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News Posted on January 12, 2018

King Hall Faculty Shine at Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting

UC Davis School of Law faculty excellence was on prominent display at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2018 Annual Meeting held January 3-6 in San Diego. Over the course of the three-day conference, King Hall faculty accepted awards, presented research, participated in panel discussions, and acted in leadership roles in AALS section meetings.

Throughout the event, information on King Hall-related activities was made available on social media via a series of posts on the Dean’s Blog, the UC Davis School of Law Facebook page, and the UC Davis Law Twitter account. In addition to pictures from the event, social media postings also included accounts of presentations and informal meetings involving King Hall faculty, alumni, former faculty, and friends of the School of Law.

More than a dozen King Hall faculty attended the conference. Highlights included Professor Aaron Tang’s presentation of his paper, “Rethinking Political Power in Judicial Review,” the winning entry in the 2017 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition. Professor Afra Afsharipour also was honored, accepting the Outstanding Mentor Award from the AALS Section on Business Associations.

Presentations by King Hall faculty included:

  • “What is Fraud Anyway?”: panel discussion featuring Professor Thomas Joo.
  • “Could We Pass the ADA Today? Disability Rights in an Age of Partisan Polarization”: panel discussion moderated by Professor Jasmine Harris.
  • “ADR and Access to Justice: Current Perspectives”: panel discussion featuring Professor Donna Shestowsky.
  • “Historical and Empirical Evidence and the Law of Trusts and Estates: What Really Happened?”: panel discussion featuring Professor David Horton.
  • AALS Scholarly Paper Presentation: Professor Aaron Tang’s presentation of the 2017 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition-winning article “Rethinking Political Power in Judicial Review.”
  • “Keeping Up with the Changing Face of the American Family”: panel discussion featuring Professor Courtney Joslin and Professor Rose Cuison Villazor.
  • “A Unique Approach to Access to Justice: Training Lawyers Ready to Serve”: panel discussion featuring Professor Lisa R. Pruitt.
  • “Legal Competency at the Crossroads: Mental Disability and Family Law”: panel discussion moderated by Professor Jasmine Harris.
  • Documentary Film Selection: Gideon’s Army (2013), film screening with commentary by Professor Irene Joe.
  • “Immigration Adjudication in an Era of Mass Deportation”: panel discussion featuring Dean Kevin R. Johnson.
  • “Professional Responsibility Works in Progress Session”: discussion of scholarly works in progress featuring a presentation by Professor Irene Joe.
  • “New Voices in Property Law: Junior Scholars Works in Progress Panel”: discussion of scholarly works in progress featuring a presentation by Professor Shayak Sarkar.
  • “Teaching and Service: Overcoming Challenges, Realizing Opportunities”: panel discussion moderated by Professor Rose Cuison Villazor.

Serving as the chair or chair-elect of AALS sections were Professor Afra Afsharipour (Law and Southeast Asian Studies), Professor Jasmine Harris (Law and Mental Disability), and Professor Rose Cuison Villazor (Immigration Law). Serving on the executive committees of AALS sections were Professor Afsharipour (Business Associations), Professor Harris (Evidence) and Professor Carlton Larson (Legal History). Also in attendance were Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin and Mary Louise Frampton, Director of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies.

The School of Law hosted an alumni and friends reception on January 4. The event drew alumni including Mike Van Horne ’75, Carin Crain ’91, Jose Castillo ’06, Drew Amoroso ’10, Daniel Watts ’11, and Ryan Holte ’08. Faculty attendees included Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Professors Afra Afsharipour, Jasmine Harris, Rose Cuison Villazor, Irene Joe, Tom Joo, Carlton Larson, Donna Shestowsky, and Lisa Pruitt. Former King Hall faculty members Jennifer Chacon and Angela Onwuachi-Willig were also present, as were Professor Melissa Murray of UC Berkeley School of Law, Rutgers Law Professor Suzanne Kim, Professor Kaaryn Gustafson of UC Irvine School of Law, Professor Robert Chang of Seattle University School of Law, and others.