Matt Chivvis '07

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Education: J.D., USF School of Law (2007) I B.A., University of Wyoming (2004)

Overview: Matthew Chivvis is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he specializes in life sciences and technology litigation. He joined the firm in 2008 after clerking for Chief Judge James Ware of the Northern District of California (ret.). While at USF Law he was a member of the executive board of Law Review, and an Academic Excellence Award recipient.

Jamal Anderson '13

Member Admissions Committee
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Jamal Anderson is an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office where he handles General Felonies/Hate Crimes. He previously worked as a Senior Associate at the Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) in San Francisco, where his practice focused on representing and advising public agencies in litigation and general advice issues, conducting independent investigations, and assisting public agencies with police reform. Prior to joining RPLG, Mr. Anderson served as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for six years.

Elizabeth Bohannon ’92

Member, Nominating Committee
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Education: J.D., USF School of Law (1992) I B.S., Duke University (1984)

Overview: Elizabeth Bohannon is currently consulting to companies and individuals on employment law issues, conflict coaching, and dispute mediation. Prior to this role, she was Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Airbnb, Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Williams-Sonoma, and Senior Employment Counsel at Waste Management. Early in her law career, she worked as an Associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Fenwick & West.

Yuki Cruse ’15

Chair, Admissions Committee
Yuki Cruse

Education: J.D., USF School of Law (2015) | B.A., University of North Texas (2010)

Overview: Yuki is Employment Counsel for Adobe where she advises the company on numerous aspects of employment law and employee relations matters for the Americas region. Prior to joining Adobe, Yuki represented employers in a wide range of workplace law matters, including preventive advice, counseling, and litigation as an Associate at Jackson Lewis P.C. and Meyers Nave, respectively.

While in law school, Yuki served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court and The Honorable Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Yuki also served as a staff member of the law review, case counsel for the Moot Court Program, an executive board member of the Black Law Students Association, a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society, and graduate of USF's Academic Support Program. Yuki is a proponent of growth mindset, uplifting community, and mentorship.

Kirsten Daru ‘01

Member, Admissions Committee

Rhean Fajardo '03

Member, Admissions Committee

Judge Lupe Garcia ’95

Member, Nominating Committee
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Education: J.D., USF School of Law (1995) | B.A., Occidental College

Overview: The Honorable Lupe Garcia was appointed to the bench of the Alameda County Superior Court in 2016, and is currently assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Division and serves on the Court’s Access and Personnel Committees. For the 16 years prior to her appointment, she held various positions at Gap Inc. as in-house counsel, and departed as the Associate General Counsel for Corporate Compliance. Prior to joining Gap Inc., she was an employment litigation associate at Lafayette & Kumagai, LLP. While at Gap Inc. she co-founded the Gap Inc. Diversity Council and served on the Steering Committee for the Latino Employee Resource Group. Judge Garcia has also deep commitment to the community, having served on the Board of Trustees for the California State University and the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Simron Gill ’12

Chair, Employment Committee
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Lead Counsel, Video Content and Production: Netflix, Los Angeles

Education: J.D., USF School of Law (2012) | B.A., University of California, San Diego (2005)

Overview: Simron Gill is Intellectual Property Counsel at Netflix, where she advises the creative teams on a variety of IP issues including complex media rights transactions, chain-of-title analysis, trademark clearance, production clearance, and claims and litigation defense. Previously, she was Lead Counsel of Video Content and Production at Meta (formerly Facebook). She started her legal career as an IP Attorney with Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco (2013-2016). She is also an amateur photographer and filmmaker, and previously served as a Board Member and Vice-Chair for Root Division, a visual art non-profit based in San Francisco.

Ashley Gould ’99

Ashley Gould

Education: J.D., USF School of Law (1999) I B.S., University of California at Berkeley (1996)

Overview: Ms. Gould is currently serving on advisory boards and as a limited partner in several early stage funds. Prior to these roles, she served as an executive at private and public companies in the life sciences and technology fields, including roles as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Early in her law career, Ms. Gould worked as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC and O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Raphael Gutierrez ’01

Member, Employment Committee
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Education: J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law (2001); B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1996)

Overview: Mr. Gutierrez is currently a Director of Intellectual Property at Uber Technologies, Inc. Prior to his employment with Uber, he ran his own law firm (2009-2016), and was Intellectual Property Counsel for the Foundation Law Group LLP (2014-2016) and Trademark and Copyright counsel for the Jackson Intellectual Property Group (2009-2016). Following graduation, he was an Intellectual Property Associate with Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear (2001-2005) and Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP (2005-2009). He also has a black belt in Krav Maga.

Michael Hewitt, Jr.'15

Member, Alumni Engagement Committee

Kevin Jackson '14

Member, Admissions Committee
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Education: J.D., USF School of Law (2014) I B.S., California State University, Long Beach (2011)

Overview: Mr. Kevin Jackson is an attorney with Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP in Los Angeles. He represents fiduciaries and individuals throughout California in a wide range of trust and estate matters. While in law school, Mr. Jackson was a senior staff member of the law review, a member of the moot court board, a course tutor for the school’s academic support program, and the academic chair and national delegate for the University of San Francisco’s Black Law Students Association.

Rob Nelson '02

Member, Employment Committee

Bambo Obaro '09

Member, Alumni Engagement Committee
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Education: J.D., cum laude, USF School of Law (2009) I B.A., McMaster University (2003)

Overview: Mr. Obaro has been an Attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP since 2010, where his practice specializes in Complex Commercial Litigation. Mr. Obaro is currently President of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of California Chapter, and he also serves as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council.

Capt Jophiel Philips ‘11

Member, Admissions Committee

Alyssa Roy '14

Chair, Alumni Engagement Committee

Christine Start '10

Member, Alumni Engagement Committee
Christine Start

After over a decade of service as a deputy public defender, Christine Mari Palma Start transitioned to her current role as Special Deputy Attorney General for California Attorney General Rob Bonta focusing on criminal justice reform and civil rights. Christine was featured as one of nine women criminal defense attorneys in The Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense by Andrea Lyon. In addition to serving on the USF School of Law Board of Governors, she is the Visionary Founder and Executive Director of Pinay Powerhouse, Co-Chair of the Women Lawyers Network for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association, Advisory Board Member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Solano County, Civic Engagement Committee Member of Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Association and a California Asian Pacific American Bar Association Public LEAD Fellow. Christine was recognized as a “Best Lawyer Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2017 and was the recipient of USF School of Law’s “Pursuit of Justice” Award in 2010. Christine graduated from UC Berkeley in 2006 and USF School of Law in 2010.

Calla Yee '15

Member, Admissions Committee

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