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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

currently is assigned to Justice Jim Humes. Laurel is happily married to Grant Paul, the man she married over winter break when she was a 2L. They live in San Francisco, where they are raising two boys, Quincy (2003) and Archie (2006). In her spare time, Laurel enjoys running, baking, and taking her family to locations featured in Sunset magazine (aka “Sunset outings”). / James Robertson writes: “I started a new firm in 2012, The Bravo Law Group, specializing in plaintiff consumer protection claims and veterans’ benefit claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs. San Diego remains my home base, but the firm’s veterans’ benefits practice will be nationwide. Oh, and I climbed Mount Whitney this summer with classmates Nathan Ballard and Gregg Adam.” ’98 Steve Kasher writes: “I have owned a sightseeing tour business in Los Angeles for the past three years called LA Insider Tours. We have five tour guides and provide private tours of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. We are ranked No. 3 on TripAdvisor of all tour companies in L.A.” / Melissa Krum married John Dooher in Belize this past July. The couple met in the criminal courts of Alameda County—“a real-life Law & Order D.A./law enforcement couple.” ’97 Scott Castro is a partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell in San Francisco, specializing in land use and environmental law. / Emi Gusukuma writes: “I got engaged to the love of my life, Rakesh Singh, VP of communications at the Kaiser Family Foundation, in June 2013.” ’96 Jeannie Branham writes: “2014 marks my 10th year as in-house counsel for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (and 16 years overall as in-house counsel in the hospitality industry), managing regulatory and legal compliance for global hotel and vacation ownership marketing and promotions, including social media and emerging digital/mobile platforms.” / Ruth Burdick, former editor-in-chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, continues to work in the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where she briefs and argues cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals. / Steve Coopersmith runs the Coopersmith Law Firm, a business litigation boutique in San Diego focusing on partnership and corporate disputes, executive-level employment matters, and { CLASS NOTES } financial fraud. Steve was selected in both 2012 and 2013 as one of 10 “Top Attorneys” in the area of business litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and was selected as a business litigation Super Lawyer for 2014. / Rachel Erhlich was named vice president and chief claims officer for CAMICO, the nation’s largest CPA-focused program of insurance and risk management. / Andrew Herman has joined Miller & Chevalier as counsel. In 2005, he represented Major League Baseball before the House Government Reform Committee during inquiries into steroid use by baseball players. / Sunil R. Kulkami writes: “On Aug. 29, 2013, I was appointed by Gov. Brown as a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County. Apparently I am the first South Asian American state court judge in Northern California. I currently handle misdemeanor cases in San Laurel Thompson Paul ’99 James Robertson ’99 Melissa Krum ’98 Sunil R. Kulkami ’96 UC HASTINGS 49


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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