Dear King Hall Community,
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope that you all have a restful holiday with family and friends – and lots of delicious food.
Kevin R. Johnson
I’m honored to be a participant at this historic conference on civil rights at Duke Law School this weekend, "The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America,” organized by the school's Center on Law, Race and Politics.
I offered some provocative thoughts on the opening plenary here this morning, challenging the panel and audience to grapple with a subject that is crucial to the success and sustainability of any civil rights movement: LOVE.
King and Gandhi led the two greatest civil rights movements in modern history in the name of love. Both knew that to bring about change – and most importantly, to sustain it, they needed to cultivate sympathy and love for one’s fellow citizens.
In her new book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, the political philosopher Martha Nussbaum argues that a society based on the premise of the equal rights and dignity of each person must not neglect the important work of cultivating what she calls “political emotions.” Without education and arts that help people dive into the intimate life and problems of the other, through literature like To Kill a Mockingbird and Between the World and Me, we cannot develop mutual understanding and feelings of empathy and affection for others different from ourselves.
Nussbaum’s book centers on the question of this conference – how is cultural change introduced? What are the tools and prerequisites for social revolution?
Social revolution is to be distinguished from political revolution. While the latter refers to changes in government, social revolutions – or what Kwame Anthony Appiah calls “moral revolutions” – incite change in social attitudes, real world behaviors and people’s way of thinking. Revolutionary thinking requires, literally, a change of heart towards others—towards persons formerly viewed as slaves, as inferior, and as subhuman. From the mantra that “women’s rights are human rights” to #blacklivesmatter, the challenge is to promote an emotional transformation that would bring strangers, even enemies, within one’s own “circle of concern,” as philosopher Nussbaum calls it. We need to see the other is one of us and part of our own nation, community, and story.
As a scholar of law and culture, I study the role of popular culture and the arts in social production and social revolution. As John Dewey reminds us, there is nothing quite like art as a vehicle for offering an intimacy with the lives of people different from ourselves. In short: art matters for justice. It is a critical tool in the process or emotional transformation. Nussbaum writes: “If the other has been dehumanized in the imagination, only the imagination can accomplish the requisite shift.”
So Bono and Will i. Am. are as important to this conference as the great scholars and lawyers assembled here. Music, book clubs and conversations in the public culture about television, film, and social media can help foster empathy for distant others, and also the critical commentary that is central to a democratic government. Unlike legislation or works of political philosophy, they “promote readers’ emotional involvement in the events” and encourage dialogue.
On that score, however, a report of Hollywood diversity in 2015 reveals that in fact, the world’s most powerful cultural producers are failing our democracy. The report finds that though minorities are 40 percent of the U.S. population, they are only 1 in 6 among broadcast scripted leads and white actors dominate top credits. In short, according to Hollywood, black lives do not matter, and neither do Latino or Asian lives, or women, for that matter. These numbers reflect the failure of our collective imagination; our failure to use art to imagine a better world.
We cannot shun art, culture, and emotions in our movement. As Nussbaum says, “ceding the terrain of emotion-shaping to antiliberal forces gives them a huge advantage in the people’s hearts and risks making people think of liberal values as boring and tepid.” Love is the very life of our movement.
The tragic massacre in Paris is gripping the hearts and minds of people around the world.
Earlier in the day on November 13, the same day as the terror attacks, I happened to be in the famed city and met up with King Hall alum Elizabeth Milovidov ’91 for lunch near ISCOM, where she teaches American law.
Elizabeth and me in Paris
Elizabeth was eager to reminisce about King Hall, and loved sharing stories with me about her favorite first-year professors, including Professors Brownstein, Dobris, Feeney, and Imwinkelried. After growing up in San Diego and graduating from UCLA, a very young Elizabeth found herself at King Hall. She recalled what it was like being one of only four black students in her class. She said professors, staff, and classmates were incredibly supportive and friendly. Between her first and second years in law school, Elizabeth did a summer program in Paris and from that point was determined to make her career in Europe. She eventually earned both a PhD and her JD, and began making her way up the legal ladder in firms in France. Since having children, she found the right balance, intellectually and personally, in teaching American law. Her emphasis is on children’s rights and communications law; she has her own consulting esafety and digital parental coaching business advising parents how to navigate their children through life online. Elizabeth would like to come back to King Hall to talk to students, especially those not in the top one-third in the class, to let them know that an exciting life and career is at their fingertips, but just requires hard work and determination. I recognized in Elizabeth’s career, part teacher and part public intellectual, that entrepreneurial and public spiritedness that is still characteristic of King Hall today.
