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My Charla (Chat) with La Raza Law Students

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 18, 2016

Yesterday, I had my annual Charla (Chat) with students from one of King Hall's most active student organizations, La Raza Law Students Association. The students generously welcomed me to discuss with them the law school admissions process, academic support, and other pressing issues.  I was proud to talk about our outreach efforts, our "majority minority" faculty, the President's Public Service Fellowship Initiative, the new Undocumented Legal Services Center, and Student Wellness Initiative (and credited 3L Rachael Hiatt for providing a trained law student counselor).  The students also asked about the campus leadership transitions.  

I am always impressed with our students. And LRLSA, from Professor Amagda Perez '93 to Assemblyman Luis Alejo '01 to today's students, has been a leader at King Hall.

King Hall Tailgate at Aggie Homecoming

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 17, 2016

On a cool fall afternoon, UC Davis School of Law had its annual tailgate at an Aggie football game. After some food and drink, King Hall faculty, students, staff, and alums watched the Aggies defeat Northern Colorado by a score of 34-21. 

It was a great get together.  John York '72, Steve Boutin '72, and Andy Holmer '72 (whose son Erik plays football for the Aggies and is thinking about attending King Hall) had a mini-reunion at the tailgate and the game.  After a productive set of committee meetings, alumni board members Alberto Roldan '92 (President), John Pavolotsky ‘00, and Craig Judson ‘84, enjoyed winning Aggie football.  A number of other alums, including Shama Mesiwala ‘98, Sara Granda ‘09, and Fermin Villegas '06 (and family), came to the game.  Professors Jasmine Harris and Cruz Reynoso enjoyed good food and company at the tailgater.  Professor Al Lin and family and family made it to the game.  Many King Hall students took a few hours off from their studies to enjoy the good cheer.

Tailgate pic
Pic from the King Hall Instagram. Follow us @ucdavislaw!

All in all, it was a warm and wonderful day -- despite a bit of rain during the game.  And it is nice that the Aggies have won two years in a row on the day of the King Hall tailgater!

King Hall Organizes International Migration and Asylum Conference in Geneva

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 12, 2016

Professors Leticia Saucedo, Brian Soucek, Rose Cuison Villazor, and I just wrapped-up our participation in the Migration and Asylum Symposium 2016 hosted by the University of Geneva. UC Davis, along with the University of Geneva and the League of European Research Universities, was a co-organizer of the event.

Geneva Team
King Hallers at the conference in Geneva: alum Jihan Kahssay '12 and Professors Rose Cuison Villazor, Leticia Saucedo, and Brian Soucek

Topics included responses to Syrian refugees in Europe, the U.S. response to Central American asylum seekers, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's proposals on migration.

Villazor presents
Rose Villazor discusses her paper on private refugee resettlement.

Plans are underway for UC Davis to host a follow-up conference on refugees and migrants! Stay tuned!