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                           Class Notes
                                       August 1, 2006-February 28, 2007

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1933
Elizabeth McGilvray died on August 14, 2006, at the age of 97. She practiced law with her
husband and fellow classmate, Kenneth McGilvray, in Sacramento and was an active
community volunteer.

1934
Retired Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge William Zeff died in February 2007 at his
Modesto home after a brief illness. He was 96. Zeff practiced law for 44 years, serving 14 years
on the bench, 13 years as an assistant district attorney, and 17 in private practice.

1935
Emmet Hayes died age 95 form a stroke on November 1, 2006. He practiced law for 50 years in
San Francisco and taught at Golden Gate University School of Law. At the age of 18, Hayes
worked his way around the world on the SS President Wilson, later revisiting nearly every
country in the world.

1938
Wallace May died in Fresno on September 6, 2006, at age 92.

1939
Described by family and friends as having “boundless energy, a bright smile, and a wry sense of
humor,” Robert Andresen died at age 91 in his San Rafael home on January 6, 2007. Andresen
served in the army in World War II, was later an attorney for Prudential Insurance, and then
worked in private practice in Mill Valley’s historic Keystone building. Jerome Sapiro, a class
agent for many years, died in San Francisco on January 8, 2007. Sapiro served in the army in
World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Croiz de guerre with two palms. After
the war he returned to general practice.




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1941
Hon. Francis Mayer died on November 16, 2006, in San Francisco. As a San Francisco
Superior Court Judge, Mayer instituted major reforms in the city’s juvenile court system. After
leaving the bench in 1995, he was self-employed for 10 years.

1942
Richard “Dick” Bishop died in San Carlos on January 25, 2007, at age 88. He practiced law for
50 years in San Francisco with Bishop, Murray & Barry. He served on the San Carlos planning
Commission and City Council and was mayor in 1961.

1943
After a long illness, Roger Sans died on January 25, 2007. He practiced law for 48 years in
Woodland and was an avid golfer, fisherman and outdoorsman.

1946
Harold Willis was featured in the Record on September 16, 2006. The article, "Retired Lawyer's
active life slowed by illness," discussed Willis’s long career in Stockton's legal and arts
communities.

1948
Franklin Roberts died in Sacramento on October 18, 2006. He practiced law in Sacramento
from 1948 until he retired in 1986. He enjoyed tennis and golf and was an active member of
many local organizations.




                             Hon. Alan Thieler ’49.

1949
Wally Quinlisk died in Fresno on October 26, 2006. Quinlisk practiced law in Fresno for 50
years and served as president of the Fresno County Bar Association in 1961. On October 13,
2006, age 90, Hon. Alan Thieler died at home in Quincy. Early in his career, Thieler practiced
law in San Francisco and Plumas Counties, his clients including Mao Zedong, in a legal dispute
with Chiang Kai-shek. Later, Thieler served on the bench throughout California for 27 years, and
was renowned for his up-to-date knowledge of case-law.



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                         Eugene Freeland ’51.

1951
Eugene Freeland died on March 9, 2007, after a long illness. Freeland practiced law for 35
years with Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye of San Diego. He was the firm’s first divorce lawyer, later
specializing in personal injury defense work and finally he became an expert in the law of
eminent domain. Freeland was one of the longest-serving members of the UC Hastings Board of
Directors.

1952
Keith Parker died on February 3, 2007. He had a general law practice in Santa Rosa from 1953
to 1989 and served more than 20 years as a trustee on the Rincon Valley Union School Board.
Rilio Caccia, who practiced law for more than 50 years in San Francisco, died on September 7,
2006. Robert Chargin died in Stockton on October 2, 2006. He engaged in general practice for
15 years and was appointed public defender of San Joaquin County in 1965, retiring in 1989.

1953
Bradley Schwarz died on December 28, 2006. He practiced law for 50 years in Costa Mesa,
CA, and taught business law at Orange Coast College. He remained a reserve intelligence officer
in the Marines until he retired from the corps as a Lt. Colonel in 1978. He and his wife,
Lieutenant Grace Finley, were the first US marine officers to wed in the history of the corps.

1954
Edwin Ness died in September 2006. Wester Sweet died on January 29, 2007. He practiced for
50 years in San Jose, where he joined Latinos and Filipinos in the fight for equal rights, was the
first African American to run for San Jose City Council, and served on Santa Clara County’s
civil grand jury.

1955
Allan Wendroff died on December 25, 2006, in Sacramento. He spent his professional career as
an attorney for the State of California, General Services Department.




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1956
Morrie Sherr died on August 28, 2006.

1957
Robert James died on March 13, 2007. Elizabeth Richards died on November 2, 2006 age
93. During an era when it was rare for women to attend law school, Richards, then the mother of
three young children, graduated third in her class and went on to enjoy a 25-year, successful
career as a probate attorney and state inheritance tax referee.

1958
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. was profiled on September 29, 2006, in Jet's
"This Week in Black History" series for his position as San Francisco's first black mayor, his
election and 16 subsequent re-elections to the California Assembly, and his election as the first
black Speaker of the Assembly, a position he held for 15 years.

1959
Thomas Angle passed away on April 29, 2006.

1960
Richard Johnson died in Walnut Creek on September 21, 2006, after a brief illness. He initially
practiced with Pillsbury Madison and Sutro, later entering private practice in Walnut Creek. He
also served as the first dean of John F. Kennedy Law School.

1961
John Hatzenbuhler died on March 27, 2007, at age 78. Hatzenbuhler served for 28 years as a
municipal court judge.

1962
Insurance litigator Lawrence Mulryan joined Lord, Bissell & Brook as of counsel in the firm's
Los Angeles office. Bruce Varner, serving on the University of California’s governing board,
was featured in an August 2006 San Bernardino County Sun article. John Vasil died at home
on July 25, 2006. He practiced law for over 33 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and was an
active member of the Cretan and Greek communities.

1963
Richard Bishop died at home on January 25, 2007. He practiced law in San Francisco for 50
years with Bishop, Murray, & Barry and was active in the San Carlos community.

1964
Hon. Paul Alvarado, a veteran of two decades on the bench, retired in August 2006. Among his
high-profile cases was last year’s $1.1 billion settlement in the Microsoft antitrust case, a
decision that was upheld by the First District Court of Appeal. Joseph Cotchett, of Cotchett,


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Pitre & McCarthy, was featured on August 8, 2006 in the Daily Journal article "San Diego Judge
Orders Release of Energy-Trader Tapes" for his work as lead attorney in a suit against energy
companies over the California energy crisis. Currently, He is the lead trial lawyer in the civil
lawsuit filed by ex-CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson against Vice President Dick Cheney,
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Karl Rove, and Richard Armitage. For the past ten years, Cotchett has
been on the list of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation. Robert Luft, a neutral with
JAMS, was appointed to the California State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
James Michael Thomas died suddenly on December 25, 2006. He practiced as a law clerk and
patent attorney with Schapp and Hatch of San Francisco for 10 years, then taught at Cogswell
College in the general studies department and at the College of San Mateo in the business
department. Theodore Vaganes died of cancer in September 2006. The Press Telegram
obituary described this LA county criminal defense lawyer as “an unapologetic liberal and
champion of lost causes: criminals with hard lives and bleak futures, old cars, and the Boston
Red Sox.”

