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Visiting Lecturers

2021 - 2022

Lecturers

Dena Bauman.
Ms. Bauman is the Director of the Externship Program and a Lecturer at the UC Davis School of Law. Prior to joining UC Davis, she was an adjunct professor for the Externship Program at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is a co-author of the chapter on externships in the 2015 publication Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World and is a frequent presenter at national conferences. After earning her J.D. from Cornell Law School, she became a staff attorney at an upstate NY civil legal services program, then joined another NY legal services office as managing attorney, before joining a Washington DC clinical law program. Her career also includes significant experience in managing local and national pro bono programs. She has an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

Hillary Blout.
Hillary Blout currently serves as the Founder and Executive Director of For The People, a national organization that works with prosecutors, system leaders, community members, and incarcerated people to reduce the number of people serving excessive sentences. Prior to this, she served on the Transition Team for Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Gascon as member of the Resentencing Committee where she analyzed and evaluated county prison data and developed strategic implementation of the sentence review process. She also served as a Legislative Consultant and Criminal Justice Reform Advisor, where she drafted, managed and secured the passage of AB 2942/Penal Code 1170 (d)(1), a state law that allows prosecutors to facilitate the release of incarcerated people. Blout served as a Policy Director and Consultant at Fair and Just Prosecution, providing on-going support and technical assistance to a national network of progressive, newly elected prosecutors. From 2016-2017, she served on the Transition Team for U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris. Prior to this, she served as a Clean Slate/Post-Conviction Attorney, Statewide Director for Proposition 47, and Campaign Consultant with Californians for Safety and Justice, and an Assistant District Attorney with the San Francisco District’s Attorney’s Office. Blout received her B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University in 2000 and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2006.

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 currently serves as vice-chair of the Judicial Council of California's Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee.

Daniel Calabretta.
Judge Daniel Calabretta is currently a Superior Court Judge in Sacramento County where he is assigned to the Juvenile Dependency division. Prior to this, he served as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Brown where he advised on various matters, including appointments, pending legislation, human resources, and issues related to the Political Reform Act and the Emergency Services Act. He also served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice where he represented California’s Constitutional Officers, including the Governor, Controller, and Secretary of State in civil litigation on a range of topics including election law, constitutional challenges, and public finance. Judge Calabretta previously practiced as a Litigation Associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and served as a Judicial Clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens at the United States Supreme Court and Judge William A. Fletcher at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Calbretta received his B.A. in Bioethics from Princeton University in 2000 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 2003.

Michael Canzoneri.
Michael Canzoneri is a 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 conflict assignments in northern and eastern districts of California (32 counties). He has presented numerous felony trials, ranging from special circumstance murder cases to DNA serial rapist prosecutions. He has also litigated numerous appellate and habeas corpus matters at the state and federal court level, including the California and United States Supreme Courts.

Allison Claire.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire has served as a judge in the Eastern District of California since 2012, following a career as a federal public defender specializing in capital post-conviction cases. Judge Claire has a long-standing commitment to diversity in the legal profession. She was a founding member of Sacramento's LGBTQ bar association in 1995. 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 has served on 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. In her days as a practicing attorney, Judge Claire taught regularly in training programs for capital and post-conviction criminal defense lawyers.

Tina Combs.
Tina Combs has over 30 years of complex business, technology and real estate experience. She has held director and leadership positions on private company and public institution boards, including ReNew Solar, a renewable energy company, and a 12-year governor appointment to the UC Hastings, law school Board of Directors. Most recently, she served as system-wide Deputy General Counsel, Business and Land Use, for the University of California. As chief counsel for business and land use, she led a 30+ person legal team responsible for advising The Regents, the UC President, and other senior leadership on the most complex business transactions throughout the University system. Prior to joining UC, Ms. Combs was a 15-year veteran and managing attorney at Wells Fargo, where she partnered with senior executives on business and strategic initiatives, including creating strategic alliances, launching groundbreaking technologies such as online banking, and acting as lead counsel on payment systems, joint ventures and other complex transactions. Ms. Combs began her career at Morrison & Foerster, working primarily in emerging technologies and telecommunications in the firm's business department. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Ryan Davis.
Ryan Davis is a Supervising Deputy State Public Defender with the Office of the State Public Defender in Sacramento, where he represents individuals in direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings and helps to train post-conviction attorneys. Prior to this, he served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, and a Deputy Public Defender for the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s and Alternative Defender’s Offices. His past speaking engagements include guest lectures at the UC Davis School of Law and Sacramento State University and well as presentations at various conferences. Davis received his B.A., with honors, in Philosophy from the University of Oregon in 2003 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2009 where he was awarded the Order of the Coif.

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.

