In accordance with the By-Laws and Standing Orders of the UC Hastings Board of Directors, A Dean Search Committee is organized consisting of four members of the UC Hastings Board of Directors and three members of the UC Hastings Faculty.
The membership of the Committee is as follows:
Director Thomas Gede
Board of Directors
Professor Ben Depoorter
Director Marci Dragun
Board of Directors
Director Mary Noel Pepys
Board of Directors
Director Chip Robertson
Board of Directors
Professor Yvonne Troya
Professor Joan Williams
Dean Search Committee Member Bios
Thomas Gede of Davis, (Current Chair of the Board) was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2009. Since 2006, he has been a principal with Bingham Consulting Group and of counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP. From 2000 to 2006, he was the executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, and from 1987 to 2000, he served in the California Office of the Attorney General as a special assistant attorney general and deputy attorney general in the criminal division and the government law section. Prior to that service, Mr. Gede was a judicial attorney for Associate Justices Edwin Regan and Keith Sparks at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. Mr. Gede earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.
Marci Dragun is a Legislative Aide with San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum. She previously served as Executive Director of the Lincoln Club of Northern California. Marci also was in-house Political Analyst for Fisher Investments and as an associate for the law firm of Coddington, Hicks and Danforth. She has extensive political experience, having spent over 30 years working on numerous federal, state and local campaigns. Marci's expertise has been in fundraising and event organization and management. Marci earned a B.A. degree from Mills College and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1986.
Mary Noel Pepys has significant years of legal experience in the private and public sectors. She has worked for the past twenty years, since 1993, as an international rule of law attorney helping emerging democracies develop justice systems that ensure the basic principles of the protection of citizens’ human rights, equal treatment of all individuals before the law, and a predictable legal structure with fair, transparent and effective government institutions are developed. Pepys has worked in over 40 countries, lived five years in former communist countries, and more recently lived in Afghanistan for almost two years where she served as the Justice Advisor at the U.S. Embassy from 2008 to 2009.
Previously, from 1984 to 1993, she worked at Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe and later at her own law firm as a land use attorney. From 1982 to 1984, she served as a legal officer for the international peacekeeping force, Multinational Force and Observers, headquartered in Rome, which oversees the security arrangements of the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords. Prior to that, Pepys worked in Washington, D.C., as the Special Assistant to Ambassador Daniel J. Terra at the Department of State from 1981 to 1982, and for Congressman Henry S. Reuss, Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs, from 1980 to 1981. She served as a law clerk to Justice Thomas A. Caldecott, Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, from 1978 to 1979. Pepys earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University.
Professor Ben Depoorter is Sunderland Chair at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, EMLE coordinator at CASLE Ghent University, and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet at Society. He is a frequent visiting professor at Berkeley Law, teaching in the LL.M.’s Professional Track. Copyright law is one of his major areas of expertise, where Depoorter has investigated a variety of questions relating to enforcement of intellectual property law in the digital era, including whether and how fees-shifting can be used to align incentives between authors in way that promote creativity, how punitive approaches to copyright law adversely impact copyright social norms, and how automated enforcement measures create false positives. Litigation theory is Depoorter’s other major area of expertise, where he has investigated the strategic pursuit of losing litigation by interest groups that seek to mobilize public and political support, examined the feedback effect of tort settlements on legal precedent, and described the shaping effect of legal uncertainty and court delay.
Professor Yvonne Troya is the founding legal director of the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic (MLPS), a project of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, & Health Policy. MLPS is a collaboration between UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law whereby law students work closely with medical providers to provide holistic legal care for older adult patients. MLPS is one of very few geriatric medical-legal partnerships in the country and has been recognized in the New York Times for its innovative approach to legal services for older adults. In Fall 2015, MLPS expanded its services to represent geriatric veterans seen at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Yvonne previously served as a Supervising Attorney in the Health Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center, a clinic of UC Berkeley Law School. While there, Yvonne worked in two medical-legal partnerships serving low-income adults with HIV/AIDS and families seen at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. She was also involved in the planning of a law school-based medical-legal partnership in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Yvonne holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley Law and her B.A. in Biology and Latin American Studies from Bowdoin College. She is fluent in Spanish and French
Professor Joan C. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, and the Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, J.D., and Master's Degree in City Planning (1980); Yale University, B.A., History (1974); and Princeton Day School (1970). Described as having "something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, Williams was awarded the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award (2014), Hastings Visionary Award (2013), American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2003), and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000). In recognition of her interdisciplinary work, Williams gave the 2008 Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. She is the author or co-author of over ninety academic articles and book chapters, along with eight books, most recently What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Every Woman Should Know (NYU Press, 2014) with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey
Carl W. "Chip" Robertson of Los Angeles has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Robertson has been Co-Managing Director at Warland Investments since 2010. He has also been a member of the Management Committee at Dax LLC since 2001. Previously Robertson was an Associate at Paul Hastings LLP from 1999 to 2001. Since 2006, he has served as a Trustee of the UC Hastings Foundation. In addition, Robertson serves as a Trustee of Westmark School in Encino, CA and is a member of the Board of Advisors at the UCLA Lab School. At Hastings, he endowed the Chip W. Robertson Faculty Research Fund. Mr. Robertson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, a DBS from the London School of Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.