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Visiting Lecturers

2019 - 2020


Kevin Baker. Mr. Baker is the Legislative Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of California where he manages and directs legislative policy development and advocacy for a statewide nonprofit organization focused on civil rights and liberties, with special concentration in equal protection and non-discrimination, due process, racial justice, employment rights, free speech, access to justice, immigrants’ rights, language access, public records, and privacy issues.

Lawrence Brown '89. The Hon. Lawrence G. Brown has served as a Sacramento Superior Court judge since January 2010. Judge Brown has extensive experience working in the criminal justice system and has presided over the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Court, Adult Drug Court, and Reentry Court. Judge Brown has also served on both the Judicial Council of California’s Advisory Committee and its Mental Health Subcommittee.

Michael Canzoneri.  Michael Canzoneri is the Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice. He is currently the Trial Team Coordinator, supervising trial and DA recusal assignments in northern and eastern districts of California (26 counties). He has presented numerous felony trials, ranging from special circumstance murder cases to DNA serial rapist prosecutions. He has reviewed felony and misdemeanor recusal and conflicts cases for issuance as well as performed appellate and habeas corpus litigation in both state and federal courts.

Allison Claire. Judge Allison Claire has been a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of California since 2012. Judge Claire has a long standing commitment to diversity in the legal profession. As a supervisor in the Federal Defender’s Office, she worked to diversify the staff of the Capital Habeas Unit both directly (as co-coordinator of their hiring process) and indirectly (by promoting diversification and minority staff retention strategies at the national level). She is currently a member of the Diversity Committee of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. Since 2015, Judge Claire has been on the faculty of the Federal Judicial Center where she teaches workshops and continuing education to new and continuing judges. She also has taught many seminars as part of the Capital Habeas Unit as an Assistant Federal Defender.

Robert Clarke. Robert Clarke has been the Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in Wellington, New Zealand since 2008. He has had experience in sector-specific policy development of telecommunications, broadcasting, and postal. For instance, he led market investigation into mobile roaming services between New Zealand and Australia, and subsequent legislative reform. Before that, he was the manager of European Regulatory Affairs for Telecommunications operator Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR) in Paris. Mr. Clarke has also had experience as an associate/senior associate of a law firm called Gide Loyrette in Paris. Furthermore, he was a part-time lecturer for the University of Paris II (Assas).

Tina Combs. From 2009 to 2015, Tina Combs was the Deputy General Counsel for the University of California, in which she led a team responsible for providing support for business and land use transactions throughout the 10-campus system. She was an advisor to the Regents, President, chancellors, faculty and other senior leadership on high-profile transactional matters, and also partnered with the Provost and Chief Investment Officer on innovative endeavors such as online education platforms and venture fund initiatives. Before this position, she was Managing Counsel for Wells Fargo Bank, from 1994 to 2009. She partnered with senior executives throughout the company on a range of business transactions and strategic initiatives, including creating high impact strategic alliances and acting as lead counsel on payment systems, joint ventures and other complex transactions involving external partners and third parties.

Dennis Cota '86.  Since 2018, Dennis Cota has been a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Judge Cota was the founder of Cota Cole & Huber LLP, and has over 30 years' experience representing both private clients and public entities. As part of his extensive public law litigation practice, he served as special litigation counsel to City of Ontario, Madera County, and San Joaquin County. Judge Cota's extensive trial experience includes complex civil litigation in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, municipal defense, and environmental and hazardous waste litigation in which he has obtained successful results before both the state and federal bar. Judge Cota's experience includes numerous semesters as a trial practice instructor at UC Davis School of Law where he has taught Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice and has coached nationally recognized Trial Practice Competition teams.

Lauri Damrell '05. Judge Lauri Damrell has been a judge for the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento since 2018. She has presided over various civil and criminal trials and other proceedings, including misdemeanor arraignments and sentencing, civil harassment and domestic violence restraining order hearings, and family court proceedings. From 2006 to 2018, she practiced at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where she provided legal advice to leading national and international corporations on a full range of business decisions, agreements, investigations, and litigation, with a focus on employment matters. She received Sacramento Magazine’s award for “Top Lawyer” in 2017, and Sacramento Business Journal award for “40 under 40” in 2016.

Tiffanie de la Riva. Ms. de la Riva is an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Stoel Rives LLP where she performs legal research and drafts memorandum in different areas of law, including torts, property, and contract law. She has taught at UC Davis School of Law since Spring 2018.

