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!
I am proud of the close ties UC Davis School of Law shares with Legal Services of Northern California.
Executive Director Gary Smith and Deputy Director for Program Operations Julie Rogado teach public interest classes for us at King Hall. Recent graduate Megha Bhatt '15 is the recipient of a Mabie-Apallas Fellowship that will fund a full-time, one-year staff attorney position with LSNC. Many, many of our graduates work for LSNC. And I am President of the LSNC Board of Directors.
Gary Smith just shared this video via e-mail. He writes, "I think it is quite compelling, and I hope that after you watch it you will share it with your family, friends, and any other persons or organizations with whom you may be in contact."
Thanks to Gary for sharing this great video highlighting the important work of Legal Services of Northern California. King Hall is proud of its strong partnership with LSNC!
I recently returned from the American Bar Association’s annual meeting, held this year in Chicago, where the summer weather and city were simply splendid. You would have never know from the weather that Chicago is known as the "Windy City"!
I took this shot of the Chicago River. Beautiful scenery and weather!
I was able to catch up over dinner with a former civil procedure student, Michelle Dohra, who now is a high powered lawyer at Mayer Brown in Chicago. A native to the area, Michelle returned to Chicago to practice law after excelling as a student at King Hall. At the convention, I participated in a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, a major immigration reform bill that greatly influenced the modern demographics of immigration. Other panelists included Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), King Hall Professor Emeritus Bill Ong Hing, Cheryl Little (Americans for Immigrant Justice), and Ediberto Roman (Florida International University). The panel was sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. We had an inspired discussion with a great audience. With immigration a hot topic because of current events in the news (including Donald Trump's recent remarks), the folks in the audience had some great comment, questions, and insights.
For more than the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to work with Legal Services of Northern California, which provides legal services to many poor and working families from Vallejo up to our state’s border with Oregon. Many UC Davis School of Law students work for LSNC.
This last weekend, retired California Court of Appeal Justice Richard Sims, a member of the LSNC board, invited LSNC Executive Director Gary Smith (who also teaches a class at the Law School), John Davis (Treasurer of the Board and volunteer attorney), and me, along with our partners, to lunch at his home in the Sierra foothills. Justice Sims lives in Dutch Flat, a small community in the Sierra foothills (about 10 miles from Colfax) originally established by German miners in the Gold Rush era. It was a lovely setting on a pleasant summer day for this group of LSNC supporters to get together.
All of us had to depart abruptly, however, as a fire, which later spread, appeared on the horizon. It really was quite a sight. Fortunately, Justice Sims house was far enough away to avoid the fire.
Cross-posted from Immigration Prof Blog.
In 2014, thousands of unaccompanied minors (UUMs) crossed the border into the U.S. after fleeing their home countries. These young people continue to arrive in the U.S. every day. Many of these children are placed into removal proceedings where they are at risk of being returned to the very place they fled. The UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic responded to the need to bring immigration relief to this vulnerable population by hiring and supervising several recent graduates providing legal assistance to UUMs in the Central Valley and other underserved areas. Continuing the work the 2014-2015 UUM fellows began, Rachel Ray ‘11, has expanded the initial work of the clinic as its new UUM Staff Attorney.
Each of Ray’s young clients fled his or her home country, arrived to the United States without his or her parents, was detained by immigration enforcement, released to a family member or friend, and is now in removal proceedings. One such client is a teenager from Honduras who elected to leave the only home she had ever known after her brother was brutally murdered. Pregnant at the time, she had no choice but to risk crossing two countries in order to live safely with her mother in California. She fears that, if she were to return to Honduras, the same people who murdered her brother will kill, kidnap, or otherwise harm her and her unborn child. With Ray’s help, this young woman will seek asylum.
Each of Ray’s cases is uniquely compelling, and each client desperately wants to stay where they feel safe: in the United States with his or her caregivers. Ray works with her clients to terminate their removal proceedings by seeking asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, or other relief. Beginning in September 2015, a 2015 UC Davis School of Law graduate will join Ray and begin their legal career as a UUM fellow and take on an additional caseload under Ray’s supervision.
