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Year Graduated: 1977
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  • Annie Amaral '05 has been recognized by Sacramento Business Journal as 40 under 40. (October 2017)
  • Jan Aune '04 has started The Law Office of Jan Aune. (August 2017)
  • William Baker '74 has been selected as an "Outstanding Eagle Scout" by the National Eagle Scout Association. (August 2017)
  • Danielle Birresborn '16 has joined Ezer Williamson Law as an associate. (September 2017)
  • Andrew Boriskin '13 has joined Sutter Health as Counsel. (August 2017)
  • Natalie Bustamante '08 has joined Fisher Phillips as an associate in the firm's Sacramento office. (October 2017)
  • Kristin Capritto '14 has been recognized at the 2017 Night to Honor Service for her pro bono contributions. She is at Downey Brand as an associate in the firm's trusts and estates practice (November 2017)
  • Christina Cortino '12 has been announced a Top Attorney in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine. This is the second year in a row that Christina has been honored. (September 2017)
  • The Honorable Kevin Culhane '76 has been honored as the Sacramento County Bar Association's 2017 Judge of the Year. (October 2017)
  • Riley (Cody) Denoon '16 has joined Groundwater Systems and Settlements Section. Mr. Denoon is a current JSD student at McGeorge. (October 2017)
  • Laury Dowd '78 has retired as town attorney for Shelter Island, NY. (August 2017)
  • Rosemary Deck '17 has joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a graduate legal assistant. (July 2017)
  • Judge Kathleen Drakulich '86 has been appointed a judgeship to the Second Judicial District Court by Nevada Governor Sandoval. (July 2017)
  • Ana Silvia Enriquez '16 has joined A.D. Sosa & Soto as an associate. (September 2017)
  • Mark Fink '96 has been appointed as Yolo County's new librarian. (October 2017)
  • Heather Foster '96 has returned to Sacramento to accept a position within the Office of General Counsel at Sutter Health. Prior she served as Director of Claims and Litigation at Stanford Hospital Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. (August 2017)
  • Kimberly Garner '08 has joined Duggan Law Corporation as Of Counsel. (July 2017)
  • Cynthia Grande '09 has been featured in the San Fernando Valley Media. She is an immigration attorney. (November 2017)
  • Micah Green '16 has joined the California Department of Fish & Wildlife as counsel. Prior he served with the State Water Resources Control Board. (November 2017)
  • Stephen Guichard '15 has joined Hart King of Santa Ana as a full-time associate. (September 2017)
  • Salvatore Gugino '81 has joined Boyd Gaming as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel where he will oversee all aspects of company-wide litigation for Boyd Gaming Corporation. (September 2017)
  • Michael Hackard '76 has been recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in Law. Mr. Hackard is the proprietor of Hackard Law an estate, trusts and probate law firm in Sacramento, CA. (October 2017)
  • Ray Hacke '10 has joined World Magazine as a sports correspondent. (September 2017)
  • Stephen Hallett '13 has joined Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown's team as District Representative. (July 2017)
  • Allison Harvey '07 has been recognized by Sacramento Business Journal as 40 under 40. (October 2017)
  • Laura Heller '94 has graduated from Northeastern University's Doctor of Law and Policy program. She began employment as a lecturer in International Relations with the State University of New York Geneseo and Northeastern University in fall 2017. (July 2017)
  • Colin Hendricks '12 has been elected to serve as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association. He and his board were featured on the OC Lawyer magazine cover. (July 2017)
  • Jeff Huron '88 has been named the new managing partner at Dykema in the firm's Los Angeles Office. (November 2017)
  • Amir Javideyan '09 has joined the Help Center of the California Department of Managed Health Care. (September 2017)
  • Kelly Knight '88 has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. (November 2017)
  • Ronald Kolber '88 has joined Faithful+Gould as the Mission Critical Sector Leader. (October 2017)
  • Jennifer Komsky '97 has joined Levinson Arshonsky and Kurtz LLP as a partner in their employment law division. (August 2017)
  • Kevin Khasigian '07, an Assistant United States Attorney in Sacramento, received an Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award for his participation in dismantling AlphaBay, the largest dark web illegal marketplace in the world at a Dec. 5, 2017 awards ceremony in Washington D.C.
