Visiting Lecturers

2022 - 2023 
 
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. 

Daniel Bernstein

Daniel Bernstein served as Supervising Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice Criminal Division from 2013-2021, leading a team of eight attorneys representing the government in response to criminal appeals. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Attorney General with California Department of Justice Criminal Division (2001-2013) where he wrote respondents briefs in a wide variety of criminal cases in state and federal courts. He also served as Judicial Law Clerk to former U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds and U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb. Bernstein has previously taught as an Instructor with the U.C. Davis School of Law, Extension Program, teaching a summer course on English for Legal Professionals, and served as a Writing Coach at McGeorge School of Law. Bernstein received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978 and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the McGeorge School of Law in 1999. 

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. 

Kristin Brandt

Kristin Brandt currently serves as a Research Law Librarian at the UC Davis Mabie Law Library. She has co-taught Advanced Legal Research with Judy Janes, Elisabeth McKechnie, Alyssa Thurston, and David Holt since 2019. She teaches legal research modules in the first year Legal Research and Writing course and has guest-lectured in law school classes such as Reproductive Rights, Law and Policy, Bioethics, and Corporate Governance. After earning her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, Ms. Brandt practiced litigation at Morrison & Foerster, where she later served as firm-wide Manager for Attorney Training and Development. She clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Kelleher of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and served as an Extern for the Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to her J.D., Ms. Brandt has an A.B. in Psychology from Stanford and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. 

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. 

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. 

Lydia de la Torre

Lydia de La Torre currently serves as Board Member of the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA), and she is the founding Partner of Golden Data Law. Golden Data Law is a mission driven benefit corporation that serves the nonprofit/not-for-profit community by providing legal advice in the areas of privacy, data protection and cybersecurity law to assist them in creating and expanding their privacy programs in compliance with data protection regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Prior to this, Lydia served as Off Counsel in the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at Squire Patton Boggs, inaugural Privacy Fellow at Santa Clara University, Senior Data Protection and Privacy Counsel at Axiom Legal, Senior Data Protection and Privacy Counsel at eBay/PayPal, Appellate Counsel with the Sixth District Appellate Program, and Senior Associate at Garrigues Law Firm. De La Torre currently teaches Comparative Privacy at UC Hastings and previously taught Comparative Privacy at Santa Clara University, and Spanish Grammar, Translation Theory and Technique, Legal Interpretation, and Medical Interpretation as an affiliated faculty member at National Hispanic University. De La Torre received her LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2013, an LL.M. degree in EU Tax Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues, in Madrid, Spain in 1996 and a J.D. from Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, Spain in 1995. 

Lauri Damrell '05 

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

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. 

Ian Fein

Ian Fein currently serves as Senior Counsel for Litigation Strategy at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he maintains an active litigation practice and is developing strategies to address trends in judicial doctrine that may affect environmental legal advocacy. Prior to joining NRDC, Fein worked in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice of a private law firm. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Judge William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Judith Rogers of the D.C. Circuit. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated first in his class and served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. 

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. 

Curtis Fiorini

Judge Curtis Fiorini has served on the Sacramento County Superior Court since 2010, presiding over numerous criminal jury trials and other evidentiary matters. Judge Fiorini has over 20 years of extensive courtroom and trial experience. Prior to being appointed to the bench in 2010, he was a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County from 2000-2010. Fiorini has also practiced civil litigation at several law firms prior to becoming a Deputy District Attorney including Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman, as well as Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios & Ladine, and Gianelli & Fores. As a result, he has experience on the civil litigation side as well with evidentiary and civil procedure matters. Since 2011, Judge Fiorini has taught a six-unit, year-long evidence class at Lincoln Law School. Prior to teaching at Lincoln Law School, he taught criminal law at American River College and paralegal studies at Humphrey's College. Judge Fiorini received his B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus in 1993 and his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1995. 

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. 

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. 

Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan Greenberg is the Founder and Director of the Climate Solutions Advocacy Institute and the parent non-profit, Informing to Empower. The group recently completed teaching the program’s first graduate course, Ecology 290, Climate Solutions Advocacy: Be the Media, where UCD climate science professors Anthony Wexler and Thomas Tomich joined Greenberg in teaching students to use “evolutionary media advocacy” to develop implementable, scientifically sound climate solutions. He is a nationally renowned multimedia investigative legal and financial reporter specializing in synthesizing complex economic, legal and policy issues into easy to understand articles, legislative proposals and critiques, campaigns, videos and petitions. Greenberg is also a cyber-entrepreneur and founder of three digital platforms including Gist.com. He also serves as CEO and Founder of Progressive Source Communications, a public interest advocacy company to help non-profits and advocacy groups with their digital media. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Fenton Communications, Policy Director for New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment, Founding Contributing Editor for Manhattan, Inc. Magazine, and Staff Reporter for Forbes Magazine. Greenberg received his B.A. in Rhetoric and Literature from the State University of New York – Binghamton in 1980, and his Masters of Studies in Law from Yale Law School in 1989. 

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 Liu

James Liu currently serves as Corporate Counsel at Krafton, Inc. where he primarily assists the company's esports department.  Previously, he was an associate at Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP where he assisted in various litigation case teams in matters involving privacy and data breach, intellectual property, and other general litigation matters. Prior to this, he served as a Judicial Extern for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at the California Supreme Court. James received his B.A, summa cum laude, in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 where he served as National Society of Collegiate Scholars Chair of PACE Mentoring Program, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 where he served as Publishing Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, member of the Asian American Law Journal, and received a Law and Technology Certificate from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. 

Lizzie Lockwood

As a staff attorney with For The People, Lizzie Lockwood is experienced in cutting-edge areas of criminal practice such as Prosecutor-Initiated Resentencing (PIR). She currently serves as the lead attorney in Yolo, Santa Clara, San Diego, Merced, and Humboldt Counties. In this capacity, she has reviewed hundreds of C-Files, presented upwards of 50 cases to various California District Attorney’s Offices, drafted over 20 Motions for Sentence Reduction, and helped facilitate the resentencing and early release of more than 40 incarcerated people. She has directly supervised volunteer attorneys and legal interns, and created the vast majority of For The People’s PIR trainings, guides, and toolkits. Prior to her work with For The People, she worked as an investigator at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, conducting complex investigations on death penalty cases in preparation of filing their state habeas petitions, served as a Judicial Intern with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and Law Clerk and Legal Intern with Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm. Lockwood previously served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing and Research courses at UC Hastings College of Law. Lockwood received a B.A. in Anthropology from Wesleyan University in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2019 where she served as Senior Staff Editor for the Hastings Environmental Law Journal. 

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. 

Suzanne Miller, ‘92

Suzanne Miller has been a commercial attorney for high-tech and digital businesses for over 25 years.  She currently serves as the Director & Managing Counsel at HP Inc., where she leads the WW Sales & Revenue legal team. Her role includes primary responsibility for the North America market as well as policy and thought leadership for direct sales globally to corporate and public sector customers.  She has led initiatives for innovation in delivery of legal services, including use of artificial intelligence. In 2009 she co-founded the Juvenile Records Sealing Project at VLSP in Sacramento. Ms. Miller has participated as a guest lecturer for the Lawyering Skills and Advanced Negotiations courses at UC Davis and has served as a judge for the ABA Negotiation Competition. She received a B.A. in History from UC Davis and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Computer & High Technology Law Journal. 

Netania Moore

Since 2005, Netania Moore  has served as a Partner at Moore and Moore Attorneys at Law in Davis, California, representing clients on a variety of cases including estate planning and criminal defense. From 2001 until 2005, Ms. Moore worked as a deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s Office in the Appeals, Writs, and Trials section. From 2006-2007, she served as an adjunct professor teaching International Advocacy at McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Moore has volunteered extensively, including for the Third District Court of Appeal, Court Outreach Program. Ms. Moore received her J.D. with a Certificate in Governmental Affairs from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2001, her B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis in 1994, and her paralegal certification from the University of California, Davis Extension Program in 1996. 