1965
Hon. Lawrence Antolini was featured on November 24, 2006, in the Daily Journal article
"Independent Minded." Attorneys praised the Sonoma County Superior Court judge’s unique
philosophical style and his practice of explaining the reasoning behind his rulings. David
Brezner is a partner at Morgan Lewis in the firm's San Francisco office, focusing on intellectual
property litigation. Thomas Fat was profiled on October 31, 2006, in SignOnSanDiego.com.
The article, "His 'Father's Son' After All," details Fat’s untiring career in his immigrant-father’s
restaurant business, now one of the oldest continuously operated family restaurants in California.
Gary Giacomini is chair of the Marin Community Foundation. Hon. Harry Sheppard was
featured on March 13, 2006 in San Francisco Daily Journal article "Hot Commodity," for his
work as an Alameda County Superior Court judge. The article praised his "firm and fair handling
of complicated cases, such as the trial for the murder of transgender teen Gwen Araujo."
Eugene Vierra is president of the board of trustees for Merced Community College.

1966
Lee Archer was elected to a third two-year term as managing partner of Archer Norris. Marvin
Baxter was profiled on September 26, 2006, in the Daily Journal for his work as the second-
longest-serving justice on the California Supreme Court. In the article, "Conservative Anchor
Pulls Abstract Ideas Down to Earth," colleagues praised Baxter for his steady, deliberative, and
common-sense approach. Robert House was honored by San Francisco Magazine as a
Northern California Super Lawyer in estate planning and trusts in 2004, 2005, and again in 2006.
John Liebert was honored as a Southern California Super Lawyer for his work in employment
and labor law. Hon. Michael Nail has retired from the bench, and was featured in The Reporter
and the Vallejo Times Herald on November 13, 2006, for his 14 years of service as a Solano
County Superior Court judge. Vernon Salvador died on February 13, 2007.

1967
Hon. Thomas Hendrix retired from the bench after ten years as a San Diego Superior Court
judge and five as a South Bay Municipal Court judge. In a Daily Journal feature on November
27, 2006, San Diego lawyers praised Hendrix for his patient, composed demeanor, his dry sense


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of humor and his no-nonsense, yet compassionate, approach to the family law litigants over
whom he presides. Hon. Edward B. Huntington was honored as the San Diego Family Law
Judicial Officer of the Year by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers. Justice George Nicholson was featured in The Recorder on January 30,
2007, in the article, "Rules of the Game Score with Third District Nicholson." In addition to
hitting a home run as a semi-pro during a practice game with baseball legend Willie Mays, this
Third District Court of Appeal justice was a pre-eminent leader in the 1980s victims’ rights
movement that changed criminal justice in California and ultimately the nation.

1968
Justice Richard McAdams was featured in The Recorder on March 6, 2007 for his work on the
Sixth District Court of Appeal. McAdams was quoted, "My life revolves around family, and law
is second… But it’s certainly a close second." Guy Rounsaville, Jr. joined ABN AMRO's
North American region at LaSalle Bank as executive vice president and general counsel.

1969
Hon. Lawrence Appel was profiled in The Recorder on August 22, 2006. "Procedure is '95
percent of justice' in Appel's court," detailed the Alameda County Superior Court judge’s work
on family court reforms. Laurence Kessenick, partner at Kessenick, Phillips & Gamma of San
Francisco, acts as legal counsel to many physician groups, and regularly advises clients in
complex business transactions. Before forming Kessenick, Phillips & Gamma, Larry worked for
33 years at the Hansen firm. Thomas Worthington was featured in the Californian on
December 9, 2006, for his work as a criminal defense lawyer in Salinas County. In the article,
"Defense Lawyer Often Represents Underdogs,” Worthington said, “No matter how popular,
how difficult, you can’t give up.”

1970
Robert Bell, Jr. joined Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton as of-counsel, focusing on labor
and employment law. Bell came to the firm from Heller Ehrman's San Diego office where he
headed the employment practice. Michael Ferguson retired from his position as Nevada
district attorney in January, 2007, after 16 years in that position and 25 years in the Nevada’s
District Attorney’s Office. He continued to work as a deputy district attorney in the office
through April. In a Union.com article posted on January 2, 2007, colleagues describe Ferguson’s
excellent ethics and ability to find the right answer. “A lot of people have the answer, but he has
the right answer.”

1971
James Arnold, a solo with The Arnold Law Practice, has practiced environmental law for more
than three decades and was re-elected secretary of the American Bar Association's environment,
energy, and resources section. Richard Goldman died age 59, at Santa Barbara Cottage
hospital, after a brief battle with cancer. He served as dean of the Santa Barbara and Ventura
Colleges of Law. Roger Hurt died on July 8, 2006, while scuba diving with his wife in Baja,
CA. His obituary in the Marin Independent Journal, described Hurt as a “pillar of the Stinson
Beach community and a lifelong advocate for social justice.” Charles Ostimer III is principal



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at Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum and a member of the firm's executive committee. Paul
Supnik received the President's Award from the Beverly Hills Bar Association at its installation
dinner in September, 2006.

1972
Robert Crawford died on October 7, 2006 in a scuba-diving accident off the Monterey coast.
He practiced law in San Mateo and was a community volunteer. Col. Michael Lumbard
writes, “In 1993 I retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. At the time of my retirement I was
staff judge advocate for 2nd Air Force, in charge of all legal responsibilities for Air Force
strategic reconnaissance, including U-2 spy aircraft operations worldwide and the F-117 Stealth
Aircraft during the first Iraq War. My wife Marie and I have retired to a beautiful home
overlooking the Columbia River and Mt Hood in Washougal, WA.” John MacInnis died on
February 15, 2006. He taught economics and was dean of Golden Gate University. Previously,
he taught and directed the graduate law program at Lone Mountain College, now part of
University of San Francisco. James Preston, a California family law certified specialist
practicing in Visalia, was elected chair of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section.
Hon. Ronald Rose, ret., a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and
retired federal judge, joined Dracup & Patterson as a partner.

1973
Steve Cron was selected for the third consecutive year by Los Angeles Magazine as a Super
Lawyer in the field of criminal defense. James Dunwort’s book, Monkey Grass: Poems for
Those Who Are Not All that Fond of Poetry, was published in 1996. Hon. Dan Grimmer was
featured in The Recorder on February 27, 2007, for his work as an Alameda Superior Court
judge. In, “Alameda Felony Judge Takes Cues from Family Law," Judge Grimmer credits an
early family law assignment with teaching him how to be a judge. Bob Ramsey died from
cancer in February 2007. He served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and later was a
criminal defense attorney. Gary Samson joined as a partner the capital markets group of
McGuire Woods. Samson heads the California commercial lending and banking team for the
firm’s Los Angeles office. He was selected as a 2007 Southern California Banking Super Lawyer
by Los Angeles Magazine.

1974
Professor Emeritus Gail Bird volunteers for the Ventura County Bar Association's Volunteer
Legal Services Program. William Booth died on December 31, 2006. He practiced law in San
Louis Obispo County and, for six years, taught business and real estate law at Cuesta College.
James Clapp teaches mathematics at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. Justice
Rodney Davis was featured in The Recorder on November 28, 2006. The article, "Third
District's Rodney Davis Loves the 'Literature,'" describes associate justice Davis’s early interest
in public service and his love of a well-crafted brief. Hon. Stephen Hedstrom was profiled on
August 23, 2006 in the Daily Journal article, “Meth and Murder,” for his work as presiding
judge at Lake County Superior Court. Hon. Donald Miles is a hearing judge on the State Bar
Court in Los Angeles. Frank Silver was featured in The Recorder on November 14, 2006, in
the article "Mediator Likes to Keep Labor Disputes Civilized," which praised his work as an
arbitrator in labor disputes. Douglas Wah joined Foley & Mansfield as partner in the firm's


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newly relocated office in Oakland. Wah focuses his practice on environmental and mass tort
claims.

