Foundation Board of Trustees

The UC Hastings Foundation generates private funds to support UC Hastings College of the Law. Faculty development and student financial assistance are top funding priorities, adopted in consultation with the Chancellor & Dean.  Foundation grants to UC Hastings support recruiting exceptional students, attracting a distinguished faculty, and creating innovative programs that keep UC Hastings at the forefront of excellence in legal scholarship and training.

Executive Committee

  • President : Eric Wersching ’03, Founder/Member, Ross Wersching & Wolcott
  • Vice President: Debra Bogaards ’81, Founder, Bogaards Law
  • Secretary: Deborah Lopez ’83, Realtor, Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group
  • Treasurer: Sandi Nichols ’81, Partner, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLPO
  • Fundraising Chairs (Ad Hoc): Jessica Leal ’09, Freitas & Weinberg LLP, Charanjit Brahma ’99, Troutman Sanders LLP, Catherine A. Rivlin ‘84, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office
  • Academic Engagement Chair: Tharan (Greg) Lanier ’88
  • Social Engagement Committee: Debra Bogaards ’81
  • Planned Giving Committee: John Koeppel ’76


Paulina do Amaral ’96

Partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Kahldoun Baghdadi ’97 (non-voting) 

Partner at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Debra Bogaards ’81

Founding Partner at Bogaards Davis LLP

Judith W. Boyette ’81

Senior Partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP

Charanjit Brahma ’99

Troutman Sanders LLP

Carole Buckner ‘84

Partner at Troutman Sanders LLP

Alyson Cabrera ’02

Partner at Gordon, Rees, Scully, Mansukhani, LLP

Joan Cassman ‘77

Senior Partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP

Richard G. Chisholm ‘96

Chief Executive Officer at Evolution Capital Management

Dana Cole ’79

Partner at Cole & Loeterman

Shaye Diveley ’01

Principal at Meyers Nave

Denelle M. Dixon-Thayer ‘97

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director at Stellar Development Foundation

Noel Edlin ‘82

Managing Partner at Bassi, Edlin, Huie & Blum

Michael Ehrlich ’96 (non-voting)

Steiner Street Capital

Scott D. Elliott ‘92

Partner at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP

Elizabeth England ’78

Of Counsel at Clark Hill PLC

Carmen Estrada ‘77

Real Estate Broker

Betty Falk ’46 (emeritus)

Hon. Richard S. Flier ’71

Valerie Fontaine ’79 (emeritus)

Partner at Seltzer Fontaine

Tom Gede ’81

Of Counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Samantha B. Good ’97

Corporate Partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Jennifer C. Hagle ‘87

Partner at Sidley Austin

J. George Hetherington ’78

Director at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek

Chris Holland ’92 (non-voting)

Owner of Holland Law

Tracy Jolles Holland ‘97

Senior Director at Legal at Expedia, Inc. (HomeAway)

Brian Johnson ’80

Shareholder at Strong & Hanni

Mary Kay Kane (emeritus)

Chancellor & Dean Emeritus Hastings College of the Law

Michael Kelly ’76 (non-voting)

Partner at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Hon. Alfred P. Knoll ‘68

John Koeppel ’76

Of Counsel at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley

Tharan Gregory “Greg” Lanier ‘88

Partner at Jones Day

Jessica Leal ’09

Associate at Freitas & Weinberg, LLP

Shireen Advani Lee ’99

General Counsel at International SOS

Deborah Lopez ’83

Realtor, Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group

Harvey Lung ’81

Managing Partner at Bays, Lung, Rose, Rose & Holma

James Mahoney ’66 (emeritus)

Attorney at Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones

Leo Martinez ’78

Albert Abramson Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Nancy C. Miller ‘78

Partner at Sloan, Sakai, Yeung & Wong LLP

Timothy Mills ’86

Partner at Maggs & McDermott

Hon. Jamoa A. Moberly ‘76

Mediator, Arbitrator, ADR Services, Inc.

Scott Morris ’76 (non-voting)

Senior Vice President at Trilogy International Partners

James J. Mullen III ’97

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Richard M. Nichols ‘82

Principal at Richard M. Nichols, PC

Sandi Nichols ‘81

Partner at Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble, Mallory & Natsis, LLP

Jane Pandell ’81

President at Pandell Law Firm, Inc.

Mark D. Petersen ‘83

Partner at Farella, Braun + Martel

Basil Plastiras ’75

Partner & CEO at Plastiras & Terrizzi

Virginia (Patt) Prugh ‘81

Attorney Adviser at US Department of State

Catherine A. Rivlin ‘84

Supervising Deputy Attorney General at Attorney General’s Office

Carl Robertson ’98 (non-voting)

Principal at Warland Investments Company

Alyce Rubinfeld Fox ’82 (non-voting)

Carolyn Samiere ‘84

Cashmere Law Group

Tad S. Shapiro ‘80

Owner/Shareholder at Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Kent J. Sprinkle ‘03

Managing Partner – San Diego Office at Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP (CDF)

John Stephens ’78

Partner at Mulvaney, Barry, Beatty, Linn & Mayers, LLP

Tim Terry ’00 (non-voting)

Deputy General Counsel at Hartz Capital

Judy Villard ‘67

Consultant at The Estee Lauder Companies

Walter H. Walker ‘74

Partner at Walker, Hamilton & Koenig

Eric Wersching ‘03

Founder/Member, Ross Wersching & Wolcott

Aletha Werson ’62 (emeritus)

Al Wong ’64 (emeritus)

Of Counsel at Takushi, Wong, Lee & Yee

Nicholas Yoka ’16

Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP