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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.

Unity Bar Summit Explores Diversity in Judiciary

UC Davis School of Law hosted the inaugural Unity Bar Summit, attended by judges and lawyers from throughout California. Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84 spoke on the benefits of coalitions of minority bar associations working together.

I had the pleasure of welcoming the group and highlighting the need to diversify the legal profession, improve access to legal services for all, and work towards collective action.

A Statement About School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Senseless acts of violence continue to devastate communities across the country. This time a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in an attack that left 19 children and two teachers dead in the predominantly Latinx town of Uvalde, Texas. Not two weeks ago 10 people were killed in Buffalo as part of a horrific hate crime targeted at African Americans shopping in a grocery store.

Thanks and Congratulations, Corina Yetter '22

I just received a wonderful message from Corina Yetter '22, who graduated from UC Davis Law on Saturday. It included the photo of the two of us, above, from the Mondavi Center stage, and these very gracious words:

I am so proud to have graduated from your law school and worked for you. It has indeed been an honor. I wanted to share this picture with you. ... Someday, when I am earning an actual paycheck, I would like to get this framed for you. Thank you again for everything!"

Chicanx Studies Border Speakers' Series

This week, I was able to watch the latest installment of the Border Speakers' Series organized and sponsored by the Chicanx Studies 130 US Mexico Border class with Professor Clarissa Rojas.

Environmental Law Certificate Ceremony

Congratulations to our Class of 2022 graduates who received environmental law certificates! I had the pleasure of attending the certificate event last week with Professor Rick Frank as the emcee. We can't wait to see what great things our grads will go on to do. 

A Message About Buffalo Shootings

It brings me great sadness to see yet another deadly hate crime in our country. I wanted to share a message from Chancellor Gary May about the tragic shooting in Buffalo that left 10 people dead on May 14.

"People should be able to go to the grocery store without fear.