Editor's Note: King Hall student Erika Budrovich '18 is traveling with Professor Karima Bennoune, who is making a special presentation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in her capacity as Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. Here is Erika Budrovich's guest blog entry on her experiences:
Today I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Security Council’s annual debate on women, peace and security and the implementation of Resolution 1325. This special access was made possible by being a member of Professor Bennoune’s UN Human Rights Practicum at UC Davis Law and joining her in her capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.
First off, the United Nations building itself is a beautiful space that at 10:00 am is hectic with the bustle of diplomats and representatives from around the world heading to meetings that simultaneously occur throughout the building. After passing through security and showing our credentials, we entered the Security Council room. Its interior is stunning: an immense mural covers the back wall, country representatives sit around the iconic circular table, and translators sit in the glass paned observation rooms overlooking the space live-translating everything that’s going on.
The meeting itself was captivating. We were able to hear a briefing by Rita Lopidia, a civil society delegate from South Sudan who gave a powerful statement on the importance of ensuring peace and security for women in her country. She discussed the importance of the resolution, the inordinate impact of warfare on women, including the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Her message was so moving it spurred an ovation from the entire room and delegate after delegate referenced her in the responses that followed. The representative from Spain spoke next, followed by Egypt, New Zealand, Ukraine, China, and many other countries.
Many countries shared in a call for the inclusion of women in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peacekeeping. Countries stressed the importance of both protection and participation of women, with many citing research that shows a significant increase in the success and sustainability of peacekeeping efforts that include women. Many countries expressed a common theme that the Security Council must match its rhetoric with action. A tense moment occurred when Ukraine’s representative called out Russia for being “fully responsible” for specific violations of women’s human rights. Several countries later, Russia’s statement scolded Ukraine for its statement and then proceeded to accuse it of harsh offenses against Russian women. All in all, it was amazing to see so many countries share the progress they had made in the past year to better protect and involve women in conflict zones, while also stress that, in spite of this progress, there is much work to be done to further the goals of SCR 1325.
It was a wonderful start to an exciting week; thank you King Hall, for this great opportunity!
King Hall hosted its 2016 Alumni Reunions of the Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011 on Saturday. It was a wonderful celebration of over 250 alumni, our largest reunion event ever. It was great seeing so many happy and successful UC Davis School of Law alums on a beautiful fall day. A reception in the courtyard of the new-and-improved King Hall, with a string quartet, was followed by a dinner and short program at the UC Davis Conference Center. Senior Director of Development Karen Charney and Director of Development Nick Dolce led tours for alums of the expanded and renovated King Hall. I was happy to share with the alums our great success, including our excellent, “majority minority” faculty, superstar students, and enduring sense of community.
We had a number of faculty at the reception and dinner, including Lisa Ikemoto `87, Amagda Pérez ’91, Carlton Larson, Joel Dobris, Bruce Wolk, Dan Simmons '71, and Cruz Reynoso.
The reunions were a stunning success in no small part because of the hard work of the volunteers who called and e-mailed their classmates, arranged conference calls and e-mail lists, and organized events and get-togethers. This year’s volunteers included D. Steven Blake, G. Richard Brown, Charles I. McClain, and Gary Solis of the Class of 1971, James G. Durham, Joan D. Durham, Chris Gibson, the Honorable Loreen O'Hare-Hall, and the Honorable Cerena Wong of the Class of 1976, the Honorable M. Kathleen Butz, Diane Dillon, Kathryn E. Landreth, and W. George Wailes of the Class of 1981, William D. Caldwell, Jr., Ron Maroko, Nancee M. Murray, Angela E. Oh, Fred A. Silva, and Linda Somers Smith of the Class of 1986, Craig C. Allison, Marc G. Reich, Amagda Perez, and Tom Phinney of the Class of 1991, Chad W. Carlock, Shawn M. Elicegui, Allison Lima, Jennifer F. Novak, and Bijal V. Vakil of the Class of 1996, Robert Milligan of the Class of 2001, Corrine Bielejeski, Allison Marrazzo, and Crystal Gaudette of the Class of 2006, and Shea Brack, Karli Eisenberg, Kelly Martin, Tom Rupp, and Maggie Trinh of the Class of 2011.
