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Clay Tanaka

Legal Research and Writing Instructor


A.B. English, University of California at Davis

J.D. Hastings College of the Law


Clay Tanaka is the Director of Legal Research and Writing at UC Davis School of Law.

Tanaka received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law. He practiced criminal law at the Office of the California Attorney General for twenty-seven years. During his career, he represented the State of California, primarily on direct appeals, capital litigation, and writs in California state and federal courts. He was also responsible for criminal investigations, trials, evidentiary hearings, review, and assignment of cases and special projects.

Subject Areas

Legal Research, Legal Writing, Criminal Law And Procedure

Selected Career Highlights

  • Argued cases in numerous Northern California counties, the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Districts of the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the United States Eastern District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Service Activities

Recipient of UC Davis School of Law Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011

King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) Faculty Award, 2010

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Faculty Award, 2012

La Raza Students Association Faculty Award, 2012