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Unity Bar Dinner

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 23, 2009

Last night's Unity Bar Dinner was absolutely fantastic.  As I mentioned in a previous blog posting, the dinner is a great event that celebrates diversity and includes the presentation of law student scholarships.

Of the seven scholarship recipients this year, five were King Hall students.  Congratulations, all!

Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association Scholarship:
Philip Ikenna Person

South Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Scholarship:
Rabia Paracha

Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians Scholarship:
Eve E. Epstein

Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento Scholarship:
Marcy Myung Ah Seo

La Raza Lawyers Association of Sacramento Scholarship:
Carlos Gallardo

During dinner, I sat next to the keynote speaker, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who told me about her new book called Smart on Crime.  I also sat with event emcee Judge Morrison England, a McGeorge graduate but friend of UC Davis School of Law.  Others at our table included Justice Arthur Scotland from the California Court of Appeal and Sharon Majors-Lewis, judicial appointments secretary from the Governor's office.

We had a number of faculty in attendance - Vikram Amar, Peter Lee, Donna Shestowsky, Lisa Ikemoto, Rex Perschbacher - and many students.

Many of our alumni board members were there, as well:  Charity Kenyon, Carol Livingston, Jeff Leacox, and Kara Ueda.  It was great seeing our many alums, such as Kathryn Doi, Sarah Asplin, Shama Mesiwala, and Patty Reeves, who was one of the event organizers.

I especially enjoyed meeting Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican Consul General to Sacramento, a very nice guy and ardent L.A. Dodgers fan.  I also caught up with Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully and Steve Meyer from Downey Brand.  Charity Kenyon introduced me to Assembly candidate Lauren Hammond.   

It was a good event for a great cause!