At dinner, Ron Clausen `71, presented me with a bottle of wine, with a label of the Founding King Hall faculty.
Yesterday, I had my annual Charla (Chat) with students from one of King Hall's most active student organizations, La Raza Law Students Association. The students generously welcomed me to discuss with them the law school admissions process, academic support, and other pressing issues. I was proud to talk about our outreach efforts, our "majority minority" faculty, the President's Public Service Fellowship Initiative, the new Undocumented Legal Services Center, and Student Wellness Initiative (and credited 3L Rachael Hiatt for providing a trained law student counselor). The students also asked about the campus leadership transitions.
I am always impressed with our students. And LRLSA, from Professor Amagda Perez '93 to Assemblyman Luis Alejo '01 to today's students, has been a leader at King Hall.
On a cool fall afternoon, UC Davis School of Law had its annual tailgate at an Aggie football game. After some food and drink, King Hall faculty, students, staff, and alums watched the Aggies defeat Northern Colorado by a score of 34-21.
It was a great get together. John York '72, Steve Boutin '72, and Andy Holmer '72 (whose son Erik plays football for the Aggies and is thinking about attending King Hall) had a mini-reunion at the tailgate and the game. After a productive set of committee meetings, alumni board members Alberto Roldan '92 (President), John Pavolotsky ‘00, and Craig Judson ‘84, enjoyed winning Aggie football. A number of other alums, including Shama Mesiwala ‘98, Sara Granda ‘09, and Fermin Villegas '06 (and family), came to the game. Professors Jasmine Harris and Cruz Reynoso enjoyed good food and company at the tailgater. Professor Al Lin and family and family made it to the game. Many King Hall students took a few hours off from their studies to enjoy the good cheer.
Pic from the King Hall Instagram. Follow us @ucdavislaw!
All in all, it was a warm and wonderful day -- despite a bit of rain during the game. And it is nice that the Aggies have won two years in a row on the day of the King Hall tailgater!
Professors Leticia Saucedo, Brian Soucek, Rose Cuison Villazor, and I just wrapped-up our participation in the Migration and Asylum Symposium 2016 hosted by the University of Geneva. UC Davis, along with the University of Geneva and the League of European Research Universities, was a co-organizer of the event.
King Hallers at the conference in Geneva: alum Jihan Kahssay '12 and Professors Rose Cuison Villazor, Leticia Saucedo, and Brian Soucek
Topics included responses to Syrian refugees in Europe, the U.S. response to Central American asylum seekers, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's proposals on migration.
Rose Villazor discusses her paper on private refugee resettlement.
Plans are underway for UC Davis to host a follow-up conference on refugees and migrants! Stay tuned!
Last night, Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director for GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders) Bennett Klein delivered the 15th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture on “Sexuality, Disability, and Irrational Fear: Lessons from HIV Litigation.” The Bill Smith Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Bill Smith ’98, who passed away in 2001. During Bill’s short time with us, he dedicated himself to disability and gay rights activism. This year’s speaker is a national leader in both fields who has successfully led impact litigation around disability rights for people living with HIV, employees suffering sexual orientation discrimination, and transgender students.
Bennett Klein of GLAD
The ceremony began with Lambda student leader Hannah Bogen presenting the 2016 LAMBDA Law Students Association Professor of the Year Award to Professor Courtney Joslin, citing Professor Joslin's mentorship and inspirational work to expand the rights of LGBT people.
Hannah Bogen '18 and Professor Courtney Joslin
Afterward, we were honored to have as a guest speaker James Zahradka ‘98, who had been a close friend of Bill Smith, speak about his friend. James told us that in addition to Bill’s passionate work on disability and gay rights, he was interested in environmental issues and civil rights. We were also delighted to have Bill Smith’s father with us for the Lecture, and expressed gratitude to the Smith family for helping to make these enriching conversations possibility on such important issues. The endowment also allows us to award a grant every year to a first or second year student doing nonprofit work in one of both of these fields.
In his lecture, Bennett Klein spoke of his role in the watershed case of Bragdon v. Abbott, a 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established protection against discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act for all people with HIV. He spoke of the role that disgust plays in shaping people’s irrational fear and dislike of gay male sex and sexual relationships.
