Class Notes

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

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Recent Class Notes 

Peter Logan ’76 is practicing law part-time, representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies, and is on the board of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and active in the Rotary Club.

Rebecca Eisen ’80 was selected as a commencement speaker for 2018 graduation ceremonies at Holy Names University. Eisen serves as chair of the boards for the California State University Board of Trustees and Oakland School for the Arts.

Ken Creighton ’85 received the President’s Medal at the University of Nevada, Reno commencement ceremonies.

Ruth McCreight ’85 has retired after nearly 20 years with the Judicial Council of California. She worked in California’s child support program.

Sherrie Seliber Friedman ’86 has recently joined the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Mateo County. She continues to represent parents and children in Juvenile Court in San Mateo County.

Brian Soublet ’86 was featured in the article “DMV officials: self-driving car regulations will continue to evolve,” published in the San Francisco Chronicle, for his work developing California’s regulations governing the testing and deployment of driverless cars.

Michael Sweeney ’88 was selected to serve as chief campus counselor for the University of California, Davis.

Gonzalo “Sal” Torres ’88, who recently joined USF’s Board of Governors, recently retired from the City Council of Daly City, where he spent 20 years as councilman and served five terms as mayor. He continues leading the Americas commercial transactions legal team at Equinix, Inc.

Tom Tafolla ’89 was named a 2018-2019 Lemelson Center Fellow, providing him with a grant to study at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., where he will research artifacts and documents related to the contributions of American Latinos to the advancement of science and technology in America from 1848 to the present.

Scott Cole ’92 published his book Fallout, a true story of Cole’s first class action in 1994, uncovering Unocal’s intentional release of harmful toxins.

Anne-Marie Taylor ’92 was named executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Eric Newsom ’96 joined Sheppard Mullin in its San Francisco office. Previously, he was at Manatt Phelps, where he was co-chair of the corporate and finance group and chair of the private equity and venture capital group.

Thomas Asimou ’89 was featured by AZCentral in the article “From missing to legally dead: The search for Sheriff's Office posse member Sam Grider” for his work on a missing persons case.

Kevin Sin ’00 was appointed senior vice president and head of worldwide business development for pharmaceuticals research and development at GlaxoSmithKline.

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi ’01 has joined Jackson Lewis P.C. in its San Francisco office as a principal. She was previously at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Jeremiah Johnson ’03 was appointed an immigration judge on the San Francisco Immigration Court.

Merritt Anderson ’04 was selected for the inaugural list of Top Moms of Color in Tech by Reach Mama Network. Anderson is vice president of employee experience and engagement at Github.

James Rush ’05 has been certified as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group of trial lawyers who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. Rush specializes in plaintiffs personal injury law at Rush Law Injury in Novato.

Kimberly Shields ’06 was elected shareholder at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney in San Francisco, where she started as an associate in 2007.

Rudolf Leška LLM ’11 partnered with his colleague to establish Štadil Leška Advokáti, a premier boutique law firm specializing in copyright and media law. The firm has offices in Prague and Bratislava, and serves Central and Eastern Europe.

Everett Monroe ’14 was interviewed for the article “No one knows how Google Duplex will work with eavesdropping laws” in The Verge.

Jennifer Sta.Ana ’15 was named a 2018 Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Jonathan Kathrein ’17, an attorney with Ragghianti Freitas LLP in San Rafael, won the 2017 California Lawyers Association Real Property Law Section Student Writing Competition.