Rebecca Arons received her JD from the USF School of Law in 2005, her MA from San Francisco State in
2001, and her BA from Barnard College in 1994. She is a writing coach at two San Francisco law firms;
previously she represented criminal appellants in the California Court of Appeal. Rebecca has taught Legal
Research, Writing, and Analysis at USF. This is her fifth year teaching at Hastings. She lives in San Francisco
with her husband and two children.
Vanessa Beary graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 2002. At Hastings, she was a member of
Constitutional Law Quarterly and a Research Assistant for Professor Leo Martinez. She was a Judicial Extern
for Judge Martin Jenkins, then with the United States District Court for the Northern District in California. She
also spent a semester abroad at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Since graduation, she has
practiced as a civil litigator and has focused on appellate law, employment law, insurance law and intellectual
property law. She is currently practicing with Gordon & Rees LLP in San Francisco. She has been teaching
Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court since 2011.
Vanessa is a native of New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University before leaving the hot, humid
summers of the South for the cold, foggy summers of San Francisco. She lives in Noe Valley with her
husband and their baby girl. Vanessa is a huge football fan, follows the New Orleans Saints religiously, and
plays in two Fantasy Football leagues. In her free time, she enjoys travel, cooking and cycling.
A graduate of Hastings, Lou Biggio has been teaching LW&R and Moot Court since 1996. He has also taught
at Empire School of Law, for Napa Valley Community College's paralegal program, and continuing legal
education courses for lawyers. He has been general counsel for the Napa Superior Court, a deputy district
attorney, a public defender, and a civil law and appellate practitioner. He had a published appellate opinion in
early 2005. Currently, he focuses on transactional work and is pursuing some writing interests.
Casey Christensen graduated from Hastings in 1993, and received a BA in Economics-Business from UCLA in
1990. He is the principal of the Christensen Law Group, specializing in employment law and commercial
litigation. He has taught LW&R since 2001, but not continuously. He also started teaching Moot Court with
Hastings in 2012. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and two kids under five (which explains a couple of
the teaching absences). In his limited spare time, Casey likes to read, run, and play golf.
Following several years as an ERISA litigator representing labor unions, several more as General Counsel to a
web design firm, and 117 weeks as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Joe started his own law
practice in 2005 and is currently the managing partner of Creitz & Serebin, LLP, focusing on ERISA and
consumer class action litigation.
Joe graduated from Hastings in 1992. In 1991, he and his teammate won the Western Regional
Championship of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. In recent years,
Joe has acted as a judge for numerous Moot Court competitions, including the ABA’s National Appellate
Advocacy Competition, and the National Moot Court Competition. Joe received an LL.M. in Taxation cum
laude from Golden Gate University in 2003. Joe first began teaching Legal Writing & Research and Moot
Court at Hastings in 1994, and he just can't seem to stop.
Joe is also a musician, a wood-worker, a terrific chef, a mediocre basketball player, has a bionic heart, and is a
huge fan (and part-owner) of the Green Bay Packers. He and his wife share their house in the Haight-
Ashbury District of San Francisco with nine guitars, a few Macs, and a very cute dachshund named Choo
Bob is in private practice, where he specializes in appeals and writs in serious felony cases. He has handled
several death penalty appeals in both state and federal court. Bob graduated from UC Berkeley with Honors
and obtained his law degree from UC Davis. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
before entering private practice.
Sean F. Gallagher
Sean Gallagher graduated from UC Santa Barbara (Political Science/International Relations) in 1986 and
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, JD in 1990. He worked for the LA District Attorney's office for 4 years from
1991 to 1995 and was assigned misdemeanor jury trials, juvenile and family violence unit. He has worked at
the San Mateo County District Attorney's office from 1995 to present, including assignments in sexual assault,
homicide and political corruption. He is currently assigned as the Deputy-in-Charge of the South San
Francisco branch office. He’s been an Adjunct Professor of LW&R/Moot Court since 2007.
