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News Posted on September 9, 2020

New King Hall adjunct and visiting faculty expand student horizons

King Hall has an esteemed and diverse faculty who expand students’ knowledge of the law, help them build their legal skills, and teach them how to think like lawyers. More than 60 adjunct and visiting faculty extend the breadth of students’ classroom experience even further.

In the fall course “Criminal Justice in the Era of Prison Downsizing,” King Hall students benefit from two different perspectives. Adjunct lecturer Lee Seale ’01 has been Chief Probation Officer for Sacramento County since 2013. He brings additional practical expertise as former deputy Attorney General, Director of Research and Internal Oversight at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Special Assistant inspector general for the California prison system, and from his extensive service on state oversight boards. Co-teaching the course is UC Davis Professor of Sociology Ryken Grattet, who served previously as Assistant Secretary for Research at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Another adjunct lecturer, Nair Flores, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Lyft. She received the 2018 Women Leaders in Tech Law award as well as the 2017 Recorder’s In-House Impact Award. This fall, she is teaching “Patent Prosecution” alongside returning adjunct lecturer Kirupa Pushparaj, Director of Legal, Intellectual Property, at Square, Inc. In addition to learning the subject matter from current practitioners, students are able to interact with role models in their future profession.

New Visiting Professor Dr. Mira Sundara Rajan brings an international perspective to intellectual property. The former Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of British Columbia and a professor of intellectual property law at the University of Glasgow, Dr. Sundara Rajan is the author of two books, Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Copyright and Creative Freedom: A Study of Post-Socialist Law Reform (Routledge, 2006), along with numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Dr. Sundara Rajan is teaching “Copyright” and “Current Controversies in Intellectual Property” this fall and “International & Comparative Intellectual Property” this spring.

“I am thrilled to welcome to UC Davis School of Law an excellent and diverse group of adjunct and visiting faculty,” said Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Afra Afsharipour. “They bring a wealth of experience to King Hall from a variety of backgrounds, whether public service, leadership in non-profit organizations, law firms and corporations, or teaching and scholarship around the world.”

Distinguished adjunct faculty new to King Hall also include:

  • This spring, Esha Bandyopadhyay, a principal at the intellectual property law firm Fish & Richardson, will teach “Trade Secrets” with Fish & Richardson principal Leeron Kalay.
  • Veronica Eady, assistant executive officer of the California Air Resources Board, teaches “Environmental Justice” with Suma Peesapati, Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement for the California Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Thalia González, professor at Occidental College in political science and senior scholar and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaches “Critical Legal Studies: Race, Gender & Inequality.”
  • Joe McGrath, professor of law and Irish Research Council Scholar at the Sutherland School of Law, the University College Dublin, Ireland, teaches “Financial Regulation.”