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Visiting Lecturers

2018 - 2019

Lecturers

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.

Gillian Brady, Lawyering Process Laboratory. Gillian Brady is an Attorney Mediator with over 600 hours of mediation training. She has been a licensed Attorney since 1999 and a Mediator since 2004. She founded Better Solutions Mediation in 2004 to provide an alternative to the high cost and stress of going to court. When she was a litigator, Ms. Brady saw how families going through a divorce could be devastated by the court system, which makes parents adversaries and puts children in the middle. Her goal as a mediator is to help parents navigate the divorce process peacefully, with a focus on the future. Ms. Brady has successfully mediated hundreds of cases and is an advanced mediator able to handle complex and high conflict cases. She has experience providing mediation training to attorneys and other professionals. Her mediation training courses incorporate many types of role-playing activities. She is comfortable with lecturing and leading role-plays and other interactive activities. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 1998 and a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1991.

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).

Allison Claire, Civil Rights. Judge Allison Claire has been a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of California since 2012. As a judge, she invests significant energy into educational efforts regarding civil rights and the elimination of bias. 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. Her career in indigent criminal defense was marked by a particular interest in race-based inequities in the criminal justice system. 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. Judge Claire received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 1993 and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990.

Dennis Cota '86, Trial Practice. Mr. Cota is a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 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 attorney 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.

Karen Douglas, Renewable Energy. Karen Douglas has been a commissioner on the California Energy Commission since 2008. Previously, she was the director of the California Climate Initiative at Environmental Defense. She has co-authored “Global Warming in the Golden State,” an Environmental Defense publication on the likely effects on global warming in California, and led Environmental Defense’s efforts to pass AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, in California. Prior to working at Environmental Defense, Karen spent four years at the Planning and Conservation League as the Natural Resources Director, General Counsel, and most recently, acting Executive Director. She has worked on a wide range of California natural resource and environmental protection issues, including the IID-San Diego water transfer, forest policy, and the California Environmental Quality Act. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2001, her M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1998, and her B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1995.

Eric Duesdieker '12, Problem Solving and Analysis. 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. He received his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 2012 and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2005. During his time at UC Davis School of Law, he was a teaching assistant for both Criminal Law and Legal Research and Writing.

Michael Ferguson, Trusts, Wills and Estates. Michael Ferguson received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965, and his J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1968. He runs his own private practice in Berkeley, CA where he specializes in estate planning and probate.  He is certified by the California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in the field of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Since April 1989, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law sections of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar and various local Bar Associations. Since 2005, he has been recognized as a “Superlawyer.” From 1994-2014, he taught as a Lecturer in Law at Berkeley Law where he taught the introductory class on Wills & Trusts. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration in the Graduate School of Business at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA from 1984-1990.  He has since 1981 periodically taught classes relating to Estate Planning and Administration to California lawyers for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the California State Bar Section on Estate Planning, the California Board of Legal Specialization, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and various local Bar Associations, Community and Church Groups, and Estate Planning Councils all in the area of estate planning and probate.

Marjorie Florestal, Negotiating Joint Ventures. 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. Ms. Florestal is a graduate of New York University School of Law where she served as a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, an International Law Fellow, and a staff editor at the Journal of International Law and Politics. After law school, Ms. Florestal completed a federal court clerkship and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to France. An award-winning writer and novelist, Ms. Florestal recently completed a Masters in Jungian Psychology with an emphasis on the power of storytelling.

Tim Foley, Death Penalty Seminar. Tim 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. He is also a scholar, teacher, and writer on criminal defense topics. 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” presented every August 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, 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.

Theda Haber, Pension and Employee Benefits Law. Theda Haber currently works as an attorney at the Law Office of Theda R. Haber in Berkeley, California. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Guardian Variable Products Trust and on the Board of Directors for the Fairholme Trust Company, LLC. From 1994-2009, she was Managing Director and Deputy Global General Counsel at Barclays Global Investors, and from 2009-2011, she served as Managing Director and General Counsel of Blackrock Institutional Trust Company. She has taught Pension and Employee Benefits at UC Davis School of Law since 2014. In addition, she has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of Law since 2013. She received her J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She also holds a M.A. in Educational Administration with a concentration in higher education from Stanford.