Jeff Dorso.
Jeffrey Dorso has worked for almost 20 years in the land use and sports landscape. He has represented sports teams across the major leagues, has practiced as a licensed agent, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Sacramento Kings enterprise of companies. In this position, he oversees all legal aspects for the LEED Platinum Golden 1 Center, Sacramento Kings, Stockton Kings, Kings Guard Gaming, the Kings Foundation, and the Sacramento Kings real estate portfolio. Prior to this, he served as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Pioneer Law Group LLP, an international boutique firm specializing in complex real estate and regulatory matters. He also served as a Partner and Land Use and Environment Chair at Diepenbrock Harrison LLP. In 2008, Dorso served as Chair of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Transition Team, and in 2011 received the Sacramento Business Journal, 30 Under 30 award. Dorso received his B.A. in Philosophy and History from the University of California, Davis in 1998 and his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 2001 where he served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Eric Duesdieker '12.
Eric Duesdieker is a Staff Attorney for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Office of Legal Affairs where he is a legal liaison for CA's maximum security prisons and helps run the Department's PC 1170(d)(1) resentencing referral project. He confers with and directs the Attorney General’s Office on strategy and tactics for settlement and litigation, and advises the Department on a wide variety of legal issues (civil, criminal, and administrative law). Mr. Duesdieker worked as a deputy district attorney in Orange and Shasta Counties, and assisted the contract public defender of Trinity County prior to starting at CDCR. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the UC Davis School of Law since Fall 2019.

Veronica Eady.
Eady currently serves as the Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice for the California Air Resources Board where she develops and implements agency-wide policies and advises the chief executive and board on all environmental justice issues, including social equity. Eady was formerly the Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts and was the Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Eady has also served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Brownfields Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where she was the principal author of Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy. Eady was also Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, an environmental justice advocacy organization. She is the former chair of EPA's federal advisory committee for environmental justice, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Her teaching background includes Lecturer positions at Europe-Viadrina University, Tufts University, Fordham Law School, and Stanford Law School. Eady received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1986, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1989.

Tuong-Vi Faber.
Tuong-Vi Faber has been advising financial institutions and fintech companies for over 10 years. She currently serves as Associate General Counsel at Upgrade, a fintech unicorn that provides access to responsible credit and mobile banking, where she advises on legal, regulatory, and business matters, including product development, bank relationships, government affairs, commercial matters, compliance and risk management, and key business and strategic initiatives. Prior to Upgrade, she was the Head of Legal at Aura Financial Corporation, a US Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing financial services to unbanked and underbanked communities. Tuong-Vi began her career as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, where she advised financial institutions and public and private companies on equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting, corporate governance, and other corporate and securities matters. Tuong-Vi was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. She received her B.S. from the London School of Economics, her Master of Business Law (J.D.-equivalent) from Sciences-Po Paris and the Sorbonne Law School, and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School where she was a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Harvard French Scholarship Fund.

Desiree Fairly ‘15.
Fairly currently serves as Deputy District Attorney with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office. She previously served as Deputy Trial Counsel with the State Bar of California where she prosecuted ethical misconduct cases under the California rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Act. Fairly also served as an Attorney Fellow with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center where she provided immigration representation to University of California students and their family members. This included preparing numerous U-visa filings, DACA applications, and lawful permanent residency petitions. Desiree Fairly received her J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 2015, and her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010.

Nina Farnia.
Nina Farnia is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UC Davis. Her dissertation, entitled “Imperialism in the Making of U.S. Law, 1940 – 2010”, evaluates the rise of U.S. imperialism through an analysis of prosecutions targeting Black, indigenous and Palestinian dissidents. She has served as a Provost’s Fellow and has received a number of fellowships including the Mellon Border Studies Fellowship, Social Science Research Fellowship, Feminist Research Institute Fellowship, Mellon Racial Capitalism Fellowship, and the Women’s Resources and Research Center Graduate Research Award. She has also been named to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Prior to attending Davis, she worked in the fields of law and policy, and participated on the legal teams for major racial profiling and employment discrimination class actions including Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class action in U.S. history, and Fazaga v. FBI, which challenged the FBI's secret surveillance practices of Muslims in Southern California. In 2007, she clerked for the law offices of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and Nasrin Sotoodeh in Tehran, Iran. From 2016 to 2017, she served as president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Farnia received her A.B. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, her M.A. in Urban Planning with a concentration in Regional and International Development from the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, with a specialization in Critical Race Studies.

