December 22, 2009
Alice Thomas, age 79, became the oldest graduate in McGeorge history on December 17, 2009, when she received her degree along with 43 other J.D. graduates. She is one of the oldest persons ever to earn a law degree from an ABA-accredited school.
An inspiration to her younger classmates, Thomas worked for more than four years to gain her degree. She devoted much of her time in her first two years of law school to taking care of a long-time friend who eventually succumbed to Alzheimer's disease.
When McGeorge established its Elder Law Clinic in 2008, she was the first student enrollee, and her volunteer work helped numerous senior citizens handle a variety of legal issues.
Thomas plans to study for either the Nevada or California July 2010 bar examination. A former Las Vegas legal secretary, she has a number of job prospects but is most concerned with using her new degree effectively to help people beset with problems such as foreclosure and bankruptcy.