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Summertime Update

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 1, 2015

We’re in the middle of a busy summer at King Hall!

Recent graduates from the Class of 2015 can be found throughout the building studying for the upcoming California Bar Exam (Good luck, all!). Our faculty are reacting to high-profile decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court (See Associate Dean Vik Amar’s recent appearance on Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk.). And the School of Law is bustling with activity thanks to several summer programs.

Summer Tax Institute - The 25th annual Summer Tax Institute ran from June 15 to 18 and brought scores of participants to King Hall. The intensive, 4-day educational program for tax professionals brought attendees from the public and private sectors, representing accounting firms, law firms, state agencies, and private industry from throughout the country.

International Programs – Our International Law Programs have several summer offerings, including, right now, a licensing academy in intellectual property and technology transfer. Professor Emeritus Dan Simmons and Executive Director Beth Greenwood just updated me on our summer LL.M. program in International Commercial Law (ICL), writing: “This summer we’re pleased to welcome 30 new and returning ICL students.  Countries represented include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, England, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Poland and Switzerland. Once again, summer finds a rich selection of classes for our summer ICL LL.M. participants.  Courses offered at UC Davis include:  Orientation in U.S.A. Law, Intellectual Property, Business Associations, Comparative Law, Antitrust, Structuring an International Joint Venture, and the Licensing Academy.  Also this year we offered an International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar in Como, Italy.”

Alumni and Admitted Student Events – July brings events across the state, including luncheons, happy hour gatherings, and a baseball game. Alumni and admitted students are welcome! Check out the events calendar on the School of Law home page to learn more.

Intro Week BBQ – We’ll kick off the 2015-2016 academic year with our Welcome BBQ for the entering 1L class, which has the incredible distinction of being the Law School’s 50th class!

I’ll keep updating the Dean’s Blog throughout this very active summer at King Hall!

Stay cool!


AALS Workshop for Pre-Tenured Law School Teachers of Color

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jun 8, 2015

I spent part of last week in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Workshop for Pre-Tenured Law School Teachers of Color, where I sat at a roundtable discussion of the issues facing minority faculty.  I also talked about classroom teaching.

Me and Prof. Jasmine Harris
A shot of me with Professor Jasmine Harris, who's soon to join King Hall!

During the trip, I had the pleasure of having lunch in the White House at the Navy Mess with new faculty member Jasmine Harris and her husband Grant, who is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of African Affairs.  Grant provided a tour of the White House, including his amazingly beautiful office, the Roosevelt Room, and various other parts of the White House.  I stopped by the White House gift shop and bought a red, white, and blue tie, White House golf balls, and some gifts for family and friends.


Law and Society Annual Meeting in Seattle

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, May 28, 2015

Hello from beautiful Seattle, where I am at the Law and Society annual meeting. The forecast is for a warm 80 degrees today. 

Seattle from Westin
Mostly sunny in Seattle. I snapped this photo from the conference hotel, the Westin.

This morning, I participated in a lively discussion with UC Davis colleagues Professors Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Rose Cuison Villazor, and Brian Soucek, as well as other participants, about the historical roots and modern legacy of the Immigration Act of 1965.  Jack and Rose will soon be publishing a book with chapters from immigration scholars with a range of different perspectives on the 1965 Act.  The Act abolished discriminatory provisions of the U.S. immigration laws and imposed a Western Hemisphere ceiling, restricting immigration from Latin America. 

This afternoon, I am the discussant on a panel on "Access to Justice" with Professors Rex Perschbacher, Debbie Bassett of Southwestern (King Hall Class of '87), Francine Lipman  of UNLV (King Hall Class of '93), and Ron Aronovsky of Southwestern. 

Tomorrow, I am on a panel discussion on the future of legal education and the legal profession.     

UC Davis School of Law has a great showing at the annual meeting. Besides Rose, Jack, Rex, and Brian, Professors Afra Afsharipour, Mario Biagioli, Angela Harris, Elizabeth Joh, Thomas Joo, Courtney Joslin, Lisa Pruitt, Darien Shanske, and Dennis Ventry are participating on panels.

To learn more about the annual meeting, visit the Law and Society website.