King Hall had an inspired tailgater at the UC Davis/Northern Arizona football game. We had many students, faculty, alums, and staff in attendance. Associate Athletic Director Josh Flushman visited with the law school faithful as we ate delicious BBQ. As this picture shows, the Aggie mascot Gunrock visited as well. In the picture below, Professor Jasmine Harris and her children Lincoln and Lilliana can be seen with me and Gunrock. It was a great day, capped off by an Aggie victory.
One of the great things being on a college campus with a state-of-the-art performing arts facility is the cultural events that come to town. Last week, the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos came to the UC Davis Mondavi Center. Recently nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band had a number of fans from the School of Law in attendance, including Jasmine Harris, Andrea Chandarsekhar, Dan Simmons, and me. (That's Jasmine's selfie posted below, showing her and Andrea outside Mondavi Center before the concert.) Los Lobos did not disappoint, closing with a rousing version of Ritchie Valens' song "La Bamba."
On Tuesday, the School of Law hosted the 14th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture, presented by the LAMBDA Law Students Association.
I snapped this picture of speaker Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
The Bill Smith Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Bill Smith '98, who passed away a few years after graduating from King Hall. I remember Bill's kindness and dedication to disability and LGBT rights activism. This annual lecture honors his memory.
You can read more about this year's lecture in this news story on the Law School website.
Looking forward to appearing again on Capital Public Radio's show Insight this morning!
It is a full "UC Davis School of Law Day" with Karima Bennoune talking about her new United Nations post, Jack Chin talking about his new book with Rose Villazor on the Immigration Act of 1965, and me talking about the adverse impacts of the 1965 Act on migration from Mexico and Latin America.
UPDATE: Here is the audio from today's appearances. http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2015/10/07/insight-100715/
I attended the national quarterly board meeting of Legal Services Corporation at the California Supreme Court yesterday.
I said hello to our alum , the Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil Sakauye '84, as well as my law school classmate and former King Hall visiting professor Scott Bales, who currently is the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Gary Smith, Executive Director of Legal Services of Northern California, attended the meeting. It was a wonderful group of supporters of legal services.
I was invited to make remarks at the meeting. Here's a copy of what I said:
Welcome all of you to this 40th anniversary national quarterly meeting of the Legal Services Corporation. It is truly an honor to be here with you today. And it is an honor to be at the California Supreme Court. I note with pride that Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye of California, who is deeply devoted to access to justice issues and will be participating on the first panel of the day, is an alumna of UC Davis School of Law.
I have been provided a few minutes to offer some introductory comments. I come to this celebration of the Legal Services Corporation’s birthday wearing a variety of hats here today. All in different ways touch on access to justice.
I occasionally function as a lawyer and have handled pro bono matters for a number of years. My early work involved landlord/tenant and related matters at a pro bono clinic run by what is now the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights for the San Francisco Bay Area. I become deeply involved in handling pro bono cases for Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States in the 1980’s. The San Francisco legal community has a strong commitment to pro bono work.
As a scholar, I have written about access to justice issues, including the pressing need for immigrants to have access to counsel. Importantly, there is no guarantee of counsel in removal cases in which the immigrant faces possible deportation from the United States, including separation from friends, family, and community. Not surprisingly, low- and moderate-income noncitizens without counsel are removed at much higher percentages than those with counsel.
I am also Dean of a public law school, which is housed in a building named after Martin Luther King Jr. We are fortunate to attract a truly excellent student body and one dedicated to social justice. As a public law school at a land grant university, the faculty feels that we have a special obligation to strive to serve the public.
It is in this capacity that I want to focus my remaining remarks. There are important roles that law schools can play in promoting access to justice. Pro bono programs – even mandatory pro bono, fostering volunteer opportunities, creating externship programs, sponsoring post-graduate fellowships, and other things can provide students the encouragement and access to public interest opportunities as well as knowledge of what public interest lawyers in fact do. Students sometimes complain that law schools do not do enough to encourage students to pursue public interest careers. I am not sure that I agree but we should be conscious and intentional in ensuring that students know of, and have access to, those opportunities.
