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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

Review, in Augusta, Ga. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters and traveling. / Scott Sobel writes: “I’ve been in Los Angeles since 1989, raising a family and still practicing. My wife, Julianne, is a neuropsychologist. Our kids are 23, 21 (in local colleges), and 15. I’ve had a solo civil litigation practice since 2000. I serve as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court, as well as a board member at Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills, and a Boy Scout leader in Troop 360. My 15-yearold is working toward Eagle Scout.” ’83 Bernard Knapp retired from the Contra Costa County Office of the County Counsel in 2009 and is now pursuing his lifelong interests in music and painting. / Larry Lowe has joined Artemis Internet as director of legal affairs. Artemis is an Internet security company in San Francisco that will be offering a new top-level domain, called .secure. Larry had previously been in the Apple law department for more than 17 years. / Ellen McKissock was named to the Executive Committee for the Trusts & Estates Section of the State Bar, effective October 2013. On Dec. 11, 2013, she was also installed as the president of the board of trustees of the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the local bar association that serves estate and trust attorneys. ’82 William “Bill” Hancock is the principal of the California Appellate Law Group, a boutique firm specializing in California and Ninth Circuit civil appeals. He has been named to both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers for Northern California. / Paul Herbert was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Alameda County Superior Court. / The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) honored Lim Ruger with its 2013 Law Firm Diversity Award at its 25th Anniversary Convention Gala in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 9, 2013, before 1,200 attendees. Lim Ruger received this award for its activism in promoting, { CLASS NOTES } recognizing the promise, and raising the influence of APA lawyers. Founding partner John Lim accepted the award. / Lee Pliscou writes: “After many years with California Rural Legal Assistance, I am now with Micronesian Legal Services, based in Saipan.” / Neal Robb writes: “Thirtyone years at the same firm, Keesal, Young & Logan in Los Angeles, defending brokerage firms, investment advisers, and other financial institutions. But every day brings something new.” ’81 ALRP immigration attorney Ana Montano received the 2013 Crisálida Award in El Salvador from that nation’s Attorney General for the Defense of Human Rights, LGBTI Division. This award is in recognition of her extensive pro bono work on behalf of the LGBTI population in El Salvador. Lee Pliscou ’82 Wheels of Justice Debra Bogaards ’81 writes: “My daughter, Danielle Bogaards, is in her first year at UC Hastings and made the UC Hastings Negotiation Team. She sat at counsel’s table with me, running the PowerPoint, during a two-week trial in Marin before she started law school. That was an incredible mother-daughter experience! We moved our Bogaards Davis office to the beautiful and historic Jackson Square district. I have a trial practice that includes plaintiff’s personal injury and elder abuse. I am expanding to include bicycle law, as I am an avid weekend cyclist. This past year, I participated in two century rides in Big Sur. With my new Bianchi racing bike, I hope to do more rides. My family just surprised me with a UC Hastings cycling kit, so if any alums want to ride on the weekend, just call me.” UC HASTINGS 53


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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