I spent Saturday looking at the future of college education and law school students. Saturday morning, I participated in the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Youth Leadership Institute at the ARC Ballroom on the UC Davis campus. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarship and other support to Hispanic high school students thinking about college. We had more than 100 students from around the United States -- including many prospective first generation college students -- attending programs throughout the week. Their Saturday was devoted to talking with successful Hispanic professionals. I was one of the so-called "heroes" who talked with the students and enjoyed telling them about my experiences at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and UC Davis. Another one of the "heroes" who talked with the students was King Hall alum Emilio Camacho ‘11, who, as an undergraduate, was a participant in the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP). One student from the leadership conference handed me a note as I left one of the discussion groups. It read, “Thank you for coming to speak. I am from Winnetka, California, in Los Angeles County. What you said about taking advantage of opportunities and not limiting yourself is so valuable to me.”
Mentioning KHOP brings me to the second event of the day. For lunch, I gave welcoming remarks to the students of this year’s KHOP, a program that the School of Law created in 2001 to increase the opportunities available to socioeconomically disadvantaged and first-generation college students to attend law school. This year, as always, we have a great group of students, who will be spending time this summer learning about how to succeed in the competitive law school admissions process. Associate Director of Admissions Scott Vignos has done a great job in organizing the program this year. We have students from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, San Francisco State, Sacramento State, and many other top universities. I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with the group in the King Hall courtyard.
It was an inspiring Saturday for me, and I hope the students were inspired, too.
We’re in the middle of a busy summer at King Hall!
Recent graduates from the Class of 2015 can be found throughout the building studying for the upcoming California Bar Exam (Good luck, all!). Our faculty are reacting to high-profile decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court (See Associate Dean Vik Amar’s recent appearance on Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk.). And the School of Law is bustling with activity thanks to several summer programs.
Summer Tax Institute - The 25th annual Summer Tax Institute ran from June 15 to 18 and brought scores of participants to King Hall. The intensive, 4-day educational program for tax professionals brought attendees from the public and private sectors, representing accounting firms, law firms, state agencies, and private industry from throughout the country.
International Programs – Our International Law Programs have several summer offerings, including, right now, a licensing academy in intellectual property and technology transfer. Professor Emeritus Dan Simmons and Executive Director Beth Greenwood just updated me on our summer LL.M. program in International Commercial Law (ICL), writing: “This summer we’re pleased to welcome 30 new and returning ICL students. Countries represented include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, England, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Poland and Switzerland. Once again, summer finds a rich selection of classes for our summer ICL LL.M. participants. Courses offered at UC Davis include: Orientation in U.S.A. Law, Intellectual Property, Business Associations, Comparative Law, Antitrust, Structuring an International Joint Venture, and the Licensing Academy. Also this year we offered an International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar in Como, Italy.”
Alumni and Admitted Student Events – July brings events across the state, including luncheons, happy hour gatherings, and a baseball game. Alumni and admitted students are welcome! Check out the events calendar on the School of Law home page to learn more.
Intro Week BBQ – We’ll kick off the 2015-2016 academic year with our Welcome BBQ for the entering 1L class, which has the incredible distinction of being the Law School’s 50th class!
I’ll keep updating the Dean’s Blog throughout this very active summer at King Hall!
I spent part of last week in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Workshop for Pre-Tenured Law School Teachers of Color, where I sat at a roundtable discussion of the issues facing minority faculty. I also talked about classroom teaching.
A shot of me with Professor Jasmine Harris, who's soon to join King Hall!
During the trip, I had the pleasure of having lunch in the White House at the Navy Mess with new faculty member Jasmine Harris and her husband Grant, who is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of African Affairs. Grant provided a tour of the White House, including his amazingly beautiful office, the Roosevelt Room, and various other parts of the White House. I stopped by the White House gift shop and bought a red, white, and blue tie, White House golf balls, and some gifts for family and friends.
Hello from beautiful Seattle, where I am at the Law and Society annual meeting. The forecast is for a warm 80 degrees today.
