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Dr. Ken Held, former dean of the La Verne College of Law, spoke at the grand opening of the Law School’s campus in Ontario in March 2000. Held, who became dean in 1985, initiated the College’s push for American Bar Association accreditation. Dr. Held died June 13. / file photo by Erica Paal

Dr. Ken Held, former dean of the La Verne College of Law, spoke at the grand opening of the Law School’s campus in Ontario in March 2000. Held, who became dean in 1985, initiated the College’s push for American Bar Association accreditation. Dr. Held died June 13. / file photo by Erica Paal

Vanessa Martinez
Staff Writer

Ken Held, former dean of the University of La Verne College of Law died June 13 in Las Vegas. He was 79.

Dr. Held was one of the most devoted members of the University of La Verne College of Law faculty, said Charles Doskow, professor of law and former dean of the College of Law.

Dr. Held helped enhance the College of Law in numerous ways, Doskow said.

In the beginning of his teaching career, Dr. Held taught at the San Fernando Valley College of Law and at the University of La Verne. He helped merge the two law schools in the mid-1980s.

Provost Jonathan Reed said he admired Dr. Held’s passion for improving the University.

“Dean Held was instrumental in laying the foundation for the University getting (American Bar Association) accreditation,” Reed said.

Dr. Held was named dean of the College of Law in 1985.

“There was a time when we gave serious consideration to closing the La Verne College of Law,” said former ULV President Stephen Morgan in an email interview. “And it was Ken’s ability to create an impressive plan for the future that convinced me and the Board of Trustees to continue to operate the College of Law.”

Dr. Held initiated the push for ABA accreditation. For this the College of Law needed to move from the Hoover Building at the main campus to a larger location in Ontario. Dr. Held also oversaw the remodel of the Ontario campus and was part of the growth of the faculty at the College of Law. In 2002, Dr. Held stepped down as dean and stayed on as a professor at the College of Law.

He was cherished by his students, and became a mentor as well, Doskow said.

“He was, I think, the most honest person I’ve ever known,” Doskow said. “He worked harder at teaching than almost anyone I knew.”

Doskow hired Dr. Held in 1981 when he served as dean of the College of Law.

Besides inspiring students at the University, Dr. Held also influenced the faculty.

“He’s very personable,” Susan Nauss Exon, professor of law, said. “I found him to be very student centered.”

Vanessa Martinez can be reached at vanessa.martinez4@laverne.edu.

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