Thanks to all of the speakers and attendees for making this year's lecture a success.
The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) held its Eighth Annual Steve Boutin Invitational Golf Tournament on a pleasant fall afternoon at Davis Municipal Golf Course. The teams played a wonderful round with the proceeds going to a great cause -- public interest fellowships for law students!
Dean Emeritus Rex Perschbacher and me
Dedicated King Hall alum Steve Boutin '72 welcomed the golfers, which included many alums, including current Alumni Board members John McKinsey '99, Robert Barton '88, and Alberto Roldan '92. My team -- the "Pilsbacher Pros" -- included Dean Emeritus and Professor Rex Perschbacher (who tore up the links), 2L student Todd Singer (who made the team members feel good about their golf skills), and Tom Palacek (UC Davis B.A. '99), a member of the UC Davis Foundation Trustees who carried the foursome.
Steve Boutin asked participants to play their hearts out for the Tournament's Man of the Year, Rex Perschbacher, a longtime supporter of KHLF and public interest law. For many years, Rex was a board member of Legal Services of Northern California and helped me land a position on the board. A number of professors were in attendance, including Boutin Golf Tournament Executive Director Clay Tanaka, for whom the Tanaka Trophy (for the tournament winner) is named. Steve Boutin's team won the Tanaka Trophy, but the results are currently under review by tournament officials. Federal district court judge Troy Nunley led a most jovial foursome that might well have earned the coveted "Slowest Moving Foursome at the Refreshment Tent" Award. I was unanimously selected for the coveted title of "Most Dangerous Golfer." There was a nice set of beers available for golfers, including a set of custom-crafted "Pilsbachers" in honor of Rex Perschbacher.
It was a great King Hall day for a great cause! And a lot of fun. Congratulations to the King Hall Legal Foundation for a job well-done.
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) celebrated its 35th anniversary of fighting for farm worker justice. And it was like a King Hall reunion!
Executive Director Amagda Pérez '91 served as the emcee. Mayor-elect of Sacramento Darrell Steinberg '84 was honored as Legislator of the Year and gave an inspiring speech. Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso talked about how CRLA Foundation came to be.
Dancers from Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento entertained the attendees.
Our program ad congratulating CRLAF on its milestone
I attended the dinner with a group of great law students. We also had many alums in attendance, including Julie Montgomery '96, now general counsel of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, and immigration attorney Anel Carrasco '11.
This is the Filipino Law Students Association's "culture week" at King Hall, a slate of lunchtime activities and panels for students to enjoy.
Yesterday brought a wonderful panel of alumni to speak. Here's the panel description: "Join FLSA today in reuniting some distinguished King Hall alums from the 70's! Ernie Llorente '75, Albert Balingit '75, Melecio Santos '76, and Derek Ledda '79, also known as 'The Big 4,' will discuss their career paths and diversity in the legal field over the last several decades. Please help us welcome back some of the first Filipino alumni to graduate from King Hall."
Director of Development Nick Dolce took some great pictures.
"The Big 4": Melecio Santos '76, Derek Ledda' 79, Ernie Llorente '75, and Albert Balingit' 75
FLSA alumni speakers and students
Thanks to these distinguished alums for returning to King Hall for FLSA week!
UC Davis School of Law had a prominent presence at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC).
Mayor Kevin Johnson, LSNC Executive Director Gary Smith, and me
In the elegant Antiquite Maison Privee in midtown Sacramento, the keynote speaker was Mayor Kevin M. Johnson, who offered an inspiring and humorous talk about the importance of community redevelopment. As President of the LSNC board of directors since 2003, I had the opportunity to welcome the attendees and talk a bit about LSNC's great work for the poor. Professor Lisa Pruitt, Career Services Associate Director for Public Interest & Public Sector Careers Tim Griffiths, and several law students were in attendance. Amy Williams '05 , part of the LSNC leadership, was central to organizing the event and asked the attendees to help support this very worthy organization.
Happy anniversary to LSNC!
Paolo Hermoso '18, co-chair of the Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA), just shared this flyer with me.
FLSA will hold its "culture week" at King Hall next week. It features a great slate of lunchtime events, including a discussion with our own Professor Rose Cuison Villazor and a panel with some distinguished King Hall alums!