Mostly sunny in Seattle. I snapped this photo from the conference hotel, the Westin.
This morning, I participated in a lively discussion with UC Davis colleagues Professors Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Rose Cuison Villazor, and Brian Soucek, as well as other participants, about the historical roots and modern legacy of the Immigration Act of 1965. Jack and Rose will soon be publishing a book with chapters from immigration scholars with a range of different perspectives on the 1965 Act. The Act abolished discriminatory provisions of the U.S. immigration laws and imposed a Western Hemisphere ceiling, restricting immigration from Latin America.
This afternoon, I am the discussant on a panel on "Access to Justice" with Professors Rex Perschbacher, Debbie Bassett of Southwestern (King Hall Class of '87), Francine Lipman of UNLV (King Hall Class of '93), and Ron Aronovsky of Southwestern.
Tomorrow, I am on a panel discussion on the future of legal education and the legal profession.
UC Davis School of Law has a great showing at the annual meeting. Besides Rose, Jack, Rex, and Brian, Professors Afra Afsharipour, Mario Biagioli, Angela Harris, Elizabeth Joh, Thomas Joo, Courtney Joslin, Lisa Pruitt, Darien Shanske, and Dennis Ventry are participating on panels.
To learn more about the annual meeting, visit the Law and Society website.
Last night, the UC Davis School of Law held a warm reception for alumni and admitted students at the luxurious Century City offices of the law firm of Greenberg Glusker. Megan Rivetti ’09 hosted the event and allowed me the opportunity to talk about the 2015 commencement (highlighted by the keynote of California Supreme Court Justice Mariano Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar), the stellar 86% bar passage rate of the Class of 2014, and the employment success of the class, the new UC Undocumented Students Legal Services Center, and much more. It was wonderful to see and hear our alumni talk about the wonders of the King Hall community to admitted students.
The visit was a good reminder that many of the UC Davis School of Law alums end up working in the greater Los Angeles area. It also was a festive evening of law school alums and possible future members of the King Hall community.
It's busy around the School of Law today. It's Commencement Day for the Class of 2015!
The day began with the Environment Law Ceremony, where certificates are given to graduating students to recognize their specialization in environmental law. The event was well-attended, with students, their families, and faculty present. Professor Richard Frank did a great job in his remarks.
Professor Frank at the Environmental Law Ceremony
Meanwhile, preparations are underway for today's commencement ceremony at the Mondavi Center, featuring commencement speaker Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the California Supreme Court.
The commencement programs arrived earlier this week. I am looking forward to a great ceremony.
Congratulations to the School of Law Class of 2015!
I had the pleasure of attending the University of California's National Summit on Undocumented Students in Oakland.
UC President Janet Napolitano welcomed students, faculty, and administrators from all the UC campuses as well as activists, attorneys, and political leaders. The unprecedented UC event was organized by the UC President's Advisory Council on Undocumented Students, of which I am a member. The conference participants discussed immigration legal services and support, civic engagement and community involvement, financial aid and support services, and career and professional development.
UC Davis School of Law was well-represented at the conference, with Professor Leticia Saucedo, director of the Immigration Law Clinic, and Maria Blanco, director of the UC Undocumented Students Legal Center, also in attendance.
The students added incredibly energy and urgency to a pressing national public policy issue. It really was a fruitful set of discussions.
I just received this wonderful message and photo from King Hall alum (and my former civil procedure student) Frank Orozco, Jr. '97.
Frank (on the right) on his recent wedding day.
Frank wrote to me and a number of his King Hall classmates: "I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that my partner, Chris, and I were married this past weekend in Catalina. I know that it has been years since we have all seen each other, but I wanted you to know the tremendous influence that meeting you at King Hall has been on my life."
Congratulations, Frank and Chris. Thanks for letting me share this great news on the Dean's Blog!
I was able to see our commencement speaker, Justice Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar, at an elegant reception at the California Museum in Sacramento hosted by La Raza Lawyers this week.
