I am blogging live today from an immigration conference at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. UNAM is a historic place.
A sign heralding one of UNAM's historic milestones
Here is our UC Davis delegation!
L-R: Cruz Reynoso, Beth Greenwood, Leticia Saucedo, and me
After a welcome from the three cosponsoring law school (UNAM, Monterrey Tech, UC Davis) deans, the first panel (Overview, History and Culture of Immigration) offered an excellent foundation for the day. Professor Nicolas Foucras (Monterrey Tech) talked about migration as a reflection of global economic pressures. I offered an overview of contemporary U.S. immigration law. Professor Gabriela de la Paz (Monterrey Tech) discussed the implementation of U.S. immigration policies in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations based on her interviews with U.S. immigration enforcement officers in the border region, including McAllen and Laredo, Texas).
Professors Reynoso and Saucedo on Panel 2
The second panel (Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.: Impact, Challenges and Enforcement) began with Professor Leticia Saucedo talked about the history of U.S. immigration law resulting in the emergence in the modern undocumented immigrant population in the United States. She also documented the record-setting removals of immigrants from the United States during the Obama administration. Offering a personal as well as historical account, Professor Cruz Reynoso provided thoughts on the challenges facing undocumented immigrants in the United States and offered his opinions on the various immigration policies of the Obama administration (including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). Professor Gregory Hicks ended the panel with a discussion of the common environmental dangers faced by immigrants in agricultural work far from the border, with a focus on California.
Panel 3 (Impact of the Immigration Laws on the Individual) began with Professor Mariana Gabarrot (Monterrey Tech) looked at transnational space and family and considered exclusion in education and health opportunities for, as well as the prevalence of poverty among, migrants in the United States. Professor Gerry Andrianopoulus (Monterrey Tech) discussed national security considerations in the U.S. immigration debate and reviewed public opinion polls showing less concern today than a few years ago with border security; he also analyzed the politics that led to the border fence (or border wall if you are against it).. Dean Maria Leoba Castaneda Rivas (UNAM) discussed humanitarian legal assistance for immigrants. Professor Leticia Saucedo (UC Davis) looked at the impacts of U.S. immigration laws on the employment of Mexican citizens.
The discussions have been rich and everyone did well as English talks were translated into Spanish for the native Spanish speakers and Spanish talks were translated into English for the native English speakers. The question and answer sessions after each panel were particularly illuminating, with a rich exchange of ideas from a variety of national and disciplinary perspectives.
Much thanks to Dean Maria Loeba Castaneda Rivas, Dean of UNAM, for her gracious hospitality and ensuring that all participants were treated like royalty.
UNAM Dean Maria Loeba Castaneda Rivas and I signed an MOU to provide for collaborations between our schools.
Thanks also to Dean Gabriel Cavazos, Monterrey Tech, for cosponsoring the event and ensuring that it was successful. Beth Greenwood, Executive Director of International Programs (UC Davis School of Law), and Concha Romero, both were instrumental in making the event a successful international collaboration on one of the most pressing public policy issues of our time.
For more live blog entries from the conference in Mexico City, visit Immigration Prof Blog.
UC Davis School of Law, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the Monterrey Institute of Technology are co-sponsoring an international conference on immigration at UNAM in Mexico City on March 26.
I am joining immigration experts Professors Leticia Saucedo and Cruz Reynoso from UC Davis to participate in a conference with colleagues from Mexico's top universities to explore the history of immigration policy and law, the present context of immigration in labor and the environment, and the human impact of immigration on families, their daily lives, and their human rights. The program will also examine the future of immigration law and policy as it impacts both the United States and Mexico.
Here is the schedule for the conference. The Deans of the sponsor law schools (Dra. Maria Castaneda Rivas (UNAM), Kevin Johnson (UC Davis), and Gabriel Cavazos (Monterrey Tech)) will welcome the participants.
Panel 1 is entitled "Overview, History, and Culture of Immigration." Panelists included Professors Nicolás Foucras (Monterrey Tech) and Gabriela de la Paz (Monterrey Tech). I am also on the panel and my presentation will focus on the history of immigration law and enforcement in the United States.