George Demos. George G. Demos is a partner at DLA Piper LLP where his practice focuses on securities enforcement, white collar criminal defense, and corporate investigations. He previously served as senior counsel in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's New York Regional Office where he led many high profile and complex corporate fraud investigations.  During his tenure at the SEC, he was also detailed to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He  has taught at the UC Davis School of Law since 2016; courses he has taught include Corporate and White Collar Crime, Presidential Power Seminar, and Securities Enforcement.

Eric Duesdieker '12. Eric Duesdieker is a Staff Attorney for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Office of Legal Affairs where he confers with and directs the Attorney General’s Office on strategy and tactics for settlement and litigation, advises Department on variety of legal issues related to credit earning, custody, and release of inmates, and assists policy-making to ensure compliance with currently applicable law. In 2018, he was a coach for the International Program at UC Davis School of Law, where he coached a small group of international attorneys in preparation for a mock trial.

Brian Feinberg. Since 2003, Brian Feinberg has been the Deputy District Attorney for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Feinberg is part of the Conviction Integrity Unit, where he examines post-conviction claims of factual innocence, reviews felony murder cases, and recommends best practices for investigative agencies. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Golden Gate University School of Law where he taught a course called “Intro to Litigation”.

Eric Fersht. Eric Fersht was a senior attorney for the Mission and International Law Division, an acting chief for the Intelligence Oversight Division and part of the Office of General Counsel for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2002 to 2018. Some of his responsibilities included directing agency compliance with Intelligence Oversight requirements and to interpret NGA Legal Obligations under International Law. From 1995-2002, Mr. Fersht served as Associate Deputy General Counsel-International Affairs for the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense. Previously, he served as the associate for the International Nuclear Program, Natural Resources Defense Council and the director for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Campaigns, GREENPEACE International.

Fernando Flores '07. Mr. Flores is the founder and owner of iMATER NOW. He provides high performance coaching services to attorneys with an emphasis on using emotional intelligence and evocative coaching to improve attorneys’ professional and personal lives, and is a speaker at law schools on topics related to developing emotional intelligence, granularity, and awareness and applying these skills in civil trial practice. From 2014 to 2017, he was an industrial relations counsel for the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, San Francisco. From 2007 to 2014, he was an attorney at several public interest organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center, and Centro Legal de la Raza.

Marjorie Florestal. Marjorie Florestal has over 20 years of experience in international trade, business and commercial law. Previously, Ms. Florestal was a tenured Professor of Law at Pacific McGeorge Law School, where she taught contracts and advanced courses in international trade and commercial law. Since 2015, she has been a Visiting Lecturer at the UC Davis School of Law and has also taught at Berkeley Law School. Ms. Florestal began her career during the Clinton Administration at the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. While at USTR, she represented the United States in legal disputes before the World Trade Organization, drafted numerous legal briefs on WTO law, and negotiated trade agreements with key U.S. trading partners. Her work experience also includes stints at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a major U.S. law firm. In addition, she has consulted with a number of leading institutions, including, the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. State Department, and The African Development Bank. In 2009, Ms. Florestal served as an arbitrator in a NAFTA Chapter 11 dispute.

Diana Glick '07.  Since January 2015, Ms. Glick has served as an attorney for the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, which operates under the direction of the Judicial Council of California. From 2012-2014, Ms. Glick served as a Legislative Director in the Office of Assembly member Joan Buchanan. Previously, she was an attorney at Ruderman & Knox LLP. In addition to her work as an attorney, Ms. Glick has been a lecturer at UC Davis School of Law since 2010 where she has taught the course Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers and Access to Justice. She has used her experience as a former professional translator, her work with Spanish-speaking clients, and the knowledge she gained through her work with the state Judiciary to design her classes and mentor her students.

Cedric Hopkins. Cedric Hopkins is currently deputy county counsel for Yolo County. Previously he was an attorney at The Hopkins Law Office, P.C. where he practiced Appellate Law in State (Arizona and California) and Federal (Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court) Courts, Post-Conviction Relief cases, Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency, Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Law, and Family Law including Child Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support; and has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Criminal Justice Act appellate panel. He also proposed Arizona Revised Statute § 8-545 –Restoration of Legal Parent-Child Relationship, where he drafted a Bill for an Act that creates a statute in Arizona that constructs a legal procedure for parents to petition the courts to restore the legal parent-child relationship under certain circumstances.

