Los Angeles’ City Hall East Named for the Honorable James Hahn

The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion to rename City Hall East for the Honorable James Hahn (’72, JD ’75). The unanimous vote, which took place in February, has since been followed by privately driven fundraising efforts to pay for the renaming.

James Hahn with his sister Janice after his mayoral victory in 2001.

Hahn is the only individual to have held the roles of mayor, city attorney, and city controller for the City of Los Angeles. He stepped down as mayor after one term in 2005, and is currently serving as a superior court judge.

Hahn’s sister Janice Hahn (’77) who is a former Los Angeles City council member and current United States Congressperson, was among the first to sponsor the motion to rename City Hall East. Their father, Kenneth Hahn (’42), was previously honored when the city renamed the Hall of Administration for the former member of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. The Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and the James K. Hahn City Hall East stand adjacent to one another, and will eventually be linked by Civic Park, which is currently under construction.

Both Hahn and his sister Janice received honorary doctorates from Pepperdine during the 2012 commencement ceremonies for the School of Public Policy.

“The Pepperdine University School of Law is so pleased that City Hall East in Los Angeles is being named for the Honorable James Hahn,” said School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha. “Judge Hahn models the ideals of the Pepperdine School of Law. As a dedicated public servant, he brings to the bench an extraordinary intellect, a strong commitment to equal justice under the law, and a focused understanding of the impact of the law upon the people and institutions of the community. He carries forward the Pepperdine Law legacy of these important values. We are honored by this recognition of one of our alumni.”

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