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February 2014 Class Notes
Tsenin ’73 was
featured in the Daily Journal article, "Unconditional
Inspiration," for her unique and personable approach to sentencing as a
San Francisco Superior Court judge.
Sean Dowling ’74 has retired after
17 years of service as a Nevada County Superior Court judge.
Andrew G. Ogden ’83 had his article,
"Dying for a Solution: Incidental Taking Under the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act," published in the William &
Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.
John Ter Beek ’87 achieved a
unanimous decision from the Michigan Supreme Court on Feb. 6, when he
challenged Wyoming ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana use.
Kristine Fowler Cirby ’91 was
featured in Legal Monitor Worldwide’s
article, “Helping Home of Affordable Legal Advice,” discussing how her
nonprofit firm, Family and Children’s Law Center, helps low-income families
navigate the legal system.
Jessica Grant ’95 was selected by California Lawyer magazine as the 2014 recipient
of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award. She was recognized
for obtaining a $816 million record-setting verdict for the state of New
Hampshire over groundwater contamination by several oil companies.
Robert L. Waring ’95 authored
SB 1407, carried by California Sen. Mark Leno and enacted on Jan. 1, 2013. The
bill was based on his article, “Is the Privacy of Therapy a Secret to Foster
Children,” focusing on the privacy foster children have in regards to therapy.
Charles Kovats ’96, assistant U.S.
attorney for Minnesota, served on a subcommittee of the Pentagon's Defense
Legal Policy Board that examined instances where service members were alleged
to have committed offenses against civilians in combat zones. He received the Attorney
General's Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National
Security for his service in investigating and persecuting al-Shabaab
Julie Veit ’00 a member of Hanson
Bridgett's pro bono committee, is working with a group of attorneys at her
firm, including Dennis McQuaid ’70,
to get accreditation from the Veterans Administration to provide legal services
to veterans referred at San Francisco's VA Hospital.
David Sims ’06 was appointed
general counsel and vice president of development for JAMZ Cheerleading &
Dance Inc., an organization that provides school cheerleading and dance
Marina Smerling ’06 recently
co-founded WiseHeart Lawyering, a consulting firm committed to revolutionizing
the heart of the legal profession by teaching lawyers compassionate, ethical,
and effective communication skills.