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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ CLASS NOTES } the opportunity to author a commentary on crime and society. I feel fortunate to write and edit for a living, and to have the chance to make the law more accessible for everyday people.” ’05 Darien Covelens writes: “I moved into a new position in January 2013 as director, private equity, at MainLine Investment Partners in Philadelphia and New York City. I am running a small expansion capital fund that makes investments in early stage companies.” / Matt Goldberg is a deputy city attorney for the city of San Francisco. He litigates on behalf of San Francisco consumers and workers on the affirmative and complex litigation team. / Christian Kemos has been elevated to partner at his North Bay firm, Freitas McCarthy MacMahon & Keating. He continues to practice as a litigation counselor for individuals and mid- to small-size businesses dealing with commercial litigation, ADA defense, employment defense, and commercial lease disputes, as well as representing trustees and beneficiaries in trust contests. / Mike Maffei married a fellow assistant district attorney, Phoebe Eustis, in San Francisco at the Marines’ Memorial Hotel. Mike and Phoebe met at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Mike’s first day of work in September 2010. Mike and Phoebe live in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco. / Gunter Mihaescu writes: “In 2013, my wife, Tina, and I welcomed our daughter, Lucia, into this world. I’ve been working as a trial attorney at the Scranton Law Firm in Concord since 2011, representing plaintiffs in personal injury actions. We reside in San Francisco.” / Monique Ngo-Bonnici was made partner at Winston & Strawn, where she practices labor and employment law. / Kristi Walton was elected to the partnership of Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver. She specializes in labor and employment law. ’04 Erin Belka and her husband, Keith Sendziak, welcomed their third child, River, in May 2013. Erin is an associate at Hamberger and Weiss in Buffalo, N.Y. / After remarrying in November 2012, Ory Sandel and his wife, Tamar Brown, as well as daughters Talya and Gaby, are thrilled to announce the arrival of a baby boy, Eytan Sandel! Ory is still practicing in San Francisco with Idell & Seitel, a boutique entertainment law firm, focusing on litigation and intellectual property matters. / Katie Scott was promoted to partner at Dickstein Shapiro. She is in the firm’s intellectual property group, handling patent and IP litigation in the biotech, medical device, and semiconductor fields. / David Spector has joined the Office of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper as senior deputy legal counsel. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel, David was a partner at Kaplan Kirsch & Gunter Mihaescu ’05 with his wife, Tina, and daughter, Lucia Promoting Environmental Equity Vien Truong ’06, environmental equity director at the Greenlining Institute, was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle as one of its “Top Women Leaders in San Francisco.” She spoke about growing up in a Southeast Asian family, the youngest of 11, and the only one to go to college. “When I first started as a lawyer, I didn’t trust myself enough. I thought I had to look and sound a certain way. Now I know there’s strength in me being exactly who I am.” Christian Kemos ’05 46 SPRING 2014


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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