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Meeting with Consul Generals of Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 22, 2018

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One of the great things about being the dean of UC Davis School of Law is the opportunity to meet interesting people. Last week, I was able to meet some extremely interesting diplomats.

In the morning Consul General Shlomi Kofman and Deputy Consul General Ravit Baer from the Israeli consulate in San Francisco visited King Hall. They were on campus for an agricultural conference and stopped by to discuss the possibility of UC Davis collaborating on legal issues with Israel. We had a wonderful discussion of immigration and the Supreme Courts in both countries and what changes might happen on the U.S. Supreme Court with the possible confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

In the afternoon, I visited the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento. Consul General of Mexico Liliana Ferrer, an alum of UC Davis, introduced me to the Consul Generals of Guatemala, Patricia Eugenia Lavagnino Spinola, and El Salvador, Ana del Carmen Valenzuela Peña. A group of immigration attorneys, including some from the private sector and non-profit organizations were in attendance, along with UC Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity and professor of law Raquel Aldana.  

Consul General Ferrer warmly lauded the wonderful support that the UC Davis campus, and specifically the law school, has provided to immigrant students. I was able to discuss some of the pressing human rights issues facing immigrants in the region and the support network that exists in Northern California for immigrants. The three Consul Generals signed a “Tricamex agreement” calling for cooperation on human rights issues by the three consul offices.    

In addition, through the UC Davis School of Law Summer Fellows program, we are hosting two Sacramento Mexican Consulate legal staff through our formal relationship with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The events of the day reminded me of the international presence of UC Davis!

Alumni Lunch in Oakland

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 22, 2018


UC Davis School of Law had its annual alumni lunch in the East Bay at the elegant Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar in Oakland. We had a great turnout on a cool and sunny summer day, with a wonderful group of alums, including Sally Schwettmann '04 (a surprise drop in guest who was visiting Northern California for a wedding), Darryl Stallworth '92 (a former Cal football player who filled me in on the Bears' football prospects for the upcoming season), James Zahradka '98 (who is working in the California Attorney General's office, with one of his cases involving California's challenge to the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy by the Trump administration),  Bill Mantle '74, Maggie Trinh '11, Michael Marriott '11, and Gene Woo '85. We also had a group of eager and enthusiastic students in the Class of 2021, who will be starting law school in just a few weeks. It was great to see the incoming students learn about life at King Hall from the alums.

I filled in the King Hall faithful on developments at the law school, including the great incoming class, wonderful faculty programs, and all the activity around the law school, including the important and hard work of the clinical programs in connection with the uptick in immigrant detentions along the border.

Earlier in the day, Karen Charney, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, had coffee with Robert Kidd `77, who will be teaching Bankruptcy Law at King Hall this fall. This is the second time that he has taught the class. Our students gain immensely from teachers who have real world experience and Robert is a wonderful teacher. He also exemplifies how our alums are dedicated to giving back to the new generation of King Hall students.


26th Annual Sacramento County Bar Association Summer Associates Reception

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 20, 2018

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Last night, Craig Compton, Assistant Dean for Career Services, attended the SCBA Barristers’ Club event welcoming all law students working in the Sacramento legal community this summer.  The event was held at the Mix in downtown Sacramento and there was a great turnout of students, alums, practicing attorneys and judges. 

In addition, last night’s event focused on honoring the SCBA Diversity Fellows who are working at leading firms this summer.  We have a number of outstanding students from the class of 2020 who were selected for this prestigious program – Cameron Van, Jacqueline Nguyen, Lashanee King, Jackie Givelber, Max Fujii, Richa Kamboj, and Tom Hao. Craig was able to catch up with a number of our students and alums working both with firms and in the public sector.  He also had the chance to connect with Jeff Edwards ’09 of Mastagni and Errol Daius ’11 of Kronick – both of whom work at firms that sponsor a SCBA Diversity Fellow.

We were proud as an institution to be one of the sponsors for the event and truly appreciate all of the firms and the SCBA for continuing to support the SCBA Diversity Fellows program!