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.
Since the fall of 2018, Eric M. Fersht has been a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer on International and National Security Law. He came to King Hall after a distinguished legal career in the federal government spanning 24 years. From 1995 to 2002, he was an Associate Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs and Intelligence at the Department of Defense. In 2002, he became the Senior International Counsel for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). During his tenure at NGA, he was the principal negotiator on more than fifty high-priority intelligence agreements with the country's most important intelligence partners. From 2017-2018, he served as NGA’s Acting Chief of Intelligence Oversight, responsible for ensuring agency compliance with privacy and civil liberties protection requirements. Prior to becoming an attorney, Fersht was an executive of Greenpeace International. He directed Greenpeace’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Campaigns, and subsequently oversaw the establishment of Greenpeace affiliates in the Soviet Union/Russia and other Eastern European countries. In 2018, Fersht was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Marjorie Florestal.
Marjorie Florestal has over 25 years of experience in business and commercial law. Previously, Ms. Florestal was a tenured Professor of Law at Pacific McGeorge Law School where she taught contracts, international trade, and other commercial law courses. Ms. Florestal began her career during the Clinton Administration at the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where she represented the United States in legal disputes before the World Trade Organization, and negotiated trade agreements with key U.S. trading partners. Her work experience includes stints at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a major U.S. law firm. She has served as an arbitrator in a NAFTA Chapter 11 dispute, and 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 recent years, Ms. Florestal has connected her passion for law and lawyers with a commitment to mental health. She holds a Masters in Jungian Psychology, and is completing a doctorate on Human Development with a research focus on trauma, depression, and moral development in law students. Since 2015, she has been a Visiting Lecturer at the UC Davis School of Law.

Timothy Foley.
Timothy Foley is a Senior Deputy with the Office of the State Public Defender in Sacramento, California, and a criminal defense attorney, specializing in the defense of capital crimes. From 2004 to 2012 he was an Assistant Federal Defender (AFD) with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California, located in Sacramento. Previous to his appointment as an AFD, Mr. Foley was in private practice in San Francisco, specializing in criminal defense with a particular emphasis in capital cases. He has represented capitally-charged individuals at all levels, in state and federal courts, in a number of different states, from trial through appeal through habeas corpus through clemency. In addition to death penalty cases, Mr. Foley has experience in misdemeanor and felony trials, appeals, and habeas corpus proceedings. He has been a visiting lecturer at UC Davis School of Law, Berkeley Law School, the University of San Francisco School of Law and Hastings College of the Law. He frequently gives presentations at conferences throughout the country and is a faculty member of the “Death Penalty College” at Santa Clara University. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University.

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.

Jessica Gosney.
Jessica Gosney currently serves as a Deputy Legislative Counsel in the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC), where she drafts bills, amendments, resolutions, and initiatives, and provides legal advice on current and pending legislation for both houses and parties of the California Legislature. Gosney previously worked in political campaigning and nonprofit advocacy in California and Washington, D.C., including for MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, the California Public Interest Research Group, and a California Assembly Member. Gosney designed and has co-taught the Legislatures and Lawmaking course for the Masters in Science and Law (MSL) program at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law since 2019. Gosney earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2017 where she was named Valedictorian and was a recipient of the Pacific Law Academic Scholarship, the Amicus Lex Alumni Association Scholarship, the Order of the Coif, and several Witkin Awards. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of the Pacific Law Review. Gosney received her B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis in 2010.

Timothy Griffiths.
Timothy Griffiths currently serves as Staff Counsel on the California State Senate Committee on Judiciary where he analyzes the legal and policy impacts of pending legislation on behalf of Committee members and the public, with a focus on labor and employment, constitutional, real property, civil rights, and immigration related matters. Prior to this, he served as a Public Interest and Public Sector Law Career Advisor at the UC Davis School of Law. He also served as a Supervising Attorney for the Shriver Civil Counsel Act Project through Legal Services of Northern California. He previously served as a Government Affairs Director with Survivors of Torture, International, a Conservation Attorney with the Resources Law Group, L.L.P., and a Legal Services Director and Staff Attorney with Centro Legal de la Raza. Griffiths received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard College in 1998 and his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2004.

David Holt.
Holt currently works as a Senior Research Law Librarian at the UC Davis School of Law. Prior to joining UC Davis, he served as the solo branch librarian at the Ninth Circuit Courthouse Library in San Jose, where he provided reference services to clerks, three Article III judges, two magistrates, and one appellate judge, and managed all technical service responsibilities including serials management, collection development, website administration, and oversaw a $120K/yr. collection budget. Holt has also served as a Research and Emerging Technologies Librarian and Circulation Manager at the Santa Clara University School of Law. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University where he was responsible for creating the Advanced Legal Research curricula and taught both the generalized course and a specialized course on intellectual property. Holt received his Masters in Library Information and Science (M.L.I.S.) degree from San Jose State University in 2006, his B.A. in English from Southern Oregon University in 2000, and his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2013.

