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Professor Oakley on the Campaign Trail with Hillary Clinton

Posted By Madhavi Sunder, Feb 5, 2016

Oakley and Clinton

John Oakley and his wife, Freddie Oakley (former Yolo County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters) wrote me that they are just back from a very interesting time in Iowa working on the front lines of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Along with other of Hillary Clinton’s Yale Law School classmates, John was assigned to canvass the East Side of Des Moines, a classically blue-collar, multi-racial district. In the end, Clinton won the East Side 54-46. Professor Oakley says those delegates were the difference in Hillary’s razor-thin margin statewide!

Alumni Gathering at White & Case in Palo Alto

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 3, 2016

We had a wonderful alumni event today in Palo Alto, with an enthusiastic group of movers and shakers in Silicon Valley. Bijal Vakil '96, managing partner of the White & Case Palo Alto office, and Nathan Zhang ’13 of the same firm, hosted the event. We had an excellent crowd of 35 or so King Hall faithful.


The main event, Professor Peter Lee, provided the alums with an overview of the amazing intellectual property initiatives at UC Davis. I was able to fill the group in on our interest in helping students and alums in the job market. Assistant Dean for Career Services Craig Compton provided information on how alums could help our students in the job market. I was able to provide information about the great events at the law school.  Among the alums in attendance were Cristina Chirica ‘12, Suzanne Graeser ‘87, Negin Yazdani ‘12, and Matthew Currie ‘97.

Meeting with General Counsel at The Shop

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 3, 2016

Last night, I was able to meet with a group of Sacramento corporate general counsel (including general counsel from Raley’s, CalPERS, and other corporate leaders) at one of their regular meetings.  This gathering was held at The Shop, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) innovation workshop in downtown Sacramento.  A good friend of UC Davis, VSP General Counsel and Vice President Thomas Fessler, invited me to address the group.  I was able to talk about UC Davis School of Law, outline the challenges in legal education today, and encourage private-public partnerships to help law students and benefit the region.