At UC Davis, we have done some very good work but, in my estimation, have much more to do. We work diligently to build relationships with organizations that promote access to justice for all. Faculty as well as students work with those organizations. One of those groups is Legal Services of Northern California, a LSC-funded organization that serves a very large geographic territory – from Solano County to the Oregon border, from Benicia to Eureka to the Mother Lode. Many rural poor, including many communities of color, comprise LSNC’s client base. I am proud to say that I am President of the Board of Directors and have worked closely with LSNC for approximately twenty years. We have law students who work in externships during law school at LSNC. We have students working summers helping to provide legal services at LSNC. We have alums who take full time jobs after graduation at LSNC. We have alums who have assumed leadership roles in the organization. A few years ago, LSNC and UC Davis created a new post-graduate fellows program. With funds from an endowed chair in public interest law, we fund a fellow to work as an attorney at LSNC for a year after graduation and began a public interest career. We also have LSNC leaders, including the Executive Director Gary Smith – on his own time, teach public interest law classes at the School of Law.
LSNC is not the only LSC-funded organization that our law school works with. We have a close relationship with California Rural Legal Assistance, which Cruz Reynoso, who is on our faculty, once lead through challenging times. We send many alums to CRLA. Indeed the long-time Executive Director, Jose Padilla, refers to UC Davis as “CRLA’s Law School” because we have so many attorneys there, some of whom play leadership roles.
Like a number of law schools, we also have a loan repayment program that helps students who pursue careers in the public interest to repay their student loans. These programs are laudable yet costly. Paying for those programs is one of the things I worry about.
Law schools also can encourage access to justice through the curriculum. The push for skills training by the bar makes this a good time to think more about internships at public interest organizations.
There are other things that law schools can do. Law schools should be thinking how they can help the access to justice gap that exists in American society. The courts and legal community should be as well. The gap is great and, in many respects, has not changed all that much over the last twenty years. We must do more, often with fewer resources. Justice depends on our success.
We had a wonderful Black Law Students Association (BLSA) dinner at Professor Evelyn Lewis’s lovely home last night. A large group of faculty, students, staff, and alums celebrated the beginning of the new year.
Professor Lewis graciously welcomed the students, with special instructions to the first year BLSA students that we all were there to represent the entire faculty’s support in helping them excel in law school. It was a cool fall-like night with much good cheer and enthusiasm in the air. Among the faculty in attendance were Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder, Professors Jasmine Harris, Clay Tanaka, Floyd Feeney, Larry Green, Brian Soucek, Jack Chin, Margaret Johns, and Tom Joo, some with family. Assistant Dean of Admissions Kristen Mercado, Director of Financial Aid Shari King, Assistant Dean for Career Services Craig Compton, Academic Success Director Chris Ide-Don, also were in attendance. My superstar research assistant from last year, Laraya Parnell ’15, joined the festivities.
Thanks to Professor Lewis and the students of BLSA for a wonderful evening.
It was an amazingly beautiful evening reception for the new UC Davis faculty at the residence of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katahi and Spyros Tseregounis. Each year, the Chancellor opens up her home to welcome the new faculty on campus. I was pleased and proud to introduce King Hall's newest additions, Professors Bill Dodge and Jasmine Harris, to Chancellor Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter and a number of campus leaders. The Chancellor gave inspiring remarks about how the new faculty were the future of UC Davis while Provost Hexter expressed his enthusiasm for the new faculty joining a warm, welcoming, and vibrant intellectual community. This annual event is always a wonderful way to kick off the new year, and this year's reception was no different.
UC Davis School of Law alum Bill Mantle '74 is dedicated Aggie. He joined us for King Hall's annual tailgate BBQ at a UC Davis football game last fall. Bill, a longtime resident of Seattle, has also become a University of Washington football fan.
