March 18, 2011
Professor Larry Levine, one of McGeorge's most popular faculty members, celebrated his 25th anniversary in legal academia in style on February 25, 2011, as more than 280 colleagues, former students and friends gathered for a celebration on campus.
The event raised $75,000 for the Jeffrey K. Poilé LGBT Civil Rights Memorial Scholarship, which has grown into one of the largest endowed student scholarships at the law school. Kate Kendall, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, was the keynote speaker at the event that featured numerous tributes to the honoree.
Levine was an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco before joining the McGeorge faculty in the fall of 1985. He taught a first-year Section C class and many of those former students, including Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan, '88, returned to honor him at the standing-room-only reception at the Gary V. Schaber Student Center.
"I loved teaching law from my first day in the classroom," Levine said. "What a memorable section I had my first year, and my subsequent sections haven't been too shabby either. It's gratifying how many of my students have become dear friends."
Poilé, a gifted internationalist who was fluent in French and Arabic, died in 1992 at the age of 36 from AIDS. Levine's commitment to his life partner and equal dedication to civil rights inspired him to create the Poilé Scholarship in 2002. To date, $330,000 has been raised benefiting 45 deserving students.