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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013

{ in brief } Lawyers for America A pilot program leverages the medical model to help fill the justice gap Lawyers for America, a unique program recently launched at UC Hastings, is a win-win-win proposition. “Our aims are to improve the practical skills of new lawyers, expand the availability of legal services for those who cannot afford lawyers, and increase the ability of government and legal offices to render such services,” says Professor Marsha Cohen, who founded the program with Professor David Faigman. Lawyers for America offers a new model for legal education that is similar to the onthe job training of medical students, Cohen explains. Students spend their third year of law school working at a sponsoring government agency or nonprofit organization, and then return for a year, after a summer break to take the bar, to the same job site in a paid fellowship position. One student selected for the inaugural five-member class will begin work this fall in the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office. Four others will work in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, where they’ll train with Deputy District Attorney Tom Kensok ’87. Cohen hopes other UC Hastings alumni will also support this worthy cause—and its expansion. “Our program is scalable,” she says. “It’s available to law schools and their government and nonprofit partners throughout the country.” Banner Year fo r Clerkships UC Hastings has a distinguished record of placing graduates in prestigious clerkships. This year, 10 members of the class of 2013 have secured judicial clerkships, joining the many alumni who have chosen this path to advance their careers. “At present, we have more than 40 graduates who are headed for clerkships or are currently clerking,” says Professor Rory Little, chair of the UC Hastings Clerkship Committee. “To have this many clerkships at one time puts us on par with the top law schools in the country. I could not be prouder of our students’ achievements.” • Matthew Cate is clerking for Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, in New Orleans. • Catherine Davidson is clerking for Justice Joel H. Bolger of the Alaska Supreme Court, in Anchorage. • Le Duong is clerking for the Connecticut Superior Court, in New Haven. • Alicia Jovais is clerking for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Phoenix. • Joshua Korr is clerking for Justice Paula A. Nakayama of the Hawaii Supreme Court, in Honolulu, for a two-year term. • Shannon Lankenau is clerking for Judge Larry R. Hicks of the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, in Reno. • Christopher M. Petroni is clerking for Judge Michael W. Mosman, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, in Portland, and then for Judge Mary Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Phoenix. • Brooke Wangsgard is clerking for Judge Tena Campbell of the U.S. District Court, District of Utah, in Salt Lake City. • Jessica Winter will clerk for Judge Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Francisco, in 2014–15. • Jacob Zweig is clerking for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Jacksonville, Fla. UC HASTINGS 5


Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013
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