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Rachel Ray, Class of '11

UC Davis School of Law 2023 Rising Star Alumna Award winner Rachel Ray ’11, a Managing Attorney for the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, has been with the organization since just after its founding in 2015. The Center provides immigration legal representation to undocumented students and immediate family members of students from across the University of California.

Professor Joslin Presents Article at University of Virginia School of Law

On Jan. 20, Professor Courtney Joslin and Yale Law School Professor and co-author Douglas NeJaime presented “Domestic Violence and Functional Parent Doctrines” at the University of Virginia School of Law. UVA Law Professor Gregg Strauss commented on the piece.

Professor Joslin is a scholar in the field of family and relationship recognition, with a particular focus on same-sex and non-marital couples.

Chief Justice Guerrero to Speak at Commencement

The Chief Justice of California, Patricia Guerrero, will be keynote speaker at UC Davis School of Law’s Class of 2023 commencement on Saturday, May 13.   Chief Justice Guerrero became California’s first Latina chief justice on Jan. 2. Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated then-Associate Justice Guerrero to the position after former Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye ’84 announced plans to retire.

Center for Innovation, Law, and Society to Launch with Faculty Panel on January 30

The Center for Innovation, Law, and Society (CILS) at UC Davis School of Law will launch on Monday, Jan. 30 with a faculty panel exploring pressing issues at the intersection of law, technology, and innovation. After welcoming remarks by Dean Kevin Johnson, Professors Elizabeth Joh, Stacy-Ann Elvy, Lisa Ikemoto, Peter Lee, and Al Lin will address hot topics in their fields, such as facial recognition technology, the Internet of Things, developments in the fertility industry, patents on COVID-19 vaccines, and strategies to mitigate global climate change.

UC Davis Law Faculty Shine at AALS 2023

UC Davis Law faculty figured prominently at last week’s annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Diego. Participants included Senior Associate Dean Afra Afsharipour and Professors Karrigan Börk, Andrea Chandrasekher, Eric Fish, Courtney Joslin, Donna Shestowsky and Brian Soucek.

Brenda Quintanilla '24 Awarded American Immigration Lawyers Association Scholarship

Brenda Quintanilla ’24 has received the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2022 AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Law Student Scholarship.

According to AILA’s website, the scholarship is intended to provide academic, professional, and financial support to law students from historically underrepresented groups who are interested in the practice of immigration law and advocating on behalf of immigrant communities.

Judge Shama Mesiwala '98 Appointed to Third District Court of Appeal

Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Sacramento Superior Court Judge and UC Davis Law adjunct professor Shama Mesiwala ’98 to the Third District Court of Appeal, the governor’s office announced on Dec. 23.

Mesiwala had served as a Superior Court judge since 2017 and was a court commissioner before that. Read the governor’s press release.

Class of 2022 Graduates, Current Students Achieve Exceptional Employment Success

More than 90% of UC Davis Law’s Class of 2022 has secured full-time legal employment, the highest job rate for a King Hall graduating class just out of law school in at least 15 years.

Career Services’ emphasis on employer recruitment and individual relationships with students has yielded positive outcomes, Assistant Dean of Career Services Craig Compton said.

“Our numbers continue to rise,” Compton said, in terms of employers participating in the law school’s many Career Services programs. “Our entire office is dedicated to recruiting employers.”