1975
Gary Brustin was featured on December 10, 2006, in the Kansas City Daily Record article
"Attorney Chooses the (Bike) Path Less Taken" for his work as a personal-injury lawyer
representing cyclists. Comm. Douglas Carnahan was featured in the Daily Journal on
September 19, 2006. In "No Snap Judgments," attorneys praised the Los Angeles Superior Court.
commissioner’s intelligent and thoughtful approach to justice. Justice Carol Corrigan was
featured in the Sacramento Bee on October 7, 2006. Dane Gillette was featured on January 6,
2007, in the West County Times article "'Dr. Death' on front line of state's execution battle."
Senior Assistant Attorney General Gillette is in charge of hundreds of death penalty appeals and
is California’s leading defender of the death penalty. John Giovannone is a shareholder in
Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office. Edith Matthai was featured on September 21,
2006, in the Daily Journal article "Loyola Selects Two Trial Attorneys to Honor as Champions
of Justice." Matthai, of Robie & Matthai, centers her practice on professional malpractice
defense and business litigation. Susan Popik became the newest co-author of the Rutter
Group's California Practice Guide: Insurance Litigation, to which she had been a contributing
author for several years. Popik is a founding partner at Chapman, Popik & White. Hon. Larry
Sage graduating with honors from the University of Nevada in December, 2006, earning a
Masters of Judicial Studies. Tidewater elected Nicholas Sutton Jr. to its board of directors for
a term expiring in July 2007.

1976
Hon. Scott Kays was featured in the Metropolitan News Enterprise on October 10, 2006. The
article, "New CJA leader Scott Kays Urges Preservation of Independent Decision Making,"
described his stance, as president of the California Judges Association, against subjecting judges
to criminal or civil liability for their decisions in individual cases. Hon. Michael Mattice was
featured in the San Francisco Daily Journal on February 2, 2007, for his work as a Solano
County Superior Court judge presiding over the family law calendar. In "The Temper Tamer,"
attorneys praised Judge Mattice for “diffusing volatility in the courtroom through his calm
demeanor.” Jackson Lewis LLP has established a new scholarship for an incoming Hastings
student interested in employment law. The recipient will be selected from the class of 2010.
Three Hastings alumni are partners in the San Francisco office of Jackson Lewis: Patrick
Mullin, Rob Pattison '81, and Mitchell Boomer '85. Chancellor and Dean Nell Jessup
Newton received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Connecticut Law
School Alumni Association for her work as former dean of the school. Dorothy North was
named a Northern California Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine in 2005, and 2006.
Marilyn Raia was included in the 2007 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the field of
maritime law. Raia is of counsel in the San Francisco office of Bullivant Houser Bailey.
Anthony Strauss is managing partner at Strauss-Urtitz in Ventura, CA. His son, Michael, has
passed the California bar and joined the firm as its sixth lawyer. Hon. Thomas Zeff is a
Superior Court judge in Stanislaus County. Sec. Ann Veneman was featured in the Winter
2007 edition of the UC Davis Magazine for her work as executive director of UNICEF.




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1977
Donald Carlson, senior founding partner of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson, was recently
inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. John Cotter has been admitted to
practice in British Columbia, Canada. He writes: “Pretty nifty being licensed in two countries,
eh? I am working in Courtenay, BC (on Vancouver Island), for a small firm working chiefly in
civil litigation. Four years ago I retired from the Sacramento Public Defender’s Office, and then
worked for three years doing court-appointed appeals in Sacramento. I moved to Canada in
2006; I am single; life is good.” Hon. John (Jack) Grandsaert was profiled on September 6,
2006, in the Daily Journal article "Seeing the Bench from Both Sides.” Grandsaert came to the
San Mateo court as a seasoned prosecutor, having previously worked as a U.S. Army Reserve
officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Patrica Kernighan, who holds the District 2
seat on the Oakland City Council, was featured in the article, "Candidates fighting for Oakland's
future," published in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 13, 2006. Constance Lau, chair,
president, and CEO of Honolulu-based American Savings Bank, was included in U.S. Banker's
list of the 25 most powerful women in banking. Hon. Michelle McCoy was elected to the Santa
Clara County Superior Court bench. Hon. Charlene Mitchell was featured in the Daily Journal
on February 2, 2007. "Decorum in the Court" described her work as a San Francisco County
Superior Court judge. David Weston is a partner at Newnham, Fitzpatrick, Weston & Brennan
in La Jolla, specializing in trusts and estates. Mavis Yee is partner at Heller Ehrman in the
firm's Silicon Valley office.

1978
David Allen writes, “Retirement is wonderful after many years of trusts and estates.” Donald
Dana, executive vice president for Wells Fargo Bank, was featured in The Ark on December 6,
2006, for his interest in whether early humans traveled from Siberia to the Americas by boat. The
article, "A Banker's Fascination With Anthropology Leads Him on a New Adventure," tells of
Dana’s many trips to Siberia and his voyage in the Arctic on a 30ft “skinboat” made from walrus
hide. William Lee gave a lecture titled "Placing a Human Face on the Immigration Debate" at
the University of Kansas on April 13, 2007. A lawyer since 1979, Lee is now a full-time writer,
and in early 2007 published his first book, The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute to
His Toisanese Mother. Hon. Patrice McElroy was reappointed in September 2006, as
California State Bar Court hearing judge. Thomas Nuris, a sole practitioner in Daly City, was
reconfirmed as trustee of the Jefferson Union High School District. Kurt Peterson was
reelected to a three-year term on the executive committee of top 25 international firm Reed
Smith. He practices civil litigation in the firm’s Century City and Los Angeles offices and is
listed as a Best Lawyer in America for his expertise in ethics and legal malpractice cases.
Peterson also serves on the executive committee of the Music Center of Los Angeles County.
Hon. Stephen Pulido was sworn in as Alameda County Superior Court judge in February 2007.
On January 17, 2007, he was featured in the (Hayward) Daily Review article “Packing Up,
Moving On,” detailing his 25-plus years of experience in family and children’s law. The U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has approved class-action status to The Impact Fund's
sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of seven women. Brad Seligman is
the founder of The Impact Fund and the lead attorney in the case. Seligman was also named on
the Daily Journal’s 2006 list of the Top 100 California lawyers. Sandra Serrano was featured
in the Bakersfield News article, "Cal-State Bakersfield Commencement Doubles in Size," on



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December 1, 2006, for speaking at the school’s commencement and for her position as
chancellor of the Kern Community College District. Nancy Tellem, president of CBS
Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group, was profiled on October 23, 2006, in
Broadcast Newsroom for her career in television and her skill at balancing her professional life
and family life. The Alameda County Bar Association honored Richard Waxman with the
Distinguished Service Award for Individual Lawyer of the Year, for his dedication to the
county's legal community. Waxman is a partner in the business and real estate practice groups of
Wendel, Rosen, Black & dean in Oakland. Gene Wong, chief consultant on the California State
Judiciary Committee, made the Daily Journal's 2006 list of Top 100 Lawyers in California.




                            Hon. Lawrence O’Neill ’79.

