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been named a Northern California Super Lawyer for the past three years. / William C. Markley III retired in August 2012 after a 31-year career as senior vice president and general counsel of Jacobs Engineering Group, a Fortune 200 global engineering, architecture, scientific services, and construction company. / Rogelio Quesada writes: “I have been informed that an article on my unpublished, winning Guatemalan asylum case regarding domestic violence before the Board of Immigration Appeals will by published by the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in the International Journal of Refugee Law. The hope is that it will shed light on the inconsistent decisionmaking in this area due to the lack of uniform and binding standards and will advance advocacy efforts for the BIA to issue a precedential opinion or for the government to finalize regulations. I am now classified as an emeritus attorney from the State Bar of Texas.” / Gordon & Rees San Francisco partner Jack “Skip” McCowan has been elected as a national director and will serve a {In Memoriam (continued) { class notes } Ralph Pray ’67, a bankruptcy attorney in San Diego for nearly 40 years, died after a battle with cancer. Working for Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye and DLA Piper, he served in numerous management roles and mentored dozens of lawyers. In addition to his wife of 24 years, Sandra Shaw Pray, Ralph is survived by his daughter, Kristen Pray, and brother, Thomson Pray. He was predeceased by his son, Matthew. Retired Sacramento Superior Court Judge John R. Lewis ’66, a former professor at McGeorge School of Law, died on November 2, 2012, of cancer. John spent 18 years on the bench in Sacramento Municipal and Superior courts. He is survived by his wife, Lee Ann Lewis. James Taggart ’66 passed away on October 7, 2012. Jim served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and received an Army Commendation medal for 168 combat mission hours. After his military service, he practiced law in San Francisco for 43 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Sue; mother, Barbara Taggart; and siblings, Robert Taggart ’65 and Barbara (Taggart) Schultz. He is also survived by two children and five grandchildren. James “Rod” Williams ’66 passed away on October 22, 2012. Rod practiced law for more than 40 years in Kern and San Luis Obispo counties. Rod was a criminal defense attorney, and at the end of his career, he worked as an attorney at Juvenile Services Center, where he was dedicated to representing and mentoring youth. Prominent businessman and attorney W. Gerald Brown ’59 died on September 22, 2012. Jerry is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Gail; sons, Eric and Kenneth; stepchildren, Cynthia Siebert, Sandy Thigpen, and Chip Smith; five grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. Bruce Wagner ’55 died on September 1, 2012. Bruce started his legal career in private practice and as a San Mateo County deputy district attorney. He then became a former name partner at the firm now known as Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, where he spent 28 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. Raymond H. Levy ’49 passed away on September 22, 2012. Raymond passed the California Bar in 1951 and commenced what would become a 61-year law practice, becoming one of San Francisco’s premier probate and estate planning attorneys. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Levy for 48 years and had three sons and five grandchildren. UC HASTINGS 49


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