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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ CLASS NOTES } and first assistant at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and a deputy assistant attorney general. / Bob Yates retired from the practice of law on his 50th birthday to dedicate all of his time to community service in Boulder, Colo. He leads a number of civic and nonprofit boards, and his current principal project is building a new history, science, and children’s museum for the Boulder community. ’85 San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was honored with the annual Access to Justice award from the Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco on Oct. 29, 2013, at the group’s 66th Annual California Supreme Court Luncheon. / Teresa M. Caffese of the Law Office of Teresa Caffese was elected to the Bar Association of San Francisco board of directors. / In November 2013, David Frank received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work in the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation of GlaxoSmithKline, which resulted in a $3 billion criminal and civil resolution, the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. / Barbara Rowland has joined Post & Schell as a principal in its internal investigations and white-collar defense practice group. / Marc Rubinstein has been group general counsel at Asia Pacific Land since 2011. Asia Pacific Land is a privately held Asia-based real estate investor and asset manager with primary operations in Japan, China, and Taiwan. / Thomas Ruthenberg writes: “I am in Tokyo for the second time, this time as Asia counsel for a French software company. Though not a household name, Dassault Systemes is the leader in 3-D design software for the aero and automotive industries, and among the top 15 or so largest software companies globally. Chances are the car you own and any airplane you’ve flown in were designed using our software, not to mention a whole range of other industrial and consumer products.” / Wendy Tucker was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by California Women Lawyers. Wendy was honored during the association’s 39th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose on Oct. 10, 2013. / Fram Virjee retired this year from the partnership of O’Melveny & Myers, where he had been a labor and employment lawyer since 1985. In January 2014, he joined California State University as executive vice chancellor and general counsel. / Judge Erica Yew has been elected the chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance. She was appointed to the CJP, an independent state agency, in December 2010 by the California Supreme Court. The CJP investigates complaints against California bench officers and disciplines bench officers for misconduct. ’84 After 22 years at Baker & McKenzie, 17 of those years in its Tokyo office, then six years as general counsel at GE Capital Japan, AXA Life Japan, and AXA Rosenberg, John Kakinuki is back in the Bay Area, where he has formed Kakinuki Law Office, in San Rafael. The firm focuses on Asian intellectual property and commercial matters, with a balance of American and other non-Asian clients having matters in Asia, and Asian clients having matters in the United States. He also is a captain in the State Military Reserve and serves as officer in charge of Team Alpha of its Trial Defense Service, the Northern California appellate defense unit for the California Army National Guard, focusing on appeals from courts-martial. / Judge Carla McMichael is a federal administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Adviser Par Excellence Nanci Clarence ‘85, former BASF president and a partner at Clarence Dyer & Cohen, has been selected to represent the Ninth Circuit as a voting member of the Practitioners Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Nanci was also reappointed as chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Federal Criminal Procedure Committee for 2013–14. She has served on Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Selection Committee as well as advisory councils for three United States attorneys. 52 SPRING 2014


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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