Here is a guest blog entry about the recent ABAS dinner from Senior Assistant Dean Hollis L. Kulwin. UC Davis School of Law was proud to sponsor several law students to attend. Thanks for blogging, Dean Kulwin!
On Tuesday night, I was delighted to attend the 2016 Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS) dinner gala held at the stately Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento. It was wonderful to see a large number of King Hall students there, enjoying the evening and enthusiastically networking with the dinner guests. Many King Hall alumni were in attendance as well. I sat at dinner with King Hall alumni, including Gene Woo ’85, Lisa Taylor Carlock ’97 and Stephen Lau ’02, along with several members of King Hall's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA).
ABAS generously mentors and sponsors scholarships for law students. King Hall alumni Yoshinori “Toso” Himel ’75 and Latika Sharma ’07 presented the scholarships on behalf of ABAS. King Hall had two student recipients honored: Dana Cruz ’16 and Masao Taylor ‘17. Congratulations, Dana and Masao!
Dana Cruz '16 (top) and Masao Taylor '17 received awards. Photos by Tia Gemmell.
Earlier this week, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the UC Davis La Raza Pre-Law Students in the Art Building on a warm and balmy evening on the UC Davis campus.
I have met with the group for a number of years to talk about the law school admissions process and UC Davis School of Law. A number of King Hall alums, including Emilio Camacho ‘11, were active members of the group when they were undergraduates. Second-year student Angel Castro was a member of the group as a UC Davis undergraduate and also attended the meeting with me. Angel, who also participated in our King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP), offered the student perspective on law school.
One of the student leaders, Kevin Carballo, invited me to talk this year and I jumped at the opportunity. I was able to talk about the unique community of diversity, excellence, and spirit that we have at King Hall. We went around the room for introductions and I was impressed that so many impressive and ambitious students were interested in law school.
I left the meeting thinking that we would be lucky indeed to have members of Davis La Raza Pre-Law someday attend UC Davis School of Law.
Update: The group sent me a kind e-mail message.
“On behalf of La Raza Pre-Law Student Association (LRPLSA), thank you for coming to our first informational of the quarter and for speaking to current and prospective members. We appreciate the time you took out of your schedule to speak to us about King Hall, your undergraduate experience, and the law school application process. Not only have you provided us with great resources and networking opportunities, you continuously empower both board members and general members.”
Thanks for having me, La Raza Pre-Law students!
I had an out-of-the-ordinary Saturday morning at King Hall. Well-dressed first-year students were in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Moot Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. It was the King Hall Negotiations Team’s (KHNT) annual competition for first year students.
I welcomed the group, extolling the benefits of negotiations, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and skills training. Employers look for such skills when they interview for new attorneys.
The King Hall Negotiations Team should be congratulated on putting together the competition, which tests the negotiation skills of our first year students. Of course, Professor Donna Shestowsky is the inspiration of our great ADR students.
Winners and finalists of the competition. Photo courtesy the KHNT Facebook page.
I was pleased to see such a successful event for the Negotiations Team! Congratulations, all!
Each year, Professor Evelyn Lewis opens up her home for a dinner to the students of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), faculty, staff, friends, family, and alums. This year brought another warm and wonderful gathering on a beautiful end-of-summer evening. Some distinguished alums, including Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie '95, Irene Williams '15, and Laraya Parnell '15, returned for the evening. Professor Lewis was a wonderful hostess and said a few words of welcome.
Our hostess Professor Lewis (left) with Professors Andrea Cann Chandrasekher and Jasmine Harris and kids
I always enjoy this event and talking with our wonderful students. It is one of the events that makes King Hall special.
Thanks to Professor Lisa Ikemoto for sharing some great pictures!
This week the School of Law was honored to host Martha C. Nussbaum, one of the most accomplished and influential American philosophers of our time, as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.
Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Law School and the Philosophy Department. In addition, she is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, the Political Science Department, is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program.
Professor Nussbaum has written groundbreaking work in areas as diverse as women and human development, religious pluralism is India, cosmopolitanism and nationalism, why democracy needs the humanities, and political emotions, including the role of disgust, love, and anger in law and politics. She has written 21 books, including more recently Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (2013) and Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016).