Tyson Hubbard, Lawyering Process Laboratory. A partner at Downey Brand, Tyson Hubbard is an experienced litigator who focuses on trust and estate disputes. He draws on his nine years of litigation experience across a wide range of matters, as well as his personal experience as a trustee of a family trust. While managing daily interactions with each of his clients, he has also staffed junior attorneys on each of his cases, which provides extensive opportunities for mentorship. Before joining Downey Brand, Mr. Hubbard practiced for six years in Boston, Massachusetts, where he advised individuals, small-to-midsized businesses, and multinational corporations in a variety of matters including guardianship, breach of contract, business litigation, products liability, and toxic tort cases. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2008, a Graduate Certificate in Sports Business from New York University in 2005, and an A.B. from Harvard University in 2004. 

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.

Craig L. Judson '84, Practical Skills in Will and Trust Drafting and Administration. 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. He has taught this course since 2016. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis in political science with an emphasis in public service in 1981. He graduated cum laude with phi beta kappa honors. He also earned his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 1984.

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.

Chi Soo Kim, Lawyering Process Laboratory. Chi Soo Kim has extensive litigation experience in both the public and private sectors. She works full time as an Assistant United States Attorney in Sacramento, California. As an AUSA, she has tried civil and criminal cases. She also runs the Civil Division’s law student clerk program, interviewing, selecting, and supervising the law student clerks. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, she practiced complex commercial litigation at a large international law firm and at a mid-size law firm in San Francisco. She served as a law clerk for United States District Judge William Schwarzer (N.D. Cal.) and United States Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas (N.D. Cal.). She previously taught legal writing and research as an adjunct at UC Hastings College of Law. She received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1999, and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.

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.

Galen Lemei, Renewable Energy. Galen Lemei has had extensive experience working to promote renewable energy and environmental protectionism, which includes his experience in assisting Commissioner Karen Douglas with teaching the Renewable Energy Law seminar. After a career in private practice at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Lemei went on to pursue full-time volunteerism with the Center for Resource Solutions – a non-profit dedicated to promoting renewable energy through policies and programming. In 2008, Lemei began a decade-long service with the California Energy Commission, serving as both an attorney and a Commissioner’s advisor. With a demonstrated commitment to community and public service, he now serves as the lead attorney for the Commission’s Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Committee, working to support impacted communities. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004 and a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 1999.

James Lowy, Taxation of Partnerships. James Lowy is an independent tax consultant and has lectured at the 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. He has over 40 years of experience with the subject matter. He received a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a joint J.D.-M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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.

Scott McNutt '82, Advanced Bankruptcy. Scott McNutt has been the founder and principal of the McNutt Law Group LLP since 1999. Although he has practiced many types of law, his specialty is the staffing and administration of large bankruptcy cases. He served as a governor on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, and was appointed the chair of the Debtor-Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. He has worked as a visiting lecturer at the UC Davis School of Law, having taught Advanced Bankruptcy Practice: Corporate Reorganization in Fall 2016. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1978 and his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 1982.

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.

Dennis Michaels, Mergers and Acquisitions. Dennis Michaels is currently a shareholder (Partner) with Boutin Jones Inc., a regional law firm focused on general business matters, corporate governance and compliance, corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property matters. He has worked in the area of corporate law including mergers and acquisitions since 1999, having worked as a corporate attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 1999-2007. He was Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyer from 2015-2017 in the Business/Corporate division. He has also been a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2013-2017. He taught Mergers and Acquisitions at UC Davis School of Law in Fall 2016. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1999.

