Jean Allan returned to Hastings in 2008 to teach LW&R and Moot Court. She previously taught LW&R at Hastings from 1992-1994, LW&R at USF between 1994-2002, Legal Drafting at USF between 1997-1998, and she was the Director of USF's Advanced Moot Court Competition Program from 2000-2004. Her practice background was primarily as a sole practitioner handling criminal appeals for indigent defendants in the California Supreme Court and the courts of appeal. She has experience in asbestos litigation, family law, environmental law, and currently focuses on real estate law in connection with residential and commercial property management. She recently began representing military veterans on disability claims. She received her BA cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1981 and her JD from New College of California School of Law in 1985.
Jean, a native San Franciscan, enjoys swimming with a local Masters team and in the Bay.
Rebecca Arons received her JD from the USF School of Law in 2005, her MA from San Francisco State in 2001, and her BA from Barnard College in 1994. She is a writing coach at a San Francisco law firm and previously, she represented criminal appellants in the California Court of Appeal. Rebecca has taught Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis at USF. This is her fourth year teaching at Hastings. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
A graduate of Hastings, Lou Biggio has been teaching LW&R and Moot Court since 1996. He has also taught at Empire School of Law, for Napa Valley Community College's paralegal program, and continuing legal education courses for lawyers. He has been general counsel for the Napa Superior Court, a deputy district attorney, a public defender, and a civil law and appellate practitioner. He had a published appellate opinion in early 2005. Currently, he focuses on transactional work and is pursuing some writing interests.
Nate is a litigator on the civil liberties team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco where he works to defend the free speech and privacy rights of internet users. Before re-joining EFF, Nate practiced complex litigation at Drinker Biddle & Reath and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Nate graduated from Hastings cum laude in 2008 where he was on the Moot Court Board and competed on two moot court teams. Nate received his BA with honors in anthropology and politics from UC Santa Cruz in 2003. On the weekends he brews beer and watches far too much Bollywood.
Stephanie Clarke received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1983 and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1986. She began her legal career with the State of Connecticut Office of the Public Defender, where she handled trial and appellate cases. Upon moving to San Francisco, she spent two years in civil practice before joining the First District Appellate Project (FDAP) as a staff attorney. She later joined the Office of the State Public Defender where she represented death row clients on appeal from their capital convictions. She returned to FDAP, where she supervises and assists attorneys appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal, and represents her own clients on direct appeal. She has appeared before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, the California Supreme Court, and she argues regularly before the First District Court of Appeal.
Following several years as an ERISA litigator representing labor unions, several more as General Counsel to a web design firm, and 117 weeks as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Joe started his own law practice in 2005 focusing on ERISA and consumer class action litigation.
Joe graduated from Hastings in 1992. In 1991, he and his teammate won the Western Regional Championship of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. In recent years, Joe has acted as a judge for numerous moot court competitions, including the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and the National Moot Court Competition. Joe received an LL.M. in Taxation cum laude from Golden Gate University in 2003. Joe first began teaching Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court at Hastings in 1994, and he just can't seem to stop.
Joe is also a musician, a wood-worker, a terrific chef, a mediocre basketball player, has a bionic heart, and is a huge fan (and part-owner) of the Green Bay Packers. He has a side business importing and selling natural herbal toothpaste from Thailand. He and his wife share their house in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco with nine guitars, too many Apple products to count, and one long-haired dachshund.
Mark D'Argenio graduated from Hastings in 2005. He is Senior Counsel at the Law Offices of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman where he specializes in the areas of construction litigation, general liability, and tort and injury defense. He represents a variety of clients, including some of the nation's largest builders.
While at Hastings, Professor D’Argenio participated in several Moot Court competitions, both as a competitor and as a coach. In 2005, he won the National Moot Court Competition and the Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition. He currently teaches First-Year Moot Court and Appellate Advocacy, and has served as an alumni coach for various Hastings Moot Court competition teams since 2006.
Bob is in private practice, where he specializes in appeals and writs in serious felony cases. He has handled several death penalty appeals in both state and federal court. Bob graduated from UC Berkeley with Honors and obtained his law degree from UC Davis. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court before entering private practice.
Luke is a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where he prosecutes criminal cases in trial and appellate courts. The job involves a lot of research, a lot of courtroom argument, and a lot of brief-writing: in many ways moot court in real life. Before starting at the Department of Justice, Luke clerked for a federal judge in San Diego, and represented indigent clients as an appellate public defender. He received his JD from UCLA in 2007, and his BA from Amherst College in 2000. Before becoming a lawyer Luke was, among other things, an English teacher, a bicycle taxi driver, and a surf instructor.
