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Citizens University Committee to Meet

Citizens University Committee to Hold Annual Meeting

UC Riverside’s Longtime Champions to Hear Alumnus Judge and Law School Dean, Elect Officers

(June 5, 2003)

Henry Ramsey Jr.

Henry Ramsey Jr.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — University of California, Riverside alumnus, former judge, law school professor and dean Henry Ramsey Jr. will speak at the Citizens University Committee Annual Dinner Meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday June 12, at the UC Riverside Commons Cafeteria. The CUC will also elect new officers.

Cost to attend the annual dinner meeting is $45 per person or $80 per couple. Reserving a table for eight costs $320. For information about attending the dinner, call the UC Riverside Office of Governmental and Community Relations at (909) 787-5184.

Ramsey will speak about the campus’ first decade, the 1950s. He graduated from UC Riverside in 1960 and went on to receive a law degree from UC Berkeley in 1963. Ramsey taught at Berkeley’s law school, Boalt Hall, from 1971 to 1980, during which he also served on the Berkeley City Council from 1973 to 1977. He went on to serve on the Superior Court of California from 1981 to 1991. Ramsey served as the dean of the Howard University School of Law from 1991 to 1996. He has been active on several committees and boards of the American Bar Association and in 2002 served as Chief of Party of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Nigeria Rule of Law Assistance Project. The project was designed to address elements of the Nigerian judicial system that Nigerian stakeholders identified as needing improvement and strengthening.

The CUC will also conduct business at its annual dinner meeting, voting on a proposed slate of officers, which includes Sylvia Martin-James, chair; Kristin Tillquist, vice chair; Barbara Moore, secretary; and Robert Bowers, treasurer. Current Chair Jane Carney will step down after a two-year term.

The CUC is UC Riverside’s oldest continuous support group. It formed in 1948 to lobby the California State Legislature to locate a campus of the University of California in Riverside at the site of the Citrus Experiment Station, which is now known on campus as Anderson Hall. In 1949, the legislature passed appropriations to build a Riverside campus and UC Riverside opened its doors in February of 1954.

Today the CUC provides a means for the community to tap into the cultural, intellectual and social vitality of the UC Riverside campus. The group hosts monthly breakfasts, which highlight the latest cutting-edge research initiatives the faculty is undertaking.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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