Al Giannini graduated from Reed College in Portland in 1971. He joined the Peace Corps and served in West
Africa, returning in 1975. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1978.
After a year as the Supervising Research Attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court Criminal Division, he
joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s office in 1979. He served in the General Felony, Career Criminal
and Intake units, and was supervisor of the Gang Violence and Vice Crimes units, while carrying a case load of
complex homicides from 1981 through 2002. He joined the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office in
2002, where he remains assigned to homicide cases. He has tried over 100 jury trials of which more than 50
were homicide cases.
He taught Legal Writing and Research at Hastings from 1995 until 2008. He is also a consultant to New York
Times best-selling authors John Lescroart and Richard North Patterson.
Nina Greeley graduated cum laude from Hastings in 1998. Most recently, she served as a Staff Attorney in
the Motions Unit of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to that, she practiced litigation in her own law
office and as an associate at Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe in San Francisco. Before embarking on her
legal career, she was a graduate student and PhD candidate in the English Department at UCLA, specializing
in the English Renaissance. She taught writing and literature at UCLA for many years and is happy to return to
Nina has been singing in the soprano section of the San Francisco Choral Society since 1997. She is active in
promoting the rights of adult adoptees to their original identities. She also enjoys playing the piano and hiking
the hills of Marin with her border collies.
Steven Perez Harris
Steven Harris is Jeremy and Leia’s father and Maya’s husband. Jeremy is 8 ... and Leia will be 5 in late
March! Maya is a licensed pyrotechnician and an accomplished event planner at Cal. Mr. Harris graduated
from Cal with honors in history, developed national policy on the ADA with the Justice Department, and was
Hastings’ top oral advocate in the intra-school Snodgrass Competition. This is his 14th year teaching LW&R
and Moot Court at Hastings. He works about 25-30 weeks a year as a one-on-one tutor for the California Bar
Examination. He taught Essay Advantage, Performance Test Advantage, was a pre-bar professor for Bar/Bri
Bar Review for several years, and now teaches a Performance Test class. He is the author of WINNIN’ TIME!
and The Trigger List, two books about law school/bar exam preparation. He frequently defeats slot machines
and blackjack dealers in Las Vegas, and he loves living in Alameda. Go Bears!
Wendy began teaching Legal Writing and Research and Moot Court at Hastings in 2005. Until recently, for the
past eleven years, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton of the United States
District Court for the Northern District of California. In addition to teaching, Wendy is currently at home with her
seven-month old daughter, Lia, counting the days (or not!) until Lia begins crawling. Prior to her clerkship,
Wendy worked as an associate attorney at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco and clerked for a
United States Bankruptcy Judge and for a state appellate court.
Wendy received her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI. In addition to beer and
cheese, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and hiking.
Eric Hing is a Staff Attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he works on
criminal and habeas appeals. Prior to his most recent stint at the court, Eric worked at the Office of the County
Counsel in Santa Clara County, and clerked for the Honorable William Alsup of the Northern District of
California and the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit. Eric received his JD from UC Davis School
of Law and a BA in Business Economics from UCLA.
Sigrid graduated from Hastings in 1986 and works with Sedgwick LLP, a civil litigation firm. This will be her
fourth year teaching LWR at Hastings. In her free time she knits, teaches Latin, works on painting her house,
and volunteers with Bay Area organizations including San Francisco's homeless shelter arbitration program.
She is a past president of San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association.
Bob Kane graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 with a BA in Conservation of Natural
Resources and a BA in History, Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from University of California, Davis in
1976, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was an editor of the Law Review. Mr. Kane served as an intern
at the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office and for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas MacBride in Sacramento.
Since graduating from law school, he has been in private practice in San Francisco and Tahoe City. He is
currently a sole practitioner in San Francisco engaged in civil and criminal litigation and the general practice of
law. Mr. Kane has numerous publications to his credit. He is a member of the California and Hawaii Bars. He
also serves as a superior court judge pro tem, arbitrator and mediator, and is active in local nonprofits. He is
the President of the Board of Housing Rights and he was formerly on the Board of Legal Services of Northern
Mr. Keller received his JD from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1986 and a BA in Political
Science from Columbia College in 1983.
