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Anniversary, Panel, and Admissions Weekend

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Apr 13, 2011

Faculty, students, alumni, and I have been busy representing King Hall in the community.  Here’s a look at some of the events I’ve attended recently:

- South Asian Bar Association (SABA) anniversary celebration at Downey Brand on Thursday, April 7.  SABA is marking its third year in the Sacramento legal community.  The keynote speaker at the event, Federal Magistrate Judge Jay Gandhi, was very interesting.  Judge Gandhi is the first South Asian federal magistrate judge in the country!

Our alum, Shama Mesiwala ‘98, is President of SABA and was the MC for the event.  Our alum Ramaah Sadasivam is Treasurer and 3L Fatima Alloo is student liaison.  See

Among others in attendance were alums Judge Larry Brown ‘89, Justice Kathleen Butz ‘81, Judge Judy Hersher ‘84, and many King Hall students.  A number of friends of King Hall were there, too, including Justice Elena Duarte (who also was at the Patino Banquet last Saturday) and Presiding Justice Vance Raye.  

- A panel discussion titled, “The UC Irvine 11: Examining the Right to Free Speech on College Campuses.”  Last Thursday, the Moot Courtroom was packed for this lunchtime panel, featuring Reem Salahi (attorney for the Irvine 11 and a former Bridge Fellow at the ACLU and Fulbright Fellow in Amman, Jordan) and Professor Alan Brownstein.  I took part in the panel, too.  Reem and Professor Brownstein offered thoughtful comments on the First Amendment issues raised by the case.  I thought the discussion was insightful and balanced.  Thanks to student Fatima Alloo, who helped to organize the event.

- Admissions Weekend!  King Hall welcomed admitted students of the Class of 2014 with an exciting lineup of events all weekend.  On Friday evening, admittees mingled with faculty, current students, and alumni at the office of Stoel Rives on Capitol Mall in Sacramento.  The event was hosted by Stoel Rives partner and Alumni Board Member Michael Mills ’97.  Faculty in attendance included Rick Frank ’74 and adjunct professor John McKinsey ’99 (also a partner at Stoel Rives).  Board member Charity Kenyon ’77 was there, too; she, along with Professor Frank and 3L Emilio Camacho spoke to the crowd about their wonderful experiences at King Hall!  On Saturday, we hosted the Open House for Admitted Students.  Admittees attended sessions on First Year Curriculum, Law Library, Technology Information, Legal Careers, Clinical Programs, Financial Aid, and Student Life.  A highlight was lunch with faculty, alumni, staff and current students in the sunny courtyard of King Hall.  In the afternoon, many admittees attended the Diversity Social, a great opportunity for them to learn about the student community at UC Davis School of Law in a relaxed, informal setting.  The day was capped off with the annual Neumiller Moot Court Competition, which featured the four top advocates from the King Hall Appellate Advocacy program.  I had a great time visiting with everyone throughout the day, and I look forward to seeing members of the Class of 2014 in the fall!!