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News Posted on June 30, 2017

New Faculty Join UC Davis School of Law in 2017-2018

Shayak Sarkar and Camille PannuUC Davis School of Law is pleased to welcome three new additions to its outstanding and diverse faculty during the 2017-2018 academic year: Shayak Sarkar, a former Rhodes Scholar and current Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Camille Pannu, a UC Berkeley School of Law graduate who will direct the law school’s new Water Justice Clinic, and Raquel Aldana, until recently the Associate Dean for Scholarship at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, who joins UC Davis as Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity and a Professor of Law.

Sarkar joins King Hall as an Acting Professor of Law. His research focuses on law and economics, financial regulation, employment law, and immigration. A graduate of Yale Law School, he is currently finishing his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard. Sarkar clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced as an employment attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he focused on domestic workers’ rights. Before law school he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned master’s degrees, with distinction, in social work and development economics. He officially joins the faculty in Spring 2018.

Pannu will serve as Director of the new Water Justice Clinic, an exciting addition to King Hall’s award-winning clinical programs that is designed to advocate for clean, healthy, and adequate water supplies for all Californians. The new clinic is a project of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, in partnership with the California Environmental Law and Policy Center, and will offer expanded environmental justice advocacy opportunities for King Hall students beginning this fall. Pannu is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law who has worked on environmental justice cases for the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the San Joaquin Valley. She has also clerked for Judge Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and Judge Richard Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Aldana, a graduate of Arizona State University and Harvard Law School, taught at William S. Boyd School of Law and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before joining the McGeorge School of Law faculty in 2009. Her scholarship has focused on transitional justice and criminal justice reforms in Latin America as well as immigrant rights in the United States. At McGeorge, she founded and directed the School of Law’s Inter-American Program and served as Associate Dean for Scholarship from 2013–17. She is co-editing From Extraction to Emancipation: Development Reimagined, a forthcoming book from the American Bar Association. She was recently re-elected to the Latin America and Caribbean Council of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative, and previously served as the co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala in 2006 and 2007. Aldana's title will be UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity and Professor of Law.

“It is with great pride that King Hall welcomes Shayak Sarkar, Camille Pannu, and Raquel Aldana to our excellent faculty,” said Dean Kevin R. Johnson. “The UC Davis School of Law faculty is highly regarded, often-cited, and wonderfully diverse -– the only majority-minority top-tier law faculty in the nation. The addition of Sarkar and Pannu will benefit law students and continue our tradition of excellence.”