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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2013

{ FROM THE DEAN } welcome UC Hastings College of the Law Chancellor and Dean | Frank H. Wu Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement | Shino Nomiya Director of Communications & Public Affairs | Alex A. G. Shapiro Editorial Director for Communications & Public Affairs | Ami Dodson Senior Communications Writer | Susan Kostal Photography | Jim Block Design and Production | DCP Board of Directors Donald Bradley ‘68 Tina Combs ‘88 Maureen Corcoran ‘79 Marci Dragun ‘86 Carin T. Fujisaki ‘85 Thomas Gede ’81 Claes H. Lewenhaupt ‘89 Mary Noel Pepys ’78 Carl W. “Chip” Robertson Jr. ‘98 Bruce L. Simon ‘80 Sandra Thompson ‘01 Contact Us Alumni Center University of California Hastings College of the Law 200 McAllister Street San Francisco, CA 94102 415.565.4892 alumni@uchastings.edu www.uchastings.edu Send changes of address to updates@uchastings.edu. Please submit your class notes at classnotes@uchastings.edu. UC Hastings is published by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. ©2013 All rights reserved. Dear Alumni and Friends, America has celebrated immigrants since it was founded as “a city upon a hill.” Like almost all of us, and as shown so wonderfully by the subjects profiled in these pages, I would not be an American if my forebears had not arrived on these shores from elsewhere. My parents came a half century ago to pursue higher education. They arrived just before the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act abolished the remaining racial restrictions on who could enter. I was born on this soil. I acquired citizenship thanks to the Supreme Court decision in the Wong Kim Ark case. In 1898, the justices had held that an individual of Chinese descent born in San Francisco was a citizen because of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. My parents could not conceive of their children becoming advocates. English was their second language. They spoke with accents, which meant that others did not always respect what they had to say. They wrote with perfect grammar, which meant that their words did not seem quite natural. After doing public speaking and debate (forensics) in high school and college, I realized law was the right choice for me. This great nation was founded on unique principles. Lawyers are able to ensure, through rhetoric and analysis, that we live up to those ideals. Among the most important of them is welcoming newcomers regardless of who they are. Sincerely, Frank H. Wu Chancellor & Dean 2 spr ing 2013


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2013
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