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{ JUDicial perspective: alUmni } Generation The new Judges: encourages young lawyers to think aboutalifornia’s “professional judiciary”c y county superior court judge. “i aciversidealifornia,rnMark Mandio ’92,moving to the bench early in their careers,according tooung, Flexible, and Tech savvy the judicial retirement system, you have to putithwbeing a judge is a career in and of itself, so itattracts people who are a bit younger. in 20 years, but you can’t retire before 65, so UC HASTINGS’ ALUMNI MAkE UP SoME oF you actually need to think about it in your early 40s,” explains mandio. THE MoST ExCITING NEW FACES oN THE Tamara Ribas ’95 has served for six CALIForNIA BENCH. years as a judge on the u.s. merit systemsoard, the quasi-judicial agencybrotectionp that adjudicates appeals from federal civilian JTabaddor ’97 was appointed by the u.s. matters. At uc hastings, she participated inemployees concerning certain employmentAshleyust eight years out of law school, attorney general as one of the youngest law- a criminal trial clinic, which inspired her to yers ever to serve on the immigration court become a deputy public defender. later, she in los Angeles. becoming a judge less than worked at the office of general counsel, u.s. 10 years after graduating “has definitely been department of health and human services, a dream realized,” she says. “it’s one of the where she advised the indian health service, most rewarding jobs you can have. it impacts gaining civil experience handling federal people’s lives at a fundamental level. And employment matters. everything about my uc hastings education,” ribas says uc hastings’ clinical offerings she adds, helped her land the judgeship. lay the groundwork for a variety of careers. no fewer than 17 post–1990 uc hastings specifically, clinics give students an opportu- alumni serve as judges on courts in california, nity to represent a “diverse range of people from superior courts to federal agencies. and gain a sense of justice,” she says. with uc hastings’ students winning national Alameda county superior court Judge and international moot court competitions Charles Smiley ’97 similarly insists that “ we’re more decidedly new breed of judges, reflecting the like at the clinic, “as a judge, you’re meetinglinic “shapedc do now on the bench.”ivil Justiceicworking at themy approach to being a public defender andaffects the workU.S. Newsegotiation andnastings turns out ahucenter for,cesolution ranked ninth byrisputeand the school’sdand World ReportoTopen latest legal training. The plethora of young people’s needs. There’s a human element to pArAdigm judges shows that uc hastings “continues everything you do.” to produce top-notch lawyers,” says Lila not surprisingly, technology has a shiFTs. we cAn Mirrashidi ’09, gov. Jerry brown’s former “massive influence” on the contemporary deputy appointments secretary. courtroom that these young alums are espe- be Flexible in The number of young alumni serving as cially adept at leveraging, mandio notes. judges “says great things about uc hastings,” For her part, ribas uses an e-filing system A chAnging adds Miriam Morton ’93, a supervising judge and an online case management program, world And “The school is getting applicants who areourt. not presiding over a hearing. “newer judgesin addition to telecommuting when she iscuperiorsountycernardinobanson the The chAnging bright, public-service minded, and who are expect these opportunities,” she says. moving into leadership positions.” Their ease with technology represents demAnds oF morton believes her work at the uc a broader attitude that these young alumni The Job. ” hastings civil Justice clinic instilled in her the “we’re more open to paradigm shifts. we canbring to the judiciary, according to Tabaddor.importance of a “client-based practice,” which -ashley Tabaddor focused on criminal defense and bankruptcy. ing demands of the job.” -be flexible in a changing world and the changshe applied to her work as a solo practitioner uc hAsTings 29


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