Panel 2 ("Undocumented Immigrants in the US: Impact, Challenges and Enforcement") includes Professors Leticia Saucedo (UC Davis), Cruz Reynoso (UC Davis), and Gregory Hicks (University of Washington).
Panel 3 ("Impact on Individuals") includes Professors Mariana Gabarrot (Monterrey Tech), Dean María Leoba Castaneda Rivas (UNAM), and Leticia Saucedo (UC Davis).
Panel 4 ("Long Term Immigration Policy") includes Gerry Andrianopoulos (Monterrey Tech) and Victor Hugo Perez Hernandez (UNAM). I will discuss possible reforms to U.S. immigration law and policy.
The conference follows an "Immigration Dialogue" for law deans from the Pacific Rim hosted by UC Davis School of Law in October 2014. The conference provided an opportunity for legal experts to explore challenging issues related to immigration as it impacts both countries.
Beth Greenwood, Executive Director International Programs and the LL.M. program (UC Davis), and Concha Romero were instrumental in organizing the conference.
Today, the California Supreme Court today issued its opinion in In Re Hong Yen Chang. The first line says it all: "We grant Hong Yen Chang posthumous admission as an attorney and counselor at law in all courts of the state of California." (emphasis added).
More than a century ago, Chang was denied the opportunity to practice law in California because of his race. Professor Jack Chin, a leading civil rights law professor, has been working on the case with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association students and the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
Congratulations to all involved in this important effort to right a historic wrong. Congratulations, too, to the family of Hong Yen Chang, many of whom are lawyers right here in California.
Cross-posted at Immigration Prof Blog, where I am an editor.
This past weekend, the Moot Court Honors Board at UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition. It is the only competition in the nation devoted exclusively to the topic of asylum and refugee law and the the only immigration law moot court competition on the West Coast.hosted the 8th annual
Like other moot court competitions, this one provides law students from across the country the opportunity to participate in a hypothetical appeal to the. Competitors briefed the case. The questions presented were
1. Whether former membership with a gang constitutes "membership in a particular social group" for purposes of asylum; and
(2) whether participation in vehicle burning and rock throwing as part of a protest of governmental policy constituted commission of a serious nonpolitical crime under 8 U.S.C. § 1158(b)(2)(A)(III), making the asylum applicant ineligible for relief.
Dawei Chi '15 developed the problem. The Moot Court Honors expressed appreciation to Professor Brian Soucek for his assistance.
Both of the questions arise frequently in contemporary asylum cases.
On Saturday, teams from around the country, including Michigan, UC Hastings, USF, Pepperdine, and several other law schools, competed in the preliminary rounds. The preliminaries narrowed the field to two teams.
The finals were on Sunday. The all-New York final round saw teams from NYU (Alicia Berenyi and Kartik Naram) and Columbia (Arielle Klepach and Rebecca Urquiola) law schools facing off.
The students recruited a great group of judges for the competition, The judges in the finals had a wealth of immigration and asylum law experience: Mike Canzoneri (California Attorney General office), Professor Evangeline Abriel (Santa Clara law school), David Harshaw (Assistant Federal Public Defender), and Audrey Hemesath (Assistant U.S. Attorney). I also was asked to help judge the finals and enjoyed it immensely. Both teams in the finals were incredibly well-prepared, poised and polished, and presented great arguments. It was a tough decision but the Columbia team prevailed. Congratulations to all of the participants.
Last spring, UC Davis law students sought the posthumous admission of Hong Yen Chang to the California State Bar.
More than a century ago, Chang was denied the opportunity to practice law in California because of his race. See: Law students seek to right historic wrong with posthumous California Bar admission of Chinese lawyer.
Students in the UC Davis School of Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) asked the California Supreme Court to admit Hong Yen Chang to the bar. Professor Jack Chin, a leading civil rights law professor, has been working on the case with the APALSA students and the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
The California Supreme Court announced today that it would file an opinion in the case next Monday. Stay tuned!
