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  • Hussam (Sam) Alhabardi, '12, has joined the Saudi Royal Court as a legal advisor. (November 2015)
  • 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)
  • Hagop T. Bedoyan, '87, has been named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Northern California for 2015. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in Northern California are selected by Super Lawyers. This is the 4th year in a row that he has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer. (July 2015)
  • Lori Castaneda, '93, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at the Garden City Group. (February 2016)
  • Christine Collins, '12, has joined Wilke Fleury as an associate attorney. (October 2015)
  • Darren Cordano, '14, Eurik O'Bryant, '14, and Simran Sekhon, '14, have opened a professional law corporation, Sekhon & O'Bryant, in Lodi. (February 2016)
  • Daniel (Dan) Cucchi, '12, has joined Abbott & Kindermann LLP in Sacramento as an associate and focuses on land use and development, real estate, and environmental law issues. (June 2015)
  • Haley Cose, '14, has joined the 5th District Court of Appeal as an Appellate Court Attorney. (June 2015)
  • Brad Coutinho, '12, has been named Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association in Sacramento respectively. (November 2015)
  • The Honorable Steven Cranfill, '84, has received the 2015 Children's Justice Project Golden Award for his "extraordinary commitment to Wyoming children and families involved in the court system." (September 2015)
  • Kellen Crowe, '12, has started a solo practice in civil rights law serving Northern California. (November 2015)
  • The Honorable Kevin Culhane, '76, was elected Presiding Judge by the judges of the Sacramento Superior Court on September 17th. (October 2015)
  • Patricia Curtin, '87, a land use partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, has been selected as one of the San Francisco Business Times' 2015 "Most Influential Women in Business." (June 2015)
  • Robert Cutbirth, '87, has been named a partner for Tucker Ellis LLP. (March 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)
  • Larry Digesti, '76, has been named Nevada Bar President. (September 2015)
  • Alison Dinmore, '13, has joined the CA Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. Prior she served as the legislative coordinator for the California State Transportation Agency. (October 2015)
  • Courtney Dowell, '15, has accepted a position with the California Department of Corrections Board of Parole Hearings. (November 2015)
  • Devina Douglas', '15, McGeorge Law Review Student Comment in Volume 46 Issue 4 was recently cited in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court. Read it here. (October 2015)
  • 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)
  • The Honorable John Vander Feer, '89, has been named the Assistant Presiding Judge for the San Bernardino County Superior Court. (January 2016)
  • Noël M. Ferris, '79, gave the Dean's Address at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Watch the video of "Watershed Moments: Catalyst for Advocacy" at (May 2015)
  • Bryan Freedman, '90, was featured in Variety's 2015 Legal Impact Report. He is a Partner at Freedman & Taitelman, LLP. (May 2015)
  • Tej Grewal, '08, has been named President of the South Asian Bar Association in Sacramento respectively. (November 2015)
  • 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)
  • Peter Handy, '13, was admitted to the Nevada bar in October 2014 and began working for the Douglas County District Attorney's Office in Douglas County Nevada as a Deputy District Attorney in April 2015. (June 2015)
  • Stephanie Hansel, '96, has joined the Sutter County Superior Court as the Court Executive Officer. (May 2016)
  • Piper Hanson (Laird), '01, has formed a new law firm, Piper Hanson Law, in San Mateo County. Hanson is a mobile attorney specializing in estate planning, real estate, and elder law, and she is an active member of the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce. (June 2015)
  • Katherine (Kate) Hart, '97, has joined Richland Communities as land use counsel in its Roseville, CA office. Hart joins Richland after working for the past nine years as senior counsel focused on land use and development issues at Abbott & Kindermann LLP in Sacramento. (July 2015)
  • 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)
  • The Honorable Robert Hight, '70, has been recognized by the Sacramento County Bar Association as this year's Judge of the Year. (October 2015)
  • Andrea Lynn Hoch, '84, was elected to the University of the Pacific Board of Regents in April 2015, and will serve on a three-year term extending through June 30, 2018. Hoch is an associate justice for the California Court of Appeals. (July 2015)