Eiffel Tower at night
When tragedy struck the city several hours later, my thoughts immediately went to Elizabeth and her family, especially because I remembered she lived in the same neighborhood as where more than 100 people were killed at the Bataclan concert hall. I was relieved to hear she and her family were safe. I was happy when it was time to board the plane to travel back home. But King Hall sends Elizabeth and her fellow Parisians our love.
Yesterday was a wonderful day at King Hall. Justice Elena Duarte of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, guest lectured to our clinical students, offering tips on advocacy in the trial and appellate courts. Justice Duarte has regularly lectured to our clinical students over the years and was graciously introduced by Professor Amagda Pérez. I sat in on the class as the students and faculty were enthralled by Justice Duarte's advocacy pointers as well as her inspirational presence.
Shortly afterward in the afternoon, the Chief Justice of California, Tani Cantil-Sakauye ‘84, visited her alma mater King Hall.
The Chief Justice with the FLSA board and me
The Chief Justice speaks in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom.
The Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA) invited the Chief Justice to speak as part of their "culture week," and the students anxiously prepared for a wonderful visit. Always gracious and full of positive energy as well as great advice for the students, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye talked about her career in the law (including the path to Chief Justice), challenging cases that the courts face, and the challenges facing the California judiciary. A graduate of UC Davis undergrad as well as the School of Law, the Chief Justice spoke fondly of her classmates and experiences here.
Today was a nice reminder of the special community of students, faculty, alums, and friends that we are privileged to have at UC Davis School of Law.
I journeyed to Southern California yesterday with Senior Director of Development Karen Charney to visit King Hall alums. The first stop was Orange County, where an enthusiastic group of alums, including David '07 and Kim Chase '07, Dennise Willett '94 (my former civil procedure student and tutor), Mike Williams '97, Marc Reich '91, Jesse Muholland '02, Jade Tran '01, John York '72, Celinda Tabucchi '75, and others met for lunch. I enjoyed filling them in on all the great goings-on at UC Davis.
To cap off the day, we visited Marc Beilinson '83 at his beachfront home in Venice Beach.
Marc and me in his beautiful home that's right on the beach.
We then went to dinner with Marc, as well as Art '70 and Kathy Chinski. It was a warm and wonderful evening with great company.
Thanks to all of the alums who visited with us in L.A. and the O.C.!
Every year, Professor Chander and I love opening up our home to King Hall students to celebrate Diwali with our family. We enjoy good food and desserts (this year, gulab jamun), dancing and most importantly, some modest fireworks to commemorate India’s biggest holiday, also known as the “festival of lights.” On Wednesday night, students lit “diyas” (oil lamps) and danced to some Bollywood hits before the night was out.
This year, we were particularly pleased to have Swarnim Swasti and Durga Agarwal, two exchange students from the Jindal Global Law School in New Delhi, join us for the event.
Professor Chander, students Swarnim Swasti and Durga Agarwal, me, and Professor Shama Mesiwala '98
Professor Andrea Chandrasekher also joined us, along with some 40 King Hall students. It’s great to celebrate the diverse cultures of the students who come to King Hall and to share traditions. Happy Diwali to all!
The King Hall Community engaged in two major events on Thursday: the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment by Professor Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law School, and the Unity Bar Dinner in Sacramento. I had the pleasure of making introductory remarks for Professor Persily's lecture and attending a dinner in his honor. Meanwhile, Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Hollis L. Kulwin -- and dozens of students -- represented King Hall at the Unity Bar Dinner. She wrote this guest entry for the Dean's Blog:
I had a terrific evening attending the Unity Bar Association annual dinner in Sacramento on Thursday, October 29. The Unity Bar, directed by Patricia Reeves '86, is a unique organization composed of the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS), the La Raza Lawyers Association of Sacramento, the Wiley Manuel Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, the South Asian Bar Association, Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians (SACLEGAL) and the Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association (of which I’m a member). The Unity Bar’s annual dinner celebrates diversity, honors outstanding public service and presents student scholarships. Three King Hall students received Unity Bar scholarships this year: Abigail Mulvihill '16, selected by Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians, Asya Sorokurs '17, selected by the Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association, and Sylvia Tsai '16, selected by the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento. Many members of the King Hall community were in attendance, including Professor Clayton Tanaka, Associate Director of Career Services and Judicial Clerkships Natalie Butcher '08, prestigious alumni such as Judge Judy Holzer Hersher '84, and approximately 30 current King Hall students. Attended by over 300 judges and attorneys, the Unity Bar Dinner is a major event of the Sacramento legal community. King Hall was co-sponsor of this year’s dinner and I was very proud of the large part that King Hall played in this inspiring evening!
I just received a great newsletter update from the students of the King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF).
The intro reads, "From wrapping up the summer's grants to the 7th Annual Boutin Invitational Golf Tournament, it has been a busy semester for KHLF. Catch up on this fall's happenings!"