Professor Nussbaum has received many accolades, including honorary degrees from 56 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe as well as the prestigious Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy in 2016, which some describe as the Nobel Prize for Philosophy.
The School of Law welcomed Professor Nussbaum with a reception for the whole community on Monday, at which time Dean Johnson introduced her to the community.
Professor Nussbaum with Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Professor Nussbaum, me, Professor Donna Shestowsky, and Professor Bob Hillman
Professor Nussbaum said she was honored to visit a school inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose pioneering work on love in politics she has written about often. Professor Nussbaum presented a paper to the law school faculty on Tuesday. In the paper, she discusses recent legal decisions in India with respect to regulations of same sex relations. She argues in her paper that disgust is never a good basis for law.
On Wednesday, Professor Nussbaum delivered the first Chancellor’s Colloquium of the new academic year to more than 300 people at the Mondavi Center, on the topic of “Anger and Revolutionary Justice.”
Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter thanked Professor Nussbaum for her advocacy on behalf of gay rights, and led a lively moderated exchange with her following her lecture.
We were truly honored to have Professor Nussbaum share so much of her work with us. She was generous with colleagues, especially junior scholars and PhD students. Professor Nussbaum said she has had warm feelings for UC Davis since the early 1990s, when she was a visiting scholar at the UC Davis Humanities Institute. She said her work on political emotions began during that early visit to Davis many years ago, and that she loves returning to our campus and town.
The School of Law was proud to be a sponsor of the California Bar Foundation Diversity Awards in Los Angeles earlier this week. Our Roza Essaw ’18, a California Bar Foundation 2015 Diversity Scholar, was a featured speaker during the program!
Photo courtesy Interim Dean Melissa Murray of Berkeley Law, who wrote, “Roza is killing it at the CBF awards!”
What a wonderful Diversity Law Student Reception sponsored by the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Sacramento and held at the lovely home of Shama Mesiwala ’98 last weekend! It was great to see so many of our esteemed alumni and local judges (listed below) getting to know our UC Davis law students.
From the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California:
From the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District:
From the Sacramento County Superior Court:
From the Yolo County Superior Court:
From the Office of Administrative Hearings:
Here I am (center) with Shama and Justice Elena Duarte of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.
With King Hall alum Fauzia Ghori ’12 and current students Kareem Aref ’17 and Joanna Gin ‘18
And a selfie with alum Harveen Gill ‘13
Thanks to Shama for masterminding and hosting this wonderful event -- this was the 9th annual mixer!
To mark the beginning of the new academic year, UC Davis has chosen the theme "Inspiring Dialogue and Community" for the Chancellor's Fall Convocation. Students, staff, faculty, local political leaders, and UC Davis friends and neighbors were invited to the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Jackson Hall inside the Mondavi Center (All photos courtesy: UC Davis Strategic Communications)
Ralph J. Hexter, interim chancellor, ushered in the new year with a scholarly speech about the importance of free expression on a public university campus. UC Davis and King Hall alumna Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84, Chief Justice of California, gave a spellbinding keynote address on the importance of respectful and thoughtful dialogue in times of great conflict and discord. I had the honor of serving as the master of ceremonies.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye delivers an outstanding address, as Interim Chancellor Hexter and I look on.
Several UC Davis students gave inspiring and thought-provoking Spoken Word presentations following short videos touching on issues of dialogue, conflict and mutual respect.
Interim Chancellor Hexter, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, and I with some of the inspiring student performers
It was great participating in the event and beginning what hopefully will be a continuing discourse about inspiring dialogue and community. I must admit that it always is great to catch up with the Chief Justice, who always make me proud that she is an alum of our great law school named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) welcomed as guest speaker my friend Don Tamaki, a distinguished attorney who helped bring a pathbreaking suit setting aside the criminal conviction of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American who was interned with other Japanese Americans during WWII.
I visited with Don before his presentation. We worked together a few years ago on a precedent-setting case in which the California Supreme Court unanimously held that undocumented immigrants were eligible to be admitted to the bar in California. Don was one of the lead attorneys for the State Bar of California and successfully advocated for undocumented immigrants.
It was great catching up with Don, and our students were inspired by his deep and enduring commitment to social justice.
On Friday, I enjoyed a special event at the U.S. District courthouse in Sacramento.
