Class Action

July 2020

09 John Kazanovicz joined the firm of Kahana & Feld LLP as a partner in their Oakland Office.

12 Chelsea Suttmann has been promoted to the position of managing director with the firm of Barulich Dugoni Stuttmann Law Group, Inc.


1971 Ronald “Ron” Malone was born in Palo Alto, California and died on March 11 from complications of ALS. He was 73. Ron not only obtained his JD at Santa Clara Law in 1971 and went on to establish the Circle Oak Equine Center, which is a leading rehabilitation clinic for horses in Petaluma, California. He was inspired due to a shortage of such centers. He served in the U.S. Department of Justice, ran a major law firm (Orrick), and was named Trustee for the Mabie Foundation because of his outstanding reputation and commitment to honoring the donors’ intent in prominent cases. Ron was a staunch supporter of Santa Clara Law and participated in numerous events at the Law School. He was also a Bergin Society Member. Santa Clara University Provost Lisa Kloppenberg had this to share, “Ron’s legacy, for the many who had the privilege of knowing him, will be his fierce sense of ethics and integrity, keen intelligence and expertise in the area of charitable giving, tax and business matters, his overwhelming devotion to our students’ success, and his leadership for Santa Clara Law School over many years. He will be deeply missed.”

Professor Emeritus Jost Baum, died May 26 at the age of 91 after a long illness. He emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1933 shortly following Hitler’s rise to power. Professor Baum grew up in Chicago and following service in the Army graduated from The University of Chicago with a BA in 1950 and a JD in 1953.  Following law school he studied at the London School Of Economics. Upon his return to Chicago, Professor Baum focused his law practice on counseling corporations.  He was chief legal counsel for several publicly traded corporations in the 1960s. In 1971, he moved his family to Palo Alto and accepted a position as an Associate Professor at Santa Clara, where he taught until 2000. He taught Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, and Secured Transactions. He was named Professor of the Year in 1974 and in that same year founded Santa Clara’s JD/MBA program. In 1977, he started the Law School’s summer study abroad program in Oxford.  Over the subsequent years he and Professor Bob Peterson continued growing the program to cities on three continents. Professor Baum enjoyed the summers abroad tremendously and the opportunity it provided to get to know his students more closely.