Michael Jones.  Judge Jones has served on the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Placer since 2012. Judge Jones is a Judicial Master with the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court. He is a Judge-Associate in the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He serves by appointment of the Chief Justice on the Judicial Council Civil Law Advisory Committee. As a lawyer, he was a prosecutor and later a senior partner in a civil law firm started by the late Congressman Bob Matsui. His trials number in excess of 100 and include death penalty cases in criminal law and many multi-million dollar verdicts in civil cases. He was named one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in California by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has received the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. He has taught and written materials for the California District Attorneys Association, American Prosecutors Research Institute, private civil law organizations including Lorman Education Services and National Business Institute, on the subjects of Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Ethics, and Cross Examination. He served on the CDAA Ethics Committee and was a hotline advisor on ethics issues for prosecutors.

Craig L. Judson '84. Craig Judson is currently the managing partner with the Walnut Creek law firm of Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson. In addition, for over 26 years, he has regularly served as a volunteer Judge pro Tem for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County Probate Department and Traffic and Small Claims Departments in the Walnut Creek, Concord, and Pittsburg branch courts. For 32 years, he has practiced law, focusing in the fields of wills, trusts, and estate administration, as well as general litigation involving real estate, personal injury, construction defect, and contract disputes.

Lisa Klotz, Since 2013, Lisa Klotz has taught Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing to undergraduates at the University of California, Davis as part of the University Writing Program. She has also taught Legal Research and Writing at the University of North Carolina School of Law as well as Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing to undergraduates at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, she has a scholarly interests in Legal Research and Writing and has presented papers on teaching legal writing to undergraduates at the annual national conference for composition teachers (Conference on College Composition and Communication) in 2019 and 2017. As an attorney, she first served as a prosecutor (in Ventura and on the island of Guam). After that, she practiced in the civil litigation defense field where she researched, wrote, and argued her office's motions and appeals.

Lisa Kobayashi '06. Lisa Kobayashi has been an attorney for the Kobayashi Law Office since 2010. She specializes in immigration law, and teaches and provides volunteer workshops for the community. From 2007 to 2011, she was an attorney for Pacheco & Somera, in which she worked with Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Immigration Law, and Family Law. In addition, she has taught immigration law at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and Lincoln Law School for the past several years.

James Lowy.  James Lowy is an independent tax consultant and has lectured at UC Davis School of Law since 2014. He retired as a principal in the Joint Venture and Partnership Tax Consulting Group of the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP. His work involved advising businesses regarding the strategic use of partnerships in real estate opportunity funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate ventures, operating joint ventures, and miscellaneous business transactions. He has also advised real estate investment trusts and other significant real estate owners, including sovereign wealth funds and other foreign investors. He continues to speak annually at the Real Estate Tax Forum and Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships LLCs and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Shama Mesiwala '98. Judge Mesiwala serves on the Superior Court of Sacramento County. She was the Commissioner in the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento in 2017. As the Commissioner, she presided over hearings and trials with attorneys and self-represented litigants. She was a judicial attorney at the 3rd District Court of Appeal from 2004 to 2017, where she served as a senior judicial attorney for Judge Ronald B. Robie from 2006 to 2017.

Johann Morri. Johann Morri currently works as a lecturer and advisor for international students at the UC Davis School of Law. During his time here, he has taught legal methods and academic writing courses and co-taught the Legal Writing seminar with Associate Dean Beth Greenwood. In addition to teaching a series of classes at UC Davis School of Law, he has also taught at the UC Berkeley School of Law, the China University of Political Sciences and Law, the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, and the University of Montpellier. He has been a Judge for the Trial Court in Public Law (2011-2014) and the Appellate Court in Public Law (2011-2014) both in Versailles, France as well as the Trial Court in Public Law (1999-2004) in Montpellier, France. He has also been the Deputy Director of the Public Law Section of the Legal Division for the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Paris, France and the Office chief (Chef de Bureau) of the International Law Section of the Legal Division for the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in Paris, France.

Ryan Norman '12. Mr. Norman currently is a Partner at Witan Law Group LLP. He previously was a Founding Partner at Norman Roos, LLP and DN Development, LLC, which focus on start-up to mid-market private companies, client advising, product consulting, project management, and technology selection, respectively. His practice primarily focuses on early-stage corporate finance and venture capital transactions. Norman also has experience strategizing ways to address the historical and systemic lack of diversity within transactional practice areas, and the field of law. This includes reaching out to students in the early stages of their undergraduate or law careers by way of teaching, programs, hiring, and sponsorship.

