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Unity Bar Association 30th Annual Dinner

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Nov 17, 2017

guest post by Hollis Kulwin, Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Unity Bar dinner group photo

[Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg '84 pictured with students]

I had a terrific evening attending the Unity Bar Association annual dinner in Sacramento on Monday, November 13. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Unity Bar dinner, which celebrates diversity, honors outstanding public service, and presents student scholarships. Three King Hall students received Unity Bar scholarships this year: Karen Pedraza ‘20, selected by the Cruz Reynoso Bar Association; Benjamin Gevercer ’18, selected by the Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association; and Hannah Bogen ’18, selected by the Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians (SacLEGAL). Many members of the King Hall community were in attendance, including Professors Donna Shestowsky, Mary Louise Frampton and Clayton Tanaka, a large contingent of King Hall students, prestigious alumni including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg '84, and many friends of King Hall, such as Judge Emily Vasquez and Tim Taylor (a partner at Stoel Rives, an event sponsor partner).  Emmanuel Salazar ’05, one of the co-chairs of SacLEGAL, which hosted this year’s event, served as a co-emcee. Attended by over 300 judges and attorneys, the Unity Bar Dinner is a major event of the Sacramento legal community. King Hall was a co-sponsor partner of this year’s dinner and I was very proud of the large part that King Hall played in this inspiring evening!

The Unity Bar, directed by Patricia Reeves '86, is a unique organization composed of the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS), the Cruz Reynoso Bar Association (named for our own wonderful Professor Cruz Reynoso), 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).

Unity Bar Dinner

[Jessica Martinez '19, UC Davis Law Student and co-chair of La Raza Law Students Association with Cesar Vargas, director of the Dream Action Coalition. Vargas is the first undocumented immigrant to practice law in the state of New York.]