Chris Ide-Don.
Ide-Don currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Success at the UC Davis School of Law. A graduate of the UC Hastings School of Law, Ide-Don practiced disability rights and civil rights law for five years. His attorney and non-profit work encompassed representing students with disabilities and their families, and the provision of special education training and resources for students with disabilities. Ide-Don has taught the Legal Analysis course since 2013 at UC Davis School of Law and the Problem Solving and Analysis since 2011. Furthermore, he created curricula and course materials for both courses. Ide-Don has over a decade of experience consistently working with diverse law student populations. As the current Assistant Dean of Academic Success, his work has emphasized academic support for students of color, first generation students, and students at risk for not passing the Bar Exam. He also actively meets with students from various affinity groups to present information on law school exams, the Bar exam, and class selection.

Craig L. Judson '84.
Craig Judson is the managing partner of Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson, with offices in Walnut Creek and Sacramento. His practice focuses in the fields of estate planning, probate and trust administration, conservatorships, guardianships, and related litigation, as well as general civil litigation involving real estate, personal injury, construction defect, and contract disputes. He regularly serves as a volunteer Judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County Probate Department and Traffic and Small Claims Department, as well as serving as a court appointed and private mediator. At King Hall, Craig teaches two popular practical skills classes: California Civil Procedure – A Practical Approach, and Practical Skills in Will and Trust Drafting and Administration. These courses are intended to give the students the basic practitioner skills necessary to become a productive starting attorney. He is a contributing editor for CEB in the estate planning publication area, and has received the Super Lawyer designation multiple times. He received his BA in Political Science / Public Service from UC Davis (’81) and his JD from UC Davis School of Law (’84), and is a past member of the King Hall Alumni Board.

Lawrence Lin ‘12.
Lawrence Lin currently serves as Tax Counsel with the State Board of Equalization where he prepares legal opinions, answers informal inquiries, prepares rulemaking documents for regular rulemaking and emergency rulemaking, prepares legal briefs for state assessment appeals, and conducts research on behalf of the Chief Counsel. Prior to his time at the BOE, he worked as an estate planner. Mr. Lin received his B.A. in Economics in 2005 from Pomona College, his M.S. degree in Chemistry, with a Biochemistry focus, in 2010 from California State University, Fullerton, and his J.D. in 2012 from the University of California, Davis School of Law where he served as the Articles Editor of the UC Davis Law Review.

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.

Tam Ma.
Tam Ma is deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, where she oversees the administration’s legislative agenda on health and human services issues, and advises the Governor on legislation that reaches his desk. Before serving in her current post, Ma was an assistant secretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency and legal and policy director at Health Access California. Her work on health care policy has been replicated by other states and served as models for national policy. Ma started her career as a California Senate Fellow and served as senior staff to State Senators Mark Leno and Sheila Kuehl. She represented low-income tenants when she was an attorney at Legal Services of Northern California. Since 2003, Ma has worked with the Dr. Beatriz María Solís Policy Institute helping to train and mentor over 500 grassroots and nonprofit leaders to advance racial, economic, and gender justice through policy advocacy. She received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Priya Mannan.
Priya Mannan currently serves as the Head of the Legal department at Novartis in Emeryville, California where she supports Translational Medicine, Clinical Oncology and Global health projects. She previously served as Senior Counsel at Baxter International Inc. where she was lead attorney on healthcare legal transactional and FDA matters. She also served as Legal Counsel in the Cardiovascular Division at Medtronic, Inc. based in Santa Rosa, California and as a Licensing and Development Manager and Legal Consultant at Pfizer, Inc.. Prior to this, she practiced as an attorney at several law firms in the US and India. Mannan received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Zoology and J.D. from Madras University (Madras, India), her LL.M. degree, cum laude, in 1995 from St. Louis University, and her J.D. also from the St. Louis University School of Law, cum laude, in 1998.

Samuel McAdam.
Judge Samuel T. McAdam has presided over 15,000 court cases in Yolo Superior Court since his appointment to the bench in 2008. He currently serves as the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division. Last term, Judge McAdam led the Court as the Presiding Judge and was responsible for building the Virtual Courthouse and promoting and preserving access to justice during the Pandemic. He previously served as the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division, the Supervising Judge of Family Court, and as a trial judge in the Criminal Division. During his time on the Court, Judge McAdam also taught Employment Law for five years as an Adjunct Professor at Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a Partner and Associate with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practicing employment law. Judge McAdam received his B.A. in Political Science, with honors, from Stanford University in 1987, his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1991, and his J.D., with distinction, from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1996.

