As we prepare for a new academic year, I am pleased to announce that several UC Hastings employees are readying themselves to embrace new roles at the college:
Rey Alden, who has worked for over eleven years as an HR Specialist, is fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a professional event planner by joining the Alumni Center. She will become the events manager there. Rey will be bringing her background in the food and beverage industry to promote and enhance alumni relationships.
Julia Jackson, who has served as our web coordinator for the past two years, will become Director of Educational Technologies. The strategic plan is directly advanced by adaptation of our curriculum to online course delivery. Julia will promote the adoption of numerous new tools for improving teaching and learning. She holds two graduate degrees related to her specialty and was doing similar work for twelve years at Indiana University.
Mai Linh Spencer returns to us as a Visiting Clinical Professor and the Academic Director of Lawyers for America. Her energy and enthusiasm are just what is needed to support the inaugural group of Fellows in this program that is becoming a model for other institutions. Mai Linh also will be supervising students in the Legal Externship Program. You may remember her as a Clinical Teaching Fellow here. During her year away, she taught Evidence at a sister UC law school.
Toni Young, a stalwart in our professional skills programs for twenty-six years and a longtime Director, will become Assistant Dean of Legal Research & Writing and Moot Court. She will continue to guide students and train instructors in this critical part of our curriculum that has achieved top rankings nationally. She will also be working with the new 1L Lawyering Committee to review and assess our professional skills programs, ensuring we stay at the forefront of innovation in legal education.
In a time of tremendous change for legal education, UC Hastings continues to lead. Our ability to do so depends on the opportunity for ongoing professional development of everyone who is dedicated to our success. Our implementation of the strategic plan adapts the school to the marketplace.
Please join me in congratulating Rey, Julia, Mai Linh, and Toni.