December 12, 2018 | Pepperdine Law alumna Wendy McGuire Coats (JD ’05) was appointed to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Wendy has been a partner at Fisher and Phillips LLP since 2016, specializing in Appellate Law. From 2010 to 2016, Wendy was a partner at McGuire Coats. Wendy previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 2005 to 2006.
Wendy has been a faithful alumna of the law school, mentoring students, coaching Moot Court teams, speaking at conferences and in classes, attending events, and she even housed two law students last summer who lost their summer housing at the last minute.
Wendy’s husband Daniel also graduated from Pepperdine Law (JD ’08). Wendy recently told us, “At the end of this month we will have been married for 22 years, 6 spent at Pepperdine. Without him, there is no ‘this.’ We are who we are because of the investment Pepperdine poured into us individually and collectively. Being part of the Pepperdine family is woven of the fabric of who we are.”
Congratulations to Wendy and Dan!
Coats served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 2005 to 2006. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Barry P. Goode. Coats is a Democrat.