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KHOP Participants Keep in Touch

I was so pleased to receive a thank you note and group shot from participants in the recent King Hall Outreach Program 2022 Summer Session. Now more than two decades old, KHOP is a wonderful program that helps prepare college students from underrepresented communities for the law school admissions process.

The KHOP program counts more than 600 alums. UC Davis Law will welcome four of those alums in our incoming first-year class this fall!

Welcome Barbecue for Class of 2025

UC Davis School of Law will welcome its Class of 2025 on Sunday, Aug. 14 at the annual fall barbecue, where first-year students will mingle with faculty, staff and classmates. This event is the kickoff for Intro Week, a slate of academic and social activities for the incoming class.

Sister Simone's Road to a Presidential Medal

Dave Jones of UC Davis' campus news service wrote a wonderful piece about Sister Simone Campbell '77, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden on July 7.

The story honors Sister Simone's decades-long commitment to social justice and what a great friend she has been over the years to UC Davis and especially the School of Law. We are so proud Sister Simone is our alum.

Reproductive Rights and Health Research Forum

Join the Office of Research tomorrow, July 15, at 10 a.m. for a discussion of the broader impacts of the recent Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.

UC Davis Law Professors Lisa Ikemoto and Mary Ziegler will be featured speakers along with a multidisciplinary panel of experts.

King Hall Outreach Program Kicks Off Summer Session

This past weekend, UC Davis School of Law kicked off this summer's King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP), a program designed to provide classes, information, and mentorship for students, many of them first generation college students from immigrant families, seeking to learn about the law school application process. This year's group of vibrant, impressive and enthusiastic students hailed from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Merced, San Francisco State, Sacramento State and California State University East Bay.

Thanks to our Dean's Office Students

On Friday, May 27 the Dean's Suite had a farewell appreciation lunch for our student assistants. Four of the students graduated in June and worked for us for two to three years. It was a fun lunch hour enjoying pizza together and sharing our “remember when” moments.

Row 1: far left, Starla Bennett, Frances Haydock, Navreet Hundal ’22, Priyal Thakral ’22.

Row 2: far left, Khalil Malik ’22, Gabriella Tolstova ’22, Michelle Andrews.

Lunching with Alums

In May we had a wonderful time catching up with alumni across the state. On May 18, we met with alums at a Sacramento event held at Zocalo restaurant. Later in the month, alums in Orange County came to lunch at Avila's El Ranchito. I always enjoy getting to visit with our remarkable alumni!

Sacramento lunch attendees:

Alum of the Month: Lynn Miyamoto '86

Lynn Miyamoto ’86 has a law practice focused on immigration in Sherman Oaks, California. She is a member of the UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association board of directors and serves on the Development Committee. She also serves on several other nonprofit boards, including as chairperson of the board of Keiro, which serves older adults in the Japanese American/Japanese community, and as vice chair of UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee), which advances human rights through grassroots collaborations. She and her husband Kevin Kroeker ’86 live in La Crescenta, California.

Statement on Reversal of Roe v. Wade

News from the U.S. Supreme Court has made for an extremely difficult – and for many heartbreaking – day.  I wanted to make it clear that I agree wholeheartedly with University of California President Michael V.

Juneteenth: Celebration and Reflection

On June 20 UC Davis observes Juneteenth, a holiday that encourages thoughtful reflection as well as celebration.

President Joe Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday last year – a long overdue but welcome acknowledgement of a day observed by African Americans and many others for more than 150 years.

Alum of the Month: Austin Quinn-Davidson '07

Congratulations to our June 2022 Alum of the Month Austin Quinn-Davidson '07. Enjoy a great article about her below:

“In everything I do, I try to take space and time to reflect on how it affects community members, especially our most vulnerable community members,” says Austin Quinn-Davidson '07. The UC Davis School of Law 2022 Rising Star Alumna Award winner was the first woman and the first openly gay person to serve as mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. She continues to serve on the Anchorage Assembly.