  • Allison Lafferty '99 has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary Oak Valley Community Bank. Ms. Lafferty is the President and Managing Shareholder at Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson APLC. (October 2017)
  • Dorothy Landsberg '87 has returned to Community Legal Services as an Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills after serving as Associate Dean at McGeorge. She will primarily be working to establish a Homeless Advocacy Clinic for law students as part of a medical-legal partnership with WellSpace Health. (August 2017)
  • Jean-Michel LeCointre '11 has been elevated to shareholder at national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy. (March 2018)
  • Teresa Leoni '06 will celebrate the one year anniversary of her firm, Leoni Law, in January 2018. Teresa specializes in representation of public employees and union members in all aspects of labor, employment, administrative, civil and criminal law. (November 2017)
  • Andrew Londerholm '13 has joined Klinedinst San Diego as an associate where he will focus on business related issues. (September 2017)
  • Megan Lucey '09 has joined Berkich Family Law. (August 2017) Anna Lucido '16 has joined Schoenberg Family Law Group as an associate. (July 2017)
  • Natasha Machado '16 has joined the US Army as 1LT JAG. (September 2017)
  • Mike Madokoro '89 has been elected Managing Partner of Bowman and Brooke's Los Angeles and San Diego offices. (August 2017)
  • Jennifer Martin '16 has joined Schoenleber & Waltermire PC as a law clerk. (September 2017)
  • Judge Kearse McGill '91 served as a panel on "Ethics Enforcement in International Criminal Law Tribunes at the ABA Judicial Division's Survey of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands on April 27, 2017. (July 2017) Kevin McMurray '91 has been appointed General Counsel for LifeVantage. (October 2017)
  • Melissa Mikesell '02 has published a law review article. Read it here. (July 2017)
  • Judge Matt Newman '85 has taken the oath to serve as the fourth Presiding Judge at the La Paz County Superior Court. (July 2017)
  • Buchi Okeke '16 has joined the Burton Law Firm as Director of Digital Marketing/ Business Development Manager/ Legal Clerk. (July 2017)
  • William Papazian '86 has celebrated 15 years as CEO of Lightstone Solutions, LLC, a professional consulting company he founded. (July 2017)
  • Christian "Braid" Pezzaglia '97 has joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals.(October 2017)
  • Alexander Pike 15 has been promoted to attorney at Crider Law Group. (March 2018)
  • Joylynn Pollard '88 has been elevated to shareholder at California law firm Hunt Ortmann. (March 2018)
  • Todd Porter '90 has earned a Master of Public Policy from California State University San Luis Obispo. (August 2017)
  • Nickolas Saldivar '16 has joined the City of Stockton as its ERP Program Manager. (July 2017)
  • Jessica Schoendienst '15 has joined Sierra Nevada Corporation as Associate Legal Counsel. (July 2017)
  • Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith '98 has been appointed deputy general counsel at the California Department of Housing and Community Development where she has been an attorney since 2007. (October 2017)
  • Robert Schneider '76 was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. (March 2018)
  • Nicholas Seliger '16 has joined Damrell Nelson Schrimp Pallios Pacher and Silva as an associate. (July 2017)
  • Nicole Silverman '16 has joined Law Offices of Christopher W. Miller. (September 2017)
  • Erich Shiners '06 has been appointed to serve on the California Public Employment Relations Board. (March 2018)
  • Ron Spector '89 has been appointed the managing director of New Business, Emerging Technology and Ventures of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). (November 2017)
  • Kenneth Swenson '95 has joined the California Department of Consumer Affairs. (July 2017)
  • Dr. Hong Tang '05 on the New York City Bar Association's behalf, successfully organized and hosted a side event on 'development spotlights in human trafficking' at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) at the United Nations Office in Vienna. He has also been reappointed to the ABA Legal Scholarship Opportunity Fundraising Committee and ABA Legal Scholarship Opportunity Committee, both of which are American Bar Association presidential appointment. (July 2017)
  • Pamela Tondreau '87 has joined Cypress Semiconductor Corporation as the company's Chief Legal Officer. (July 2017)
  • Elizabeth Travis '00 has joined the Board of Bar Commissioners for the New Mexico State Bar. She has served on the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Arizona State Bar since 2015. (August 2017)
  • Judge Egan Walker '91 of the Second Judicial District Court, Family Division Washoe County has been elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as secretary of the board of directors. (August 2017)
  • Lorraine Walsh '82 has been appointed as Chair to the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee by the State Bar Board of Trustees. (September 2017)
  • Roy Wesley '87 has been appointed Inspector General at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. (September 2017)
  • Harry White '85 has been promoted to Attorney IV for the State of California. (July 2017)
  • Polly Wilkins '06 has joined Schillings as a Senior Associate. (July 2017)
  • M. Blake Wilson '92 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Wilson recently completed his Ph.D. at Binghamton University, The State University of New York. (August 2017)
  • Lindsay Yoshitomi '12 has joined the Help Center of the California Department of Managed Health Care. (September 2017)

In Memoriam

  • Edward Tiedemann '61 died on Aug. 2, 2017, after a long illness. He practiced law for 51 years at the Sacramento law firm of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard. He was the recipient of many honors for his work as a water lawyer, including designation by the Water Education Foundation as an outstanding California water attorney.
  • David Lucchesi '66 died on Oct. 19, 2017, at his home in Vacaville. Judge Colin "Bud" Love '72 died on July 1, 2017, at his home in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He was a longtime per diem judge who retired in 2006. John Cobeaga '74 died on April 24, 2017, from complications related to a hip surgery. He was a longtime Las Vegas attorney and Vietnam War veteran. Lawrence Cobb '76 died on July 13, 2017. He practiced immigration law and criminal defense in Woodland.
  • Noël Ferris '79 died of ALS on May 21, 2017. A leading trial lawyer in Sacramento, Ferris served on the University of the Pacific Board of Regents from 2011 to 2016. Ferris and her husband, Parker White, '80, established the Ferris-White Prize for Excellence in Trial Advocacy in 2015. The Noël Ferris Endowed Scholarship was created in her honor and will provide annual assistance to McGeorge students who are single, head-of-household parents, with a preference given to female or nontraditional law students.
  • Debby Lumkes '80 died on April 17, 2017, of respiratory failure. She served as a judge pro tem in the Reno Justice Court and Reno Municipal Court since 1985. In 2006, she was awarded the Child Advocate Attorney of the Year Award.
  • Judge Brant Bramer '84 died on Sept. 28, 2017. He retired from service as a court commissioner on the Fresno County Superior Court bench on Jan. 3, 2017, and then went to work as a Madera County traffic court commissioner.
  • Amy Martin '90 died on Feb. 6, 2017, after battling cancer for almost two years. She was chief legal counsel of Cal/OSHA.
  • Evan Smiley '92 died on Oct. 23, 2017. He was a prominent Southern California attorney and cofounder of Smiley Wang-Ekvall LLP, and a longtime member of the McGeorge Dean's Council and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
  • Chris Loizeaux '95 died on May 12, 2017. He was a family law and juvenile dependency attorney in Butte and Napa counties.
  • Brian Smiley '95 died on July 18, 2017, after a yearlong fight against brain cancer. During his career he rose to the rank of supervising deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice in Sacramento and argued cases before both the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. ng to the East Coast.