Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's A Wrap! Tahoe 2014 Highlights

Once again the annual OBCL retreat at Lake Tahoe came and went far too quickly.  But it was so much fun while it lasted. It was a solid weekend of great fellowship with grads and their families from all over the US. There were opportunities to meeting the school board and discuss the school’s future.  There were fabulous times of eating, enjoying group games, and playing with the kiddos. And of course attendees also had fun outdoors, hiking, biking, and driving around to see the sights.  This year’s Tahoe event was a not-to-be-missed opportunity.  Check out the fun below! And read up on this year's doings :-)

Special thanks to Bethany Harlin, Laura Barth and Jessica Mulder for the great collection of pictures.

So excited to be here!!!

Fellowshipping with Alumni from all across the country

Next Generation OBCLer?

Kershner photo opt with the Dean

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Taking the Oath.

Sharing School Vision

Some Cool people sharing Hot pizza

Photo shoot opportunities


Reuniting with classmates

Solving all the world's problems :-)

Lovely People

Empire building.


The Gang's All Here - well almost

Lake Tahoe

Biking between rain bursts

Flume Trail Hikers

Award Winner

Friends for Life


Honing Skills

Evening chats

Coffee, coffee, coffee = Happy!

The long awaited Settlers of Catan Championship

Drinking in all the beauty
Fun People
Chef Extraordinaire
Race to Emerald Bay
So much fun, can't stand still!
Deep Discussions
Morning Greetings
Meeting the Dean
Stephen Fairley with Satisfied Customer
Laughing together
Glad to be here man!
Good times, good times
Taking a breaking from work!
Iridescent Glow

Lead the charge

The 10th Annual OBCL Alumni Meeting and Retreat was a great success, with many new records and precedents set that will impact Tahoe gatherings in special ways for years to come. It was fantastic to have almost 100 individuals in attendance, including JD and paralegal alumni, their families, current students, alumni board members, and school board members.  Whenever we can see friends and classmates, it is great event; and to have a whole weekend to catch up on life and work with fellow alumni, and to spend time discussing how to increase the impact of OBCL is even greater. This year we had fantastic venues for meetings and housing, all of them huge and impressive. Perhaps even more impressive and definitely more scrumptious were the amazing meals all weekend long. What is fellowship without food, right?!

We want to extend a huge thank you to all the dedicated Alumni Association directors and volunteers who made the weekend run so smoothly. To all of you who attended, we are so glad you came.  As for the rest of you, we look forward to you joining us next year.


The annual meeting set a new record this year for the swiftest and most efficient handling of reports, elections, and new business.  The new Alumni Association board for the 2014-2015 year is as follows:

President: Jack Stuart
Immediate Past President: Mark Bigger
Vice President: Jonathon Hauenschild
Secretary: Rachael Denhollander
Treasurer: James Pennington
College Liaison: Gabriel Waddell
Student Affairs: Amy Kershner
Paralegal Liaison: Emily Adams
Alumni Relations: Paul Harman
Promotion & Media: Emily Milnes
National Assn. & Accreditation: Jamie Long
Student Liaison: Jacob Pennington


In memory of Dean Magnuson, the Alumni Association has instituted an annual award for the winner of the Appellate Advocacy moot court to honor the Dean’s heart for the school and desire to train advocates of truth and justice.  Our first winner of the award, David Covey (Class of 11B), received a scholarship to attend Tahoe and a beautiful crystal plaque to commemorate his skill in persuasive communication.


Another first for Tahoe was a swearing in ceremony held for one of our newest JD graduates, Katie Kershner. It was moving to watch a graduate from years past administer the oath to a new grad. We hope to see more graduates hold their ceremonies at future Alumni meetings.


Incoming Alumni president, Jack Stuart, held a brain storming session with attendees to elicit ideas for incentives to encourage alumni to get involved and participate in projects. Ideas ranging from bumper stickers to rides in a jet with Jack were suggested J. What type of awards, prizes, recognition, or other incentive would motivate you to give or help with projects?  Contact Jack Stuart with your ideas.


For the first time in the history of Alumni retreats, the entire school board was present. This year’s board is comprised of: Dean Douglas McElvy, Robert Barth, Peter Fear, Mark Bigger, and Paul Harman.  It was wonderful having them in attendance to share their passion, ideas, and goals for the future of the school. They shared many of their plans including bringing on a part time staff member to spearhead and oversee creating a new website and other marketing tactics.  The board also held a brain storming session with attendees to gather suggestions for improving the school and attracting more students that fit the mission of OBCL. What are some of your suggestions? Pass them on to the board.


Stephen Fairley presented a workshop on growing your firm through more effective ways of converting potential client leads into actual clients. This energetic and humorous presentation gave all of us much food for thought toward changing and improving our practices.


We wrapped up the weekend’s official events with a very special time of singing and sharing testimonies together Sunday morning. “Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity” and even more beautiful when they join together to praise the Lord.