Mr. Keller has worked as an attorney for the United States Court of Appeals since 1987. In 1989-90, he was a
judicial law clerk for former Chief Judge Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In his current position as
Supervising Case Management Attorney, Mr. Keller supervises a group of attorneys responsible for tracking
legal issues pending before the court, preparing proposed decisions in pending appeals for presentation to
panels of judges, and completing special research projects for the court. He has taught at Hastings since
Brian graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 2004. At Hastings, he was a founding Editor-in-Chief of
the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. After law school, Brian was a Racial Justice Project Fellow with
the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and worked primarily on voting rights and education,
including the successful League of Women Voters v. McPherson petition for writ of mandate that restored the
voting rights of over 145,000 Californians. He is now a Staff Attorney with the United States Department of
Education, Office for Civil Rights, where he enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of
race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability in education. Brian enjoys playing soccer and traveling with
his wife, Stephanie.
Kimon Manolius graduated from Brown University in 1983 with a BA in Development Studies with a focus on
East Africa. He thereafter worked on state and federal election campaigns and in state government in
Massachusetts. He received his JD from Boston University in 1991.
After law school, he joined the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and worked in complex employment
litigation for the Police and Fire Departments. He then joined the City Attorney’s Trial Team and became a
Team Leader. His litigation practice included civil rights defense cases, personal injury, employment, and state
and federal appellate work. He served as the City’s Chief of Civil Litigation and also managed the City’s Code
Enforcement Team. He also served as Managing Attorney for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office from
In August of 2002, Kim left the City Attorney’s Office for private practice at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco.
He is a partner in the firm and leads the Public Agency Litigation section. His practice includes all aspects of
public sector litigation including dangerous conditions of public property and design immunity, transportation
and transportation funding law, civil rights including First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment, Title II, IV, and
VII, as well as enforcement litigation in the housing, environmental, and consumer protection realms. He also
does air quality work. He has extensive trial experience in the state and federal courts, and also appellate
experience in the Courts of Appeal for the First and Third Districts, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of
In 2006, he was appointed to the SF Ethics Commission and elected to the position of Vice Chair. He has
taught LW&R and Moot Court at Hastings for many years. He also teaches Intensive Advocacy at both USF
and Stanford Law Schools.
Alexius Markwalder currently works as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice.
Working in the Corporate Fraud Section, where she investigates and prosecutes cases regarding financial
wrongdoing perpetrated against the state under California’s False Claims Act. Prior to her current position, she
was a Staff Attorney in the Motions Unit for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for five
years and a litigator at Disability Rights Advocates. She has spoken at numerous state and national
conferences on civil rights for people with disabilities and published several reports regarding the health care
crisis for people with disabilities.
Alexius Markwalder graduated with honors from Indiana University in 1997 and received her JD from UC
Hastings College of the Law in 2003.
Steven Miller graduated magna cum laude (Order of the Coif) from Hastings in 2004. He is a partner in the
San Francisco law firm of Hanson Bridgett, where he works in the Public Agency Section with a particular
specialty in the representation of transit districts. His areas of expertise include government, political, and
constitutional issues, as well as construction law, public contracts, and procurements. Prior to law school,
Steven had an active career as a concert violinist, including winning a Grammy award in 2002 and making
frequent appearances on NPR and PBS. He still gets residuals for his seminal performances on the
soundtracks for Spy Kids and Elmo in Grouchland.
Jennifer O’Connor has worked in the California appellate court system for over 12 years. She is currently a
Staff Attorney for Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court. Previously, she worked
as a Staff Attorney for Administrative Presiding Justice William R. McGuiness and Justice Joanne C. Parrilli of
the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. Before she found her home in the appellate courts,
Jennifer practiced products liability and toxic tort litigation at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. She graduated
summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1990 and received her JD from Stanford Law School
David Pai is a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. He represents state agencies
and officials in civil and appellate matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair
Employment and Housing Act. He is also charged with protecting peace officer privacy rights in both civil and
criminal matters, and upholding administrative decisions affecting public safety.