Jessica Notini. Since 1994, Jessica Notini has provided alternative dispute resolution services through Notini Mediation & Facilitation Services in cases involving probate & estate and conservatorship matters, and employment and real estate disputes. In addition, she regularly teaches negotiation, basic and advanced mediation, leadership and influencing, communication skills, and other specialized workshops in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain. She serves as an adjunct professor for multiple universities including Stanford Law School, Berkeley School of Law, and Hastings College of Law, where she teaches negotiation courses. She has developed and led trainingsfor many companies including: GoogleX Innovation Team, Salesforce, Genentech, and Twitter.

John Ormonde '15. John Ormonde is an associate in Silverstein & Pomerantz LLP’s San Francisco office.  He previously worked at Deloitte Tax LLP, where he focused on state income tax consulting and audit defense.  During law school, he was a Senior Note and Comment Editor for the UC Davis Law Review and received the Patrick J. Hopkins Memorial Writing Award and a Witkin Award for academic excellence in constitutional law.   John also wrote several papers during law school related to constitutional law that were later published in the Duke Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review and the UC Davis Law Review.  He is also published in State Tax Notes (What Am I Selling? Properly Characterizing Technology, May 16, 2016).

Donna Petre. With twenty years of service as a family and juvenile judge, Donna Petre has established various programs for family and juvenile law. While an active judge in Yolo County, Petre received numerous statewide awards from the Chief Justice of California for innovative programs, including five Kleps Awards for Innovation in the Courts. Her efforts have also been recognized nationwide as the recipient of the Benjamin Aranda Access to Justice Award and a national award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice. Judge Petre was also nationally recognized for founding one of the first domestic violence courts in the nation. She also created the School of Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic, which is still currently running today. As the first female judge to serve on the Municipal and Superior Court in Yolo County, Petre has made substantial contributions to diversity and access to the courts in developing programming to assist impacted juveniles and struggling families. Judge Petre currently serves as a member of the Assigned Judge program, assisting in juvenile and family court as needed by the Chief Justice.

Rabia Reed '17. Rabia Reed is currently an Associate at Ogletree Deakins where her focus is single plaintiff and class action litigation especially in employment law. Previously, she was an Associate Attorney at Boutin Jones Inc. and Seyfarth Shaw where she worked on single plaintiff and class action litigation in labor and employment law. She is a board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Sacramento (SABA) and a board member of mediation section of the Young Lawyer’s Division (YLD) – American Bar Association (ABA). Ms. Reed has been a Visiting Lecturer at the UC Davis School of Law since Spring 2019.

Ronald Scholar. Since 2016, Ronald Scholar has been a partner of Cole Huber LLP. He represents public entity and private business clients in the areas of employment, civil rights, law enforcement management, public entity finance, education law, torts and other diverse civil litigation. Since 2016, he has been a lab section instructor and substitute lecturer for Trial Practice and a volunteer mock trial coach at UC Davis School of Law. From 2005 to 2016, he was a Shareholder/Head of Litigation Practice Area for Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard.

Saba Shatara '13. Saba Shatara is currently a Managing Tax Associate at Deloitte Touche LLP, where he regularly represent clients in all stages of tax controversy, including protests, settlement conferences, and appeals. He was previously an attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he participated in an intensive training program for litigation associates, which involved negotiations, client counseling, and oral advocacy training. He also authored a myriad of briefs, dispositive motions, memoranda, and subject-specific publications. After that experience, he continued working as a litigator in the state and local tax arena, and briefly worked in a quasi-judicial capacity as Tax Counsel to a Board Member at the State Board of Equalization.

Silas Shawver. Since 2016, Silas Shawver has served as Deputy General Counsel for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He advises the General Counsel on policy and legal matters, represents the agency in the most complex cases, conducts training for staff, and oversees legal staff in the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases. He has played a key role in transforming the agency into a more proactive and effective labor enforcement agency with a focus on better serving marginalized farm workers and employees hired through farm labor contractors. He has also held other positions for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, as the Visalia Regional Director, from 2013 to 2015, and the Assistant General Counsel, from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Shawver was previously the Legal Director for the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico. From 2011 to 2012, he represented H-2A and H-2B workers in Federal court in actions related to wage and hour and recruitment violations.