  • Matina Kolokotronis, '89, has been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as Women who mean Business. (September 2015)
  • 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)
  • 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 (August 2016)
  • Gustavo Matheus, '96, has joined Anderson & Quinn in Rockville, Maryland. (April 2016)
  • Jordan Maurer, '14, has joined the firm Green & Hall as an associate attorney. (February 2016)
  • LT Clayton McCarl, JAGC, USN, '12, and LT Lindsay McCarl, JAGC, USN, '12, and their daughter Sophie will spend the next two years of their U.S. Navy careers in the practicing law in sunny Guam! (June 2015)
  • Fredericka McGee, '91, was recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as Women who mean Business. (September 2015)
  • Jennifer McGrath, '95, has been appointed new city attorney for the Merced City Council. (April 2016)
  • Dori Moorehead, '94, has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Institute. (November 2015)
  • Mhare Mouradian, '03, has joined the Los Angeles law firm Clark & Trevithick as Partner. Prior to joining Clark & Trevithick, Mourdian was Partner at Murchison & Cumming, LLP in Los Angeles. (July 2015)
  • Tim Naccarato, '77 retired from his position as Assistant Dean at McGeorge on July 1, 2014; however, he stayed on the faculty as an Adjunct Professor until May 8, 2015.  He will be a community volunteer in retirement and he and his wife, Linda, still reside in Elk Grove. (July 2015)
  • 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)
  • Eurik O'Bryant, '14, Darren Cordano, '14,  and Simran Sekhon, '14, have opened a professional law corporation, Sekhon & O'Bryant, in Lodi. (February 2016)
  • Rosalind Olson, '11, has joined the law firm, Angius & Terry LLP in their Roseville office. (November 2015)
  • Leon Page, '00, has been appointed County Counsel by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. (September 2015)
  • Cary G. Palmer, '96, has been elevated to Managing Shareholder of Jackson Lewis P.C., in the firm's Sacramento office. Palmer represents management in employment, labor and benefits law and related litigation. (June 2015)
  • Alden Parker, '98, has joined Fisher & Phillips as the regional managing partner in their Sacramento Office. (May 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)
  • Joel E. Sannes, '94, has joined Udall Shumway in Mesa, AZ as a partner.  Sannes practice centers on commercial and business litigation, civil trials and appeals, and business disputes and negotiations. (September 2015)
  • Torene L.M. Schwab, '93, has been appointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. as deputy director of the Legal Division and chief counsel at the California Department of Social Services, where she has served as assistant chief counsel since 2010. (June 2015)
  • Kevin Seibert, '85, has been appointed to replace retiring Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Eleanor Provost. Prior, he was partner at Downey Brand LLP. (September 2015)
  • Simran Sekhon, '14, Darren Cordano, '14, and Eurik O'Bryant, '14, have opened a professional law corporation, Sekhon & O'Bryant, in Lodi. (February 2016)
  • Marisa Shea, '14, has joined the California CASA Association as a policy advocate. She previously served in the office of Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui as a Health Care Field Representative. (November 2015)
  • 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)
  • Amir Taborrok, '05, has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. (October 2015)
  • Todd Trotter, '02, has been appointed to the California Veterans Board. (March 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)
  • Anthony Williams, '05, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Williams has been director of government relations at the Boeing Company since 2014. (July 2015)
  • Richard Williamson's firm, '85, Ezer Williamson Law, has announced its formal affiliation with Leven & Seligman, LLP. (April 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

  • Bruce Alexander, '80, died at the age of 77 on Aug. 24, 2015, in Sacramento. He operated a general practice with an emphasis on workers compensation law for nearly three decades.
  • Norman Barth, '84, died at the age of 79 on November 11, 2015, in Sacramento. He taught political science and criminal law at Sacramento City College for three decades and was a co-founder of the Sacramento AIDS legal referral panel.
  • John F. Bowman, '72, died at the age of 85 on Oct. 12, 2015, in Sacramento after a long struggle with COPD. He was a partner in Bowman & Bowman, practicing criminal defense law for more than three decades.