Last Friday evening, the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento was the site of the 33rd Annual Lorenzo Patiño Banquet. It was a festive evening, with good Mexican food and mariachis serenading the dinner tables. Dean of USF Law School and former President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), John Trasviña, gave an inspiring keynote speech about the obligation of the soon-to-be lawyers in attendance to work for the community.
The graduating La Raza Law Students Association students were honored and it was wonderful to see them be recognized. The Lorenzo Patiño award winner was Laura Flores, last year's co-chair of LRLSA who has worked for the immigrant community through her work with the Immigration Law Clinic, CRLA Foundation, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights for the San Francisco Bay Area, Employment Law Center, and other groups. A native of Texas (and huge San Antonio Spurs fan), she is a student leader and committed community member who makes me proud to be at UC Davis School of Law. The evening ended with the students presenting Hon. Cruz Reynoso with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his mentoring and support of law students.
Timothy Griffiths, our Associate Director for Public Interest & Public Sector Careers, was an excellent emcee. Professors Amagda Pérez and Cruz Reynoso participated in the recognition of the students. Professors Rex Perschbacher, John Hunt, and Larry Green were in attendance.
Stephanie Padilla was the chair of the Patiño dinner committee and did an outstanding job. And LRLSA co-chairs Bianca Duenas and David Canales deserve kudos for their leadership this year!
Last night, the School of Law held an admitted student/alumni reception at the San Francisco office of law firm Shepard Mullin. Look at that view!
View from the 17th floor of Four Embarcadero Center
We had a great group of admitted students from many excellent schools, including Harvard, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Davis, Iowa, Carnegie Mellon, McGill, Smith, and more. Steve Sacks '80 graciously hosted the event and introduced me to make a few remarks about the Law School's many success and incredible combination of academic excellence, diversity, and community. Faculty were in abundance, with Professors Rose Cuison Villazor, Afra Afsharipour, Brian Soucek, Chris Elmendorf, and soon-to-be King Hall Professor Bill S. Dodge (currently at UC Hastings), all of whom answered the questions from the soon-to-be law students. Assistant Dean for Career Services Craig Compton was there to answer questions about career possibilities, which have been improving dramatically in recent years. Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid Kristin Mercado and Associate Director of Admissions Scott Vignos answered questions about admissions, tours of the law school, and financial aid. Last but not least, we had a super group of enthusiastic alums, including last year's Law Student Association President Kathryn Bilder '14, Gene Woo '85 (Alumni Board member), Matt Struhar '13, Morgan Forsey '05 (a new partner at Sheppard Mullin), Kelly Van Aken '10, Roey Rahmil '10, Gabe Zeldin '10, Errol Dauis '11, Jonathan Braunstein '03, Toni Qiu '14, and many more. It truly was a warm (69 degrees in San Francisco yesterday afternoon) and wonderful -- and, hopefully, informative for the admitted students -- event in the city by the bay.
Alejo was co-chair of LRLSA as a student at King Hall and served as a member of the Law School Admissions Committee. He talked about his career at community college, Cal, and UC Davis School of Law and how his education taught him the importance of coalition building in the political process, a skill that he finds invaluable in the Legislature. Alejo also thanked his former law professors, including Amagda Perez and Cruz Reynoso, who attended his talk.
It was great seeing one of my former students inspiring the next generation of lawyers!
It was another great weekend at UC Davis School of Law – and it was the students who led the events this weekend.
On Friday evening, the King Hall Legal Foundation held its 37th annual auction supporting public interest fellowships for law students.
Photo courtesy of @varun_aery '16 via Twitter.
There were some amazing things on the auction block, including a week for two in Ireland, a night of “Irish revelry” with a group of King Hall’s favorite – and irreverent -- professors, a luxury vacation in Lake Tahoe, autographed pictures of President Obama and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, some amazing pictures (including one of Robert F. Kennedy and his brother John), a trip to watch the Dodgers beat the Giants at AT&T Park [<--blogger's commentary], and much, much more. I stopped by to bid on some items and was able to catch up with many students, professors, and alums. Professors Johns, Shanske, and Ventry were enthusiastically bidding on a wide variety of items. Legal Service of Northern California attorneys Gary Smith and Julie Rogado, who teach public interest classes for King Hall, and Amy Williams '05 seemed to be enjoying the festivities. It was a warm and exciting King Hall evening!