1979
Katherine Asada was honored in October 2006 by the Minority Bar Coalition for her significant
contributions to advance the causes of diversity and service to community. Asada is a public
defender in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Hon. Gail Bereola is presiding judge
of the Juvenile Court of Alameda County Superior Court. Judge Bereola has been a California
Judge since 1992. Fresno County Superior Court now has its first female presiding judge. First
appointed to the bench in 2002, Hilary Chittick was elected presiding judge by her peers last
September and started her new role in January. Scott De Vries, a litigation partner in the San
Francisco office of Winston & Strawn, has been named for two consecutive years in Best
Lawyers in America and for three consecutive years in San Francisco Magazine’s list of Top 100
Northern California Super Lawyers. Hon. Robert Kwan, formerly deputy chief of the Tax
Division in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney's Office, was appointed to the Bankruptcy Court for
the Central District of California. Lawrence Low joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s San
Francisco office as a corporate partner. Celebrated criminal defense attorney Thomas
Mesereau, Jr. published two articles in the Daily Journal: “Address Racial Prejudice
Immediately to Help Jurors Rise Above It” on September 21, 2006, and “Look at Me,”
contending that high-profile cases are won in the courtroom and not in the media, on January 12,
2007. After serving for nine years as a Superior Court judge, and eight more as a United States
magistrate judge, Lawrence O'Neill was confirmed as a U.S. District Court judge for the
Eastern District of California. Bruce Pfaff and his partner obtained a $27 million compensatory
damage award for the wrongful death of their client against Ford Motors. The verdict was named
among the “top 100 verdicts in the USA in 2005” by national publication Verdict Search. Marc
Sallus is the president-elect of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and was also selected to serve


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on the executive committee of the California Bar's Trust & Estate Section. F. Eric Saunders is
vice president and chief counsel for intellectual property at the TPL Group in Cupertino.

1980
Rod Divelbiss joined Colletter Ercikson Farmer & O'Neill as a new partner. Comm. Poli
Flores, Jr.was featured on December 6, 2006 in the Daily Journal article, "'Baptism by Fire' for
New Court Commissioner," for her appointment as Imperial County Superior Court
commissioner. Flores presides over juvenile court, hearing dependency and delinquency cases.
A stage adaptation of Louis Sachar’s children’s novel, Sideways Stories from Wayside School,
was performed at San Jose’s Historic Hoover in November 2006. Tad Shapiro was named a
Northern California Super Lawyer for 2006 by Law and Politics. Antitrust attorney Bruce
Simon merged with Pearson, Soter, Warshaw & Penny to form Pearson, Simon, Soter, Warshaw
and Penny in San Francisco. James Stang and his firm, Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones &
Weintraub, were selected as counsel for the Official Creditors Committee of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Davenport, IA. The firm also serves as counsel to a creditors committee in Spokane,
WA. These committees represent sex abuse survivors. Craig Wood is a partner in the business
law department and a member in the real estate practice of Foley & Lardner's Los Angeles
office.




                             Sandy Gregorak Grofein ’81.

1981
Ricardo Cavallera is a lawyer with Cavallera Associates located at the San Jose Peace Center.
Thomas Gede is a principal and of counsel at Bingham Consulting Group, a subsidiary of
Bingham McCutcheon. Charlette Green was featured on March 6, 2007 in the (Alameda)
Journal article, "New Deputy DA Takes Reigns in Alameda." Green describes how Alameda
Court Judge Donald McCullum was her mentor and encouraged her to become a district
attorney. Sandra Gregorak Gronfein is the director of professional development, recruiting
and diversity at Bullivant Houser Bailey, of Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. Doug Kight
became vice president of human resources for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in December 2006.
He has been with Boeing for 19 years. Robert Pattison is managing partner of Jackson Lewis'
San Francisco office. The firm has established a new scholarship for an incoming Hastings
student interested in employment law. Two other Hastings alumni are partners in the San
Francisco office of Jackson Lewis: Mitchell Boomer '85 and Patrick Mullin '76. Jeff Ross



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and Hastings Professor George Bisharat visited Japan in February 2007, participating in an
international law conference and sharing their expertise in criminal clinics. Jeff Ross is the chief
of the criminal division in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. William Uchimoto is a
partner and co-chair of Saul Ewing’s securities industry practice group. As co-chair of the
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Sponsorship Committee, Uchimoto raised
nearly $1 million dollars for the annual convention in Philadelphia.

1982
Alyce Fox (formerly Rubinfeld) has moved her employment law practice from Epstein Becker &
Green to the newly established Westlake Village office of Musick, Peeler & Garrett, where she is
a partner heading the labor and employment practice. Benjamin Feingold was featured on
March, 1 2007, in PR Newswire article "Digital Media Pioneer and Entertainment Industry Icon,
Ben Feingold Is Acknowledged as a Leading Architect of the Launch of the Original DVD
Format." Feingold has joined the board of directors of PlayPhone Inc., the pioneer of direct-to-
consumer wireless distribution. Sheila Harrington practices family law in
mediation/consultation and premarital agreements. She recently obtained a real estate broker’s
license focuses on commercial and retail properties. She writes, “Work is often more relaxing
than raising three kids! On occasion I escape in my built-up Jeep Wrangler and go off-roading on
the Rubicon.” Thomas Huffaker was appointed United States consul general for Alberta,
Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. A State Department Foreign Service Officer since
1985, Huffaker most recently finished a second tour in Moscow. He has served in Ottowa;
Canada; Mumbai, India; Belgrade; Yugoslavia; and Washington, DC. Victor James was
featured in the Daily Democrat on February 16, 2007. "Board vacancy filled after being open for
22 years" discussed James's election by trustees to represent West Sacramento's school district.
In February, 2007, California Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Timothy Alan Simon to the
Public Utilities Commission. Since January, 2006, Simon had been serving as appointments
secretary in the Office of the Governor, the first African-American to hold the position. Sandra
Teters died on November 11, 2006. Teters was an assistant U.S. attorney for 21 years.

1983
Charlotte Ito joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps as a partner in the family wealth and
exempt organizations practice group. Bernard Knapp is legal advisor to the California
Commission on Judicial Performance. Ellen McKissock is a partner at Hopkins & Carley in
San Jose, specializing in commercial litigation. San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner
Dorothy McMath was featured in the Daily Journal on November 28, 2006. In the article, "A
Knack for the Probate Niche," attorneys praised her helpful, respectful, and patient approach.
McMath said, “It all comes down to resolving family situations, human problems.”

1984
Comm. Rachelle Chong is a member of the California Public Utilities Commission, the five-
member panel charged with regulating privately owned electric, telecommunications, natural
gas, water, and transportation companies. The California Supreme Court appointed San
Francisco Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein '84 to the Commission on Judicial
Performance for a four-year term beginning March 1. Feinstein has been a California judge since
June 2000. Alameda County Superior Court judge Michael Gaffey was featured in the Daily


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Journal on November 15, 2006. The article, "Talking Down a Storm," tells of Gaffey’s practice
of engaging criminal defendants in direct conversation and explaining the reasons behind his
sentencing. Lisa Gamoian was named the 2006 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the
California District Attorney’s Association. John Kakinuki joined GE Consumer Finance
Company as chief legal counsel. Bruce Matsui is associate general counsel at the University of
Hawaii. Kevin Mayer is a partner and civil trial attorney in the Los Angeles office of Steptoe
& Johnson. Over the past two years, Kevin has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America,
by Woodward/White and a Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine. His
recent article, “Debunking the Expansion of Defendants Theory” in the Defense Research
Institute’s For the Defense, received a 2006 Burton Award for legal Achievement. Kevin and his
wife, Donna, reside in Pacific Palisades, California with their three sons. Victoria Nuetzel
joined Shapiro Buchman Provine Patton in Walnut Creek as senior counsel, working in the
litigation group. Paul Panum died on August 29, 2005. Panum practiced law at Group Health
Plan in Minneapolis from 1975 until 1979 and later taught medical ethics at the University of
Oregon Law School. Fernando Tafoya’s consulting firm, Policy Solutions, managed a
landslide victory in 2006 for Fresno City Counselwoman Cynthia Sterling, with more than 65%
of the vote. Tafoya continues to practice law in northern California and the Central Valley.
Judith Volkart was featured in the Aljazeerah article, "Impeach the President: The Case against
Bush and Cheney" on December 20, 2006, for coauthoring the book of the same title. Volkart
teaches constitutional law and other legal courses at Sonoma State University and University of
California, Berkeley. Philip Wojdak was featured on March 12, 2007, in the Daily News article
"Prosecutor Sees Justice Even Though He's Blind," for his 22 years of work as a deputy district
attorney in Los Angeles County.


