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Luis Alejo '01 Returns to King Hall for Cesar Chavez Week

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Mar 4, 2015

The School of Law had the pleasure of hosting Assembly Member Luis Alejo, a proud King Hall alum from the Class of 2001, as a speaker during La Raza Law Students Association's Cesar Chavez week. 

Alejo talk

Alejo was co-chair of LRLSA as a student at King Hall and served as a member of the Law School Admissions Committee.  He talked about his career at community college, Cal, and UC Davis School of Law and how his education taught him the importance of coalition building in the political process, a skill that he finds invaluable in the Legislature.  Alejo also thanked his former law professors, including Amagda Perez and Cruz Reynoso, who attended his talk.

It was great seeing one of my former students inspiring the next generation of lawyers!

KHLF Auction and Intra-School Negotiations Competition

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Mar 2, 2015

It was another great weekend at UC Davis School of Law – and it was the students who led the events this weekend.

On Friday evening, the King Hall Legal Foundation held its 37th annual auction supporting public interest fellowships for law students. 

KHLF auction
Photo courtesy of @varun_aery '16 via Twitter.

There were some amazing things on the auction block, including a week for two in Ireland, a night of “Irish revelry” with a group of King Hall’s favorite – and irreverent -- professors, a luxury vacation in Lake Tahoe, autographed pictures of President Obama and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, some amazing pictures (including one of Robert F. Kennedy and his brother John), a trip to watch the Dodgers beat the Giants at AT&T Park [<--blogger's commentary], and much, much more.  I stopped by to bid on some items and was able to catch up with many students, professors, and alums.  Professors Johns, Shanske, and Ventry were enthusiastically bidding on a wide variety of items.  Legal Service of Northern California  attorneys Gary Smith and Julie Rogado, who teach public interest classes for King Hall, and Amy Williams '05 seemed to be enjoying the festivities.  It was a warm and exciting King Hall evening!

Early Saturday morning, I welcomed the judges – lawyers, alums, mediators, business professionals, professors, and friends – at the 8th Annual Intra-School Negotiations Competition. 

Negotiations Trophy
I took this shot of the coveted trophy.

The competition gives UC Davis School of Law students the chance to hone their negotiations skills and receive valuable feedback from people who spend their days in the negotiations trenches.  The competition is a tribute to professor Donna Shestowsky, who is the enthusiastic, supportive, and knowledgeable leader of the King Hall Negotiations Team (the student sponsor of the competition).  Professor Shestowsky also is one of the scholarly leaders in the field.  Professor Shestowsky missed her first competition, as she was caring for her baby boy, who was born just a few weeks ago. Congratulations, Professor Shestowsky!

Social Psychology and Law Preconference

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Mar 2, 2015

I spoke at the Social Psychology and Law Preconference in Long Beach on Thursday.  This preconference featured presentations in the areas of discrimination, procedural justice/social justice, and immigration. Specifically, the discrimination symposium examined explicit and implicit biases in the law. The procedural/social justice symposium looked at legitimacy and perceptions of justice in the legal system.  Finally, the immigration symposium examined the role of social psychology in legislation and policy. The preconference included 10-minute data blitz presentations as well as poster presentations from graduate students and new researchers.     

I offered a talk about the role of race in U.S. immigration law and enforcement, both with respect to the law and its enforcement and the public debate over immigration and immigration reform.

You can learn more about the Social Psychology and Law Preconference at its website: