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Alumni Updates

  • Judge David Abbott, '73, Sacramento County Superior Court, has been recognized by the Sacramento Bar Association as Judge of the Year 2016. (January 2017)
  • Mariam Aboudamous, '15, has won a seat on the American Canyon City Council. (January 2017) Annie Amaral, '05, was named a 2017 Young Leader by Comstock's Magazine. She is a litigation partner at Downey Brand. (April 2017)
  • Angelique Ashby, '03, has received a 2017 Sacramento Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award. She is a Sacramento City Councilwoman. (April 2017)
  • Meryl Balalis, '16, has joined the Sacramento Kings as a staff attorney. (April 2017)
  • Nathan Barankin, '06, has been named Chief of Staff for California Senator-elect Kamala Harris. (January 2017)
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes, '86, has been appointed to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. (January 2017)
  • David Bass, '13, has joined the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General in the Department's Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit. (January 2017)
  • Judge JoAnn Bicego, '89, has been appointed to the Siskiyou County Superior Court. (January 2017)
  • Adam Borchard, '15, has been promoted to Regulatory Advocate 1 at the Association of California Water Agencies. (April 2017)
  • Easton Broome, '16, has joined the McGeorge Career Development Office as a Career Advisor. (April 2017)
  • Judge Connie M. Callahan, '75, received the 2017 University of the Pacific Distinguished Public Service Alumni Award. (January 2017)
  • Jennifer Chapman, '07, has been promoted to Senior Manager in Ernest & Young's Private Client Services Tax Group. (April 2017)
  • Daniel Conway, '13, wrote the article "Cannabis Can Go From Conundrum to Catalyst" in Comstock's magazine March 2017 issue. Read
  • Michele Conte, '16, has joined Rucellai & Raffaelli in the firm's Milan office. (April 2017)
  • Kevin Collins, '96, has joined Buchalter as Of Counsel in the firm's Sacramento litigation practice group. (April 2017)
  • Niki E. Cunningham, '11, was promoted to partner at McCormick Barstow, LLP in Fresno, where she focuses on civil litigation. (January 2017)
  • Tim Davis, '16, has been promoted to Commissioner of the Sacramento Community Police Commission. (January 2017)
  • Danielle Diebert, '12, has joined Weintraub Tobin as an associate in its trusts and estates group. She will focus on all aspects of trust and estate litigation. (April 2017)
  • Virginia Jo Dunlap, '89, was appointed General Counsel of the California Student Aid Commission. (January 2017)
  • Mara Elliot, '94, was elected to the seat of San Diego City Attorney. (January 2017)
  • Rebecca Faljean, '16, has joined Kaiser Permanente as a Compliance Consultant III. (April 2017)
  • Catherine Hawe, '16, has joined the State Water Resources Control Board. (April 2017)
  • Jonathan Hobbs, '96, has moved in-house with the City of Elk Grove where he will continue to serve as City Attorney, having been appointed by the City Council in 2011.  (February 2017)
  • Alison Hughes, '13, has joined the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee as a consultant. (April 2017)
  • Venus Johnson, '05, has been named Oakland's new Director of Public Safety. (January 2017)
  • Judge David M. Jones, '92, was appointed to Nevada's Eighth Judicial District Court. (January 2017)
  • Matthew Karanian, '87, has been honored with the "Service to Humanity Award" from Bucknell University. (April 2017)
  • Kevin Koligian, '08, has been promoted to shareholder at Littler Mendelson in the firm's Fresno office. (April 2017)
  • Marc Koenigsberg, '99, has joined the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General in the Employment & Administrative Mandate Section after 10 years with the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig. (February 2017)
  • Louinda Lacey, 11, has joined the California Chamber of Commerce to serve as a policy advocate for environmental policy, housing and land use and product regulation issues. (April 2017)
  • John W. Lawrence, '94, has been appointed to the position of court commissioner for the Siskiyou County Superior Court. (January 2017)
  • Lauren D. Layne, '10, has been named partner at Baker, Manock & Jensen PC in Fresno, Calif. (January 2017)
  • Mark Leonard, '01, has been promoted to General Counsel for Jelly Belly Candy Company.  Prior he served as Intellectual Property Counsel. (February 2017)
  • Michael P. Mallery, '84, Lead Counsel, Gerawan Farming Inc., has joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. (April 2017)
  • Ryan Marcroft, '03, has been appointed assistant chief counsel at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Prior he served as deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. (April 2017)
  • Anthony McClaren, '03, has joined ADLI Law Group as Senior Counsel. (April 2017) Jeremy Merz, '10, has joined the American Insurance Association as Vice President of State Affairs, Western Region. (April 2017)
  • Melissa Meth, '09, has joined the California Department of Justice as a Deputy District Attorney. (January 2017)
  • Reina G. Minoya, '03, has been named Assistant General Counsel of the California State Teachers' Retirement System. She joined CalSTRS after over 8 years with Klinedinst PC. (April 2017)
  • Megan Moore, '08, has been named partner at Young Minney & Corr. (January 2017)
  • Shawn Murphy, '15, authored an article, "The Supreme Court's Revitalization of the Dying 'Existing Indian Family' Exception" which has been quoted by the Washington Supreme Court. (April 2017)
  • Kathryn Patterson, '09, has joined Downey Brand in the firm's Sacramento office where she will practice employment law. (April 2017)
  • Judge Paul Richardson, '80, has been elected to serve as Assistant Presiding Judge for Yolo Superior Court. (January 2017)
  • Judge Kevin Rosenberg, '94, has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. (January 2017)
  • Jessica Adams Robison, '02, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. (April 2017)
  • Sharon K. Sandeen, '85, professor of law and director of Mitchell Hamline's Intellectual Property Institute has been awarded the first-ever Robins Kaplan LLP Distinguished Professorship in Intellectual Property Law. (January 2017)
  • Herbert Santos, '91, has been honored as the UNLV 2017 College of Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year. (April 2017)
  • Ken Schnoll, '81, has been appointed as General Counsel for the California Department of Insurance. (May 2017)
  • Marisa Shea, '14, has joined the California State Senate as Counsel to the Judiciary Committee. (January 2017)
  • Janie Siess, '93, has been appointed Assistant Chief Counsel of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Advocacy and Prosecution Team. (January 2017)
  • Amaya Smith, '14, has joined Perkins Coie as Review Attorney. (April 2017)
  • Henry Sotelo, '87, has joined the board of directors at Northern Nevada Literacy Council. His three-year term began in March 2017. (March 2017)
  • Blair Swadley, '14, has joined Flesher, Schaff & Schroeder as an associate attorney in Rocklin, California. (April 2017)
  • Chelsea Tibbs, '15, has joined Ellis Buehler Makus, LLP as an attorney investigator. (April 2017)
  • Max Vargas, '16, has been hired as senior policy adviser to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. (February 2017)
  • Jacqueline Vu has joined Buchalter as an associate in the firm's Sacramento litigation practice group. (April 2017)
  • The Honorable Gerald Waite, '77, is completing his seventh year as a municipal court judge for Lebanon, Oregon. (April 2017)
  • Jared Walker, '07, obtained a $2.17 million verdict on behalf of his client in a legal malpractice/breach of fiduciary duty case following a 15 day jury trial in San Joaquin County Superior Court. (April 2017)
  • Thomas Woods, '00, has been appointed a partner at Stoel Rives in its Sacramento Office. (January 2017)