1985
Jeff Adachi received the 2006 Dorsey Award from the American Bar Association. Adachi was
reelected in November, 2006, for a second four-year term as San Francisco public defender. He
wrote, produced, and directed the documentary film, The Slanted Screen: Asian American Men
in Film and Television. Jackson Lewis LLP has established a new scholarship for an incoming
Hastings student interested in employment law. The recipient will be selected from the class of
2010. Three Hastings alumni are partners in the San Francisco office of Jackson Lewis: Mitchell
Boomer, Patrick Mullin '76 and Rob Pattison '81. Nanci Clarence, president of the San
Francisco Bar Association, was featured in the Daily Journal on December 14, 2006. "S.F. Bar
President Makes Budget-Neutral Plans" detailed Clarence’s commitment to improving juvenile
justice in San Francisco. Channa Parker-Barra is a member of the United Parcel Service
corporate legal department, specializing in international business transactions. She recently
returned to the U.S. after completing an eight-month assignment in the company's Brussels
office, where she managed legal affairs for Eastern Europe. Thomas Rowe serves on the
California Commission on Aging and is a partner at Stokes, Steeves, Rowe and Hamer in Arcata,
CA, practicing in the field of estates and trusts. Marianne Smith and her husband, Gary
Barnett, left their jobs in Seattle to live aboard their 40-foot sailboat Gallant Fox. First cruising
British Columbia, they will move down the Pacific US during summer 2007, to winter in
Mexico, eventually heading further southward along Central America.




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1986
Maya Armour is chief counsel and corporate secretary of IP Unity, a venture-backed
telecommunications company in Silicon Valley. Frederick Butler was featured in The
Recorder in the February 6, 2007. "San Francisco Neutral Left Government for 'Independence'"
described his work as a neutral working in alternative dispute resolution. Tiela Chalmers is
executive director of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Volunteer Legal Services Program.
Douglas Emerick, who delivered a commencement address for his class at Hastings, died on
November 18, 2006 at age 46. Emerick worked at the U.S. District Court for the District of
Nevada, serving first as a staff attorney and later a senior staff attorney until his retirement in
2005. Jana Kurka is a contract attorney at Paul Hastings in San Francisco, specializing in
business litigation. Iain Mickle is a shareholder at Boutin Dentino Gibson Di Giusto Hodell in
Sacramento, specializing in corporate and securities transactions. Renee Richards was profiled
on October 6, 2006 in the BASF Bulletin for her work at the Lawyer Referral and Information
Service (LRIS) as chair of the oversight committee. Geoffrey Willis joined Bingham
McCutchen's Orange County office as a partner in the land use and development practice group.

1987
Alan Abrahamson is columnist for NBCSports.com and an expert on the Olympics. F. Lane
Finch, Jr. is co-chair of the programming subcommittee of the insurance coverage litigation
committee of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section. In February, 2007, Michael
Greene moved his practice to Diablo Real Estate Group. He writes, “I will continue working
closely and collaborating with the fine attorneys at Morgan Miller Blair on a number of ongoing
matters and expect to do so on new matters in the future as well.” Sherri McElroy passed away
on March 6, 2007, at age 45, after a long battle with cancer. McElroy was an employment
litigator with Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold in San Francisco. Jay Monahan, Jr., is
deputy counsel, intellectual property at eBay, and writes, that in addition to winning a unanimous
Supreme Court decision, “We just celebrated the one year birthday of our daughter, Ava Ireland
Monahan.” Margaret Murray, an employment law partner with Folger Levin & Kahn, has
been appointed to the advisory board of the center for WorkLife Law at Hastings. Elizabeth
Pierce was promoted to of counsel at Arent Fox. Jeffrey Randall of Skadden, Arps, Slate,
Meagher & Flom was named one of the Top 50 Young Litigators by The American Lawyer
magazine. John Rivard is chief investment officer of Broadway Real Estate Partners in New
York.

1988
Prescilla Dugard is shareholder in the San Diego office of Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz.
Elisabeth Frater and her law partner Charles Gravett were profiled on November 28, 2006, in
the American Canyon Eagle article “New Law Firm Courts AmCan Clients” for their expansion
of their Napa practice into American Canyon, the county’s fastest growing city. George
McClinton died on July 26, 2006. Douglas Parkinson died on September 28, 2006 after a
year-long battle with cancer. Parkinson practiced law in Anchorage, then moved with his wife to
Micronesia in the early 90s, where he practiced in Pohnpei and later in Palau. Jeffrey Rosichan
is a vice chairman in equity capital market at Deutsche Bank Securities, in New York.



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1989
E. Patrick Ellisen is a partner in the intellectual property litigation group at Green Traurig in the
firm's Silicon Valley office. Kimberly Fullerton is a consultant in Spencer Stuart's legal search
practice in San Mateo, where she places general counsels and other senior legal attorneys within
corporate departments. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris made the Daily
Journal’s list of California’s Top 100 Lawyers for the second year running. She was featured in
the Summer 2006 edition, SF Attorney article “BASF Members Lead City Departments” for her
dedication to diversity in the legal workforce; her progressive projects in the fields of child
assault, elder abuse, and reentry; and her commitment to community involvement. On April 13,
2007, Harris was also named by the San Francisco Business Times one of the most influential
women in government and nonprofits for her work as San Francisco district attorney. Diane
Stanton opened her law firm in Berkeley, specializing in civil litigation and employment law.
For the first half of 2007, J. Christopher Stevens is on detail to the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee minority staff advisor on Middle East affairs, reporting to Senator Richard Lugar of
Indiana. In June 2007, Stevens will be posted to the new embassy in Tripoli, Libya, as deputy
chief of mission. Stephen Yang is an associate in the Palo Alto office of Paul Hastings,
working in the employment and labor department.




                                  Debbie Cannavino ’90.




                            Ilene Dick ’90.




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1990
Eduardo Angeles was featured on February 16, 2007, in the Asian Journal. Filipino-American
Angeles is the first person to hold the position of special counsel to the City of LA. City
College of San Francisco hired attorney Leilani Battiste as full-time American Disabilities Act
consultant to make the college more accessible for the disabled. Deborah Cannavino joined
the Stamford, CT, office of Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest employment and labor law
firm. Ilene Dick is associate at San Francisco's Farella Braun + Martel in the real estate and
land use department. Hon. Troy Nunley was featured in the Sacramento Bee on December 23,
2006. In "Mom Helped Steer Judge on Right Path," the Sacramento Superior Court judge tells of
his mother’s influence on him and her mantra that education is “the black man’s only way out of
the ghetto.” Kyra Reppen is senior vice president & general manager of NeoPets, the largest
and fastest growing youth community on the Internet. Dylan Schaffer was featured on
September 15, 2006, in the Jewishsf.com article "Food, Forgiveness Intersect in Oakland Writer's
Latest," for his book Life, Death & Bialys: A Father/Son Baking Story. In a closely-watched
trial in U.S. Tax Court, Philip (Jeff) Terry, a litigation partner with Carle, Mackie, Power &
Ross, secured a significant victory for California wineries by successfully defending
longstanding depreciation practices relating to grape trellising.




