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Unity Bar Dinner 2014

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 10, 2014

As one of the sponsors of last night's Unity Bar Dinner, King Hall had a very good representation at the event in Sacramento.  

Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Hollis Kulwin, as a member of the Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association, helped in the planning. The efforts were led by our alum Patty Reeves '86.  Windie Scott '77 was the emcee and ran a tight program.  Many members of the King Hall community were in attendance, including Justice Louis Mauro '87, Emma Gallardo '13, Carissa Beecham '07, Mark Ellinghouse '11, Kara Ueda '00, and more.  Dean Kulwin, Professors Rex Perschbacher and Cruz Reynoso, and Assistant Director for Career Services Marian Lee were in attendance and shared a table.  The Law School bought tickets for about 20 students to attend.  I introduced some of the students to Justice Mauro, who offered law school and career advice.  I also ran into many friends of King Hall, including Justice Elena Duarte, Tim Taylor (Davis School Board member and a partner at Stoel Rives, another event sponsor partner), Judge Steve Gevercer, Judge Troy Nunley, and Patricia Sturdevant (California Department of Managed Health Care).

The keynote speech was by Martin Luther King Jr. speechwriter and attorney Dr. Clarence B. Jones, who has visited King Hall on several occasions.  Dr. Jones offered inspiring remarks about the need for old-fashioned activism to address to efforts to suppress minority voting and to combat abuses of the African American community.

The night ended with a number of students being honored with scholarships and awards from minority bar associations, including:

Sophia Tornatore '15 (Lawrence Friedman Bar Association)

Elaine Won '14 (ABAS)

Roxanne Strohmeier '16 (Women Lawyers)

David Canela '16 (La Raza Lawyers)

Gagandeep Kaur '15 (South Asian Bar Association)

As always, the Unity Bar Dinner is a major event of the Sacramento legal community.  UC Davis School of Law was proud to play a part of this inspiring evening.