Early Saturday morning, I welcomed the judges – lawyers, alums, mediators, business professionals, professors, and friends – at the 8th Annual Intra-School Negotiations Competition.
I took this shot of the coveted trophy.
The competition gives UC Davis School of Law students the chance to hone their negotiations skills and receive valuable feedback from people who spend their days in the negotiations trenches. The competition is a tribute to professor Donna Shestowsky, who is the enthusiastic, supportive, and knowledgeable leader of the King Hall Negotiations Team (the student sponsor of the competition). Professor Shestowsky also is one of the scholarly leaders in the field. Professor Shestowsky missed her first competition, as she was caring for her baby boy, who was born just a few weeks ago. Congratulations, Professor Shestowsky!
I spoke at the Social Psychology and Law Preconference in Long Beach on Thursday. This preconference featured presentations in the areas of discrimination, procedural justice/social justice, and immigration. Specifically, the discrimination symposium examined explicit and implicit biases in the law. The procedural/social justice symposium looked at legitimacy and perceptions of justice in the legal system. Finally, the immigration symposium examined the role of social psychology in legislation and policy. The preconference included 10-minute data blitz presentations as well as poster presentations from graduate students and new researchers.
I offered a talk about the role of race in U.S. immigration law and enforcement, both with respect to the law and its enforcement and the public debate over immigration and immigration reform.
You can learn more about the Social Psychology and Law Preconference at its website: http://www.spsp.org/?page=Precon_Law.
Day in and day out, our law students do amazing things. On Friday, the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy hosted a symposium on a pressing public policy issue. The symposium was titled, “Healing Our Kids: Using the Law to Address the Healthcare Needs of Youth in Foster Care, the Juvenile Justice System, and Beyond.” It is the hard work of dedicated law students that made the symposium a reality. In particular, law students Sonja Prins and Abby Mulvihill worked hard to organize the symposium.
This symposium addressed the child welfare system’s shortcomings in addressing the well-being of children in state care, and promotes a dialogue about how the law can be used to address these issues. The panels discussed access to mental health care in the foster care and dependency court systems and analyze the shortcomings of the healthcare services provided to youth in the criminal justice system. We were lucky to have set of leaders in the field participate in the conference, including including keynote speaker Professor Jonathan Todres from Georgia State University College of Law.
Abigail Mulvihill '16, Professor Jonathan Todres, and Sonja Prins '16
I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the conference participants and attendees. I also was honored to introduce our morning speaker and distinguished King Hall alum, Jennifer Rodriguez is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Law Class of 2004. A former Civil Procedure student of mine (I remember that she sat next to Natasha Ralston), Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Youth Law Center, a national public interest law firm that works to protect the rights of children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Abigail Mulvihill '16, Jennifer Rodriguez '04, and Sonja Prins '16
Jennifer is a former foster youth who was emancipated at 18 to homelessness. Her tireless work for foster youth reflects her deep passion for engaging youth and families as the agents of change. It really was an exciting moment for me to welcome Jennifer to her alma mater, UC Davis School of Law.
We had a great reunion of UC Davis School of Law alums at the Fresno office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore on Thursday. Erik Cuadros '12, an associate at the firm, hosted the event. We had a great group of alums covering several decades of King Hall faithful. Alums in attendance included Judge Dale Ikeda '76, Amanda Cary '07, Jerry Casheros '99, Bob Wilkinson '81, Dean Gordon '74, and Jim Phillips '72. A special guest appearance was made by new Fresno City Council member Esmeralda Soria '11. We also had a Class of 2015 student, Gagan Kaur, meeting alums and getting advice on landing a law job in her hometown. It was a warm and beautiful evening with alums in the Central Valley!