                             Stephen Van Liere ’91.

1991
Carl Ciochon is an associate in litigation practice at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean in Oakland.
The PMI Group, Inc. promoted William Levinthal to vice president. Wesley Overson, Jr. is
head of litigation in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Elizabeth Tosaris was
promoted to partner in the San Francisco office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Hastings
Alumni Association President Stephen Van Liere joined the San Francisco office of Korn/Ferry
International, as client partner. He focuses on developing leadership teams in senior legal and
compliance functions. Timothy Walker is an attorney at Mehlman- TerBeek in Walnut Creek,
specializing in civil litigation. Sonja Weissman was named in the San Francisco Business
Times on April 13, 2007, as one of most influential women in Bay Area business for her pro
bono work. Reed is a managing partner in Reed Smith’s Oakland office.




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1992
Janice Amenta joined Guichard, Teng & Portello in Concord as a senior associate. She
specializes in family law and civil litigation. John Andersen is an associate in the personal
planning group in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie. He previously worked in two other
California firms and also managed his own private practice. Shelline Bennett was named in
San Francisco Magazine’s 2006 list of Northern California 2006 Super Lawyers. Karen
Carrera was featured in the Santa Rosa Bohemian on September 13, 2006. The article, “Labor
of Love," praised Carrera’s impact litigation work on behalf of low-income women workers.
Kang Lim joined Guichard, Teng & Portello in Concord as of counsel, specializing in patent,
copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and licensing. Lim also has his own law office. Mark
Mandi joined the Riverside County Superior Court bench, after 11 years as a prosecutor with the
county’s district attorney's office. Vicki Randall is a partner in the business section at Hanson,
Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy in the firm’s San Francisco office. Randall Stoner is judicial
staff counsel with the San Bernardino County Superior Court in Vacaville, researching civil
litigation issues. Melissa Bauman Ward is a civil litigation associate in the Walnut Creek
offices of De La Housaye & Associates. The Sacramento County Bar Association named Alice
Wong the 2006 Attorney of the Year. Wong appeared on the cover of the November/December
issue of Sacramento Lawyer magazine, which described her as an advocate for "the often
voiceless victim." After 14 years with the Sacramento County DA's Office, Wong now works in
private practice.

1993
Maria Ayerdi was featured in the San Francisco Business Times article “Keeping the Transbay
Terminal on Track” on September 29, 2006. Ayerdi is executive director of the Transbay Joint
Powers Authority Board. On April 13, 2007, the Business Times named her one of the most
influential women in government and nonprofits. Ayerdi is executive director of the Transbay
Joint Powers Authority. Cynthia Bryant is deputy chief of staff and director of the California
Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Philip Ginsburg is San Francisco Mayor
Newsom's chief of staff. Previously, he was the director of the Human Resources Department of
the City and Country of San Francisco. Leslie Baranco Martin is vice mayor of Stockton, as
well as a deputy district attorney in San Joaquin County, prosecuting felony cases.

1994
Raj Chatterjee was named to the list of the 20 to Watch under 40, highlighting lawyers under
the age of 40, in the January 31, 2007, issue of Daily Journal. Chatterjee is a partner at
Morrison & Forester. Jim Harper’s book, Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused
and Misunderstood, was published by the CATO Institute. Ya-Chiao Chang is of counsel at
Jones Day in the firm's Taipei office, where he concentrates on patent litigation. Travis
Gemoets was promoted to partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro in the firm’s Los
Angeles office. He focuses on labor and employment. Otto Lee, mayor of Sunnyvale and a
lawyer specializing in intellectual property, was profiled on December 28, 2006, in the
Mercury News article "Asian Americans Leap into Politics." Matthew Magner is special
assistant inspector general of the Bureau of Independent Review in the Inspector General's
Office, as well as a member of the special prosecutions unit of the Kern County District
Attorney's Office. Nathaniel McKitterick was promoted to partner in the East Palo Alto


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office of DLA Piper. McKitterick is an insurance and commercial litigator. Eustace de Saint
Phalle has been elevated to Trial Team Leader at the Veen Firm. Erin Williams is in-house
counsel at Sunrise Telecom in San Jose, specializing in intellectual property.

1995
Kerra Carlson was elevated to partner at Orange County firm Rutan & Tucker. Scott
Christensen is an associate at The Reynolds Law Group in Auburn, CA. Thomas Corea is the
founding and managing partner of The Corea Firm in Dallas. He lives on a 200-acre ranch 30
miles outside Dallas with his wife of 11 years and three children. John Huang, a leading
lawyer in venture capital financing, foreign investment, IP law, and international arbitration and
litigation, co-founded MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai. Joanna Madison Valencia and
her husband Raphael welcomed their third child, Olivia Aida, on June 23, 2006. Olivia joins
brothers Diego and Dante. Larry Simon was killed on October 18, 2006, by an intoxicated
driver on Staten Island. Simon, once an assistant district attorney on the island, served as a public
defender there for six years. Michele Simon’s book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry
Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back was published early in 2007. Simon is the
founder and director of the Center for Informed Food Choices.

1996
Ruth Burdick is on a leave of absence from her appellate practice with NLRB to work at the
U.S. Senate as labor counsel for Senator Ted Kennedy. Lonnie Goldman joined Dorado
Corporation, a San Mateo-based software company, as lead counsel and founding member of the
legal department. Annik Hirshen is assistant dean of graduate studies at UC Davis. Rola
Yamini Innis, with partners David Goldberg and Andrea Chavez, has opened a new law firm,
Lion Tech Law, in San Francisco. Lisa Leebove left private practice for public service, joining
the Office of the General Counsel for the California Judicial Council as counsel to the civil and
small claims advisory committee. Damon Lim died on September 20, 2006, after a short
struggle with cancer. Lim was an avid wind surfer, backpacker, and woodworker. Jeremy
Lutsky is an associate at Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliot in Los Angeles, practicing in the
healthcare and business transactions groups. Pilar Morin was named a 2006 Rising Star by
Law & Politics magazine. Karen Muoio works for the Federal Trade Commission in
Washington D.C. as a staff attorney in the Advertising Practices Division. Mary Prud’homme
died of cancer on December 1, 2006. Stephen Smith is a member of the legal writing faculty at
Santa Clara University School of Law. His band, The Morning Line, released a new album in
spring 2007. After 10 years in private practice, Evan Sorem is a deputy attorney general for the
State of California. Sorem is in the San Diego office working in the Employment, Regulation
and Administration Section. He hopes this new position will give him the opportunity to spend
more time with his wife, Robin, and two sons, Andrew and Noah. Laura Stack is managing
attorney at the Virginia Justice Center for Farm and Immigrant Workers in Falls Church. Dana
Linker Steele joined Axiom Legal in San Francisco as vice president of client development. In
2006, Irina Tentser and her partner started a woman-owned law firm in Los Angeles called Kim
& Tentser LLP. The firm specializes in all aspects of commercial, Internet, and labor law.




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                               Craig Enochs ’97.

