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JJLP Symposium: Healing Our Kids

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 23, 2015

Day in and day out, our law students do amazing things.  On Friday, the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy hosted a symposium on a pressing public policy issue.  The symposium was titled, “Healing Our Kids:  Using the Law to Address the Healthcare Needs of Youth in Foster Care, the Juvenile Justice System, and Beyond.”  It is the hard work of dedicated law students that made the symposium a reality.  In particular, law students Sonja Prins and Abby Mulvihill worked hard to organize the symposium.

This symposium addressed the child welfare system’s shortcomings in addressing the well-being of children in state care, and promotes a dialogue about how the law can be used to address these issues.  The panels discussed access to mental health care in the foster care and dependency court systems and analyze the shortcomings of the healthcare services provided to youth in the criminal justice system.  We were lucky to have set of leaders in the field participate in the conference, including including keynote speaker Professor Jonathan Todres from Georgia State University College of Law. 

Keynoter with students
Abigail Mulvihill '16, Professor Jonathan Todres, and Sonja Prins '16

I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the conference participants and attendees.  I also was honored to introduce our morning speaker and distinguished King Hall alum, Jennifer Rodriguez is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Law Class of 2004.  A former Civil Procedure student of mine (I remember that she sat next to Natasha Ralston), Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Youth Law Center, a national public interest law firm that works to protect the rights of children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. 

Jennifer with editors
Abigail Mulvihill '16, Jennifer Rodriguez '04, and Sonja Prins '16

Jennifer is a former foster youth who was emancipated at 18 to homelessness.  Her tireless work for foster youth reflects her deep passion for engaging youth and families as the agents of change.  It really was an exciting moment for me to welcome Jennifer to her alma mater, UC Davis School of Law.


Visiting Alumni in California's Central Valley

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 20, 2015

We had a great reunion of UC Davis School of Law alums at the Fresno office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore on Thursday.  Erik Cuadros '12, an associate at the firm, hosted the event.  We had a great group of alums covering several decades of King Hall faithful.  Alums in attendance included Judge Dale Ikeda '76, Amanda Cary '07, Jerry Casheros '99, Bob Wilkinson '81,  Dean Gordon '74, and Jim Phillips '72.  A special guest appearance was made by new Fresno City Council member Esmeralda Soria '11.  We also had a Class of 2015 student, Gagan Kaur, meeting alums and getting advice on landing a law job in her hometown. It was a warm and beautiful evening with alums in the Central Valley!


Lunch with San Diego Alumni

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 13, 2015

La Raza Lawyers of San Diego and UC Davis School of Law co-sponsored a great lunch gathering in San Diego today.  Rodrigo Guevara '09 is president of the bar group and helped organize the event.  Close to 100 people attended, including many from the Imperial County, where a young Cruz Reynoso practiced law.  Among the alums in attendance were Charlie Bird '73, current alumni board member Justice Joan Irion '79, and former board member Michael Van Horne '75, Michael Duckor '70, Jose Castillo '06, Charlie Arguello '91, and Marvin Mizell '96. 

Professor Cruz Reynoso gave an inspirational talk about the duties of lawyers to pursue social justice for all. 

Cruz Reynoso at podium

It was a wonderful lunch on a beautiful San Diego day!