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Welcome Back to King Hall in 2014

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jan 17, 2014

2014’s first full week of law classes is wrapping up. I hope you enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing holiday season with family and friends. Welcome back to King Hall. Spring 2014 promises to be great!

We have several upcoming symposia and speaker events. Friday, February 7 brings the UC Davis Law Review Symposium titled, “Not Equal Yet: Building upon Foundations of Relationship Equality,” on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and same-sex marriage. February 13 and 14, the symposium “Publish or Perish? The Future of Academic Publishing and Careers,” co-sponsored by our Center for Science and Innovation Studies, will address the topic of scholarly publishing. Of course, all of our academic centers have lined-up an outstanding series of panels and presentations for the semester; please visit the centers’ web pages for dates and details. Other events include a State Assembly legislative hearing, the Planning and Conservation League’s annual environmental symposium, student journal symposia, the King Hall Legal Foundation auction, as well as negotiations and moot court competitions. The Law School is also pleased to host numerous alumni-student mixers. There are always exciting new events at King Hall – check the events web page often for updates!

I am pleased to announce the hiring of a new supervising attorney for the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic. Kelly Behre currently co-directs the Child & Family Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Previously, she worked at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was Acting Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic and Visiting Professor of Clinical Legal Education. Professor Behre has also worked for the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence. We look forward to welcoming her when she starts on July 1.

King Hall faculty members had a prominent presence at the recent Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting in (a freezing cold) New York City earlier this month. Many King Hall professors were on hand to deliver presentations, lead discussions, and serve on committees.Additionally, the School of Law hosted a successful reception that featured an outstanding turnout of current and former faculty, alumni, and friends. I shared news about our outstanding bar passage rate, gave updates on our expanded and renovated law school building, and talked to alumni about employment opportunities for students.

The Law School has been hard at work expanding its externship program. With the partnership of the UC Davis Athletics Department (and Athletic Director Terrence Tumey), the Law School has placed two students in newly created externship positions. The students will do specialized legal work on NCAA compliance matters. Stay tuned for further expansion of our student externship program!

The Admissions Department has hosted some excellent live web chats with prospective applicants to King Hall. This time of year, it’s not uncommon to see prospective and admitted students touring King Hall. Our Admitted Students Weekend will take place in early April. To all of our student tour guides and volunteers who attend events to meet prospective and admitted students – THANK YOU.

A piece of sad news: founding King Hall faculty member Professor Jim Hogan passed away recently. As you can see from the outpouring of well wishes from alumni on the Law School’s Facebook page, Professor Hogan was a beloved teacher and colleague. Check out the photo gallery, too, where his former students have been leaving dozens of comments. Professor Hogan is dearly missed.

This weekend brings the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. In my next blog entry, I will share some facts about our school’s deep ties to Dr. King.

I hope you all enjoy a good holiday weekend. I am looking forward to a great Spring 2014 at King Hall!