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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ CLASS NOTES } Stephanie Sperber ’03, Sy Minh T. Nguyen ’02 David Lim ’99 Nazif ‘03, and their son, Henry / PDI has appointed molecular diagnostics industry veteran John M. Climaco to its board of directors. John co-founded Axial Biotech, a venturebacked molecular diagnostics company specializing in spine disorders, in 2003, and served as the president, chief executive officer, and board member until 2012. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Digirad and Perma-Fix Environmental Services. / Jon Lycett joined Paladin Law Group as senior counsel. ’99 Tara Deukmedjian-Couture practices civil litigation in Melbourne, Fla., with her husband and partner, Brent Couture. / David Lim was re-elected to the San Mateo City Council in November 2013. / Laurel Thompson Paul has worked as a judicial research attorney at the California Court of Appeal for the past 10 years. She complex litigation. / In June 2013, Josh Mintz joined Dwell Media as its director of merchandising. Based in its New York office, he is helping to develop and execute its new e-commerce strategy as part of a larger digital transformation. Prior to this, Josh served in key merchandising roles for Design Within Reach and UncommonGoods, after starting his career in public finance law with Stradling Yocca and Pillsbury. “During my five years in San Francisco—surrounded by great retail and remarkable creatives, innovators, and thought leaders—I got an itch.” In 2008, he changed industries while drawing inspiration and hope from the success of Richard Thalheimer ’74 as an esquired product-centric merchant. / Stephanie Sperber and Sy Nazif are eager for the arrival of their second child (a daughter this time) in 2014. ’02 Pete Clancy of Clancy & Diaz, an Oakland personal injury law firm, became a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. / Brian Eldridge was included in the 2013 edition of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. / Justin Mayo writes: “After six years as a labor negotiator and employee relations officer with the Human Resources office of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), I have accepted a position as an education attorney with the AOC’s Center for Judiciary Education and Research. I’ll be assisting California’s judicial officers in developing courses and continuing education opportunities for their peers statewide.” / Minh T. Nguyen was re-elected to the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He also serves on the UC Hastings Board of Governors and is president of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities. ’01 Ray Mueller was selected as the new mayor of Menlo Park by the Menlo Park City Council. He previously served as vice mayor and was elected to the city council in 2012. ’00 Gina Bertolini, an attorney with roots in Michigan and experience at integrated health care systems, has been approved by the Board of Regents to be the next head of the University of Michigan’s Health System Legal Office. Gina is a U-M associate vice president and deputy general counsel, a position reporting to the university’s top attorney, with responsibility for advising the leaders of UMHS on legal matters. Brian Eldridge ’02 48 SPRING 2014


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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