Well, I did go to the admitted student/alumni reception last night. It was in the lobby of an SF firm, pretty casual with a spread of food and some wine and sodas and whatnot. The main thing I took away from the night was again the reoccuring theme of how NICE everyone is and how much they enjoyed their time at Davis. I would say there were many more alums than admitted students, ranging from classes that graduated in the 70s and 80s to the class of 2007. I'm sure it is sort of self selection of who attends these events, but everyone seemed to be in a good place with a good job, mostly with large firms in the city. There were also a couple of professors there that were extremely welcoming and personable - I didn't really get to know any professors at my undergrad but can already tell that it will be a lot different in law school. The head of admissions was there and when I introduced myself to someone while standing next to her, she turned around immediately and said "Oh you're tmo? Welcome, I'm Sharon Pinkney, I saw you gave us your deposit, we are so happy to have you!" I was just shocked that she knew me from Joe Blow - and I REALLY wanted to link arms with her and take her on a walk and ask her to just admit AZ already, but not sure about my persuasion skills as of now so I held back with your best interests in mind AZ
The current dean was there which was nice since he was not able to make the admitted student day I attended in March. I thought he was adorable and sort of like a character out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or something. Big blue eyes and a piece of fly away curly hair that wouldn't stay down, super jolly (I love men like this). I loved that he seemed to know each alumni by name and where they worked, and they all seemed to know him quite well too. He gave a little speech that was fairly generic, basically just greeting everyone and talking about what Davis has to offer - but with a lot of thrown in humor (again, I thought he was adorable). Apparently he will still be very much a part of the Davis administration but will be taking the back seat for next year while the new dean gets settled so as to let him do his thing.
I'm sure there are other things to report but I'm blabbering on about teeny details that I'm not sure you all care about, so if you have any questions just ask.
Oh, one more thing that I learned that made me want to go home and drink heavily in misery - this guy that graduated in '85 said that when he went to Davis, tuition was $680 a semester, and his apartment was $300 a month. Sigh. Starting salaries at big firms back then was apparently $65K. Sigh again.