In 1990, he co-designed and implemented the fund-raising drive which raised more than $1.1 million for the San Diego County Bar Association’s new facility.


In 1997, he created and implemented, at eight different statewide locations, the Allen J. Broussard Presentation on Professionalism and Civility jointly sponsored by the Supreme Court of California, the Judicial Council and The State Bar of California.