From the benefit golf tournament: Steve Boutin '72, Professor Clay Tanaka, and Professor Dennis Ventry
This weekend’s “Milestone Reunions” at the School of Law were full of warmth and good spirit.
Members of the Class of 1975 at King Hall
I loved seeing alums (from the Classes of ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, and ’10) visiting with their favorite professors, including Bob Hillman, Joel Dobris, Ed Imwinkelried, Lisa Pruitt, Carlton Larson, Bruce Wolk (which brought a special guest appearance by his wife, California Senator Lois Wolk), Floyd Feeney, Alan Brownstein, Cruz Reynoso, and Ed Rabin.
There were many highlights for me, including:
- visiting with Art Chinski ’70 and his lovely wife and to show off the Chinski Room that he named after his parents.
- talking with Judge Ramona Garrett ’80 about her book project.
- talking with retired Judge Frank Ochoa ’75 who is, among other things, teaching classes at UCSB.
- seeing old Civil Procedure students, including Jennifer Donnellan ‘00, Joy Ramos ‘95, Minty Siu Ching Kootnikoff ‘95, and Sean Dabel ‘05 (a candidate for judge in San Mateo County).
- seeing Paul Rosenthal ’75 and Roldan Trujillo ‘75, whom I saw last week at the alumni reception in Washington, DC.
- visiting with former Woodland Mayor Tom Stallard ‘75, former alumni board president, who is helping King Hall student Enrique Fernandez ‘16 launch a political career.
- talking with alumni board members Steve Muldowney ‘95, John Pavolotsky ‘00, Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie ’95 (our current Alum of the Month!), and Carol Livingston ‘80, who were all attending their class reunions.
- giving awards for the alums traveling the longest distance to attend the reunion to Irene Tresser ’90 and Allison Mendel ’80 for coming more than 3000 miles(!) from Anchorage, Alaska to see their classmates.
- bringing down the house with a slideshow of pictures and the music video that our law students created a few years ago, “Davis State of Mind”!
Visit our Flickr page for the photo gallery from this weekend’s reunions. And keep an eye on the School of Law website for a news story.
It was great to see our wonderful King Hall alums!
King Hall was honored to host Judge Seung Wha Chang, Appellate Body Member of the World Trade Organization this week. Judge Chang delivered the California International Law Center (CILC) Distinguished Global Jurist Lecture. In his lecture, titled “Dispute Settlement in the WTO: An Evolving Process under Challenges," Judge Chang compared the WTO to other leading world courts and described how the WTO has heard an unprecedented number of disputes in its short 20-year history. Judge Chang said that while developed countries were most likely to bring claims to the WTO in its first years, developing countries are now doing so more often.
In addition to his service as a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the body charged with deciding global trade disputes, Judge Seung Wha Chang is also a Professor of Law at Seoul National University. He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, New York University, Duke Law School, and Georgetown University. Professor Chang holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) as well as a doctorate in International Trade Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School.
UC Davis School of Law had a great few days interviewing faculty candidates at the Association of American Law Schools Faculty Recruiting Conference in Washington, D.C. Appointments Committee Chair David Horton and committee members Ash Bhagwat, Afra Afsharipour, Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder, and I met a group of superstars interested in joining the King Hall community.
We had a lively UC Davis School of Law alumni reception in Washington D.C. on October 15. Paul Rosenthal '75 opened up his offices to us, and we were able to meet in a conference room with an amazingly beautiful view of the Potomac River. Laurie Sellick '13, Naeha Prakash '12, Alison Plenge '09, Sally Schwettmann '04, Molly Baier '83, Chris Ochoa '96, Liam McKenna '12, and Gary Solis '71, among others, were in attendance. We exchanged stories of the great goings-on at King Hall and discussed the future potential of our great school.
Last Friday, the King Hall Legal Foundation hosted its annual Steve Boutin Invitational Golf Tournament. Professor Clay Tanaka and Steve Boutin ’72 worked hard at organizing the event, which is a KHLF fundraiser with all proceeds going to public interest summer fellowships. Many faculty, alums, and students played. Alums included Lov Goel '10, Gary Loveridge '72, Scott Thorpe ’72, Dan Stone ’76, Steve Boutin ’72, Bill Owen ’72, Tom Compton ’72, Bob Barton ’88, and Shauhin Davari ’13. Faculty included me, Rex Perschbacher, Dennis Ventry, Larry Green, and Rick Frank '74. I am proud that the "Dean's Dream Team" (pictured below, left to right: Rex, me, Rich Harroun, and Leo O’Farrell) again had a rousing round, even having a birdie on an early hole on this demanding course.
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.