McGeorge School of Law

Two New Graduates Boast Law School Pedigrees

June 1, 2011


Pedigrees: Max Hellman, receives congratulations from his father, Dean Lawrence K. Hellman of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, at McGeorge's 2011 commencement. Dean Hellman and Dean Thomas F. Guernsey of the Albany Law School, whose son Adam also graduated, were both on stage to participate in the ceremony.

McGeorge School of Law attracts some of the best and brightest students from all over the country, and its reputation in legal education circles is impeccable. Two of the leading academic performers in the Class of 2011 prove the latter point.

Adam Guernsey and Max Hellman are the sons of two long-time legal educators who are deans of ABA-accredited law schools. Adam's father, Thomas F. Guernsey, is the dean of the Albany Law School of Union University in the capital of New York State. Max's father, Lawrence K. Hellman, is the dean of the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Max Hellman and Adam Guernsey, both of whom finished in the top 10 percent of their class and were inducted into the Order of the Coif, took similar paths to a law degree. Each earned a B.A. degree with a History major, Guernsey at the University of Oregon and Hellman at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

At McGeorge, both were members of the McGeorge Law Review editorial board, Hellman as chief articles editor and Guernsey as chief managing editor. Hellman received the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for the Day Division. Both are recognized in the latest Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

From here, their paths will diverge. Hellman has accepted a federal judicial clerkship with Judge James K. Singleton of the U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, in Anchorage. Guernsey is studying for the California bar exam.