Gary Smith.  Gary Smith currently serves as the Executive Director of the Legal Services of Northern California, Inc., a position which he has held since 1999. In this position, he has prioritized impact litigation and other advocacy that sought to remedy policies and practices that discriminated against persons or communities based on race, ethnicity, language, and disability. He has taught a Public Interest Law seminar at UC Davis School of Law every year since 1993 and also taught a Public Benefits Law seminar for many years. He also taught Public Interest Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law for 10 years. He has extensive experience in both the practice and management of public interest law and has spent his entire career in this field.

Selvi Stanislaus. Since 2006, Selvi Stanislaus has been the Executive Officer for the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Ms. Stanislaus is the first woman to lead the second largest tax department in the nation.  She administers two of California's largest tax programs namely Personal Income Tax and Corporation Tax, which collects over $60 billion for the state’s general fund.  She overseas a department of over 6000 employees in 11 offices located in California, Illinois, New York and Texas.  She advises the Franchise Tax Board Members and the California Legislature on statewide policy issues.  In 2006, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States presented her with the “IRS Commissioner’s Award”, which recognized the excellent work done under her leadership in federal/state initiatives.  In 2008, she received the Government Technology Conference Award for “Innovation and Leadership” in state government and was also judged as one of the nations “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for the year 2011”. Ms. Stanislaus has been a professor for the Lincoln Law School since 2006, where she teaches Federal Income Taxation.

Lynn Starr. Lynn Starr received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1980 and her J.D., with Distinction, from Stanford Law School in 1989, where she won the Frank Baker Belcher Prize for Best Academic Work in Evidence.  She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989.  She practiced civil litigation in San Francisco, where she also served as a Board Member of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and on the San Francisco Shelter Grievance Advisory Committee.  She was a partner in the San Francisco office of Jackson Tufts Cole and Black, LLP until 1999, when she relocated to Davis. 

Christine Start. Serving as public defender since 2010, Christine Start is currently a Deputy Public Defender with the Solano County Alternate Public Defender. She represents indigent individuals charged with felonies from arraignment through jury trial and post-conviction. Ms. Start is the Visionary Founder of the Pinay Powerhouse Conference, the country’s first-ever inaugural women’s conference focused on the empowerment of Filipina attorneys and aspiring attorneys as leaders in law. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Minority Bar Coalition of the Bay Area, Co-Chair of the Women Lawyers Network for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association, Facilitator to the Pinay Powerhouse Collective, Advisory Board Member to the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and sits on the boards of the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Solano County. In 2017, she was recognized as a “Best Lawyer Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and received the Minority Bar Coalition’s “Unity Award” for working in a unified manner to advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession. Ms. Start received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Clarisa Sudarma '12. Since 2013, Clarisa Sudarma has served as deputy counsel for the Solano County Counsel where she represents the Child Welfare Department in twenty five percent of open dependency cases. She serves approximately seventy-five families, before two juvenile court judges, including providing advice to the Child Welfare Department in those cases and preparing social workers for contested hearings. Since 2013, she has also been a contractor for Bassi, Edlin, Huie & Blum LLP, coding significant issues and reviewing documents for privilege and responsiveness using Summation with regards to an environmental law case.

Jill Talley.   Jill Talley has taught Remedies at Lincoln Law School since 2012 and at UC Davis School of Law since 2018. Since January 2018, she has been a Superior Court Judge in the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento where she presides over civil trials, criminal trials, probate trials, preliminary hearings, and petitions for civil harassment restraining orders. Before that she was the Chief Counsel for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services - Mather where she provided legal and strategic advice with regard to all matters; advised and assisted state and local agencies in the coordinated response and recovery to major disasters including drought, earthquakes, gas leaks, oil spills, health epidemics, fires, and floods; provided guidance with regard to the 6 billion dollars in grant funds distributed for homeland security and victim services throughout the state; and drafted legislation to improve emergency management and the safety of California.