Over the weekend, we were e-mailing while he was attending the hard-fought California vs. Washington football game at Husky Stadium. (As a Cal alum, I have been known to follow Cal sports.) Good spirit as he is, Bill sent me a picture of Oski the Bear, the famous Cal mascot. It made my day!
By the way, Cal won the game with a final score of 30-24. :)
The School of Law is a longtime supporter of the SCBA Diversity Fellowship Program. The program celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner on Friday evening. King Hall's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Pamela Wu served as the event emcee. She wrote this guest entry for the Dean's Blog.
The SCBA Diversity Fellowship Program marked its 25th anniversary on Friday, and the Sacramento area legal community came out in strong numbers to celebrate the milestone. The Program aims to promote, increase, and retain diversity in law firms in the region by providing fellowship opportunities to law students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds.
UC Davis School of Law was a proud sponsor of the event.
I was the emcee for the dinner at the Library Galleria. I had the privilege of introducing keynote speaker Judge Troy Nunley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Judge Nunley has received many awards and commendations for his contributions in the areas of juvenile justice and diversity. The San Francisco Chronicle ran this profile on what they called his "rags to robes" ascent when he was first nominated to the federal bench.
Judge Nunley said, before the event, he perused some law firms' websites for evidence of their commitment to diversity. Citing a recent NALP study that revealed only 17.1% of equity partners were women and only 5.6% were racial/ethnic minorities, he said, "We have work to do. There are obstacles to creating more diversity in the legal profession, but those obstacles can be overcome."
I was lucky enough to sit next to Judge Nunley at dinner. (His daughter Cimone is a first-year student at King Hall.) I also sat with our Assistant Dean of Career Services Craig Compton, SCBA Diversity Hiring and Retention Committee co-chair Linda Partmann, Edward "E.J." Brown '12 (who has a great new job at Gallo Winery!), and King Hall students Alex Johnson '17 and Joel Guerra '17. Alex and Joel were among the numerous former fellows from King Hall who were in attendance.
A group photo of the fellows, many of whom are from King Hall!
It was an inspiring evening that, I think, stoked optimism about the future of diversity in the legal profession. I'm grateful that SCBA invited me to be a part of it. Congratulations, Diversity Fellowship Program, on your 25th anniversary.
This morning, I had the honor of attending the 2015 UC Davis Convocation, which welcomes the new academic year. The theme of this year's event was "Building Our Future."
Convocation stage party photo via Twitter @dianalambert
We were honored to hear from Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter, Congressmember Doris Matsui, and other luminaries. It was an inspiring and festive program that made me once again reflect fondly on being part of the UC Davis community.
See video of this year's convocation here.
It is always great seeing UC Davis School of Law alums around the country, and that includes the Aloha State. Here in Hawaii, I am visiting alumni, building connections for our school, and networking at the UC Davis vs. Hawaii football game tomorrow.
My trip began with a tsunami advisory from my hotel in Honolulu! Luckily, I’ve only witnessed calm waters so far.
Yesterday, it was wonderful to meet with an alum who was a student in my first Civil Procedure class during the fall semester of 1989. Caroline Otani '92, a graduate of the University of Hawaii, left Oahu to test out California. She’s now a senior partner at Rush Moore LLP in Honolulu where she specializes in real estate law. Richard Ekimoto '83 and his lovely wife Lois also attended a reception for alums in downtown Honolulu. We talked about his memories of the welcome BBQ on a typically warm Davis summer night. Richard is the founding partner of Ekimoto & Morris LLC, a highly successful Hawaii law firm.
The UC Davis football team has arrived at in Waikiki and the excitement for the game is building. Tonight, we have a reception for all UC Davis alums and friends who are in Oahu for the occasion. The big game is tomorrow. Go Ags!