La Raza Lawyers of San Diego and UC Davis School of Law co-sponsored a great lunch gathering in San Diego today. Rodrigo Guevara '09 is president of the bar group and helped organize the event. Close to 100 people attended, including many from the Imperial County, where a young Cruz Reynoso practiced law. Among the alums in attendance were Charlie Bird '73, current alumni board member Justice Joan Irion '79, and former board member Michael Van Horne '75, Michael Duckor '70, Jose Castillo '06, Charlie Arguello '91, and Marvin Mizell '96.
Professor Cruz Reynoso gave an inspirational talk about the duties of lawyers to pursue social justice for all.
It was a wonderful lunch on a beautiful San Diego day!
I recently returned from two conferences on the future of immigration reform.
On Friday, I visited the Mile-High City to deliver the morning lecture at the Law Review Symposium at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, titled “CrImmigration: Crossing the border between criminal law and immigration law.” I talked about my work Racial Profiling in the 'War on Drugs' Meets the Immigration Removal Process: The Case of Moncrieffe v. Holder.
On Saturday, I was in Ann Arbor to take part in a panel discussion at the Michigan Journal of Law Reform immigration reform conference. The panel was titled “Crimmigration: The Conflation of Immigration Enforcement and Criminal Justice.” Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin also served as a conference panelist on the topic of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Both events on the future of immigration reform were extremely interesting. Thanks to the organizers at the University of Denver and the University of Michigan for inviting me to participate!
Professor Leticia Saucedo recently took part in an ABA-organized panel discussion in Houston. Here's the summary she wrote for the Dean's Blog:
Professor Saucedo on the ABA panel. Photo by Kathy Anderson.
"The ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities (ABA Hispanic Commission), in collaboration with the ABA Commission on Immigration, hosted a panel discussion on 'The Pros and Cons of the Exercise of Executive Action in Immigration Law' at the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in Houston, Texas. The panelists explored President Obama’s recent executive action decision to provide temporary legal status to certain undocumented immigrants. Panelists discussed the impact of this decision and how the pending lawsuits against the President will impact its implementation. Panelists included myself, as well as Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and Prof. Michael Olivas from the University of Houston Law Center."
Professor Saucedo's contributions to the panel are featured in this article in the ABA Journal.
Thanks for contributing your summary to the Dean's Blog, Professor Saucedo!
A group of faculty, staff, alums, and students attended the UC Davis/Cal Poly San Luis Obispo men’s basketball game at the ARC Pavilion on Saturday night. A full-house, energetic crowd greeted the ESPN crew, which televised nationally the second UC Davis basketball game in the last few weeks. Professors Evelyn Lewis, Albert Lin (and family), Rick Frank, and Rex Perschbacher were in attendance, as were Alumni Board members Gene Woo '85 and Robert Barton '88. Athletic Director Terry Tumey visited the group at half time and predicted a big UC Davis comeback in the second half. He was right, and we left the ARC Pavilion victorious, having watched a true barn burner of a game that included incredible plays like this one. The Aggies fought back from a 14 point deficit to win 81-78 in overtime. It was a great evening with a lot of energy in the air.
Image via Twitter @billherenda
Congratulations on your big win, Aggie men’s basketball team!
It is that time of year again when the School of Law is encouraging the best and brightest undergraduates to apply for admission.
A photo from La Raza's Pre-Law event
A few weeks ago, I talked to La Raza Pre-Law students at King Hall. Our current La Raza Law Students Association members provided the scoop on the King Hall community. Staff from our admissions office, headed by Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Kristen Mercado, have been visiting all the UC campuses, as well as colleges and universities across the United States.
The beautiful LMU campus
Today, I talked with the Phi Delta Phi chapter (a pre-law group) at Loyola Marymount University, which overlooks the beautiful beaches and Pacific Ocean in Southern California. King Hall has successfully recruited some superstar students from LMU in recent years, including Beatriz Alfaro '16, who was recently recognized for her work with the homeless. I was pleased to tell the potential law students about the spirit and camaraderie of the King Hall community, the pride in being named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the devotion to social justice of our students, faculty, staff, and alums. I gave my presentation at the Hilton School of Business building, which is named after Conrad Hilton (founder of the Hilton Hotels!).
Prospective students are invited to Preview Day at UC Davis School of Law!
