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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.

February 2014 Class Notes

Ksenia 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 operatives.

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 leadership.

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.