By Tricia Witkower

California Desert Trial Academy College of Law will hold its first 247th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration event on November 10, 2022, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Hosted by John Patrick Dolan, Dean and professor at CDTA, this event will include a full program from 5 to 6 pm, followed by networking, beverages, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

CDTA will collect donations for the Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation. This foundation honors local Marine, Hunter Lopez, one of the 13 Marines killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul in 2021. As its mission states, money generated will be used to help those who protect and serve our country. In addition, CDTA will unveil its new charitable endeavor, the Military Veterans Scholarship Fund, which helps any veteran who wishes to attend law school.

Says Dean Dolan, “My father was a Marine during WWII and I’ve always had the greatest respect for the men and women who serve our country and keep us safe. This event is my way of honoring them and helping to give back.”


CDTA is located at 45290 Fargo St in Indio. Those interested are free to attend and can RSVP to, RSVPs and walk-ins both encouraged. Entrance is free and all are welcome to attend.

California Desert Trial Academy College of Law’s mission is to educate, train, and develop extraordinary legal advocates. CDTA boasts a beautiful campus with classes taught in a unique courtroom environment, by judges and lawyers. Upon completion of the 4-year course of study graduates will be fully qualified to take and pass the California Bar examination. Upon admission to the Bar, graduates will be fully educated, trained and coached to represent clients on the first day of practice.