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Unity Bar Dinner 2011

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 21, 2011

Last night I attended the annual Unity Bar Dinner.   It was a great event with a super King Hall presence.

We had a number of students who were awarded scholarships:

Elena Miller received the Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association scholarship.

Negin Yazdani and Amrit Gill received the South Asian Bar Association scholarship.

Michael Wu received the Asian/Pacific Bar Association scholarship.

Joanna Cuevas-Ingram received the La Raza Lawyers Association scholarship.

(Special shout-outs to Michael and Joanna, who are my research assistants!)

Judge Judy Hersher '84 won a community service award.

We had many students in attendance, including Law Students Association President Rabia Paracha, E.J. Brown, and Alana Penn.

Many alums were there, including Judge Loren McMaster '69, Debbie Allison '93, Justice Louis Mauro '87, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84 (the keynote speaker), Patty Tsubokawa-Reeves '86 (one of the dinner organizers), Sarah Asplin '08, Judge Larry Brown '89, and Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie '95.

Judge Brown told funny stories and spent much time with our students.  He was the person who introduced the MC, District Judge Kimberly Mueller, and was able to work Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Judge Mueller's dog into his "act."

It was a pleasure catching up with Judge Mueller, Justice Elena Duarte, Judge Dave DeAlba, and local civil rights attorney Luis Cespedes.

My table included Professors Clay Tanaka and Donna Shestowsky, who I sat next to at dinner and added a hilarious commentary to the night's festivities (and she won some wine in the raffle).

The Chief Justice confirmed that the California Supreme Court would be holding arguments at King Hall next year.  She also mentioned in her keynote address that King Hall had an incredibly diverse student body, which she noticed when she gave the 2011 commencement speech, and that she was proud of King Hall for its commitment to diversity.  It was great for our students and alums to hear!