As part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Eastern District of California, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Anthony M. Kennedy, who was a lawyer and court of appeals judge based in Sacramento, provided recollections of the Eastern District. It was wonderful to have a historic figure reminisce about prominent lawyers and judges from the Sacramento legal community's rich history. Senior U.S. District Judge William Shubb, who has taught civil rights law at King Hall, also offered wonderful thoughts and remarks.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui opened the event with how she and her husband, the late Robert Matsui, moved to Sacramento in 1966 right after he graduated law school. It was appropriate that she opened the event given that the new federal courthouse is the Robert T. Matsui Courthouse.
Bre Moebius, who previously taught civil rights law at King Hall, moderated an enjoyable discussion between Justice Kennedy and Judge Shubb. Justice Kennedy, a Sacramentan, shared some warm and wonderful stories about judges, lawyers, and other Sacramento leaders. Both jurists had fascinating insights and observations about the creation of the Eastern District of California.
After a lively discussion, the group retired to the Justice Kennedy Library and Learning Center for a reception. The federal judiciary was well-represented, and I enjoyed catching-up with retired Judge Frank Damrell. Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Stevens also was in attendance. It was great seeing two great friends of King Hall.
Professor Carlton Larson and law students Rachel Kane ’17 and Joanna Gin ‘18 were there to enjoy the event. We had a number of alums there as well, including Judge Lawrence Brown ‘89 and Eric Olah '13, who is working at Orrick Herrington in Sacramento.
Last week, I was walking to a reception inside King Hall and ran into three of our esteemed alumni who are teaching class at their law school alma mater this semester.
Craig Judson '84 had just finished his Advanced Estate Planning course and was energized by our students and connecting with them.
Scott McNutt '82, a visiting Jack D. Ayer Professor of Bankruptcy Law, was headed to his Advanced Commercial Law class. With a guest speaker in tow, Scott was enthusiastic about his group of bankruptcy acolytes.
Judge Larry Brown '89 was headed toward his Judicial Process class, which he has taught for many years to rave reviews from the students. Judge Brown always brings a great deal of knowledge, expertise, and good humor to his classes.
Teaching at King Hall is one way of giving back to the law school. We are fortunate indeed to have such great alums who are prominent in the legal profession and excellent teachers for today's King Hall students.
King Hall's extremely active student organizations always organize fascinating lunchtime panel discussions and other activities during their "culture weeks."
The Negotiations Team just concluded its "Shark Week." Next week, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) brings a new slate of speaker events to King Hall.
From the APALSA website:
Monday [Room 1301] - Judicial Panel: Hon. Russell Hom, Hon. Shelleyanne Chang, Hon. Floyd Shimomura '73
Tuesday [Room 1301] - Donald Tamaki on Korematsu v. U.S.
Wednesday [Room 2302] - Private Practice Career Panel: Vincent Tong, Alice Cheng '10, Chris Alvarez '13
Thursday [Room 2306] - Government Careers: Gene Woo '85, Caroline Park, Anthony Lew
Learn more about the APALSA speaker events on their respective Facebook event pages!
We held our annual introductory meeting of the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court at King Hall last night.
Law professors, students, local attorneys, and judges met in a wonderful reception and an award ceremony. Barry Melton, a local criminal defense attorney, talked about his days at Woodstock and told us about his friend Janis Joplin. For the new members, he sang a colorful song about what the Inn was all about.
Professors Carlton Larson, Barbara Miltner, Rick Frank, and Irene Joe were in attendance. Assistant Dean for Career Services Craig Compton was there, too.
I was happy to introduce our new faculty colleague Irene Joe to Judge Stacy Boulware-Eurie and Irene Williams ‘15, two esteemed alums with deep roots (like Professor Joe) in Texas. I was also able to introduce Professor Joe to another wonderful alum, Dian Vorters ‘97.
It was a most musical meeting of the Inn of Court!
Rob is the founder and CEO of JustResolve, a company devoted to advancing alternative dispute resolution. Professor Donna Shestowsky and I welcomed him to the law school. It was great to meet Rob, who was amazed by the new-and-improved law school building. He kept the law students spellbound with his discussion of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)!
Learn more about Rob's company at http://www.justresolve.com/.