It was great seeing Eric Kastner ’72 today. Eric, a founding partner of Kastner Kim LLP, has been practicing law in the Silicon Valley since 1976. He gave the introductory talk in the King Hall Negotiations Team (KHNT) annual “Shark Week.” Eric offered his perspectives on arbitration, mediation, alternative dispute litigation, and litigation in high stakes employment cases involving corporate CEOs and other officers. The students really enjoyed his presentation.
Me, our great guest Eric Kastner '72, Oscar Orozco-Botello '16, and Professor Donna Shestowsky
Professor Donna Shestowsky and the KHNT students have a great week lined-up. You may have seen tomorrow’s guest on TV: it’s Andrew Greenwell of Bravo TV’s new hit series Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.
Here’s the full lineup for Shark Week.
UC Davis School of Law held its 23rd annual Capitol Reception in Sacramento last night.
This event introduces our first year students to King Hall alums who work in the state capital region.
I welcomed the crowd to the event at the Sheraton Grand, with first year students dressed to the nines mingling with alums from classes back to the 1970s as well as faculty (including Thomas Joo, Lisa Pruitt, and Rex Perschbacher).
Among the esteemed alums in attendance were with Justice Louis Mauro ’87 from the California Court of Appeals, Judge Stacey Boulware Eurie ‘95, and Steve Boutin ’72 (former President of the Alumni Board and Sacramento County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year). We also had a special guest appearance by Darrell Steinberg ‘84, former President pro Tem of the California State Senate.
Some members of the King Hall Young Alumni Association
It was a night of enthusiasm, good cheer, and community. It was just another reminder how lucky I am to be the dean of UC Davis School of Law.
On Wednesday night, I was delighted to attend the 2015 Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS) dinner gala held at the stately Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento. I sat with King Hall faculty (including Professors Jasmine Harris and Clay Tanaka) and students. We were there with extra enthusiasm this year to celebrate the presentation of the prestigious ABAS Community Award to our own Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin of UC Davis School of Law.
Professor Chin (right) is presented the award by ABAS president Jeffrey Javinar.
Professor Chin is among the most highly cited law faculty in the U.S., and has had a remarkable career of connecting his scholarship to real world change and activism. On this night, he was honored for leading a team of UC Davis APALSA (Asian Pacific American Law Students Association) students in an effort before the California Supreme Court to posthumously admit Hong Yen Chang to the California bar, the Chinese immigrant was denied admission in 1890 because of his race. Professor Chin has previously led successful efforts by law students to remove anti-Asian alien land laws in Kansas, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
"One of the glories of our law is that it has the capacity to admit its mistakes,” Professor Chin said as he accepted his award.
State Treasurer John Chiang with King Hall's Pamela Wu
Attendees were treated to King Hall’s own communications director Pamela Wu serving as the emcee for the event, and later in the evening to a Keynote discussion between Wu and State Treasurer John Chiang. Another highlight of the evening was Chiang announcing he is “probably” running for governor!
ABAS generously mentors and sponsors scholarships for law students. King Hall had two student recipients honored: Steven Vong and Elaine Won. Congratulations, Steven and Elaine!
Here are a few more photos from this great event.
Me with Professor Jack Chin, Lugar Choi '18, Sarah Maiga '18, and Professor Jasmine Harris
Professor Chin (right) with King Hall staff, students, and alumni
The evening's honorees: Jack Chin and John Chiang
We hosted a very special guest at the School of Law this week.
Congressman John Garamendi (D) spoke to an audience of more than one hundred at an event organized by the Sacramento chapter of the World Affairs Council and held at UC Davis School of Law on Wednesday evening. The event was also co-sponsored by the California International Law Center (CILC) and the students of the King Hall International Law Association. I had the pleasure of introducing the Congressman to the audience.
