Development and External Relations

  • Joseph Dunn

    Sen. Joseph Dunn (ret.)

    Assistant Dean for External Relations
    jdunn@law.uci.edu

    (949) 824-0197

    Joseph Dunn was a member of the California State Senate from 1998 to 2006. In the Legislature, he chaired key committees such as the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Housing Committee. He received international acclaim as chair of the Senate Investigation Committee into the 2001 California energy crisis. California Lawyer Magazine labeled then-Senator Dunn as “The Man Who Cracked Enron.” Prior to entering the Senate, he was a plaintiff’s lawyer in Orange County, handling products liability litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He worked in the Newport Beach office of Robbins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi after law school and joined Robinson, Calcagnie, Robinson, also in Newport Beach, where he continued to focus on products liability and complex litigation until his election to the Senate. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Minnesota School of Law (1983) and his B.A. magna cum laude from the College of St. Thomas (1980).

    Contact Dean Dunn for: Partnerships with external organizations, departmental management questions, transformative giving to the law school, gifts to the new law school building.

  • Veronica Alexander

    Veronica Alexander

    Director of Development
    valexander@law.uci.edu
    (949) 824-7424

    Veronica Alexander joined the new UC Irvine School of Law in October 2008, as the Founding Financial Aid Director. After establishing procedures and coordinating financial aid and campus housing for the UCI Law Inaugural Class, she became Assistant Director of Development in November 2009, responsible for student scholarships and pipeline programs. In 2014, she was promoted to Director of Development, responsible for major fund-raising for Merit Scholarships, the Saturday Academy of Law, Al Meyerhoff Fellowships, and the Dean’s highest priorities. Prior to working at UCI, she served 19 years at UCLA School of Law, including 10 years as Financial Aid Director. Veronica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

    Contact Veronica for: Law firm and corporate collaborations, scholarship and program giving.

  • Jaclyn McVay

    Jaclyn McVay

    Development Coordinator
    jmcvay@law.uci.edu
    (949) 824-2921

    As the Development Coordinator, Jaclyn works collaboratively with School staff, faculty and prospects. She provides donor stewardship and other administrative support for External Relations and works with Central Advancement, the School’s Marketing and Communications team, and colleagues and supporters to ensure success of development events, activities and programs. She performs coordination of complex, confidential and sensitive issues of a broad scope related to donor relations, major gift fundraising, and public relations that support the engagement and fundraising objectives of the Law School. Jaclyn brings significant private sector experience overseeing and coordinating team efforts in a variety of contexts including the financial services and real estate appraisal industry in the roles of Vendor Manager and Office and Commercial Projects Manager respectively. She has an M.B.A. from Averett University and a B.A. in History and French from Randolph-Macon Women's College.

  • Mary Ann Soden

    Mary Ann Soden

    Director of Alumni Relations
    msoden@law.uci.edu
    (949) 824-9079

    Mary Ann Soden joined UC Irvine School of Law in February 2016. She is an experienced non-profit executive as well as an attorney, having practiced civil law. Prior to joining UCI Law, she was the Chief Community Programs Officer for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation in Santa Ana, where she led their public-private partnerships for health and human services developing several innovative collaborations. Prior to becoming an attorney Mary Ann worked with Price Waterhouse (Legal Support Services) and American Express Bank in systems development and support. She holds a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law; a M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is very active in her own alumni associations, promoting networking opportunities, class communications, scholarship selection, and reunion giving.

    Contact Mary Ann for: Alumni activities, programs and giving