Dear Alumni,

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of the King Hall Briefs.


May 2013

2013 Alumni Reunions

Public Service Graduation Honors Class of 2013


Civil Rights Clinic Students Argue Before Ninth Circuit


King Hall to Partner with Mexican Consulate in Sacramento


Immigration Law Clinic Students Aid Immigrant Workers in Mississippi


Professor Ventry Co-Authors Op-Ed for New York Times


King Hall Students Visit with Justice Scalia


Professor Imwinkelried Helps to Draft Multistate Bar Exam


Ninth Circuit Sides with Immigration Law Clinic in Deportation Case


Professor Chander Speaks on Internet Governance at ASIL Annual Meeting


Leah White '13 and Steve Westhoff '13 Make Final Four in Environmental Negotiation Competition


Therese Stewart Delivers 2013 Bill Smith Memorial Lecture


New Book by Professor Bennoune Draws Media Coverage


Professor Chin Comments on Immigration for The Atlantic


Professor Reynoso Delivers Keynote at 'Justice for Our Communities' Conference


Dean Johnson Comments on Immigration Reform Proposal for NPR

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Speaks at Class of 2013 Commencement
Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi delivered the commencement address and David Wiener '13 received the Law School Medal for academic achievement as UC Davis School of Law honored graduating JD and LLM students at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony on May 17 at the UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

UC Davis School of Law Announces New Post-Graduate Fellows Program
To assist recent graduates in a challenging legal job market, UC Davis School of Law is launching a new post-graduate fellowship program. The program will offer one-year paid positions after graduation with the UC Davis Campus Counsel and Internal Audit Services, Legal Services of Northern California, and the Law School's Immigration Law Clinic. Other placement opportunities are in the works. Fellowship positions will be open to 2013 graduates of UC Davis School of Law.
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King Hall Contract Hiring Program Supports Recent Graduates
Seeking new ways to help UC Davis School of Law graduates succeed in a challenging job market, the King Hall Career Services Office launched a contract hiring program in 2011 that has been a hit with both law firms seeking talented new associates and King Hall alumni. The program, now in its third year, is actively recruiting alumni and friends of the Law School to increase opportunities for the Class of 2013.
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Black Law Students Association Hosts First-Ever King Hall Black Alumni Reunion
In an inspiring display of unity across the generations, alumni of the UC Davis School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) returned to UC Davis on April 6 for the first-ever King Hall Black Alumni Reunion.
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The King Hall Annual Fund: Keeping the Dream Alive
With state funding now accounting for less than 10 percent of the Law School budget, support for the King Hall Annual Fund is more important than ever.  Gifts to the Annual Fund provide support for critical priorities and give the Law School flexibility needed to direct resources to areas of greatest need, from scholarships that help King Hall attract the best and brightest to student organizations, moot court and mock trial competitions, library services, and technology upgrades.
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Emeritus Profile: Professor Joel C. Dobris
For more than 30 years, Professor Joel C. Dobris was one of UC Davis School of Law's best and most beloved instructors, a leading authority in the field of trusts and estates law, and a fixture of the King Hall community who could always be counted on to participate in the annual Cardozorama talent show. Now, thanks to his grateful students, his legacy will live on following his retirement with the Joel Dobris Student Support Fund.
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New King Hall Alumni Group Forms in Fresno
King Hall alumni in the Fresno area have formed a new group to enhance connections between UC Davis School of Law graduates living in the region and provide a support network for recent alumni. Those interested in learning more about the UC Davis Fresno Alumni Network may contact Teri Ann Kezirian at
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Tuesday - June 4

Alumni Reception in New York City 

Wednesday - July 24

Alumni Reception in Walnut Creek, CA 

Friday - September 27

Fenwick and West Symposium: "On the Frontier of the Future: Innovation and the Evolution of Patentable Subject Matter" 

Saturday - October 13

5th Annual Steve Boutin Invitational Golf Tournament for KHLF 

Saturday - October 26

Milestone Reunions 


Maggy Krell '03 to Run for Sacramento County District Attorney  

Grace Arupo Rodriguez '02 Appointed to Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development 

Gary D. Solis '71 Elected to American Law Institute  

Jay Carlisle '69 Wins Outstanding Teacher Award at Pace Law School 

Kristen Castaņos '98 Honored by Sacramento Business Journal 

Jake Storm '10 Joins Farella Braun & Martel 

Michelle Moore '07 Joins Allen Matkins 

Serena Salinas '12 Featured in San Diego Attorney Journal 

Salvador Sarmiento '07 Joins National Day Laborers Organizing Network 

Ron Erickson '74 Publishes Op-ed on State Funding and University Tuition in Seattle Times 

Jimmy McBirney '08 Wins Release for Client Wrongly Convicted of Murder and Arson  

Walter Sadler '82 Wins Ninth Circuit Copyright Infringement Case 

David Kesselman '99 Joins Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weathermax  

Jeffery J. Daar '82 Chairs International Law Section of State Bar of California  

Amy Williams '05 Receives Western Center on Law & Poverty 'Rock Star' Award  

Bart Kessel '86 Named as Partner-in-Charge of California for Tucker Ellis