Professor Tami Fisher is an Associate Director of Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court at UC Hastings. In addition to teaching Moot Court and Appellate Advocacy, she also teaches Legal Writing and Research in the Masters of Studies in Law program. Before joining UC Hastings as a permanent faculty member, Professor Fisher served for five years as a California Supreme Court Staff Attorney, first to Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno until his retirement, and then to Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu. Before her tenure at the California Supreme Court, Professor Fisher worked as an associate in the Employment Litigation Group at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Throughout her career, Professor Fisher has taught as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings, and she served on the Moot Court Board and competed in several Moot Court competitions while attending UC Hastings. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sean F. Gallagher
Sean Gallagher graduated from UC Santa Barbara (Political Science/International Relations) in 1986 and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, JD in 1990. He worked for the LA District Attorney's office for 4 years from 1991 to 1995 and was assigned misdemeanor jury trials, juvenile and family violence unit. He has worked at the San Mateo County District Attorney's office from 1995 to present, including assignments in sexual assault, homicide and political corruption. He is currently assigned as the Deputy-in-Charge of the South San Francisco branch office. He’s been an Adjunct Professor of LW&R/Moot Court since 2007.
Michael Gowe is a Deputy Attorney General in the Employment & Administrative Mandate Section of the California Department of Justice. Prior to the Department of Justice, Michael worked at Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley LLP in the firm's Labor and Employment Group. While a student at Hastings, Michael was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team and an Articles Editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.
Diana Hardy graduated from the University of Chicago in 1997 (Classical Languages and Literature). After undergrad, Diana worked in Human Resources for both public and private firms. She received her JD from Hastings in 2003, after which she practiced general civil litigation at a large firm in Los Angeles. Diana subsequently went in-house for a mid-sized company in the automotive industry. Having recently moved back to the Bay Area, Diana is happily working on her first novel.
While at Hastings, Diana was active in the Moot Court Department. She competed in a number of competitions, student coached teams and served as Co-Chair for the 2002-03 school year. Diana is pleased to be coaching again as an alumni coach and is excited to share her passion for the craft of legal writing and oral argument with her Moot Court students.
Steven Perez Harris
Steven Harris is Jeremy and Leia’s father and Maya’s husband. Jeremy is 7 ... and Leia will be 4 in late March! Maya is a licensed pyrotechnician and an accomplished event planner at Cal. Mr. Harris graduated from Cal with honors in history, developed national policy on the ADA with the Justice Department, and was Hastings’ top oral advocate in the intra-school Snodgrass Competition. This is his 12th year teaching LW&R and Moot Court at Hastings. He works about 25-30 weeks a year as a one-on-one tutor for the California Bar Examination. He taught Essay Advantage, Performance Test Advantage, was a pre-bar professor for Bar/Bri Bar Review for several years, and now teaches a Performance Test class. He is the author of WINNIN’ TIME! and The Trigger List, two books about law school/bar exam preparation. He frequently defeats slot machines and blackjack dealers in Las Vegas, and he loves living in Alameda. Go Bears!
Eric Hing is a Staff Attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he works on criminal and habeas appeals. Prior to his most recent stint at the court, Eric worked at the Office of the County Counsel in Santa Clara County, and clerked for the Honorable William Alsup of the Northern District of California and the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit. Eric received his JD from UC Davis School of Law and a BA in Business Economics from UCLA.
Sigrid graduated from Hastings in 1986 and is a civil litigator and trial attorney with Sedgwick LLP in San Francisco. She likes teaching and trying cases, and thinks they have a lot in common. In her free time she sings with Coro Hispano de San Francisco and volunteers with community-service organizations in the Bay Area legal community, including the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s high school mock trial program. She is the 2012 president of San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and is a panelist with the San Francisco Superior Court's Early Settlement Conference program.
Bob Kane graduated form the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 with a BA in Conservation of Natural Resources and a BA in History, Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from University of California, Davis in 1976, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was an editor of the Law Review. Mr. Kane served as an intern at the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office and for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas MacBride in Sacramento.
Since graduating from law school, he has been in private practice in San Francisco and Tahoe City. He is currently a sole practitioner in San Francisco engaged in civil and criminal litigation and the general practice of law. Mr. Kane has numerous publications to his credit. He is a member of the California and Hawaii Bars. He also serves as a superior court judge pro tem, arbitrator and mediator, and is active in local nonprofits. He is the President of the Board of Housing Rights and he was formerly on the Board of Legal Services of Northern California.
Mr. Keller received his JD from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1986 and a BA in Political Science from Columbia College in 1983.
Mr. Keller has worked as an attorney for the United States Court of Appeals since 1987. In 1989-90, he was a judicial law clerk for former Chief Judge Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In his current position as Supervising Case Management Attorney, Mr. Keller supervises a group of attorneys responsible for tracking legal issues pending before the court, preparing proposed decisions in pending appeals for presentation to panels of judges, and completing special research projects for the court. He has taught at Hastings since 1999.
Amit Kurlekar graduated with a BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies from Stanford University in 1998, and received his JD magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law School in 2001. While at Michigan, he served as an associate editor on both the Law Review and Journal of Gender and the Law, and was a semifinalist in the University’s Campbell Moot Court Competition. After law school, Amit clerked for two years for the Hon. Judge Marianne O. Battani of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and then the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Newark, N.J. Amit is currently an attorney in the San Francisco office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he works as part of the firm’s appellate practice group and serves on the firmwide Pro Bono Committee. Amit now lives in Oakland with his wife and newborn daughter and their two spoiled cats, and is looking forward to revisiting as many of the divey restaurants on Larkin Street as he can by the end of the semester.
Brian graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 2004. At Hastings, he was a founding Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. After law school, Brian was a Racial Justice Project Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and worked primarily on voting rights and education, including the successful League of Women Voters v. McPherson petition for writ of mandate that restored the voting rights of over 145,000 Californians. He is now a staff attorney with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where he enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability in education. Brian enjoys playing soccer and traveling with his wife, Stephanie.
Catalina Lozano received an MBA from UC Berkeley and a JD from UC Hastings through Hastings’ Joint Degree Program. After graduation, she worked for Melvin Belli (the "King of Torts"), and opened her own law practice in 1983. Ms. Lozano was a Pretester and a Reader for the State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners from 1982-1984, and taught LW&R at Hastings from 1983-1985. Ms. Lozano was a Deputy State Public Defender from 1986-1988, and she argued cases before the First, Third, Fifth and Sixth District Courts of Appeal. She won reversals for many clients, and several of her cases have been published in California Appellate Reports. In 1988, she returned to private practice.
Ms. Lozano taught Trial Advocacy II (Business Litigation) at Hastings for two years and she has also worked for the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), which is the Education Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts in California. In 1994, Ms. Lozano returned to Hastings to teach LW&R and Moot Court. She is now a sole practitioner who specializes in business counseling, and is corporate counsel to a number of businesses engaged in manufacturing and construction. Ms. Lozano is a member of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Kimon Manolius graduated from Brown University in 1983 with a BA in Development Studies with a focus on East Africa. He thereafter worked on state and federal election campaigns and in state government in Massachusetts. He received his JD from Boston University in 1991.
After law school, he joined the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and worked in complex employment litigation for the Police and Fire Departments. He then joined the City Attorney’s Trial Team and became a Team Leader. His litigation practice included civil rights defense cases, personal injury, employment, and state and federal appellate work. He served as the City’s Chief of Civil Litigation and also managed the City’s Code Enforcement Team. He also served as Managing Attorney for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office from 2000-2002.
In August of 2002, Kim left the City Attorney’s Office for private practice at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco. He is a partner in the firm and leads the Public Agency Litigation section. His practice includes all aspects of public sector litigation including dangerous conditions of public property and design immunity, transportation and transportation funding law, civil rights including First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment, Title II, IV, and VII, as well as enforcement litigation in the housing, environmental, and consumer protection realms. He also does air quality work. He has extensive trial experience in the state and federal courts, and also appellate experience in the Courts of Appeal for the First and Third Districts, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2006, he was appointed to the SF Ethics Commission and elected to the position of Vice Chair. He has taught LW&R and Moot Court at Hastings for many years. He also teaches Intensive Advocacy at both USF and Stanford Law Schools.
Mari Overbeck is a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Her practice primarily focuses on employment litigiation. Prior to joining Munger, Mari clerked for the Hon. Bernard Zimmerman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California during the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 terms. Mari previously worked as a litigator in the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where she focused on labor and employment litigation before returning to Judge Zimmerman's chambers. While in law school, Mari competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team where she helped win two regional championships. Her team also broke Hastings' previous historical records by placing 5th (out of a total of 500 teams) at the World Championship rounds, making Hastings the U.S. Champions in 2009. Mari works extensively with Hastings' Jessup team as an alumni coach.
Mari received a BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
David Pai is a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. He represents state agencies and officials in civil and appellate matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. He is also charged with protecting peace officer privacy rights in both civil and criminal matters, and upholding administrative decisions affecting public safety.
David graduated from Hastings in 2002. He spent the next few years litigating a variety of torts and fraud cases before his appointment to the AG’s office. He occasionally misses the hustle and bustle of private practice. But then he remembers that life is about living, not billing, and those silly thoughts immediately dissipate.
After business hours, David can be found enjoying life in San Francisco's Mission District with his wife Suzy, and their newborn daughter, Eleanor June. They continue to resist the thirtysomething siren call of moving to suburbia, but it gets louder every year.
Nathan Quigley is an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Nathan is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence unit where he prosecutes felony stalking cases. While in law school, Nathan externed for Judge Alsup in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He also spent a summer with the California Department of Justice in the Appeals, Writs and Trials Section. There he drafted appellate briefs and argued in court at the trial and appellate level.