John McKinsey ’99.
Mr. McKinsey has practiced law in the private practice setting continuously since graduating from King Hall in 1999. He focuses on energy, commercial, regulatory and environmental law in several industries, chiefly Energy and Food, Beverage and Hospitality. He has extensive classroom teaching experience, including teaching Energy Law since 2011. He regularly writes and speaks on energy policy and law. Mr. McKinsey gained significant applied science knowledge and skills while serving in the United States Navy on submarines as a nuclear power plant operator and supervisor and leading electrician. He graduated cum laude with his B.A. from California State University Sacramento in Economics and received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law.

Shama Hakim Mesiwala '98.
Judge Mesiwala has served on the Sacramento Superior Court since 2017, presiding over trials, hearings, and law and motion matters. Before becoming a judicial officer, Judge Mesiwala was an appellate attorney for 18 years, first representing indigent defendants, parents, and juveniles in criminal, dependency, mental health, and delinquency proceedings and then working for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. She began her legal career as an attorney with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Sacramento. Judge Mesiwala is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. She created the first Indian Child Welfare Act courtroom in Northern California. She serves as the cofounder of the South Asian Bar Association of Sacramento, hosting its annual Diversity Law Student Reception, president of the Schwartz/Levi American Inns of Court, and working group member of the California Judicial Mentor Program.

Chris Micheli.
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. As a legislative advocate, Micheli regularly testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments, boards, and commissions. He drafts legislative and regulatory language and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments and California's legislative process. He has written and lectured extensively on lobbying and the legislative process. Micheli has been an attorney of record in several key cases, having argued before the Supreme Court of California, as well as the Court of Appeal several times. He has filed many amicus curiae briefs in California courts and has published half a dozen peer-reviewed law journal articles and is the co-editor and co-author of the books “A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California” and “Guide to Executive Branch Agency Rulemaking.” In addition, he has published three textbooks: “Introduction to California State Government,” “An Introduction to Drafting Legislation in California,” and “Understanding the California Legislative Process.” He is also the author of two recent casebooks: “The California Legislature and Its Legislative Process: Cases and Materials” (Carolina Academic Press) and “Cases and Materials on Direct Democracy in California” (Kendall-Hunt Publishing). He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGeorge since 2015 where he co-teaches the course Lawmaking in California. He co-designed and co-teaches the online Legislatures and Lawmaking course, as well as designed and teaches the Lobbying and Politics course.

Johann Morri.
Johann Morri is a lecturer and associate director for International Programs 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 institutions in various countries, such as UC Berkeley School of Law, the China University of Political Sciences and Law, the University of Paris Nanterre, and the University of Montpellier. In 2020, he taught the seminar on the US Supreme Court in the Master's degree in human rights of University of Paris Nanterre and had one of his articles published in the law review of the French Constitutional Court. Prior to joining UC Davis, Johann Morri was 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.

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 trainings for many companies including: GoogleX Innovation Team, Salesforce, Genentech, and Twitter.

Todd Ostomel ‘09.
Todd Ostomel is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, LLP where he works with entrepreneurs and inventors to develop patent and trade secret portfolios for commercializing organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science and biotechnology inventions. He has also served as Patent Counsel at QuantumScape Corporation where he developed, directed and managed, the company’s intellectual property portfolio. Prior to this, Ostomel practiced as an Associate at Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP where he specialized in patent prosecution and portfolio management for clients commercializing chemical, biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical, photovoltaic, electrochemical, and materials science inventions. Todd received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006, his J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2009, and served as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Materials Science Department at Stanford University in 2010.

Roza Patterson ‘18.
Roza Patterson is an attorney working at the law firm of Orrick, Herington & Sutcliffe. Her practice at Orrick includes litigation, employment law, and a diverse pro bono practice. Roza is a 2021 Orrick Racial, Social and Economic Justice Fellow at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. At the Law Foundation, Roza is spending a year working full-time to help advance the rights of under-represented individuals and families in Santa Clara County by providing free legal representation and advice on housing-related matters, such as unlawful evictions, discrimination, poor housing conditions, and landlord tenant disputes. Roza graduated with her JD from the University of California Davis School of Law in 2018 where she delivered the student commencement speech and served in various leadership roles, including the Admissions Committee and the Black Law Students Association. Prior to law school, Roza graduated with a Master of Science in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2013, Roza earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Human Rights, and Communication Studies from Southern Methodist University, graduating summa cum laude.