1997
Marc Baluda joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as of counsel on the ESOP team in the business
and finance practice group. Carolyn G. Burnette is a partner at Shaw Valenza in San Francisco,
focusing on employment law issues. Scott Castro was promoted to partner in the San Francisco
office of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, in the firm's government, land use, environmental,
and energy group. Angeline Covey is partner at Gordon and Rees in San Francisco, practicing
in the labor and employment group. Sasha Cummings is a partner in the San Francisco office
of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, where she continues to practice in the General Liability
Litigation group. Craig Enochs was named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2007 in the
field of derivatives. He was also named a Rising Star for 2006. A partner with Jackson Walker,
Enochs practices in the firm’s business transactions section and energy practice group. Manel
Kappagoda is the director of administration and policy at the East Bay Community Law Center.
Scott Oborne was promoted to partner at Jackson Lewis and managing partner at the firm's
Oregon office. Veronica Rossman (formerly Parkansky) is a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Taking a leave of absence from the Legal Aid Society in
New York, Hasan Shafiqullah is working as a French translator in Paris and Montreal. David
Zugman was recognized in the The Daily Transcript (San Diego) for his recent appellate
successes.




                                Michelle Childers ’98.




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1998
Aaron Armstrong was promoted to partner at Heller Ehrman, specializing in class action
defense in the firm's San Francisco office. Rebecca Biernat received a Pro Bono Advocate
Award from Legal Services for Children. Biernat is an associate in the San Francisco office of
Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold. James Cartoni is a partner at DLA in the firm's San Diego
office, specializing in corporate and securities law. Michelle Childers has been named a
partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath in San Francisco. James Day, Jr. is a partner at the San
Francisco office of Latham and Watkins. Ella Foley-Gannon is a partner in the San Francisco
office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, practicing in the real estate, land use and
environmental group. Richard Garcia is an associate in the general liability group at Lewis
Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in San Francisco. Matthew Hult is partner at the Silicon Valley
office of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. Christina Kotowski has joined Fisher and Phillips
in Oakland as of counsel. She continues to practice management-side labor and employment law.
Paul Lacourciere was promoted to partner at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner in San
Francisco, specializing in energy, regulatory, and finance law. Mark Lambert is a partner at
the Palo Alto office of White and Case, representing clients in trademark, patent, trade secret,
and copyright matters. Shay Logan joined Paul Hastings in San Francisco, specializing in the
areas of toxic torts and unfair business practices. Tamsen Plume was promoted to partner in
the San Francisco office of Holland & Knight. She is a member of the government group.
Laudan Raissi was elevated to partner at San Francisco law firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy &
Bass. She is a member of the real estate group. Lisa Scanlon is an attorney with the
Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division in Washington D.C. John Wehrli is equity
partner at the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins, practicing corporate law with a focus
on technology and corporate partnering transactions in the life sciences area.




                               Talar Herculian ’99.

1999
Derek Arteta was part of the current television season of The Apprentice. Filmed last summer,
the show aired in January 2007. Arteta is vice president in charge of business and legal affairs at
New Line Cinema in Los Angeles. Nathan Ballard became Mayor Newsome's new director of
communications in March 2007. John Bradley was elevated to partner at Rutan & Tucker in
Orange County. An associate at Stein & Lubin in San Francisco, Joshua Butler specializes in
corporate, partnership, and general business law. Sandy Chun joined Sedgwick, Detert, Moran



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and Arnold as an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office, focusing on intellectual property
litigation, as well as copyright and trademark prosecution. Seth Gerber is a litigation partner at
Santa Monica firm Alschuler Grossman, practicing complex civil litigation. Marcus Hall
joined Winston & Strawn in the firm’s San Francisco office as an associate specializing in
patents. Talar Herculian is a partner in the Irvine office of Fisher & Phillips, representing
management in employment disputes. Thomas Moyer works at Apple Computer as director of
worldwide entertainment law. Karen Tang was promoted to partner in the Sacramento office
of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, where she focuses on professional liability. Ivan Tjoe
was promoted to partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith,
focusing on commercial and business litigation. Felix Woo was promoted to partner in the Los
Angeles office of Sonnenschien Nath & Rosenthal. Woo focuses on complex litigation.




                     Maggie, daughter of Randall Ingber ’00, was born in July 2006.




                                Frank Busch ’00.

2000
Frank Busch, III founded Thomas Title & Escrow in Scottsdale, AZ. The company provides
escrow services for mergers and acquisitions transactions, dispute settlements, and technology
escrows, as well as title insurance and real estate settlement for commercial and residential
transactions. Eugene Chang joined Stein & Lubin in San Francisco, focusing on commercial
litigation. Luanne Chu joined the New York office of Reed Smith as an associate in the
litigation practice group. Randall Ingber is regional counsel Australasia at Diageo Australia
Limited, a leading premium drinks business. Randall and his wife Kate, who met through the
Leiden University when Randall was at Hastings, welcomed their first child, Maggie, in July
2006. Merrit Jones works part time as an associate at Cooper, White and Cooper in San
Francisco, focusing on civil litigation, IP, and media law. Merrit, her husband Matthew Harrison


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and their daughter, Millicent, welcomed a baby boy, Jackson Martin, in July 2006. Jason
Okazaki is corporate counsel at Gilead Sciences in Foster City. Matthew Owen, a second
lieutenant in the United States Army, Infantry, is a trainee in the school of infantry at Fort
Benning, GA. He recently completed airborne school and expects to join the Second Infantry
Division in South Korea as an infantry platoon leader in late 2007. Katie Silberman is the
associate director of the Science & Environmental Health Network, a national non-profit
organization. She and her husband, Bryan Knapp, celebrated the birth of their child, Lincoln
Oliver Silberman Knapp, in September 2006. Benjamin Stock was promoted to partner at
McDonough Holland & Allen in the firm's Oakland office. Stock focuses on public law
litigation. Cassandra Zappaterreno and her husband, John Morning, welcomed their first son,
Coleman, born on October 19, 2006.

2001
Christopher Brumfiel was promoted to partner at Boornazian, Jensen and Garthe in Oakland,
focusing on construction defect litigation and insurance coverage. Raquel Lacayo-Valle is an
associate at Chapman Popik & White LLP in San Francisco. Kelly McCarthy is an associate in
the corporate and IP group at Sideman and Bancroft in San Francisco. In January 2007, Sandra
Thompson joined the board of directors for the Open Space Trust, a nonprofit specializing in
land conservation through acquisition.

2002
Lawrence Conlan, III is an associate at Paul Hastings in New York, focusing on civil litigation.
Hector Espinosa is an associate in the construction group in the Los Angeles office of
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis. Alexandra Foote is an associate in the
environmental practice at Wendel Rosen Black and Dean in Oakland. Christine Gonong
completed her clerkship with U.S. District Judge Samuel James Otero of the Central District
Court of California and now is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Jones Day. Dr.
Kenneth Jenkins is an associate in the litigation department at Paul Hastings in San Francisco,
focusing primarily in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and biotechnology. Douglas Kay died
suddenly at his Novato home on September 12, 2006 at the age of 34. He had recently
established a family law practice in San Rafael. Sarah Nix was featured in The Recorder on
February 23, 2007. The article, "Better to Write Your Will Before You Die," discussed her estate
planning work as an associate at Gagen, McCoy, Koss, Markowitz & Raines in Danville, CA.
Matthew Phillips is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish and
Island counties, a program of Volunteers of America in Everett, WA. Daniel Pollack writes, “I
have moved back to my frigid hometown of Toronto, Canada with my wife, Michele, and kids,
Jake and Charlie, and am currently articling—part of the admission process in Canada—in the IP
litigation group at McCarthy Tetrault.” Jesse Randolph is an associate in the Irvine office of
Bryan Cave, advising clients on all aspects of labor and employment law. Lisa Rosenblum is
an associate in the Larkspur office of the Miller Law Group, specializing in labor and
employment law. Ross Scarberry has joined the Los Angeles firm of Klinedinst PC as a
corporate attorney. Jennifer Small is an associate in the communications, media, and
entertainment group of Seattle's Davis Wright Tremaine. Melanie Tang is an associate at
Briscoe Ivester & Bazel in San Francisco, focusing on land use and natural resources litigation,
as well as compliance matters.



