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News Posted on May 18, 2020

Class of 2020's Bates, Reid, Tucker recognized for outstanding achievement

Congratulations to Class of 2020 graduates Heather Bates, Evan Reid and Paige Tucker, who received awards for outstanding achievement at UC Davis School of Law.

Bates is the recipient of the UC Davis Law Medal for highest academic achievement among Class of 2020 graduates. Reid received the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, bestowed upon a graduating student who exemplifies Dr. King’s vision and commitment to public service. Tucker received the UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association Award for outstanding service to King Hall.

While at King Hall, Bates was a Neumiller co-chair on the Moot Court Honors Board; teaching assistant for Constitutional Law and Legal Research and Writing; research assistant for Professor Brian Soucek; and a certified law student in the Civil Rights Clinic. During her summers, Bates advocated for low-income communities, representing unhoused clients in Oakland in Social Security cases, and working on impact litigation at a Washington D.C., nonprofit, challenging state laws that perpetuate poverty. 

Bates holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia. In the fall, she will clerk for the Honorable Judge John Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

As a King Hall student, Reid crafted death penalty appellate arguments at the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District, Capital Habeas Unit; assisted the Law Office of Charles Bonneau in handling complex criminal appeals; assisted individuals with sealing juvenile records for UC Davis Law’s Humanitarian Aid Legal Organization; addressed racial disparities in death penalty cases and prison condition cases as an Equal Justice Initiative intern; and served as the student director of UC Davis Law’s Restorative Justice Practicum.

Reid holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College. He soon will serve as a 2020 Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) fellow.

Tucker was the 2019-20 Law Students Association president, and the 2018-19 Black Law Students Association president. In her role as LSA president, Tucker was instrumental in starting an emergency funds program for students affected by the COVID-19 crisis. She also helped organize an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Celebration, held for the first time this year. Under Tucker’s leadership, the BLSA donated a mural of Dr. King, co-created by Reza Harris ’19, to the law school last year.

Tucker holds a master’s degree in religion from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. In the fall, she will work as a corporate associate at Fenwick & West LLP in the Bay Area.