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Summer Associates Reception 2016

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 22, 2016

Last night, the Sacramento County Bar Association Barristers’ Club of Sacramento held its 24th annual Summer Associates Reception at the elegant Park Ultra Lounge across the street from the State Capitol.  The event honors the fellows of the Diversity Fellowship program of the Sacramento County Bar Association.  The program offers fellowships to students from underrepresented groups, enabling them to experience the work, requirements, and culture of major law firms and develop the skills, confidence, credentials, and contacts that can help them achieve professional success.

This year, UC Davis School of Law students were awarded 13 of the 15 available fellowships. The Class of 2018 summer fellows are:

  • Apurva Behal (Klinedinst, PC)
  • Bianca Rodriguez (Cook Brown LLP)
  • Dalia Khatib (Jackson Lewis)
  • Dane Jones (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP)
  • Gretchen Smith (Mastagni Holstedt APC)
  • Jonathan Ogata (Seyfarth Shaw LLP)
  • Jose Rojas (Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger)
  • Karen Leung (Weintraub Tobin)
  • Kristabel Sandoval (Wilke, Fluery, Hoffeldt, Gould & Birney)
  • Sarah Oh (Porter Scott)
  • Shengmao Mu (Harris & Yempku)
  • Siranush Zhamakochyan (Hanson Bridgett LLP)
  • Subha Patibanda (Downey Brand LLP)

On a warm summer evening, local judges, lawyers, and law students enjoyed meeting informally.  I was pleased to attend the event along with Assistant Dean for Career Services Craig Compton. We visited with a great many friends of King Hall at the reception.  Presiding Justice Vance Raye of the California Court of Appeals and federal judge William Shubb were mingling with students.  I was able to catch up with law students Apurva Behal ‘18, Jose Rojas ‘18, and Kristabel Sandoval ‘18, all of whom were working at law firms and enjoying wonderfully productive summers.  Ben Gevercer ‘18, who’s spending the summer in the California Attorney General's office, was in attendance as was his father, Judge Steve Gevercer, who spoke highly of UC Davis law students. I talked to another judge, Michael Bowman, whose daughter Payslie Bowman ‘18 just completed her first year at King Hall. 

It was great to see Alexandra Guerra (Johnson) and Joel Guerra, two rising King Hall 3Ls who were married this summer.  They told me that they had a large number of UC Davis law students as well as many Cal Bears (where they did their undergraduate work) at their wedding in the Sierras.

All in all, it was a high energy, positive evening with the judges, lawyers, and students.