Development and External Relations

    Development Staff

  • Dennis Slon

    Assistant Dean for Development & External Affairs
    (949) 824-7424

    Dennis Slon joined the UC Irvine School of Law in June of 2019 after having spent nearly 30 years in higher education fundraising, most recently as the Senior Vice President for Loyola Marymount University. During his time at LMU, Mr. Slon led a successful comprehensive campaign raising over $411 million as well as a targeted scholarship initiative that raised $103 million. He also completed the preplanning for a third campaign with a goal of $750 million.

    Prior to his time at LMU, Slon was Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at UCLA during five years of the $3 Billion Campaign for UCLA. There he also managed a large budget and a complex team, including principal gifts, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, donor stewardship and development operations. Originally coming from the East, Slon also had roles as Vice President for Development at the College of William and Mary and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Virginia.

    Slon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his EdM from the Harvard University School of Education.

  • Mary Ann Soden

    Mary Ann Soden

    Director of Development and Faculty Initiatives
    (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.

  • Jaclyn McVay

    Jaclyn McVay

    Associate Director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving 
    (949) 824-2921

    Jaclyn works collaboratively with School alumni, staff, faculty and prospects. She provides donor stewardship, manages alumni 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.

  • Sen. Joseph Dunn (ret.)

    Sen. Joseph Dunn (ret.)

    Special Advisor to the Dean

    (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).

  • Rebekah Bergeron

    Development Coordinator
    (949) 824-1265