Designed for undergraduate students (especially UC Davis undergrads), Preview Day will provide the chance to visit with faculty and current students, get tips on your law school application, and tour the newly renovated King Hall.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall
Register here: http://conta.cc/1JITLGG
Last night, there was a festive going away event for Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, who has headed the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento for the last six years.
With the Ambassador's leadership, the School of Law has had a close working relationship with the consulate. The Immigration Law Clinic has provided legal assistance to Mexican nationals with the support of the consulate. King Hall students have externed in the Mexican Consulate. Not surprisingly, many King Hall community members were in attendance at the celebration. Professor Cruz Reynoso gave remarks. Professor Amagda Pérez '91 also was in attendance. Alums Kirsten Hill '04 and Mary Waltermire '95 and others were there, as well. I was pleased to give my best wishes to Carlos, who has been an engaged and active advocate for immigrants. He is off to Austin, Texas but says that he will continue to root for our Los Angeles Dodgers!
The UC Davis Law Review hosted a highly successful symposium last week. “Corruption & Compliance: Promoting Integrity in a Global Economy” explored the moral, social, economic, and legal effects of corruption in business. Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act after it was disclosed that U.S. corporations had been bribing foreign government officials. In the last few years, the federal government has stepped up prosecutions of corporate corruption cases. Other nations recently have passed anti-bribery legislation.
Jay Jorgensen delivers the keynote address.
The event had a solid audience, with a keynote address by Walmart's Senior Vice President and Global Chief Compliance Officer Jay Jorgensen. His address received coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle. I thanked Jay for his participation in my opening remarks for the symposium.
We had a number of faculty involved as symposium advisors and moderators, including Professors Bob Hillman, Afra Afsharipour, and Thomas Joo. Professor Brian Soucek is the Law Review advisor.
Overall, the event offered excellent intellectual interchange on an important issue -- corruption in the global economy. Congratulations to the Law Review editors and event organizers on a very good symposium!
UC Davis School of Law faculty were important contributors to the Frontiers of Immigration International Conference, an event sponsored by the UC Davis Temporary Migration Cluster on January 22-23.
Panel discussion with King Hall faculty including G. Jack Chin, Rose Cuison-Villazor, and Leticia Saucedo
Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and researchers from around the world, the conference included discussions on the economic effects of immigration, skilled immigration, immigrant integration, immigration from Asia and Latin America, international economic development, and policy and legal reforms. Among a star-studded group of scholars, Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Rose Cuison-Villazor, and Leticia Saucedo spoke on a panel on Asian and Latino immigration. I spoke on the closing panel speculating about the next 20 years of immigration policy. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, herself an immigrant from Greece, offered the concluding remarks to the conference.
As I have said often, King Hall has among the best immigration law faculty in the United States. They regularly make us proud as they exchange ideas and policy proposals -- and hold their own -- among leading economists, sociologists, historians, and other scholars from around the world. We all should be proud that the School of Law has strength in an area that has become one of the most pressing policy -- and social justice -- issues of modern times.
Dear King Hall Community,
As we celebrate our federal holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the King Hall community can take pride in remembering the deep ties between UC Davis School of Law, Dr. King, and his mission.
The connection extends to the School of Law’s earliest years. After Dr. King was assassinated in April 1968, a group of students, faculty, and staff petitioned UC Davis administrators to name the new law building after him as a way of honoring his memory and dedicating the School of Law to King’s ideals of social justice and public service. On April 12, 1969, the building was officially christened King Hall in a ceremony presided over by Hon. Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States, who said, "Even in the naming of the building, one can sense the high purpose to which its facilities are to be dedicated."
In 1981, Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, visited UC Davis to deliver the Law School’s commencement address, and his son Martin Luther King III visited King Hall in 1986. The following year, a sculpture of Dr. King by artist Lisa Reinertson was placed in the King Hall lobby, thanks to the efforts of students and alumni. The statute still graces the entrance to King Hall, alongside a touch-screen video exhibit devoted to Dr. King, and several famous quotations from the civil rights icon are prominently displayed on the walls upstairs.
