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a Clara Superior Court ments secretary under Gov. who appeared alongside “a seat of power,” whereproximity to Sacramento,District Court of Appeal,-served as judicial appointfew years ago, Santa Judge Erica Yew ’85 Schwarzenegger, adds Yew on the panel. “To the governor and other appeared on a judicial panel that UC Hastings enjoys “a me, UC Hastings was the political power players are. at a Bay Area law school. well-deserved reputation ideal setting for acquiring She speculates that being As speakers went down the for being one of the best a great legal education. the UC system’s first law row describing their back- law schools in the nation It’s uniquely situated in school, UC Hastings has grounds, it soon became because of its extraordinary the heart of city, state, a distinguished “history clear that every single judge teachers and scholars. Its and federal government. and legacy” for sending its on the panel had gradu- diverse and accomplished Students don’t have to go graduates to the bench. ated from UC Hastings. Yew alumni include many highly too far to see a state crimi- For Mihara, the old quips: “We joked to those respected jurists and attor- nal trial, watch a bankruptcy adage “a campus is com- students, ‘It’s not too late neys.” While Majors-Lewis proceeding or observe a prised of buildings, but a to transfer.’ ” notes that an applicant’s law racketeering trial in federal school is about the people,” The panel’s composition school is not considered in court. Plus, all varieties he says, “is very true of UC should have come as no the appointment process, of practice are nearby in Hastings. My interpersonal surprise, given that histori- she adds, “It’s not surprising the financial district. It’s a connections were strong.” cally, UC Hastings has sent to learn that UC Hastings’ vibrant, exciting petri dish Even today, whenever he more public servants to the wonderfully diverse alums for the development of encounters a judicial col- California bench than any make up a significant part of young law students.” league who is also a fellow other law school. With so the California judiciary.” UC Hastings’ setting UC Hastings graduate, many alumni in the state For Yew, being a stu- also exposes students to there’s an “immediate tie. judiciary, UC Hastings’ dent at UC Hastings, which the human experience. “You We can share war stories.” commitment to both public is a particularly large and have very wealthy, powerful UC Hastings’ commit- service and diversity pro- competitive law school, international corporations, ment to pro bono work foundly influences the lives meant that “you had to be a but just around the corner, and public service are of California’s citizens. scrapper” to succeed. Not there is extreme poverty, “heavily ingrained” in the According to Lila surprisingly, resourceful- homeless in need of social institution, and therefore Mirrashidi ’09, who served ness also happens to be services, and a large immi- in its alumni, says Mark as deputy appointments an especially useful quality grant population. It was a Schickman, past president secretary under Gov. for judges, says Yew, who real eye-opener,” Mihara of the Bar Association of Jerry Brown, UC Hastings also serves on the Judicial says. “Exposure to all of San Francisco, who now graduates “highly qualified Council and the Commission those experiences enables serves on the American attorneys who go on to do on Judicial Performance. “In a judge to handle a variety Bar Association’s Board great things for California. trial, for example, you have of situations, from self- of Governors. As a result, The student body is incred- to respond in real time to represented people who “Some of the most dis- ibly diverse, producing a objections and questions.” can’t afford lawyers, to tinguished judges on the great pool of candidates While a UC Hastings huge corporate lawsuits, bench are UC Hastings for the bench, which ideally diploma certainly doesn’t to family law and juvenile alumni,” Schickman says. should reflect the diversity guarantee a judgeship, cases. UC Hastings is a great “In terms of practicing in of the state.” “anecdotally, there is launching pad for under- and being on the bench in San Diego County evidence” of a connec- standing those issues.” Northern California, there’s Superior Court Judge tion, notes Justice Nathan Majors-Lewis similarly no better degree than one Sharon Majors-Lewis, who Mihara ’75 of the Sixth notes the school’s relative from UC Hastings.” UC HASTINGS 19


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