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Visiting Lecturers

Fall 2018


Julie Aguilar Rogado, Poverty Law. The Deputy Director for Program Operations at Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), Ms. Aguilar Rogado has 18 years in the practice of poverty law, specializing in public benefits.

Drew Amoroso '10, Practice Ready Seminar. Mr. Amoroso is the founder of Move Associates and its principal trainer. He started his career as a litigator at a global law firm, where he served on its hiring committee and as the head of the San Francisco office's summer program, where he was responsible for overseeing and training summer associates.

Kevin Baker, Negotiations. 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, Judicial Process. 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, Moot Court. Mr. 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).

Dennis Cota '86, Trial Practice. Mr. Cota is a public law specialist and founder of Cota Cole & Huber LLP, with over 30 years' experience representing both private clients and public entities.

Errol Dauis '11, Analytical and Persuasive Writing. Mr. Dauis is an attorney at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard where he advises public and private-sector employers on a full range of employment law issues including employment contracts; employee hiring; employee classification; wage and hour; meal and rest periods; disciplinary actions; termination; and claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. He is a currently serving on the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Diversity Hiring and Retention Committee which oversees the Summer Fellowship Program. He has also served as a mentor for students of Year Up, whose mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with skills and experience.

Tiffanie de la Riva, Analytical and Persuasive Writing. Ms. de la Riva is an attorny at Stoel Rives LLP's litigation group and advises clients in a variety of litigation matters, including in cases involving products liability, consumer claims, unfair business practices, antitrust, employment issues, and other complex business litigation.

George Demos, Presidential Power Seminar. Mr. Demos is a former United States, SEC Enforcement Attorney, where he investigated and prosecuted complex cases for seven years.

Diana Glick '07, Access to Justice, Spanish for Lawyers. Ms. Glick is an attorney for the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, which operates under the direction of the Judicial Council of California. She is the former professional translator, an educator with an M.A. in Spanish, and a current licensed attorney who has practiced with Spanish-speaking clients.

Michael Jones, Trial Practice. Judge Jones has served on the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Placer since 2012. He is a Judicial Master with the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court. Michael 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.

Jeff Keohane, Federal Indian Law. Mr. Keohane has practiced federal Indian law and tribal law for over 20 years, with a focus on environmental, water, and natural resources law. His clients have included the federal government, tribal governments as well as local governments, corporations, and individuals. He has worked both for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice as well as in private practice, so he has seen these arguments from both sides. Currently he is the Principal at Keohane & Associates where he provides legal and policy counsel to tribal governments, corporations, and individuals primarily on environmental and natural resource matters, including: developing renewable energy on Indian lands, transmission siting, and hydro relicensing; negotiating tribal water rights settlement worth over $100 million over 20 years.

Robert Kidd '77, Jack Ayer Visiting Lecturer of Bankruptcy Law. Mr. Kidd spent six years working as counsel for the law firm of Stein Rudser Cohen & Magid and seven years working for the law firm of Donahue Fitzgerald LLC. During this time, he served as a mediator under a program of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California and gave lectures on bankruptcy practice to local bar associations and business groups. He retired from the active practice of law in 2015 but has continued to teach in his retirement.

Richard Kruger, Mediation. Mr. Kruger has tried over one hundred twenty cases to a conclusion before juries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has conducted over two thousand court trials, dispositive motions, arbitrations, and court-ordered mediations. Mr. Kruger has personally briefed and argued over thirty appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Those appeals have resulted in eleven published opinions.

John McKinsey '99, Energy Law Seminar. Mr. McKinsey started his own firm McKinsey Law Office in 2018. He formerly was a partner in the Sacramento office of LeClairRyan where he served clients in energy, technology, agribusiness, construction, and food and beverage industries.

Shama Mesiwala '98, Appellate Advocacy I. 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.

Ryan Norman '12, Startups and Venture Capital. Mr. Norman is a partner at Witan Law, and his practice focuses on a mix of start-ups and technology businesses as well as the transactional and corporate needs of more established companies.

David Porter '86, Aoki Criminal Amicus Project. Mr. Porter is currently the Assistant Federal Defender at the Federal Defender's Office, Eastern District of California, where he specializes in federal appeals and habeas corpus proceedings.

Kirupa Pushparaj, Patent Prosecution. Mr. Pushparaj is the Director of Legal, Intellectual Property at Square, Inc. where he manages a team responsible for IP protection, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and open source portfolios. In this capacity, his is also directly responsible to the management of all Square, Inc.’s intellectual property disputes and litigation.

Chris Sheuring, Agriculture & Food Law. Mr. Scheuring is currently the Managing Counsel for the California Farm Bureau where he manages four attorneys and associated staff in a litigation, regulatory, and legislative advocacy practice in environmental and natural resources law on behalf of California’s largest agricultural organization.

Ric Schickele, Appellate Advocacy I. Mr. Schickele has been the Career Law Clerk to Judge Consuelo Callahan, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, since 2003.

Saba Shatara '13, Pretrial Skills. Mr. Shatara is managing tax associate at Deloitte Tax LLP. He was previously Tax Counsel to the Hon. Jerome E. Horton, Board Member of the California State Board of Equalization, providing analysis and advice on some of the most important issues and tax controversies touching California’s taxpayers.

Lynn Starr, Appellate Advocacy I. Ms. Starr previously was a litigator for ten years at the San Francisco law office of Jackson Tufts Cole & Black, where she also served as Hiring Partner and was involved in a variety of pro bono activities. This experience allowed her to focus on the practical skills that will help young lawyers excel when they begin their law practice, whether they work in the corporate, non-profit or public sector.

Jill Talley, Remedies. Judge Talley is 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.

Joyce Tischler, Animal Law. Ms. Tischler is the founder and general counsel of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national nonprofit agency based in Northern California. She has spent the past thirty-six (36) years practicing and helping to build an emerging field of the law called animal law. She is responsible for writing and lecturing on animal law, in order to reach out to a wider public audience and establish the profile of animal law, inspires and educates new generations of lawyers to choose animal law as a career and/or provide pro bono legal support to ALDF and animal law, and builds a broader base of support for this emerging field of the law.

Tamar Todd, Drug Law & Policy. As the Legal Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, CA—the world’s largest drug policy advocacy organization, Ms. Todd is responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s legal work as it relates to legislative drafting, policy advocacy, litigation, and public education in local, state and federal jurisdictions with a focus primarily on medical marijuana, marijuana decriminalization, and marijuana legalization and regulation initiatives, and their implementation across the United States.

Roberta Ward, Introduction to U.S. Legal Methods. Ms. Ward served as an Administrative Law Judge in the California Department of Health Care Services. She has an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from California State University, Sacramento, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School. In designing and delivering classes to international law students, she combines over 30 years of legal practice and training, including being an Administrative Law Judge, with her education and several years of experience in teaching English as a second language.

Donald Williams, e-Discovery. As a Senior Associate Attorney at the Bohm Law Group, Inc., Mr. Williams has gained significant exposure to a broad range of legal issues surrounding litigation and trial advocacy, and he was able to obtain the knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully initiate, litigate, try, and resolve lawsuits. He has become very knowledgeable regarding the logistics of the practice of law from managing client document collections and document productions to trial preparation and maintaining e-discovery platforms.


Visiting Professors

Meera Deo, Civil Procedure. 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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Betsy Rosenblatt, Civil Procedure. Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Rosenblatt is visiting for the 2018-2019 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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