In Memoriam

  • Thomas Sapunor, '61, died at the age of 89 on Oct. 20, 2016, in Sacramento. A former deputy district attorney and private practitioner, he served as a state administrative law judge for more than20 years.
  • Benjamin Diaz, '66, died at the age of 83 on Nov. 28, 2016, in Sacramento. After an appointment to the Sacramento Municipal Court, he was elevated to the Superior Court, becoming the first Mexican-American to serve at that level in Northern California.
  • Jim Lane, '69, died at the age of 80 on Nov. 18,2016, in Danville. He was a senior vice president of policy and planning for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland for many years and also active in the SanRamon Valley community.
  • Clinton Higbe, '70, died at the age of 84 on Nov. 24, 2016, in Sacramento. He practiced estate planning and real estate law for more than 40 years.
  • Michael Specchio, '70, died at the age of 74 on Dec. 31, 2016, in Reno. A former Washoe County public defender, he served as a juvenile master after moving into private practice. He was a Sparks Justice Court pro tem judge in retirement.
  • Dana Anderson, '71, died at the age of 71 on Oct. 6,2016, in Fresno. He was a general practitioner for a quarter-century in the Central Valley.
  • Chris Beecroft, '74, died at the age of 67 on Dec. 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. He was the longtime ADR commissioner of Clark County's Eighth Judicial District Court and its short trial program administrator.
  • Roger Bennett, '74, died at the age of 72 on Aug. 22, 2016, in Fair Oaks. The Pennsylvania native was a prominent tax attorney who broadcast his own radio tax-advice program for a number of years in the Sacramento area.
  • Dennis Taplin, '75, died at the age of 72 on Nov. 18, 2016, in Carmichael. A practicing attorney for nearly 20 years, he was also an active real estate investor and broker.
  • Robert Schaldach, '78, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 72 on Oct. 28,2016, in Carmichael. He was in private practice, primarily specializing in family law, for 37 years in the Sacramento area.
  • Roberta Kierney, '79, died at the age of 75 on Sept.7, 2016 in Seattle. A former Grass Valley family law attorney, she and her husband created the Kierney Family Scholarship, which benefits a continuing married student or a single parent raising a family.
  • John Garcia, '84, died suddenly at the age of 60 on Dec. 27, 2016, in Carmichael. He practiced real estate law in the Sierra foothill area for 30 years.
  • Patricia Hart Jorgensen, '81, died of cancer on Dec. 2, 2016, in Sacramento. She worked for several state agencies, including the Office of Legislative Counsel, over 27 years in law.
  • Jim Prichason, '84, died of cancer at the age of 69 on Oct. 5, 2016, in San Francisco. An insurance law practitioner, he operated the Law Office of James S. Prichason for many years in the Bay Area.
  • Jack Laufenberg, '93, died at the age of 60 on Nov. 2, 2016, in Sacramento. He practiced family and criminal law for more than two decades and served as a president of the Sacramento County Bar Association.
  • Carolyn Miller Cooper, LL.M., '94, died at the age of 51 on Dec. 30, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. The executive director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, she was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Diane Strickland, LL.M., '95, died at the age of 57 on Nov. 5, 2016, in Palm City, Florida. She practiced tax law and estate planning in Monterey and continued to provide elder law services after moving to the East Coast.