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. 

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. 

Heraclio Pimentel

Heraclio Pimentel currently serves as an Environmental Litigation Attorney at Stoel Rives LLP where he represents clients on a variety of environmental law matters, including groundwater litigation. Prior to this, he served as an Associate Attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP where he practiced municipal law. He has also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Pollack (ret.) at the Supreme Court of the State of Hawai῾i. Pimentel received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2018, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and awarded the Academic Excellence Scholarship, the 2018 King Hall Alumni Association Award, and served as a UC Davis Law Review Senior Notes and Comments Editor. Pimentel is included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2022 “Top Lawyers” list for Environmental Law.  

Marcus Quintanilla

Marcus Quintanilla currently serves as a Partner at Jones Day, practicing in the areas of International Commercial Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation. Prior to this, he practiced as an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP in the areas of International Arbitration and International White-Collar Investigations and served as a Consultant for U.S. Litigation and International Arbitration with Solórzano, Carvajal, González, Pérez-Correa in México. He has also served as a Law Clerk at both the United States Court of Appeals for theNinth Circuit and United States District Court, Central District of California. Quintanilla has previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer on Transnational Legal Practice and International Arbitration at the UC Irvine School of Law, Visiting Lecturer on International Commercial Arbitration at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México, Instructor in Classical Rhetoric and Ethics at the New Oxford Collegiate Academy, and Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. Quintanilla received his B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University in 1993, an A.M. in Classical Philosophy (Ethics) from Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1996, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1999. 

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. 

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. 

Raquel Silva, '05

Raquel Silva is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Estate Planning Attorney at the Law Office of Raquel M. Silva in Davis, where she has practiced since 2005.  She is also a trained family law mediator and an experienced collaborative divorce attorney.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Silva worked as a paralegal in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Davis.  From 2003-2004, Ms. Silva participated as a certified law student with the UC Davis Family Protection Clinic. Ms. Silva received a Paralegal Certificate from Lincoln Paralegal (Law) School in 1989, a B.A. in Political Science from UC Davis in 2001, and a J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law in 2005. 

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. 

Alyssa Thurston

Alyssa Thurston is a Senior Research Law Librarian at the UC Davis Mabie Law Library. She currently serves as Interim Director of the Law Library. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College, J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and M.L.I.S. with a special certificate in law librarianship from the University of Washington Information School. Prior to joining UC Davis, she worked as a Research Services Librarian and later as the Head of Reference Services at the Pepperdine University School of Law's Jerene Appleby Harnish Law Library. 

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. 

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. 

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 

Maryam Jamshidi

Professor Jamshidi currently serves as Associate Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Jamshidi teaches and writes in the areas of national security, public international law, the law of foreign relations, and tort law. In particular, her scholarship focuses on the relationship between the private sphere and national security law as well as the law of foreign relations. In exploring these dynamics, Professor Jamshidi’s work draws on political and critical theory, as well as sociology. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, and Hastings Law Journal. She also regularly publishes in popular media outlets. Prior to joining the Levin College of Law, Professor Jamshidi served as an Assistant Professor of Lawyering at the NYU Law School. She also worked as an associate in several leading Washington D.C. law firms, including White & Case, where she worked primarily on issues relating to national security and foreign relations law. Professor Jamshidi clerked for the Honorable Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

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. 

Wadie Said

Wadie Said is currently the Miles and Ann Loadholt Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, he was a visiting professor in the Law and Society Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida. Upon graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Charles P. Sifton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and as a litigation associate in the New York office of Debevoise and Plimpton, where he helped coordinate the firm's pro bono political asylum program. Said writes in the areas of criminal law and procedure, national security law, immigration law, and international human rights. His book, Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015, with the paperback edition released in early 2018. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and serves on the Board of Editors of Amerasia Journal.  Professor Said is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. 

  

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