Michael J. Whitton, a partner in Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP’s San Diego office, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for California Western School of Law.
A long-time supporter of the San Diego-based law school, Whitton joined the board in 2014 and has held several leadership roles including chair of the most recent Dean and President Search Committee, chair of the Finance Committee and the Committee on Trustees, and a member on the Building, Governance, and Adhoc Faculty Committees.
“It’s an honor to lead the Board of Trustees as the law school prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2024,” says Whitton who is a known figure in the San Diego real estate community, working on large scale regional and national real estate transactions. “I believe it’s important for our community to support a local law school that not only provides amazing programs to educate our future legal leaders but also programs that support diversity and access to justice through the law school’s California Innocence Project.”
Rahil K. Swigart ’03, an associate attorney at San Diego-based law firm Higgs Fletcher & Mack, was elected Vice-Chair and First Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California Randy S. Grossman ‘95 was elected Secretary. Outgoing Chairman Jeffrey D. Lewin ‘75 will remain on the board.
“I want to thank Jeff Lewin for his extraordinary service to the law school during his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Trustees,” said California Western’s new President and Dean Sean Scott. “His unwavering leadership, particularly during these difficult times, has been an inspiration to us all. It is also with much appreciation I welcome Michael Whitton, Rahil Swigart, and Randy Grossman to these new positions on the Board, and I am deeply grateful for their dedication, commitment, and hard work for the benefit of the California Western community.”