Tim Taylor. Tim Taylor is currently a partner at Stoel Rives LLP. In this position, he helps residential, commercial, and industrial developers achieve compliance with California’s numerous land use and environmental laws, with a particular focus on the California Environmental Quality Act and related litigation. He also represents numerous public agency clients on state planning, zoning, development, and environmental law matters. Throughout his career, which spans more than 25 years, he has dealt extensively with a wide range of federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Tamar Todd. A Ms. Todd is a drug policy/cannabis attorney. From 2006 to 2019, she was attorney at the Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, CA—the world’s largest drug policy advocacy organization – where she served as Director of Legal Affairs from 2015-2019. She was responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s legal work as it related to legislative drafting, policy advocacy, litigation, and public education in local, state and federal jurisdictions. She has co-authored several state and local ballot initiatives and statutes, including Amendment 64 in Colorado and Proposition 64 in California. She has testified in numerous legislative and government bodies in the United States and abroad on the issue of drug policy and the intersection of state and federal law. She is the Vice Chair of California’s Cannabis Advisory Committee under the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. She has previously taught Marijuana Law and Policy at Berkeley Law in Spring 2018.

John Trinidad. Since 2018, John Trinidad has been a Partner at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty (Wine Law, Alcohol Beverage, and Business Practice Groups). He advises clients on a broad range of legal issues that impact the wine industry including the purchase and sale of winery assets and businesses; obtaining federal and state licenses and permits; compliance with regulatory requirements; and contractual arrangements such as grape purchase agreements, vineyard leases, alternating proprietor and custom crush agreements, and distribution agreements. Furthermore, Mr. Trinidad has been a guest lecturer of Wine and the Law Seminar for the UC Berkeley School of Law and the UC Davis School of Law.

Ryan Wagner. Since 2007, Ryan Wagner has served as Deputy District Attorney for the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. He has prosecuted violent offenders, developed a training program for new attorneys on the different phases of a criminal trial, and supervised and trained incoming attorneys. He has also taught a specialized course to Coast Guard JAG Corps Attorneys on effective investigative techniques and trial strategies in sexual assault cases. Since 2016, Mr. Wagner has been an instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Center, where he lectures on multiple criminal law topics, including Search and Seizure, Property Crimes, and Investigations.

Stephen White '74. Stephen White currently serves as a Judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court, a position which he has held since his appointment in 2003. In addition, he served as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court from 2010 to 2011. He is currently the president of the Alliance of California Judges and is a member of the Judicial Council Criminal law Advisory Committee. His experience in these positions – as well as his past position as Chief Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division, and as District Attorney of Sacramento County – have allowed him to be a successful visiting lecturer at UC Davis School of Law where he has primarily taught Advanced Criminal Procedure since 1995.

Christine Williams. Judge Christine Williams, a member of the Yurok Tribe, is certified in Indian Law and has spent her legal career focused on representing Tribes in a broad spectrum of tribal legal matters primarily tribal court development, Indian child welfare and cultural resource protection.  She joined the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies to act as the Director for the Tribal Justice Project in 2018. She currently serves as the Chief Judge for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in El Dorado County.  Judge Williams was instrumental in establishing the Family Wellness Court with the El Dorado County Superior Court.  The Family Wellness Court is a joint-jurisdiction court which enables judges from both jurisdictions to work in concert to hear cases in one courtroom. The court is the second tribal court/state court joint-jurisdictional court in the nation and the first in California. Judge Williams has a long history of providing training and education on various areas of Indian law, Child Welfare and history.  She serves as an appointee to the Tribal Court State Court Form and is the inaugural Chairperson for the California Tribal Court Judges Association formed in 2016. She received her J.D from Arizona State University College of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Filomena Yeroshek '86. Filomena Yeroshek has been Chief Counsel for the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission since 2009. She has also had experience as a Senior Attorney for Legislative Intent Service, Inc. from 1997 to 1999, specializing in legislative intent and statutory construction. Ms. Yeroshek was an associate at Lewis & Kimball from 1987 to 1993, specializing in legal malpractice litigation. Mrs. Yeroshek has had experience as an adjunct professor for the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento since 1997 teaching “Professional Responsibility”, “Advance Professional Responsibility", and “Legislative Process and Statutory Construction”. In 2019, she received the Professor of the Year award. She was also a lecturer from 1997 to 1999 for University of California, Davis, Extension teaching the course “Career Development for Paralegals”.