Suma Peesapati.
Suma Peesapati previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement for the California Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining CalEPA, she served as Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Environmental Justice where she developed Environmental Justice-related litigation in the Attorney General’s independent capacity, consulting with CARB, OEHHA and Cal EPA staff and attorneys. Previously, Ms. Peesapati served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Staff Attorney at the UC Irvine School of Law, Environmental Law Clinic where she co-taught the Environmental Law Clinic. Ms. Peesapati served as a Staff Attorney at EarthJustice where she represented cases involving the Clean Air Act, CEQA enforcement, and coal exports. Prior to joining EarthJustice, she served as an Associate Attorney at Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo, an environmental law firm representing labor unions, environmental groups and governmental interests, and a Staff Attorney, NAPIL (Equal Justice Works) Fellow, and Rick Sutherland Fellow at Communities for a Better Environment, a California-based environmental justice group. Ms. Peesapati received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999, and her B.A. in French and B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies, emphasis on Environmental Health, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.

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.

Julie Rutherford.
Julie Rutherford has spent 21 years in the United States Air Force working on legal issues ranging from administrative and criminal law to victims’ rights in sexual assault cases. She currently serves as a Workplace Conduct Unit Attorney Investigator with the California State Legislature where she conducts investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination based on protected class for all California legislators, staff, and support workers. Prior to this, she served as a Judge Advocate and Attorney with the United States Air Force Worldwide where she led multiple staffs of 500+ attorneys, paralegals, and civilians providing full-spectrum legal services to over 1,000,000 military personnel and retirees. In 2014, during her time with United States Air Force, she was assigned to a multidisciplinary team tasked with engaging with Congress and military leadership, and training personnel on issues pertaining to sexual assault. Rutherford received her B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993 and her J.D., with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1996, where she also completed a Certificate in Governmental Affairs.

Richard Sakai.
Richard Sakai is currently an Adjunct Professor in Bar Essay Writing and Tutoring at the U.C. Hastings College of the Law. For over 30 years, he served as Co-Director of Academic Support and Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Law where he taught courses in Civil Procedure, Advanced Legal Analysis, Legal Analysis, Legal Research, and Advancing Communities through Law. Mr. Sakai has also served as a Podium Professor for Bar Essays and Essay Advantage courses with BarBri - California, Nevada & Oregon Bar Reviews from 1987-2019. He has previously served as a Visiting Associate Professor at Santa Clara University, School of Law and as Director of the Legal Education Opportunity Program, Academic Support Director for programs for underrepresented and disadvantaged students, and Assistant Professor of Evidence Advocacy at U.C. Hastings College of Law. Richard Sakai received his J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of Law in 1977, and received his B.S. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973.

Ronald Scholar.
A litigator for 27 years, Ronald Scholar started his career as a public defender before moving to civil practice where he represents public entity and private business clients in a diverse scope of litigation including federal and state civil rights, employment law, dangerous conditions of public property as well as contract and business disputes. Named to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List for 2016, Scholar also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Placer County Superior Court. Scholars has been active in the trial practice and mock trial programs at King Hall since 2016.

Emily Scivoletto.
Emily Scivoletto is the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the UC Davis School of Law and provides leadership and management for programs and services relating to student services and success. Dean Scivoletto previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the UCLA School of Law where she taught Leadership and the Law and Professional Responsibility. Prior to UCLA, she served as Dean of Students at the University of San Diego Law School as well as the Director of Academic Success at both the UC Davis and McGeorge Law Schools. Scivoletto has previously taught courses in Analytical and Persuasive Legal Writing at UC Davis, Fundamentals of Bar Writing at UC San Diego, Principles of Agency Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and Introduction to U.S. Law for Court Interpreters at the UCLA Extension. Before entering academia, she practiced law in Sacramento where she handled insurance defense and civil rights litigation cases. Scivoletto is a founding member and the President of the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP). Scivoletto received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1993, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Higher Education Leadership from CSU Sacramento in 2008, and her J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1998. She also holds a Graduate Certificate from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and is trained in restorative justice and restorative practices conflict management.

Saba Shatara, ‘13.
Saba Shatara is currently a Managing Tax Associate at Deloitte Touche LLP, where he regularly represents clients in all stages of tax controversy, including protests, settlement conferences, and appeals. As part of his duties with Deloitte, Saba manages and mentors a team of young attorneys and is committed to helping these attorneys learn the practical skills necessary to succeed in this field. He was previously an attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he obtained extensive litigation training, which involved negotiations, client counseling, and oral advocacy. 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. Saba has authored a myriad of briefs, dispositive motions, memoranda, and subject-specific publications. He has presented a number of legislative proposals before the California State Legislature (which have resulted in modifications to California's tax laws), as well as before several U.S. Congressional Committees. He received his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 2013 and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. He also received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2017. He has taught at UC Davis School of Law since 2017.

