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News Posted on August 21, 2013

King Hall Greets Class of 2016 at Welcome BBQ

Intro Week Barbeque 2013

The King Hall community turned out to meet and greet the incoming Class of 2016 at the UC Davis School of Law Welcome BBQ on August 15. The annual event affords new students a chance to mingle with faculty, staff, and students, and serves to kick off Intro Week, five days of academic and social activities for the new class that take place prior to the commencement of regular courses.

This year's barbeque included remarks from Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Assistant Dean for Admission and Enrollment Sharon Pinkney, King Hall Alumni Board President Gage Dungy '03, and Law Students Association President Kathryn Bilder '14.

"Congratulations!  You have succeeded in being accepted to one of the nation's leading law schools," Dean Johnson said in greeting the new class. "King Hall is a truly extraordinary place. It is a young school that has very quickly established a reputation for scholarly and teaching excellence as well as a commitment to public service and the highest ethical ideals."

"The Class of 2016 already has shown excellent judgment," Dean Johnson continued. "You have chosen the perfect place to study law.  The UC Davis law faculty is dedicated to teaching, and they are also internationally recognized scholars.  We have some of the best clinical programs around.  There is no better community to be part of as a law student. Compare notes with friends at other law schools."

Gage Dungy also remarked on King Hall's outstanding reputation.  He recalled his experience as a prospective law student, when a prominent judge and family friend told him not to bother waiting to hear from other law schools once he'd been accepted at King Hall."You want to go to UC Davis," the judge said.

Kathryn Bilder encouraged the new class to take advantage of Intro Week as a time to make connections. During Intro Week, students should feel free to "just hold out your hand and introduce yourself" to faculty, classmates, and staff.

The Welcome BBQ was attended by about 200 members of the King Hall community, including numerous faculty, staff members, second- and third-year students, and a strong turnout of the 143 members of the Class of 2016. 

Learn more about the new class here.