Visiting Professors

Meera Deo. Professor Meera E. Deo, J.D., Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary scholar who utilizes empirical methods to interrogate trends in legal education, institutional diversity, and affirmative action. Professor Deo is currently on research leave from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She is currently the the Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).
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William Gallagher. William Gallagher is Professor and Director of the IP Law Center at the Golden Gate University School of Law, where he teaches courses on intellectual property law, intellectual property litigation, torts, and legal ethics. Professor Gallagher is the author of articles on intellectual property law and professional ethics, which have appeared in such journals as the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, Santa Clara Law review, Pepperdine Law review, Law and Social Inquiry, Center for the Study of Law and Society Working Papers and the Law and Politics Book Review. Before entering legal academia, Professor Gallagher was a partner in the San Francisco office of a major intellectual property law firm, where he specialized in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and complex business litigation in both state and federal courts nationwide. Professor Gallagher received his JD from the UCLA School of Law; his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program); his MA from the University of Chicago; and his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Christine Manolakas. A professor at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law for over forty years, Christine Manolakas taught classes such as U.S. Taxation of International Transactions, Federal Income Tax Law, Community Property Law, and others. Manolakas started her career after earning her LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law. As an educator, she has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2005-2008) and strives to make the complicated field of Tax Law approachable and interesting for students. In addition to her dedication in the classroom, Manolakas has been published in the Oklahoma Law Journal, Hasting Business Law Journal, Nevada Law Journal, and many others.
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Jay Mootz. Professor Mootz has served as Dean (2012-2017) and Professor of Law (2012 – present) at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Before his appointment at McGeorge, he has taught at the National Judicial College, William S. Boyd School of Law (where he was an Associate Dean), and Dickinson School of Law (where he was an Associate Dean). He has taught courses such as Employment Law, Statutes and Regulations, Payment Systems, Insurance Law, and Equal Rights Law. He has also contributed to dozens of books in the field. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and an A.M. in Philosophy from Duke University Graduate School both in 1986 as well as a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame.
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John Myers. John Myers’ over thirty-five year legal career has been built around the protection of the disabled, children and other domestic abuse victims. He has written dozens of books on the subject including, “California Family Law: A Practice Focused Casebook”, “California Community Property: A Guide to the Course and the Bar”, and “Legal Issues in Clinical Practice with Victims of Violence.” Since 1984 he has taught at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. His teaching interests include Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law, Family Law, Family Violence, Mental Health Law, and Community Property. He strives to promote social justice in the legal field and empower victims. He has been awarded several honors, including Empower Yolo’s Agent of Change Award. He received his J.D. in 1977 at the University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah and a B.S. in 1973 from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Betsy Rosenblatt. Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Rosenblatt is visiting for the 2019-2020 school year, teaching Civil Procedure, Copyright Law, and Video Game Law. She was tenured professor at Whittier Law School, and in 2016, the Whittier Law School Alumni voted her Professor of the Year. She visited at Loyola Law School in Fall 2016 (where she taught Copyright law) and at University of Southern California Law School in Summer 2017 (where she designed an online Copyright course).
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Steph Tai. Since 2006, Steph Tai has been a Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. Their scholarly research examines the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. Professor Tai was an adjunct law professor at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Their teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, food systems law, environmental justice, risk regulation, contracts, and comparative Asian environmental law. Professor Tai served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Professor Tai then worked as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  From 2013-2014, Professor Tai served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow as a researcher in the Federal Judicial Center. Professor Tai received their J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Ph.D. from Tufts University, and B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michael Vitiello. Since 2006, Michael Vitiello, has been a distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has taught Criminal Law since 1977, first as a Professor of Law at Loyola University Law School and then as a Professor of Law at McGeorge. Mr. Vitiello has had experience as a professor for multiple international universities including the University of Parma in 2017, in which he designed and taught a course focusing on Recent Developments in American Criminal Law. In 2012, he taught Comparative Criminal Procedure in Salzburg, Austria. Michael Vitiello received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1974 and his B.A. in English and Philosophy from the Swarthmore College in 1969.

William M. Wiecek. Professor William Wiecek practiced law in New Hampshire and taught legal and constitutional history at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 16 years before joining Syracuse University College of Law, where he taught for over 25 years. At Syracuse University College of Law, Wiecek held the Congdon Chair in Public Law and Legislation. He has written or edited ten books, as well as over forty articles and chapters, on slavery and its abolition, republicanism, nineteenth-century constitutional development, and the United States Supreme Court. He has taught courses in constitutional law, property, race and law, legal and constitutional history, corporations, civil procedure, and Roman law. Professor Wiecek has taught as a visiting professor of law at the law schools of the University of Kentucky, Arizona State University, UC Davis, and Pacific-McGeorge. Professor Wiecek received a B.A. from Catholic University, an LL.B. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.