Me, Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder, and Congressman John Garamendi
A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Garamendi was very generous with his time, answering many audience questions on foreign policy issues ranging from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (he’s against it) to the Iran nuclear deal (he’s for it). He also discussed terrorism and international human rights. A former Deputy Secretary of the Interior, he also spoke about his opposition to oil drilling in the Arctic. He was very encouraging of our students who wish to practice international law!
After his talk, he chatted with members of the audience including our own Professor Karima Bennoune, who gave him a copy of her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, nonfiction winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Thanks to Congressman Garamendi for visiting UC Davis School of Law!
The first full week of classes has come to a close. It was an eventful week at the School of Law!
Tuesday – Our 50th anniversary cake-cutting at King Hall.
Thursday – Members of the State Assembly, including King Hall alumni Luis Alejo ’01 and James Gallagher ’07, presented the School of Law with a resolution recognizing our 50th anniversary. Read the story on our website.
Today – Leading scholars from across the region visited King Hall for the Northern California International Law Scholars Works-in-Progress workshop. The participants discussed and debated articles from top scholars, including our own Professor William S. Dodge. Thanks to Professor Anupam Chander, Director of our California International Law Center, for inviting me to deliver welcome remarks this morning.
It was a great first week of the 2015-2016 academic year!
Last night, I visited the California Court of Appeals in Sacramento for the orientation of new members of the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court.
The Inn, which has been affiliated with UC Davis School of Law since its formation in the early 1990s, is a group of lawyers, judges, and UC Davis School of Law faculty and students who meet monthly to eat dinner and discuss topical legal issues. We had a stellar group of third-year law students at the orientation. Inn President Judge Emily Vasquez welcomed them and told the group just how impressed the membership committee was with their credentials, achievements, and ambition. A number of King Hall alums were also in attendance, including Justice Kathleen Butz ’81 (past Inn President) and new members Lee Seale ’01 and Diana Glick ‘07.
As always, I was proud of our students and alums and happy to be around a supportive group of friends of UC Davis School of Law!
Congratulations to Brigid Jimenez, who marks 30 years of service with UC Davis this year!
Me, Brigid Jimenez, and Dean Kevin Johnson. Brigid is holding her 30-year pin.
Brigid has been an incredible presence in the Deans Office, serving as administrative assistant to three associate deans – first Kevin R. Johnson for almost a decade before he became Dean, then Vik Amar. Now I’m the lucky Senior Associate Dean who gets to work with Brigid by my side daily. Thank you, Brigid, for all you have done for King Hall.
A warm welcome to our incoming Class of 2018, transfer students, and LL.M. students from around the world! And welcome back to our returning students, faculty, and staff.
Our new students have discovered that the study of law is challenging, but also can be enjoyable as well as rewarding. Rest assured that you have joined a truly supportive community of faculty, students, staff, and alumni who will help in every way that we can.
50th Anniversary of the School of Law
UC Davis School of Law is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Established in 1965, King Hall fulfilled an urgent need for a new public law school in Northern California. We continue to be a public law school that serves the public good.
Please join us as we kick off our anniversary with a cake-cutting tomorrow at noon in the King Hall courtyard. For more about our 50th anniversary events, along with historical stories, photos, and videos, see our special anniversary web page at https://law.ucdavis.edu/50.
The Class of 2018 – Our 50th Class
While law school applications again declined nationally, UC Davis School of Law once again bucked the trend, receiving approximately 3,000 applications (about the same as last year) and enrolling a class of 180 new J.D. students (an increase from last year). The Class of 2018 is an incredibly talented group; about half identify as students of color and just under half are women.
The School of Law also welcomes 65 LL.M. students from around the world, including lawyers and judges from Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
As we all know, today’s law students face significant financial challenges. The School of Law has worked to increase financial support for our students, including expanding our Loan Repayment and Assistance Program (LRAP). Up to 40 percent of the funds received in professional fees are set aside for student support. U.S. News & World Report this year ranked UC Davis first in the generosity of financial aid among all public law schools.
