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Monday, December 02, 2013

Nanci Clarence '85, Beth McGarry '86, Karen Frank '87, Kamala Harris '89, Teresa Caffese '85, Diana Kruze '06, S. Ashar Ahmed '07

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Nanci Clarence

Nanci Clarence ’85

Nanci Clarence ’85, former BASF President and a partner at Clarence Dyer & Cohen, has been selected to represent the Ninth Circuit as a voting member of the Practitioners Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Clarence was also re-appointed as chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Federal Criminal Procedure Committee for 2013-2014. She has served on Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Selection Committee as well as advisory councils for three United States Attorneys.


Beth McGarry ‘86
President Obama recently appointed Beth McGarry ’86 to the position of Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Previously, McGarry had served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and First Assistant at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General.


Karen Frank ‘87
Karen FrankKaren Frank ’87 of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass was named among the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Her practice includes copyright, trademark, domain names, unfair competition, right of publicity, branding and advertising, publishing and the Internet. She is a past president of the Copyright Society of the USA.

Kamala Harris ‘89

After bruising banks and pushing Silicon Valley tech companies for privacy protections, what’s next for California Attorney General Kamala Harris ’89? Harris hasn’t let up on her effort to chase down wrongdoing tied to the 2008 financial collapse. She is pursuing Standard & Poor’s, accusing it in a $1 billion lawsuit of falsifying ratings on mortgage-backed securities, a claim that may result in triple damages.

One of Harris’s biggest tasks as she enters the last year of her first term as AG is guiding her case against S&P. The ratings company has been strongly contesting lawsuits by a dozen states, and an unprecedented $5 billion suit by the U.S. government.

Bloomberg casts her resume as a “solid foundation for a leap to higher office.” Read more here.

Teresa M. Caffese ’85 

Teresa M. Caffese ’85 of Law Office of Teresa Caffese was elected to the Bar Association of San Francisco board of directors. She joins continuing board member Pamela Fulmer ’91 of Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg. Fulmer was also recently named among the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Diana Kruze ’06 

Diana Kruze ’06 was named Barrister of the Year by the Bar Association of San Francisco. She was recently elected to serve on the board of the Barrister’s Club. She joins continuing board members Manuel Alvarez ’07 of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Jeanne Sheahan ’07 of Davis Wright Tremaine.

S. Ashar Ahmed ’07

S. Ashar AhmedS. Ashar Ahmed ’07 of Nossaman was named to the inaugural Lawyers of Color “Hot List.” He is an associate in Nossaman's Litigation Department focusing on the financial services industry. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Ahmed served as a judicial extern for the Honorable John T. Noonan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable John E. Munter, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. He is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

2L Perla E. Parra, 3L Pedro Hernandez

2L Perla E. Parra and 3L Pedro Hernandez are working with California Rural Legal Assistance on a winter break pro bono project for 16 UC Hastings students. Students will work in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties surveying low-wage tourist industry workers. Read more about their project here.

Nota Bene:

  • Professor Robin Feldman of @DataDrivenLaw on how patent trolls are draining the life from Silicon Valley. "There are millions of patents outstanding and it's very difficult to know what any individual patent confers. It will cost you between $1 million and $6 million in litigation fees just to find out.”  Read more from NBC Bay Area here.
  • Professor Richard Boswell on how much prosecutorial discretion President Obama has to stop the deportation that separate families. More from CNN here.

--Dec. 2, 2013

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