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                              Sarah Peterman ’03.

2003
John Bauman, III practices civil litigation in the Chicago office of Wiedner and McAuliffe.
Brigid Biermann and Robert Martin '04 were married in Syracuse, NY, on September 30,
2006. Biermann works as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division
in San Francisco, specializing in criminal enforcement and merger review. Christopher
Brophy is an associate in the San Francisco office of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy, and Bass,
specializing in real estate law. Penn Dodson was elected 2007 president of the National
Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia Affiliate. In January 2007, he joined Timmons,
Warnes & Anderson, where his primary practice is employment law. His email address is
pud@classiccitylaw.com. Diana Kim, an associate at Condon & Forsyth in Manhattan, married
Steig David Olson on April 14, 2007. Karen Kramer and Mark Neiman '04 were married in
September, 2006. Stanislaw Lewandowski (LL.M.) is an associate in the asbestos group at
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in San Francisco. Bradley Marsh joined Winston &
Strawn’s San Francisco office, practicing tax controversy. Marsh, his wife Cathy, and son
Samuel can be reached at brad@marshlibrary.com. Deborah McCrimmon, an associate at DLA
Piper, won the State Bar of California's 2006 President's Pro Bono Service Award in the large
law firm category. McCrimmon was recognized for her work leading to the prosecution and
conviction of a member of the Argentine military for crimes committed during the Argentine
dictatorship. Nicole Nemirofsky, an associate in the venture law group at Heller Ehrman in
Silicon Valley, married Jason Vincent in March 2006. Sarah Peterman is an associate in the
Environmental Law Department at Farella Braun +Martel. Matt Savinar compiled the ultimate
“peak oil Web site,” (www.life after the oil crash.net), which was named Website of the Week
by the San Francisco Bay Guardian on August 2, 2006. The Guardian wrote, “[it] will convince
even skeptics that the end is nigh.” In April 2007, Elil Shunmugavel Arasu joined the state
and local tax practice of KPMG in McLean, VA. Stephanie Stuart was featured on January 24,
2007, in the Oakland Tribune article "New Attorney in Town," for her service as deputy
city/agency attorney for the City of Soledad. Stuart is an associate in the Oakland office of
Meyers Nave, focusing primarily on general municipal law.

2004
Barbi Appelquist is a mergers & acquisitions attorney at Christensen, Glasser, Fink, Jacobs,
Weil & Shapiro in Los Angeles. In August, 2005 she married Jonathan Gardner in Rockport,



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Maine. She writes “Classmate Suzy Shoai (’04) was a fabulous flowergirl.” Nicholas Baran is
a supervising attorney in the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar
Association. Belia-Eugenia Bennett joined The Bar Code as a fulltime private tutor for
California Bar examinees. Moira Feeney was the lead attorney on the Center for Justice and
Accountability's case against Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel "Toto" Constant. In October
2006, the federal court judge presiding over the case ordered Constant to pay $19 million in
damages to CJA's clients. Inga Lintvedt was appointed assistant city attorney for the city of
Pinole. An associate at Meyers Nave in Oakland, Lintvedt practices municipal law and
redevelopment. Robert Martin, III and Brigid Biermann '03 were married in Syracuse, NY,
on September 30, 2006. Martin is an associate at Sidley Austin in San Francisco, specializing in
complex business and securities litigation and appellate practice. Graham Mills is an associate
at Bell, Rosenberg & Hughes in Oakland. Mark Neiman is an associate with Clapp, Moroney,
Bellagamba and Vucinich in Daly City, specializing in construction defect and general civil. He
and Karen Kramer '03 were married in September 2006. Blair Schlecter is an associate at
Hurrell & Cantrall in Los Angeles.

2005
Sarah Beard and Matthew Goldberg co-author, with Hastings Civil Justice Clinic Professor
Donna Ryu, a regular column on Wage and Hour law for the State of California Labor and
Employment Law Review. Little Fawn Boland is general counsel for the Washoe Tribe of
Nevada and California, practicing in the Lake Tahoe area. Ashlee Bonds is a business associate
in the San Francisco office of Thelen Reid Brown Raysmen and Steiner. In 2006, Dan Chau
received his LLM in tax at NYU and passed the New York bar. Chau is an associate at Clifford
Chance in New York, practicing tax law. Darien Covelens is a corporate associate for Morgan,
Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. Jessica Duncan is an associate in the land use and
development practice group at Bingham McCutchen in Orange County. Benjamin Ehrhart is
an associate at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan, and Peterson in Minneapolis, MN, focusing on
commercial litigation. Kaveh Faturechi is new Deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles
County. Sandra Hilton is an associate at Kaye Moser, focusing on family law and estate
planning. Rachael Keast moved to Arizona in August 2006, to be a staff attorney at the
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, AZ. LTJG Michael Maffei, U.S.
Navy, has been deployed to Iraq. His duty station is the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Nicolaas Pullin
is an associate specializing in land use law in the Sacramento office of Downey Brand.
Kathleen Rae Panek is an associate at Knapp and Viola in San Mateo, specializing in civil
litigation. In June, 2006, Margo Rofe opened the Law Office of Margo L. Rofe in Cerritos,
CA, concentrating on in estate planning, wills, trusts, probate administration, and
conservatorships. Nicholas Smith is a deputy district attorney in Santa Barbara County.

2006
Diego Acevedo joined Farella, Braun + Martel in San Francisco, specializing in business
litigation. Elias Batchelder is an associate in the labor and employment group at Lewis and
Roca in Phoenix, AZ. Diana Chen joined Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP in Newport Beach, CA,
focusing on real estate and corporate law. Christopher Cheng is an associate in the Menlo
Park office of Perkins Coie. He is a member of the emerging company group. Anna Chopova
is an associate at Rudloff Wood and Barrows in Emeryville. Stephanie Coogler is an associate



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at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher and Gray, practicing in the areas of business
transactions, real estate, estate planning and civil litigation. Asheley Dean is a litigation
associate in the Los Angeles office of Hogan & Hartson. Brian Donnelly relocated with his
family to San Luis Obispo where he is an associate with the Employer Advocates Group
practicing employment and trade secret law. Shane Glynn is an associate in the Menlo Park
office of Perkins Coie. He focuses on patent litigation. Zhuanjia Gu is an associate in the
Menlo Park office of Perkins Coie. He focuses on patent litigation. He specializes in patent
procurement. Laura Kennedy is an associate in the public law group at McDonough Holland
and Allen in Oakland. Amarra Lee is an associate in the business litigation and white collar
crime departments at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco. Ali Razai is an associate at
Knobbe Martens Olson and Bear in San Diego. Hengameh Safaei is an associate in the trial
section in the Orange County office of Rutan & Tucker. Gorsha Sur is an intern at the
International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, in the Alternative Dispute Resolution division.




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