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{ then an D now } w Mike Traynor, the eldesthile not a judge himself, son of Roger and Madeleine Traynor, inherited many core values from his famous father. “My dad and I share a sense of service to the legal profession and to the public—my dad as a judge and teacher, myself as a lawyer and citizen,” Mike says. A SecondMike, senior counsel with specializing in trademark and Generation Cobalt, a Berkeley-based firm copyright law, has been widely of Service honored for his commitment to public service, particularly in the areas of education and the environment. His impres- sive resume includes stretches as president of the American impact of globalization and lost on him. In fact, this keen Law Institute and chairman of technology on the legal pro- awareness of striking at the the Sierra Club Legal Defense fession. “There are many new right time is another thing he Fund, now Earthjustice (on ethical issues that the ABA shares with his father. whose advisory council he needs to consider, concerning “My dad would have felt now serves), and he is deeply everything from outsourcing to ready to step forward and involved with educational cloud computing,” he says. This decide a case and a new issue nonprofits. He shares with his summer, he and his colleagues if he and his colleagues had father the honor of election had their first set of recommen- prepared the groundwork, as a fellow of the American dations approved by the ABA. cut away the brush, and Academy of Arts and Sciences. The challenges of mak- determined that the ancient Currently, as co-chair of ing the right recommendations arguments for the status quo the American Bar Association’s at the right time—especially were no longer persuasive,” new Commission on Ethics when the legal landscape is Mike says. “Because timing is 20/20, he is looking at the changing so rapidly—are not everything.” UC HASTINGS 55


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