Johann Morri, Research into Legal Problems; U.S. Legal Methods. Johan 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. He received his Bachelor of Government Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques “Sciences Po”, his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Political Sciences, as well as his Masters of Laws, from Sorbonne University, and his LL.M. from UC Davis School of Law.

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.

John Pavolotsky '00, Technology Transactions. John Pavolotsky has been a practitioner in technology transactions for the past 18 years, in both private practice and in-house settings. He has taught a variety of programs and given a number of lectures on this topic, including to the Innovation Law class at the UC Davis School of Law (2017), to the California Young Lawyers Association (2016) and at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California (2016). Since 2013, he has been the Associate Director, Senior Counsel for Privacy & Security Legal and the Technology & Manufacturing Group for the Intel Corporation where he counsels business units on privacy/security issues, including cross-border data transfers. He conducts privacy impact assessments and M&A privacy due diligence. He leads GDPR readiness workstreams, incident response, and APAC region support. He analyzes privacy legislation and guidelines with policy group. He leads a team of outside embedded business attorneys supporting supply chain transactions, trains outside attorneys, in-house attorneys, contracts specialists and buyers, and manages legal interns. He received an M.B.A. from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley in 2010, J.D. from UC Davis School of Law in 2000, and a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995.

Donna Petre, Juvenile Justice. 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. Her experience has also extensively informed her work as a lecturer for the School of Law’s Juvenile Justice course for over a decade, with the goal of providing her students with sufficient working, historical, and systemic knowledge of the juvenile system. She received her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Bob Pimm, Entertainment Law. As the Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services for California Lawyers for the Arts, Robert Pimm has had extensive experience working in the field of entertainment law. In working with the creative arts community, Pimm has managed CLA’s Modest Means Incubator, clinical, and educational programs. Pimm also has over 35 years of experience in the book publishing sector, which includes his current work as the Book Publishing Chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports, and his work as Editor-in-Chief of the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer from 2002-2007. He has co-authored numerous works about the new impact of technology and e-books on the book industry, including his article Protection Racket: Are Copyright Lawyers and their Clients Shaking Down the Public?, and the first and second editions of Opening a Bookstore: The Essential Planning Guide. In Spring 2017, Pimm brought his practical experience in the Entertainment Law industry as a Visiting Lecturer in Art Law for the UC Davis School of Law. He has a B.A. from Columbia University, a M.Sc. from London School of Economics & Political Science, a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University: Magdalene College, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

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.

Rabia Reed '17, Analytical and Persuasive Writing. Rabia Reed is an Associate Attorney at Boutin Jones Inc. where her focus is single plaintiff and class action litigation especially in employment law. Previously, she was an Associate Attorney at 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). She received her J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 2017 where she was the King Hall commencement speaker and an M.A. from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. While a student at King Hall, she was a teaching assistant for torts and as a general skills advisor.

Emelyn Rodriguez '04, Lawyering Process Laboratory. Emelyn Rodriguez is founder of Politica Law Firm, a firm specializing in political and governmental law. She was a Senior Commission Counsel with the Fair Political Practices Commission, where she served for nearly 13 years as a lead attorney in regulatory, policy, and legislative areas. She specializes in conflicts of interest rules under the Political Reform Act and Government Code Section 1090, the California Public Records Act and open meetings laws, lobbying rules, and campaign finance laws. She authored the state’s electronic campaign advertising regulations, among the first of its kind in the country. She headed the agency’s first major revamping of lobbying rules in 25 years, and revised rules involving political legal defense funds. Prior to her legal career, she was Capitol Bureau Chief of the Oakland Tribune, where she provided and coordinated state news coverage of the Governor’s office, the state Legislature, and statewide public policy issues for six San Francisco Bay Area daily newspapers. She reported for the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and was senior editor for the California Journal, the state’s political magazine. She has worked extensively in public service, volunteering for non-profit organizations such as United Way and Legal Services. She has a JD from the UC Davis School of Law in 2004 and a BA with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990.

