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  • Judge David Abbott, '73, has been recognized by the Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA) as Judge of the Year 2016. (August 2016)
    Bianca Angulo
    , '16, has joined the Band of Miowk Indians as a law clerk in Shingle Springs, California. (September 2016)
  • Ric Asfar, '06, joined the Vaka Law Group in Tampa, Florida in July 2015. Asfar will continue to practice civil appeals and litigation with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal, wrongful death, and insurance coverage and bad faith matters. He was awarded an AV Preeminent rating in 2016 by Martindale-Hubbellin. (March 2016)
  • Rachel Balchum, '13, has joined Royston Family Law, LLP. (February 2016)
  • John Baker, '85, has joined the Madera County District Attorney's Office.  He will serve as Senior Deputy District Attorney. (January 2016)
  • David Bass, '13, has joined the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General in the Department's Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit. (September 2016)
  • Barbara Boccia, '83, has joined Wolters Kluwer U.S. Advisory Services practice. Barbara will lead the practice and is a long time compliance professional and attorney. (October 2016)
  • Rachel Bouman, '01, Director for Human Resources Services at the Library of Congress, recently administered the oath of office to the Library's 14th Librarian of Congress. (September 2016)
  • Lori Castaneda, '93, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at the Garden City Group. (February 2016)
  • Jennifer Chapman, '07, has been promoted to Senior Manager in Ernest & Young's Private Client Services Tax Group. (September 2016)
  • Robert Collins, '72, has joined Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP in its Transactional Practice Group. (October 2016)
  • Darren Cordano, '14, Eurik O'Bryant, '14, and Simran Sekhon, '14, have opened a professional law corporation, Sekhon & O'Bryant, in Lodi. (February 2016)
  • The Honorable Kevin Culhane, '76, was elected Presiding Judge by the judges of the Sacramento Superior Court on September 17th. (October 2015)
  • Robert Cutbirth, '87, has been named a partner for Tucker Ellis LLP. (March 2016)
  • Justin Cutler, '14, has announced he is opening his own firm. (September 2016)
  • Tim Davis, '16, has been promoted to Commissioner of the Sacramento Community Police Commission. (September 2016)
  • Lucille Des Jardins, '76, was featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel Law and Order on January 9, 2016. (Read the article here.) (February 2016)
  • Theresa Dunham, '96, has been named Somach Simmons & Dunn's managing shareholder. She will serve a two-year term. (May 2016)
  • Selena Farnesi, '15, has joined Fresno County as a Deputy District Attorney. (May 2016)
  • Cynthia Fee, '06, has joined Aon Risk Services as Senior Casualty Specialist.  Prior she served as Senior Risk Management Analyst for SMUD. (August 2016)
  • The Honorable John Vander Feer, '89, has been named the Assistant Presiding Judge for the San Bernardino County Superior Court. (January 2016)
  • Cynthia Fritz, '98, has been reappointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, where she has served since 2011.  She served as a deputy commissioner at the Board of Parole Hearings from 2009 to 2011 and as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2007 to 2009. (August 2016)
  • Nicole Goi, '07, has joined SMUD as Senior Land Specialist.  Prior she was a real estate broker for Terranova Partners. (August 2016)
  • Dan Griffin, '16, has joined New Point Law Group as a law clerk. (September 2016)
  • Carlos Gutierrez, '83, has been appointed a judgeship in the Solano County Superior Court.  He has been an attorney in private practice at Bernheim, Gutierrez, and McCready since 1994. (August 2016)
  • Stephanie Hansel, '96, has joined the Sutter County Superior Court as the Court Executive Officer. (May 2016)
  • Jonathan Hobbs, '96, recently moved in-house with the City of Elk Grove where he will continue to serve as City Attorney, having been appointed by the City Council in 2011.  He joins the City after 17 years with Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. (August 2016)
  • Lakeisha Hood, '09, has been promoted to Director of Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (March 2016)
  • Peggy Huang, '97, has been selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Yorba Linda. (January 2016)
  • Matthew Karanian, '87, has been awarded the prestigious Arshile Gorky Medal by Armenia's Ministry of Disapora. The Arshile Gorky Medal is a national award that recognizes scholarship, achievement in the arts and significant contributions to the collaboration between Armenia and the worldwide Diaspora of Armenians. (September 2016)