Grace Shim.
Ms. Shim is currently Senior Attorney Mediator at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), where she mediates cases alleging violations of California's civil rights laws, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Previously, she litigated such cases as DFEH’s Senior Staff Counsel. Before DFEH, Grace has served as Attorney, Deputy Director, and Executive Director at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, in Flushing, New York. Ms. Shim also served as an attorney with the New York City Administration for Children's Services where she litigated child abuse and neglect cases in the Bronx Family Court. She received her J.D. from Columbia University in 2006, and received her B.A. with Honors from UC Berkeley in 2002.

Selvi Stanislaus.
Selvi 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. She has previously taught State and Local Taxation at the UC Davis School of Law. Ms. Stanislaus received her LL.M. in Taxation from the McGeorge School of Law in 1997, her J.D. from the Lincoln Law School in 1995, and her B.A. in Law from the Sri Lanka Law College in 1981.

Lynn Starr.
Lynn Starr has taught Pretrial Skills at UC Davis School of Law since 2001. Previously a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Jackson Tufts Cole & Black LLP, she represented clients in Federal and California courts as well as various ADR forums. She also served as the firm’s hiring partner. Ms. Starr was a board member of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the San Francisco Shelter Grievance Advisory Committee. She received her J.D., with Distinction, from Stanford Law School and was the recipient of the Frank Baker Belcher Prize for Best Academic Work in Evidence. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Clarisa Sudarma '12.
Since 2013, Clarisa Sudarma has served as deputy counsel for the Solano County Counsel where she has provided both advisory and civil litigation legal services for several County departments, special districts, and/or affiliated agencies; their associated elected officials; appointed boards; and commissions. Her current assignments include, but are not limited to, conducting certification review hearings as a hearing officer for those involuntarily committed to mental health institutions under the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act, representing the Behavioral Health Department, the Child Welfare Department in appellate matters, the Department of Resource Management with regards to violations of the County code, and the Sheriff's Department with regards to Pitchess motions. Since 2017, she has been one of only three attorneys in Solano County designated a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel accredited by the American Bar Association and the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization for her enhanced level of knowledge, skills, and expertise in juvenile law. Ms. Sudarma's volunteer activities include mentoring students at the Jesse Bethel Law Academy in Vallejo, part of the California LAW Pathway, a partnership of the California Department of Education, and State Bar of California designed to increase diversity in the legal profession and increase opportunities for students from disadvantaged communities to gain access to legal careers. From 2016-2019, she served on the executive committee of the California Young Lawyers Association, previously part of the California State Bar, and has since served on the executive committee of the Public Law Section of the California Lawyer's Association, created in 2017 by the Legislature through Senate Bill 36.

Jill Talley.
Judge Jill Talley has taught Remedies at UC Davis School of Law since 2018. Judge Talley was appointed by the Governor to the Superior Court of the County of Sacramento in 2018. Judge Talley started her career in Los Angeles as a civil litigator. From 2002 to 2013, she worked as a Deputy Attorney General and Supervising Attorney General in the Employment, Administration, and Mandate Section in Sacramento. In 2014, she was appointed by the Governor as the Chief Counsel for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services where she provided legal and strategic advice with regard to responding to and preparing for emergencies.

Timothy Taylor.
Timothy Taylor is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, in Sacramento. Taylor advises land developers, renewable energy and mining interests, commercial operators, and public agencies achieve compliance with California’s numerous land use and environmental laws. A substantial portion of Taylor’s practice focuses on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and related litigation at both the trial and appellate level. In addition, he regularly works with clients on a wide range of federal environmental laws. Taylor has lectured extensively and contributed to written publications on topics ranging from land use, CEQA, tribal development, offshore wind, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. Taylor received a B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College. He also holds a M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from the UCLA 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 sex offenders, developed a training program for new attorneys on the different phases of a criminal trial, and supervised and trained incoming attorneys. Currently, he serves as the head of the Law & Motion Unit and Director of Recruitment & Hiring. He has taught a specialized course to Coast Guard JAG Corps Attorneys on effective investigative techniques and trial strategies in sexual assault cases. For many years, 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. At King Hall, he has served as a lecturer since 2019, teaching both Introduction to Criminal Litigation and Best Practices for Justice.

Roberta Ward.
In Fall 2015, Roberta Ward inaugurated the Introduction to U.S. Legal Methods and U.S. Legal Methods classes in the International Law Program of the UC Davis School of Law. She has taught in the two-week Legal English Program for the International Law Program since the summer of 2013, teaching legal writing, reading and case analysis, and, in the summer of 2016, oral communications as well. 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. 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.

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.

Peter Williams.
Peter Williams currently serves as a Superior Court Judge for Yolo County where he is assigned to the Criminal Trial Calendar, presiding over criminal jury trials, preliminary hearings, suppression motions, bail hearings, and related matters. He previously served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel with the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Appointed to the agency by Governor Brown in 2016, Judge Williams oversaw the legal divisions of the agency’s eleven departments as General Counsel, and also assisted in the day-to-day operations of the agency as Acting Undersecretary. Prior to his agency appointment, he served as the Supervising Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General’s Office in the Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Section, and as a Deputy Attorney General with the Government Law Section and the Tobacco Litigation Section. During his tenure with the California Attorney General’s Office, Judge Williams served as the Co-Founder, Prosecutor, and Executive Board Member of the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) federal-state task force. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in both the Eastern District and Central District of California. Prior to this, he practiced as an Attorney at the firms of Boutin, Dentino, Gibson & Di Giusto (Sacramento), Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross (Santa Rosa), and Bolling, Walter & Gawthrop (Sacramento). Judge Williams received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1995.

Jaclyn Zumaeta.
Jaclyn Zumaeta is currently an Assistant Chief Counsel at the Franchise Tax Board, where she serves as the department's appeals coordinator and manages a team of 30 attorneys, paralegals, and program specialists who represent the State in various levels of state tax controversy, including internal protests and appeals before the Office of Tax Appeals. She also serves as a member of the Taxation Section of the California Lawyers Association's Executive Committee, creating networking and professional development activities, publications, and programming for the tax community. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Chief Counsel at the State of California Office of Tax Appeals. She previously served as a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Tax Council III with the Franchise Tax Board, where she was the recipient of the Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award, Individual Gold Superior Accomplishment Award, and the Group Gold Superior Accomplishment Award, and served as a Chief Legal Advisor for Franchise and Income Tax and a Franchise Tax Board Liaison with the Office of Jerome E. Horton, Board of Equalization. Zumaeta received her B.A. in Criminology, Law, & Society and Psychology & Social Behavior, cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine in 2006, her LLM degree in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009, and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009. 

Visiting Professors

Reza Dibadj.
Currently a Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Law where he has taught Business Associations (Corporations) since 2004, Dibadj has also previously taught as a Visiting Professor at both the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. He has also worked in the private sector as an attorney and management consultant. Dibadj has published a book, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of corporate and securities law, regulation and administrative law, antitrust, and social welfare theory and has presented widely at national and international conferences. He currently teaches a variety of courses at the University of San Francisco School of Law including Corporations (Business Associations), Securities Regulation, , International Business Transactions, Antitrust, Contracts I, and Contracts II, and was awarded the Distinguished Professor Award in 2008. Dibadj received his S.B. degree from Harvard College, his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and his J.D., from Harvard Law School.

Emily Parento.
Emily Parento has over 15 years of experience in law and policy spanning academic, private practice, government, and nonprofit roles, with the past 10 years devoted exclusively to the academic and government sectors. She is currently an O’Neill Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She previously held a tenure-track position as assistant professor at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she taught torts and administrative law, along with health law courses. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor of Law and the Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where she taught health law courses and administrative law. Prior to her time at McGeorge, Parento served as Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where she advised the administration of Governor Steven L. Beshear on wide-ranging matters of health policy during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable John G. Heyburn II in the United States Western District Court of Kentucky, and practiced litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Menlo Park. Parento received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Finance, and Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, her LL.M degree in Global Health Law, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2012, and her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2003 where she served as the Executive Editor of The Tax Lawyer.

Mira Sundara Rajan.
Professor Sundara Rajan is an internationally recognized scholar and professor specializing in Copyright Law. She was Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow's copyright research centre, CREATe, from 2013-17, and held the Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of British Columbia, where she was a tenured Associate Professor of Law, from 2005-11. She has previously been a visiting scholar at Stanford and UC Hastings law schools, and a Global Engelberg Fellow at NYU Law School, and has also held visiting appointments at leading law schools around the world, including Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Oxford University, LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, ESSEC Business School in Paris, and the National Law School of India in Bangalore. Mira is the author of Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology (Oxford University Press, 2011; second edition pending) and Copyright and Creative Freedom: A Study of Post-Socialist Law Reform (Routledge, 2006), and the editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Intellectual Property in Central and Eastern Europe (2019). She has regularly published articles, book chapters, and essays in both scholarly and general interest publications. In addition to her work as an academic, Mira regularly advises governments, cultural institutions, start-up companies, and artists on intellectual property issues. Professor Sundara Rajan holds a D.Phil in Law from Oxford University (2003), an LL.M. from the University of British Columbia, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a B.A. (Joint Hons.) in Economics and Political Science from McGill University and the Université de Paris X-Nanterre. Her latest book is the edited volume, The Coming Age: C. Subramania Bharati's Collected English Writings, to be published by Penguin in the summer of 2021.

William Wiecek.
William M. 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.