Sanam Saaber '09, Lawyering Process Laboratory. Sanam Saaber is currently the Vice President of Legal for Box, Inc. During her tenure she has help the company grow from a 500 person startup with one location to a public company with over 1300 employees worldwide. In 2018, she transitioned from leading the commercial pillar (which includes procurement legal team, litigation, crisis management, products, security, and privacy) to leading the corporate pillar (which includes corporate and securities, international subsidiaries, governance, employment, IP, litigation, crisis management, products, security, law enforcement requests and privacy practices). Prior to joining Box, she was an Associate in the Technology Transactions Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. She began her legal career as an Associate in the IP Litigation Group at Townsend, Townsend & Crew LLP concentrating on patent litigation and complex business litigation. In addition, she has taught several workshops including (1) negotiations workshops for law students, first year associates, Box business scholarship fellow winners, and the Box Women’s Network, (2) manager workshops on feedback and coaching, (3) general data protection regulation and privacy laws teaching sessions and (4) a mentoring workshop at Box Women’s Summit held at Box’s annual conference BoxWorks. She is active in the employee resource groups including the Box Women’s Group and Box Belong Group (an immigration group). She received her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and J.D. from UC Davis School of Law.

Saba Shatara '13, Lawyering Process Laboratory. 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. 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.

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.

Gary Smith, Public Interest Law. 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 the 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. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Penn State University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Joe Sorenson, International Business Negotiations. Joe Sorenson was a partner at DLA Piper LLP from 2005-2014. He has more than 30 years of experience as a business transactional attorney. During this time, he worked on hundreds of business transactions for clients ranging from small start-ups to large, publicly-traded companies. Many of the transactions involved parties domiciled outside of the United States which afforded him the opportunity to negotiate both on behalf of and against non-United States companies. He has taught this course previously at the University of California Hastings College of Law in Spring 2015 and at UC Davis School of Law since 2016. He received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University, his M.S. from Purdue University, and his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

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.

John Tan '10, Lawyering Process Laboratory. John Tan is currently a Staff Attorney in the Health Rights unit and Acting Program Manager of the HICAP unit at Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), a non-profit legal services organization serving 23 Northern California counties. During his over seven years at LSNC, he has staffed and supervised law student volunteers at free legal clinics. He has also supervised law clerks at LSNC during summer internships and school-year externships. Additionally, he has experience teaching and presenting in collegiate and group settings. At LSNC, he presents on topics as varied as implicit bias, tenant rights, and changes to Medicare managed care policies, among others. He received a BA in 2004 from the University of Southern California in Political Science, Biological Sciences, Asian American Studies, a MA in 2008 from the University of California, Los Angeles in Asian American Studies, and a JD in 2010 from UC Davis School of Law.

Kelli Taylor, Lawyering Process Laboratory. Kelli Taylor has two decades of litigation experience, as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a shareholder in private practice. She has extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation, including pre-complaint investigations, interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, taking depositions, handling E-Discovery and large document productions, writing and arguing motions, participating in mediations, arbitrations and trial, and handling appeals. As chief of the Affirmative Litigation Unit for eight years, she was responsible for handling all aspects of her own caseload while also supervising as many as 11 AUSAs and 20 support staff (paralegals, investigators, auditors and clerks). Ms. Taylor has had regular interactions with highly sophisticated defense counsel, cultivated relationships with federal agencies, and provided regular briefings to the U.S. Attorney and other senior members of the Department of Justice. She is on the Schwartz-Levi Inn of Court’s Executive Committee and she has mentored several King Hall students. She also routinely volunteers to judge the law school’s moot court competitions and has judged the trial competition at the federal courthouse. She received her the J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1996 and a B.A. with distinction from San Diego State University in 1992.

Tim Taylor, Land Use Planning. 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. Furthermore, he has taught this course every year since 1994. He received his B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

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.