  • Christian Keiner, '80, has joined Dannis Wolliver Kelley and will be serving of counsel.  Prior he worked for Kronick Moskowitz. (August 2016)
  • Marc Koenigsberg, '99, has joined the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General in the Employment & Administrative Mandate Section after 10 years with the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig. (August 2016)
  • Dan Koukol, '84, has signed a four year contract with Placer County to serve as its new public defender. (August 2016)
  • Shannon Lacey, '14, has joined Lauria Tokunga Gates & Linn as an associate attorney. (March 2016)
  • Gerald Latasa, '13, has joined Black & Rose LLP as an associate attorney.  Prior he worked for Mastagni Holstedt APC. (August 2016)
  • Mark Leonard, '01, has been promoted to General Counsel for Jelly Belly Candy Company.  Prior he served as Intellectual Property Counsel. (August 2016)
  • Tara Macomber, '09, has finished writing a book entitled "Music, Money, and Law." The book is a primer on Contracts, Intellectula Property rights, publishing and business management for musicians and lawyers alike. A copy of the book can be found here. (September 2016)
  • Nafeh Malik, '12, has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as a contractor. (September 2016)
  • Lauren Manning, '11, has won the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award.  Her essay was published in the National Young Farmers Coalition blog in May. She also presented at a United Nations food security conference in Munich, Germany.  She started a food and agriculture news and editorial blog in 2015 called The California Crow at www.thecaliforniacrow.com. (August 2016)
  • Ryan Marcroft, '03, has been appointed assistant chief counsel at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Prior he served as deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. (August 2016)
  • Gustavo Matheus, '96, has joined Anderson & Quinn in Rockville, Maryland. (April 2016)
  • Catherine Mattesich, '10, has joined Greenberg Traurig as an associate. (August 2016)
  • Jordan Maurer, '14, has joined the firm Green & Hall as an associate attorney. (February 2016)
  • Fredericka McGee, '91, was recognized as the 2016 Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA) Distinguished Attorney of the Year. (October 2016)
  • Anthony McClaren, '03, has joined ADLI Law Group as Senior Counsel. His primary focus will be litigation with an emphasis on business and employment matters and issues impacting the transportation industry. (September 2016)
  • Jennifer McGrath, '95, has been appointed new city attorney for the Merced City Council. (April 2016)
  • Melissa Meth, '09, has joined the California Department of Justice as a Deputy District Attorney. (September 2016)
  • Marie Nakamura, '01, has joined Dannis Woliver Kelley in their Sacramento Office. (January 2016)
  • Renee Nash, '92, joined the board of directors at Folsom Lake Bank. A former McGeorge adjunct professor, she is Of Counsel at Hunt, Jeppson & Griffin in Roseville Bay. (May 2016)
  • Timothy Nettesheim, '81, has been named as Husch Blackwell's managing partner in it's Waukesha County office. (August 2016)
  • Eurik O'Bryant, '14, Darren Cordano, '14,  and Simran Sekhon, '14, have opened a professional law corporation, Sekhon & O'Bryant, in Lodi. (February 2016)
  • Alden Parker, '98, has joined Fisher & Phillips as the regional managing partner in their Sacramento Office. (May 2016)
  • Kirupa Pushparaj, '07, was recognized among the 2016 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (BU40 Award) by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). (October 2016)
  • Paul Richardson, '80, has been elected to serve as Assistant Presiding Judge for Yolo Superior Court. (October 2016)
  • Erica Rosasco, '02, has been appointed Vice Chairperson for the Sacramento Employer Advisory Council. (May 2016)
  • Erin Sands, '05, has been named Chief Marketing Officer of Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jimenez. (May 2016)
  • Justice Arthur Scotland, '74, received the 2016 SacLegal Founders Award. (October 2016)
  • Simran Sekhon, '14, Darren Cordano, '14, and Eurik O'Bryant, '14, have opened a professional law corporation, Sekhon & O'Bryant, in Lodi. (February 2016)
  • Michael Shepard, '16, has joined the Superior Court of California, County of SF as a Legal Research Assistant. (September 2016)
  • Evan Smiley, '92, was recognized among the 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. (October 2016)
  • Amaya Smith, '14, has joined Perkins Cole LLP as CLE Coordinator. (October 2016)
  • Josh Smith, '10, has been promoted to Senior Transaction Counsel at CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital Inc. (August 2016)
  • John Soldati, '98, has been appointed as the San Joaquin County Superior Court's newest commissioner.  (February 2016)