One of the newest Justices on the California Supreme Court was greeted with open arms by the local legal community. Participants in the program included our own Professor Cruz Reynoso, a former California Supreme Court Justice himself.
King Hall was well represented at the event, with Professors Anupam Chander, Madhavi Sunder, Rose Villazor, and Clay Tanaka in attendance. Justice Cuellar was gracious as always, and we talked briefly about the School of Law's upcoming commencement. He has some really great ideas for an amazing speech. I am looking forward to hearing his commencement address!
After a year of work by the committee revising the 1990 Principles of Community, a committee on which I served, the UC Davis campus held a public ceremony today to commemorate the signing of the new and improved Principles of Community. As the Dean of the School of Law, I had the honor of signing the Principles. Associate Executive Vice Chancellor Rahim Reed presided over the ceremony.
Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi was the first to sign the new version of the revised Principles. Provost Ralph J. Hexter was next.
All of the deans and vice chancellors signed.
UC Davis was one of the very first universities to have a set of principles of this type. I am proud to have worked on the revised Principles of Community and proud to be part of a campus that is committed to inspiring the best in us all.
This week, Law School's California International Law Center (CILC) made this announcement. Congratulations to the fellowship recipients!
Dear King Hall Community,
The California International Law Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 UC Human Rights Fellowship and John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship.
John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships Recipients:
Two grants of $5,000 each to support work in public interest law have been awarded to:
~ Laura Flynn '16
Natural Resources Defense Council
Laura Flynn will be spending the summer with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s San Francisco Office (NRDC). NRDC is a leading public-interest litigation firm, which marshals science and law to protect the environment and public health. Working closely with NRDC staff, she will assist with campaigns related to air & energy, oceans, land & forests, and water. She will conduct legal research, draft memos & briefs, and attend hearings. Ms. Flynn’s work will directly further NRDC’s mission to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems.
~ Hope Kwiatkowski '17
Accountability Counsel (AC) works to promote corporate and institutional accountability for human rights abuses abroad by assisting communities in filing complaints, ensuring grievance mechanisms are accessible and transparent, and supporting policy reform. AC has achieved incredible success in eradicating human rights abuse in communities around the world and establishing more effective policies for international development. As a Law Fellow, Ms. Kwiatkowski will work on issues concerning potential sources of corporate accountability, draft legal memos regarding current cases, and support the work AC does abroad through complaint drafting and research. Ms. Kwiatkowski’s work with AC will help to disperse the large caseload and, in doing so, provide the opportunity for AC to reach more communities in need.
UC Human Rights Fellowships Recipients:
Two grants of $4,500 each to support work in human rights have been awarded to:
~ Chelsea Bond '17
East Bay Community Law Center - Education Defense & Justice for Youth
Chelsea Bond will be working at the East Bay Community Law Center in the Education Defense and Justice for Youth Clinic. The clinic’s goal is to end the school-to-prison pipeline by providing holistic juvenile defense and educational advocacy that allow clients to stay in school and out of detention. Ms. Bond will advocate for clients as they navigate through the juvenile justice system, assisting in delinquency hearings and probation compliance. She will also work to address unmet educational needs that present barriers between the client and the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond.
~ Sonja Prins '16
Office of the State Public Defender (Oakland, CA)
Sonja Prins will be working as a legal intern at the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD), in Oakland, CA. The OSPD represents more than 130 men and women on death row in California and Ms. Prins will participate in all stages of post-conviction death penalty defense in California State Court. Ms. Prins will work on complex legal research and writing assignments, including drafting memos and legal pleadings to be used in direct appeals to the California Supreme Court. Her work will advance the office’s goal of providing high quality legal representation to indigent death row defendants.
The 2015 fellows will be recognized at the upcoming Public Service Graduation on Friday, April 24, 2015. The Center would like to thank the Fellowship Selection Committee--Law Professor Karima Bennoune, Professor and Director of Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas Almerindo Ojeda, Career Services Associate Director Timothy Griffiths--and all applicants.
Please join us in congratulating the 2015 fellowship recipients!
Uyen P. Le
California International Law Center (CILC)
UC Davis School of Law