Kara Ueda '00, Local Government Law. Kara Ueda received both her B.S. with Honors in Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis. Since graduating from UC Davis School of Law in 2000, she has devoted her legal career to local government law. She started her career at the League of California Cities and later transitioned to private practice in 2002. Since then, she has represented cities, special districts, and local agency formation commissions. She is currently a partner in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. She has been actively engaged with the UC Davis School of Law community through her work as a guest lecturer; as President, former Vice President of Alumni Relations, and Board Member, UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2002-2014; as a volunteer for the UC Davis Law School Career Services since 2001; and as a judge for campus and regional moot court competitions.

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.

Stephen White '74, Advanced Criminal Procedure. 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 the UC Davis School of Law where he has primarily taught Advanced Criminal Procedure since 1995. He received his B.A. from California State University, Sacramento in History and his J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law. 

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

Avirup Bose, Corporate Integrity and Responsibility; Anti-trust and Intellectual Property. Avirup Bose is an Associate Professor at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), where he teaches courses on Indian and comparative antitrust law and policy and comparative corporate governance. Prior to joining JGLS in 2015, he served as an expert consultant to the Competition Commission of India between the years 2012 and 2015. Further, between the years 2007 and 2012, he practiced antitrust and corporate law at the New York office of Weil Gotshal and Manges. He has been researching and writing on Indian and comparative antitrust law for the last eight (8) years, besides being an antitrust policy advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. In 2016, he became the first Indian to be recognized by the American Bar Association and the New York School of Law - as a “Next Generation Antitrust Scholar” and in 2017, he was awarded the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School. He received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2007 and his B.A./LL.B. from the National University of Juridical Sciences in 2006.

 

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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Frank Gevurtz
, Securities Regulation. Franklin Gevurtz, a current Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, has taught for more than thirty-five years. Gevurtz’ has taught, among other courses, Agency, Corporations, Corporate Finance, Unfair Trade Practice, and Securities Regulation. Gevurtz has acted as a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, as well as Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. He has also published several books on Corporate Law and Business Planning. In 2006, he won the University of the Pacific Distinguished Faculty Award, which is granted to one faculty member out of the entire University of the Pacific per year, and is in recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. He received his J.D. in 1977 from the UC Berkeley School of Law and a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974.
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Christine Manolakas, Community Property. 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, Insurance Law. 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, Family Law. 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, 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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John Sims, Constitutional Law I. John Sims is a professor at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. After serving as a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the First Circuit, he litigated for 11 years at Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Litigation Group. He joined the McGeorge faculty in 1986 and has regularly taught Constitutional Law. His courses have also included such directly related ones as Administrative Law, Federal Courts, First Amendment Law, and National Security Law. He has spent more than 40 years as an attorney, teacher, and scholar focusing on the ways in which the Constitution and the mechanisms based on it can be used to protect the rights of individuals and guard against the abuses of government power. His early specialization was in constitutional law and in the federal statutes designed to expose the operations of the government to public scrutiny, such as the Freedom of Information Act. In more recent years, Professor Sims has also looked beyond the confines to U.S. law to consider how human rights can best be protected in the international realm by treaties, statutes, and tribunals. Professor Sims received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974 and his A.B. from Georgetown University in 1971.
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Talha Syed, Pharmaceutical Patents and FDA Regulation; Intellectual Property Survey. Talha Syed has taught courses in Torts, Intellectual Property, Health Law and Jurisprudence at UC Berkeley over the past seven years, with consistently high student evaluations. At UC Davis he has taught Torts and Patent Law (Spring 2018). He is currently an S.J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School in the fields of Theories of Intellectual Property and Law & Technology supervised by William W. Fisher, Critical Jurisprudence and Law & Economics supervised by Duncan Kennedy, and Social Theory and Political Philosophy supervised by Roberto M. Unger. He earned an LL.M. in 2002 from Harvard Law School, but waived the degree for tuition purposes. He received an LL.B. in 2000 from the University of Victoria. He received a B.A. in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario.
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