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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ CLASS NOTES } Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2013. / U.S. Administrative Law Judge Michael Tucevich writes from Phoenix: “My 18-year-old daughter is off to college in the fall. The dreaded empty nest looms. Otherwise, life is good.” ’73 Christine Helwick, most recently general counsel and secretary for the California State University system and former managing university counsel for the University of California system, has joined Hirschfeld Kraemer as of counsel and a member of its higher education law practice. ’72 JohnMichael O’Connor has been appointed to the 2013–14 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury. “After 40 years of civil litigation, it’s time to step back, serve as an ADR neutral, and do a little public service.” ’71 James R. “Jim” Arnold was appointed as a contributing editor of Trends , the newsletter of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Jim was re-elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as secretary and treasurer of CORE Environmental, a nonprofit that promotes funding for cleanups for clean water for Californians. / Dennis Coupe writes that he is “still working on a mediocre version of the Great American novel.” / Mike DeSilva is associate general counsel, legal and commercial services, for Newmont Mining Corporation in James R. “Jim” Arnold ’71 Greenwood Village, Colo. Mike and his wife, Rita, live in Highlands Ranch, Colo. / The Fresno County Bar Bulletin recognized the 130th anniversary of the Shepard, Shepard, and Janian law firm in its December 2013 issue. E.E. Shepard hung his shingle for the practice of law in Selma, Calif., on Dec. 4, 1883, following his graduation from UC Hastings. His grandson, John E. Shepard ’48, practiced with his father, Chester, and the firm now continues with Jeff S. Shepard, E.E.’s greatgrandson, and Paulette Janian ’71. ’70 Deborah Judith Wiener writes: “You may remember me as Deborah Peyton. I retired as a shareholder from San Francisco law firm Trucker Huss. There I worked with unionrelated health and pension plans along with classmate Charlie Storke and other UC Hastings alumni. Early in my career, I was an attorney with the United Farmworkers of America, AFL-CIO. I look back at my work developing what is now called the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP) as my most fulfilling time while at UC Hastings.” Bruce D. Varner ’62 Chairs UC Regents Board Bruce D. Varner ’62 was named chairman of the board of the UC Regents. He is the founding partner of Varner & Brandt, practicing in the areas of general business, corporate, and transactional law. Bruce is active in many civic and volunteer associations, including the President’s Advancement Council, California State University, San Bernardino; member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Council; past member and chairman of the board of directors of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership; and member of the University of California, Riverside Foundation board of trustees. Bruce was appointed in 2006 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a 12-year term on the Board of Regents. 56 SPRING 2014


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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