Nathan is a Bay Area native. He attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 with a BA in Political Science, and earned his JD from Hastings in 2005. At Hastings, Nathan was involved in the Moot Court program as a competitor, student coach, and teaching assistant. Since that time, he has served as an alumni coach for multiple Moot Court teams, including two national championship teams.
Michael Quinn is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. He is assigned to the office's Correctional Law Section, which defends the Governor's Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, he worked as an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, where he was part of the real estate and land use practice group, and as a litigation associate at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley. He received his JD from Hastings in 2000 and his BA from the University of San Francisco in 1997.
Jennifer Ray has worked in the California appellate court system for over 12 years. She is currently a staff attorney for Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court. Previously, she worked as a staff attorney for Administrative Presiding Justice William R. McGuiness and Justice Joanne C. Parrilli of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. Before she found her home in the appellate courts, Jennifer practiced products liability and toxic tort litigation at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1990 and received her JD from Stanford Law School in 1995.
Harold (Chip) Selan graduated from Hastings in 1982 and from the University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa in history in 1978. He has been teaching at Hastings since 1989. He is a solo practitioner in Orinda and focuses on personal injury and business litigation.
Chip is currently a member of the California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice. He served on that committee from 2003 to 2008 and was chair of the committee in 2008. He has also served as a member of the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts.
In 2008, he worked with the USAID Rule of Law Program in Albania and along with EU and Albanian legal experts, he presented lectures and workshops in legal writing, reasoning, and court decision writing to Albanian trial and appellate judges. He was a visiting professor at the School of Magistrates in Tirana, Albania in 2010.
James Smith is an experienced trial attorney, with considerable experience trying cases in state and federal courts throughout California. Mr. Smith specializes in representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury cases, as well as class and representative actions, including consumer fraud and unfair competition cases. Mr. Smith began his practice as an associate with Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer in Oakland, a small trial law firm specializing in personal injury cases. Mr. Smith also practiced at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP several years before founding Smith Lillis Pitha LLP, where he has litigated various commercial disputes.
Mr. Smith received his JD from Hastings College of the Law in 1997. At Hastings, Mr. Smith was actively involved in the Moot Court Department, serving as the Moot Court Board Chair and participating in several competition teams. Specifically, Mr. Smith was a Regional Champion and National Quarterfinalist competitor on the National Moot Court Competition Team as well as the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
Mr. Smith grew up in Minnesota. He enjoys tournament billiards and is an avid distance runner.
Stephen Tollafield is a full-time Professor and Associate Director in the Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court Department. Professor Tollafield graduated magna cum laude from Hastings in 2002. As a student, he was a Moot Court team competitor and coach, a member of the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, and a founding member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. In his legal practice, Professor Tollafield was an Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit law firm that represents people with disabilities in high impact class action litigation. Subsequently, he served for nearly three years as a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
At UC Hastings, Professor Tollafield has taught LW&R, Appellate Advocacy, Moot Court, a seminar on disability law, and has worked with intercollegiate Moot Court competition teams as an alumni coach. As a full-time Professor and Associate Director, he continues to teach first year lawyering skills and oversees the LW&R Department’s staffing and programming. He also teaches an analysis and writing class for international attorneys who attend the UC Hastings LL.M. program. Finally, Professor Tollafield is a Supervising Attorney for the Hastings Appellate Project, an advanced advocacy clinic for law student representation at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rachel Wagner has taught LW&R and Moot Court for several years at Hastings. She currently is in private practice in complex litigation involving public entities. She previously served as a supervising trial attorney for the City of Oakland in varied, high value cases, and before that practiced business litigation for 15 years in the Financial District. Rachel also has served as a mediator and settlement commissioner for the superior courts. She graduated from Columbia Law School (NY) in 1986, served as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and when enthused, still talks too fast. She lives in Oakland with two rambunctious kids.
Greg Wolff is Head of Staff for Justice Goodwin Liu at the California Supreme Court. Before that, he was the Head of Staff for Justice Carlos Moreno from 2001 to 2011. Before that, he worked for former Chief Justice Ronald George beginning in 1987 when Justice George was appointed to the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
From 1977 to 1987, Mr. Wolff was a Deputy City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. After a year in the trial division, he joined the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch, eventually becoming supervisor of that section. Later he moved to the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch. He has briefed and argued more than 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.
Denise Yates has been a Deputy Attorney General for twelve years, defending state agencies, prison staff, and the Governor from lawsuits filed by prisoners. Before that, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney, she was a fellow with the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, and she clerked for a federal judge in Las Vegas. She loves teaching LW&R and Moot Court at Hastings. She is a Northern California native, UC Irvine alum (go Anteaters!), and avid athlete. She can be found on most weekends playing golf with her husband or perfecting her shooting skills.