  • Caroline Soto, '15, has joined Pine & Associates as an associate attorney. (August 2016)
  • Catherine Stefani, '95, has been appointed County Clerk for San Francisco, California. (April 2016)
  • Emma Suarez, '01, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, where she has served since 2007. (March 2016)
  • Blair Swadley, '14, has joined Flesher, Schaff & Schroeder as an associate attorney in Rocklin, Calif. (August 2016)
  • Todd Trotter, '02, has been appointed to the California Veterans Board. (March 2016)
  • Thomas Urquhart, '01, has been elected to the Council of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division at the 2016 ABA annual meeting.  Mr. Urquhart is a sole practitioner in Washington DC.  (August 2016)
  • Mark Velasquez, '02, has begun working as an associate for Hunt Jeppson & Griffin LLP in Roseville, California.  He has also joined the Sacramento County Bar Association as a board member. (January 2016)
  • Richard Williamson's firm, '85, Ezer Williamson Law, has announced its formal affiliation with Leven & Seligman, LLP. (April 2016)
  • Ted Wood, '97, has joined Kronick Moskowitz in the firm's public agency practice. (August 2016)
  • Niki Zupanic, '07, has begun her new role as the Executive Director of the Montana Justice Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting civil legal aid in Montana. (January 2016)

In Memoriam

  • Gregg Anderson, '86, died of brain cancer at the age of 60 on August 11, 2016, in Sacramento. His Gold River law firm specialized in family law and living wills.
  • Edward Brenner, '79, died at the age of 69 on August 8, 2016, in Sacramento. A litigator for more than 30 years, he represented plaintiffs and defendants in several high-profile cases.  
  • Robert Buchler, '81, died of cancer at the age of 67 on April 8, 2016, in Modesto. He practiced law for 30 years, most recently operating the Law Office of Robert L. Buchler.  
  • Armand Clavere, '70, died from complications of dementia at the age of 90 on February 26, 2016, in Sacramento. He worked three decades as an attorney for the state of California and retired as an administrative law judge.  
  • Daniel Driscoll, '74, died of Parkinson's Disease at the age of 71 on September 15, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a highly successful residential real estate agent for many years in the San Diego area.
  • Susan Gardner, '77, died at the age of 63 on June 10, 2016, in Paradise. A part-time attorney, she was a longtime business professor at Chico State who specialized in labor law and whose research work was published in several journals.  
  • Peta Hallisey, '84, died at the age of 56 on December 20, 2015, in Coronado. An ERISA and employee benefits attorney, she operated the Law Office of Peta Hallisey in San Diego.  
  • Richard P. Jacobson, '92, died unexpectedly at the age of 51 on July 1, 2016, in Colonie, NY. A former assistant public defender, he was in private practice and was also employed as an attorney for the New York State Senate.  
  • Howard Jeske, '51, died at the age of 98 on September 18, 2016, in Rocklin. Thought to be the oldest living alum at the time of his death, he served as general counsel, president and CEO of California Western States Life Insurance.    
  • Anna Lee Locke, '92, died at the age of 81 on April 11, 2016, in Sacramento. She managed a medical practice for 12 years and practiced law for 20 years.  
  • Diane Malcolm, '86, died suddenly at the age of 60 on June 3, 2016, in Folsom. She practiced in Long Beach and Century City before moving back to the Sacramento area to open an employment and labor law practice.  
  • Bobby Rodgers, '68, died of cancer at the age of 76 on July 20, 2016, in Auburn. He practiced law in Loomis off-and-on for 30 years.  
  • Steven Syftestad, '75, died after a long illness at the age of 68 on August 22, 2016, in Citrus Heights. He practiced law with several different Sacramento area firms and also worked for the Department of Defense.  
  • William Sykes, '81, died of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident at the age of 66 on September 5, 2016, in Richland, Michigan. He was a longtime member of the Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and also worked in private practice and in juvenile court.  
  • John Sullivan, '77, died at the age of 73 on February 20, 2016, in Sacramento. He enjoyed a lengthy career in state service, served on the transition team for three incoming Republican governors, and was the president of the Civil Justice Association of California from 1995-2011.   
  • Willard "Bill" Weddell, '60, died of cancer at the age of 83 on March 31, 2016, in Bakersfield. He served as the Kern County public defender from 1969 to 1995. The building that housed his office was named after him in recognition of his state-record service as a California county public defender.