With state funding now providing a little more than 10 percent of the Law School budget, private support is more important than ever. King Hall enjoyed another outstanding fundraising year in fiscal 2014-15; supporters contributed $1.8 million to support scholarships, student organizations, competitions, clinics, externships, and other priorities.
Upward Trajectory of the Law School’s Reputation
The School of Law’s reputation for excellence and diversity was reaffirmed in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings, with UC Davis School of Law at No. 31, a rise of five slots over the previous year. The Law School ranked even higher in the assessments by lawyers and judges (24) and by deans and law professors (25). King Hall also placed 23 among U.S. News “Most Diverse Law Schools,” once again one of the very few schools ranking in the top 40 for both excellence and diversity.
New Faculty, New Senior Associate Dean, and New Endowed Chair
This year, we have two outstanding additions to the law faculty. An influential international law scholar, Professor William S. Dodge joins us from UC Hastings College of the Law, where he was the Honorable Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law. In addition, Professor Jasmine Harris, a graduate of Yale Law School, joins the faculty and will teach Disability Law and Evidence. We plan to seek to fill two faculty vacancies this year.
Professor Angela Harris, one of the nation’s foremost critical race theory, feminist legal theory, and civil rights scholars, has been named the Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality. Professor Madhavi Sunder, an influential scholar of law and culture, is the new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She fills the position previously held by Vikram D. Amar, now the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law.
The Class of 2014 posted an impressive 86 bar percent first-time passage rate, one of the best rates among law schools in California. Our improved Academic Success program, led by Chris Ide-Don, includes bar skills courses, workshops, writing programs, and opportunities for tutoring, as well as presentations by bar experts.
King Hall students and graduates are succeeding in the improving legal job market, thanks in part to the revitalized Career Services Office. More employers interviewed during the On Campus Interviews program in 2015 than last year, which continues the upward trend in employer participation. More than 82% of the Class of 2014 secured full-time legal employment within ten months of graduation.
New Student Portal
We have unveiled MyUCDavis, a one-stop online portal (my.ucdavis.edu) to help law students track the websites they visit regularly. The personalized experience includes course schedules, financial aid accounts, and links to SmartSite, the Intranet, and many commonly accessed websites.
We have added exciting new courses to the curriculum, including Sexual Assault and the Law, Terrorism and International Law, Emerging Technologies and the Environment, California Constitutional Law, Education Policy and the Law, Patentable Subject Matter: Genes, Methods and Software, Ancient Athenian Law, and two interdisciplinary courses on privacy and government surveillance. New skills courses include The Business of Lawyering and Issues in Setting Up and Maintaining a Solo Practice.
On October 29, Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, will deliver the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment. Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will give the Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Lecture on Constitutional Law on February 4, 2016. UC Berkeley Professor Melissa Murray delivers the Brigitte M. Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law on March 31, 2016.
New members of the Law School community include María Blanco, Executive Director of the UC Center for Undocumented Legal Services; Kristina Do-Vu, Director of Financial Services; Katy Facciotti, Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator; Timothy Griffiths, Associate Director of Career Services for Public Interest and Government; Brian Hoang, Business Technical Support, IT; Jin Kim, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving; Shari King, Director of Financial Aid; Sophie Mills, Project Analyst; Andrew Morrison, Acquisitions/Circulation Assistant; Allison Pedrazzi, Assistant Director of Admissions; Rachel Ray ‘11, Attorney, Unaccompanied Minors Program; Karina Rocha, Paralegal Office Manager, UC Center for Undocumented Legal Services; and Elica Vafaie ‘11, Attorney, UC Center for Undocumented Legal Services.
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Thank you all for being part of the King Hall community. Here’s to another great year!
Kevin R. Johnson
The Dean's Office is ready to welcome the students back tomorrow for the first day of classes!
Staffers in the Dean's Suite wore their shirts proudly last week.
