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Class Notes

Keep up-to-date with your fellow University of San Francisco School of Law alumni through class notes.

Let us know about your professional or personal news by emailing updates to lawalumni@usfca.edu or clicking here. The USF School of Law reserves the right to edit all class notes submissions.

Recent Class Notes

Edward J. Imwinkelried ’69 was honored with UC Davis School of Law’s Distinguished Teaching Award, recognizing his history and achievements in the legal field as well as his stellar commitment to his students.

Jerome Fishkin ’70 was honored by California Lawyer magazine as a 2014 recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, for his representation of Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, in his groundbreaking, and ultimately successful, bid to practice law in California. Fishkin represented him pro bono before the Committee of Bar Examiners and the California Supreme Court. Fishkin is with Fishkin & Slatter of Walnut Creek.

John J. Trifilo ’74 is a judicial candidate for the Calaveras California Superior Court Department.

Gary Nadler, ’79, formerly serving as a Superior Court of Sonoma County judge, was appointed to the Judicial Council of California, for his background, expertise, and ability to have a statewide perspective. A respected member of the judiciary community, he serves on the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee, and has served on the Court Technology Advisory Committee and the Trail Court Budget Working Group. As a legal leader, he is active in legal education serving on the Civil Law Education Committee for the Center for Judiciary Education and Research and a long time adjunct member at the USF School of Law.

Gregory J. Dannis ’80, was honored by California Lawyer magazine as a 2014 recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, recognized in the education law category for successfully negotiating two significant educational breakthroughs in 2013: an innovative teacher evaluation procedure in San Jose as part of a collective bargaining agreement and a new teacher compensation package in Oakland avoiding a bargaining impasse there for the first time in a decade. Dannis is with Dannis Woliver Kelley of San Francisco.

Patricia A. Shiu ’82 has been selected as the next director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a division of the Department of Labor that enforces the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.

Anthony M. Keats ’84 co-authored, “Protecting the Brand: Counterfeiting and Gray Markets,” published by Law Journal Press. The book discusses the ways to prevent and identify a counterfeit of a company’s brand.

Molly M. Lane ’90, chair of the Board of Counselors, was honored by California Lawyer magazine as a 2014 recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, recognized in the criminal law category for her team’s eight years and 7,500 hours of pro bono legal and personal time in overturning the Texas death sentence of Cathy Henderson. She was convicted of murdering the infant that she was babysitting. The team’s success also helped advance legal reform through the passage of a Texas law authorizing retrials if new, relevant scientific evidence becomes available. Lane is with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius of San Francisco.

Mary Mahoney ’91 was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel of health care provider Tufts Health Plan, where she is now responsible for the oversight of the organization's legal department. 

Lisa Hillegas ’92 recently opened a solo law practice based in Ukiah, focusing on family law using collaborative and alternative dispute models and general civil matters. Her practice extends to clients in the Bay Area and North Bay counties, including Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino.

Jessica L. Grant ’95, Board of Governors member, was was honored by California Lawyer magazine as a 2014 reciepient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, recognized in the environmental law category for her work as the lead attorney in obtaining an $816 million jury verdict on behalf of the State of New Hampshire against ExxonMobil for groundwater contamination. After a three-month trial and just 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury awarded damages for harm caused by the addition of MTBE to gasoline sold in the state. Grant is with Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass of San Francisco.

Joanna Woolman ’04 was co-author for the article, “Protecting Native Mothers and Their Children: A Feminist Lawyering Approach,” in the William Mitchell Law Review, discussing the issue of filicide in the United States.

Sam Kang ’07 was featured in Contra Costa Times' article, “Government Experience Largely Missing from East Bay Race for Assembly.” The article discusses her candidacy for the California's 15th Assembly District in the East Bay.

Cameron Cloar ’09 was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Nixon Peabody LLP Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.


In Memoriam

Lloyd Loy Ching ’53, April 2014

William J. Schumacher ’65, November 2013