Most importantly, UC Davis School of Law has always retained a dedication to the ideals of social justice, equality, and public service espoused by Dr. King. We can all take pride in the work of our faculty, which so often directly addresses the most compelling social issues of our time, the efforts of our students, who each year contribute thousands of hours to providing access to justice to those in need via our King Hall clinics, and our alumni, so many of whom work in public service or devote a portion of their practice to helping those in need. Because of all that you do, King Hall is making a difference in our community, our state, and our world.
I hope you will enjoy your Martin Luther King Day holiday, and I look forward to working together to help realize Dr. King’s dream in the years to come.
Kevin R. Johnson
This weekend, I completed my term on the Editorial Advisory Board of California Lawyer Magazine.
My fellow advisory board members and I met at the UC Irvine School of Law on a rainy Southern California day, and with the editor and others from the magazine discussed recent issues and possible stories. The council is an impressive group of California lawyers. Among those in attendance at the meeting were former State Treasurer Bill Lockyer (who among other things is now teaching a public policy class at USC), former State Senator Joe Dunn, and UC Irvine Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.
I am always amazed by how many King Hall alums I run into in my travels. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), I ran into Alumni Board President Gage Dungy '03, who was at a law firm meeting this weekend.
UC Davis School of Law had a wonderful presence at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in Washington D.C. This meeting allows our professors to hear great presentations, share their scholarship, and catch up with their professors and colleagues from across the country.
On Friday, we had a reception of alums, faculty, and friends. Among the alums in attendance were Sister Simone Campbell '77 , one of the "Nuns on a Bus," and Gary Solis '71, who recently taught a class in the Law of War at UC Davis. A number of faculty participated in scholarly panels:
One of the highlights of the conference was David Horton's presentation of his paper “In Partial Defense of Probate: Evidence from Alameda County, California,” which was honored with the AALS Scholarly Paper Award -- a very high honor for a faculty member. David made us all incredibly proud.
Professor Horton presents his award-winning paper.
I did my best to stop by as many panels as I could to see our professors shine.
UC Davis also co-sponsored a Minority Groups Section reception on Saturday night. It was a full house with much good cheer and positive energy. Professor Rose Villazor, a member of the Section Executive Committee, helped organize the event. Rose, Afra Afsharipour, and I were among those in attendance.
One of the highlights of the conference was the Minority Groups Section Lunch. Anita Hill, who came to the national spotlight during the Justice Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, was the guest speaker. Former King Hall colleague Angela Onwuachi-Willig was honored for her scholarship, teaching, and service with the Clyde Ferguson Award.
All told, UC Davis School of Law played a prominent role at this year's signature law professors event.
The California State Bar has just released the full data set on bar passage rates by school for the July 2014 exam. I am proud to say that the outstanding pass rate posted by our Class of 2014 (85.6%) ranks fourth among ABA-approved law schools in California!
As previously reported, the pass rate on the exam for first time takers who graduated from California ABA approved law schools was 69.4%. The overall passage rate for first time takers was 61.4%.
The pass rates for the Golden State's ABA-approved law schools are listed below.
Congratulations again to the Class of 2014! And special thanks to Chris Ide-Don, who has redefined our academic support program, and Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Hollis Kulwin for her leadership in those efforts.
We had a lovely gathering to celebrate the late Professor Jim Hogan by dedicating a group study room on the second floor of King Hall in his honor yesterday.
L to R: Professor Rabin, me, Jan Hogan, and Professors Imwinkelried, Johns, Feeney, and Reynoso in the newly dedicated Hogan Study Room.
His wife Jan Hogan and nine family members (including six children and two grandchildren) along with and Professors Ed Imwinkelried, Margaret Johns, Cruz Reynoso, Floyd Feeney and Ed Rabin were in attendance. Professor Imwinkelried made a few remarks about Jim’s love of teaching, camaraderie with students, and love of the law school. We had a wonderful lunch after the gathering and reminisced about Jim. Jan mentioned that she still had the Irish flag that had adorned Jim’s faculty office. We all agreed that it would be a wonderful addition to the Jim Hogan group study room!