We are especially excited to kick-off the year-long celebration of King Hall's 50th Anniversary with a cake cutting in the courtyard on Tuesday at noon. Please join us! We will all be there proudly wearing our 50th Anniversary t-shirts; there will be a t-shirt raffle for students, too! Dean Johnson will speak about this important milestone and there will be other celebratory events.
It is the beginning of what no doubt will be a wonderful school year. As one of many warm welcoming activities, La Raza Law Students Association (LRLSA) co-chairs Stephanie Medina and Rudy Orozco organized the group's traditional Bienvenida in the King Hall courtyard on a warm Saturday afternoon.
We had a wonderful turnout of new law students and returning second and third years. They really are a special group, with students coming from universities around the United States, from Notre Dame to Cornell to UCLA and UC Berkeley. It truly was exhilarating to meet a new group of excellent students with incredible achievements and life histories.
Faculty also were in attendance in numbers to support the students. Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder, Leticia Saucedo, Amagda Perez (King Hall alum and former LRLSA co-chair), Clay Tanaka, and Anupam Chander all enjoyed a hearty meal of tacos and all the trimmings. Tim Griffiths of the Career Services office also attended to show his support for one of the most active groups in the entire King Hall community.
I was honored to have a chance to welcome the new students to King Hall and tell all of them just how pleased we were to have them at King Hall.
It has been a wonderful beginning to the 2015-16 school year.
Fantastic day visiting the Googleplex in Mountain View.
With husband Professor Anupam Chander and our kids at Google
What an international workforce there is here! Engineers, designers, MBAs and lawyers from around the globe are working together to transform our world.
Google has been a strong supporter of the California International Law Center at King Hall, our Center for Science and Innovation Studies, and our law school Intellectual Property programs with gifts totaling nearly a quarter million dollars in recent years.
One important role of the Senior Associate Dean of the law school is to oversee our admissions process. In that capacity, it has been my distinct privilege and pleasure to work closely with Assistant Dean of Admissions Kristen Mercado this summer to finalize the members of the entering class. We are incredibly excited to welcome an excellent and diverse 1L class to King Hall at our annual Welcome BBQ this Sunday.
The entering class is 180 students strong with a median LSAT of 163 and median undergraduate GPA of 3.51. The class is comprised of nearly half students of color and is 48 percent female. Forty-three percent of the class hails from UC Schools; 70 percent are California residents. True to our mission as a top public law school, our generous financial aid and scholarship program (ranked number one among public law schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report) has allowed us to stay accessible to many students who are the first in their families to attend graduate school. The members of the incoming class are committed to developing their talents and critical thinking and oral advocacy skills to serve the community.
Thanks to the hard work of last year’s Admissions Committee led by Professor Carlton Larson for bringing us this wonderful new Class of 2018 -- the School of Law's 50th class!
Greetings from Anchorage, Alaska, where it’s a beautiful and unseasonably warm 70 degrees!
King Hall has a strong and prominent alumni presence in Alaska. Director of Development and Alumni Relations Karen Charney and I are here to visit with alumni including Chief Justice of Alaska Craig Stowers ’85 and Federal District Judge Sharon Gleason ‘83 (who will have Hope Alley '16 serving as a law clerk soon).
We’re also looking forward to an alumni reception tonight at South Coffeehouse.
Alaska is stunning in its natural beauty. I took these shots yesterday.
Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park
Spire Cove, Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska
Blog readers, if you’re in Anchorage, I hope you’ll join us at the reception tonight!
Congratulations to alum Marlon Cobar ’00, who recently was married!
This is a marriage between two incredibly accomplished attorneys. Marlon's new wife, Paula, is Chief of the Colombian Procuraduria (Inspector General's Office) Criminal Division, where she leads 800 attorneys and support staff.
Marlon e-mailed me these photos of the wedding. He wrote, “The Colombian judicial and law enforcement establishment was there, as were King Hall friends.”
Congratulations, Marlon and Paula!