  • Maura Byrne, '85, died at the age of 72 on August 7, 2015, in San Diego. She was in private practice for many years before becoming an El Cajon-based facilitator for the family court of the San Diego Superior Court.
  • Robert Chally, '84, died at the age of 61 on August 29, 2015, in Sacramento. He served as an auditor and hearing officer for the IRS and Franchise Tax Board, retiring in 2009 after 30 years of service.
  • Ronald Collett, '74, died at the age of 66 on April 8, 2015, in Tempe, Arizona. After starting his career as a prosecutor, he moved to the private sector eventually becoming a partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli where he excelled as a P.I. and wrongful death specialist.
  • Richard Corbin,'72, died at the age of 76 on Jan. 10, 2016, in Elk Grove after a five-year battle with cancer. A longtime Sacramento attorney, he specialized in mining law, and his unusual niche practice took him all over the world.
  • David Druliner, '75, died at the age of 68 on Oct. 29, 2015, in Carmichael. He was the prosecutor in numerous high-profile criminal cases as a Sacramento County assistant district attorney and later served in a similar role statewide for the California Attorney General's Office.
  • Paul Giese, '77, died at the age of 69 on March 26, 2015, in Aurora, Colorado. He practiced law for many years in Nevada, including a stint at the Nevada Public Defender's Office after undergoing a heart transplant in 1999.
  • Kenneth Kay, '80, LL.M. '85 died at the age of 58 on May 5, 2014, in Fresno.
  • Denny Keller, '85, died at the age of 71 on Dec. 28, 2015, in Auburn. He practiced law for almost three decade, much of it as a workers' comp attorney at Amara & Keller.
  • Francine T. Kammeyer Krug, '77, died at the age of 64 on July 21, 2015, in Sacramento. She practiced law for 37 years, the last 25 with the state where she served as chief counsel for the Department of Food and Agriculture and as senior staff counsel with the Department of Social Services.
  • James Maynard, '06, died at the age of 44 on Nov. 2, 2015, in Sacramento. He was the managing partner at the northern California office of Silver & Wright LLP, a municipal law boutique, after previously operating his own firm, Maynard Law, from 2011-14.
  • Peggy Neiswender, '83, died at the age of 63 on Sept. 7, 2015, in Fair Oaks. Known for her artistic abilities, she was active in many of the Sacramento suburb's community events.
  • Kristen Robinson Olsen, '98, died at the age of 47 on September 3, 2015, in Riverside. She was a senior associate at Varner & Brandt LLP where she concentrated her practice on civil litigation.
  •  Jeffrey Prather, '78, died at the age of 67 on Jan. 11, 2016, in Modesto. He practiced bankruptcy law, family law, and operated a family mediation center in Stanislaus County.
  • Thomas Rainey, '74, died at the age of 67 on July 12, 2015, in Sacramento. He practiced law for 10 years before starting a long, successful career in retail sales.
  • C. Roman Rector, '00, died at the age of 44 on September 30, 2015, in Tampa, Florida. Several years out of law school, he co-founded what was at the time one of the larger bankruptcy firms in the northern California.
  • Jennifer Lynne Rice, '95, died at the age of 52 on December 4, 2015, in Clements. She enjoyed a long career in pharmaceutical sales, also practicing law for a decade in the Stockton area.
  • Norm Robison, '71, died at the age of 78 on Aug. 9, 2015, in Carson City. A longtime Douglas County District Court judge, he also served as a senior judge for the past decade in courts throughout Nevada.
  • Keith Sugar, '90, died of sudden heart failure at the age of 54 on March 17, 2015, in Santa Cruz. An environmental law attorney, he served on the Santa Cruz City Council, was the city's mayor from 1999-2000, and was a strong voice in major land-use decisions there. 
  •  Kathryn Bates Turner, '05, died at the age of 60 on November 2, 2015, in Woodland of ovarian cancer. She served as the Yolo County Law librarian for nine years and was known for serving the legal needs of the poor, ill and elderly.