David graduated from Hastings in 2002. He spent the next few years litigating a variety of torts and fraud
cases before his appointment to the AG’s office. He occasionally misses the hustle and bustle of private
practice. But then he remembers that life is about living, not billing, and those silly thoughts immediately
After business hours, David can be found enjoying life in San Francisco's Mission District with his wife Suzy,
and their toddler daughter EJ. But while life in the Mission once meant eating out 7 nights a week, it now
means being home by 7 to put the little princess to bed.
Michael Quinn is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. He is assigned to the office's
Correctional Law Section, which defends the Governor's Office and the California Department of Corrections
and Rehabilitation. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, he worked as an associate at Pillsbury,
Madison & Sutro, where he was part of the real estate and land use practice group, and as a litigation
associate at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley. He received his JD from Hastings in 2000 and his BA from
the University of San Francisco in 1997.
Nathan Scheg is founder and shareholder of Scheg Law, P.C., where he represents clients in a broad
spectrum of areas, including real estate and construction law, commercial litigation, personal injury, product
liability and estate planning. Mr. Scheg is also a co-founder of StructuredRisk, Inc., a nationwide risk
management solution for the building industry specifically designed to reduce construction defect claims and
the cost of litigation through the proactive capture, audit and electronic retention of critical construction
documentation via a proprietary online software solution.
He graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton (Binghamton University) in 1995,
where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In 1998, he received his Juris Doctor the
University of California Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Scheg has been a member of the State Bar of
California since 1998, and is admitted to practice before all California federal courts. In addition, he has been
a member of the State Bar of Florida since 2005.
Mr. Scheg’s support to the legal profession and the community includes his service with Trial Lawyers Care,
the National Law Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of Rudgear Meadows Homeowner’s Association,
Teen Challenge USA and various local community sports organizations. He is a native New Yorker who now
lives in the East Bay with his wife and 3 children.
Harold (Chip) Selan graduated from Hastings in 1982 and from the University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta
Kappa in history in 1978. He has been teaching at Hastings since 1989. He is a solo practitioner in Orinda and
focuses on personal injury and business litigation.
Chip is currently a member of the California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice. He served
on that committee from 2003 to 2008 and was chair of the committee in 2008. He has also served as a
member of the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts.
In 2008, he worked with the USAID Rule of Law Program in Albania and along with EU and Albanian legal
experts, he presented lectures and workshops in legal writing, reasoning, and court decision writing to
Albanian trial and appellate judges. He was a visiting professor at the School of Magistrates in Tirana, Albania
Stephen Tollafield is a full-time Professor and Associate Director in the Legal Writing & Research and Moot
Court Department. Professor Tollafield graduated magna cum laude from Hastings in 2002. As a student, he
was a Moot Court team competitor and coach, a member of the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, and
a founding member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. In his legal practice,
Professor Tollafield was a Fellow and Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit law firm that
represents people with disabilities in high impact class action litigation. Subsequently, he served for three
years as a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
At UC Hastings, Professor Tollafield teaches a variety of writing, analysis, and lawyering skills courses for the
JD program. He also teaches an analysis and writing class for international attorneys who attend the UC
Hastings LL.M. program. Finally, Professor Tollafield is a Supervising Attorney for the Hastings Appellate
Project, an advanced advocacy clinic providing law student representation at the Ninth Circuit Court of
Rachel Wagner has taught LW&R and Moot Court for several years at Hastings. She currently is in private
practice in complex litigation involving public entities. She previously served as a supervising trial attorney for
the City of Oakland in varied, high value cases, and before that practiced business litigation for 15 years in the
Financial District. Rachel also has served as a mediator and settlement commissioner for the superior courts.
She graduated from Columbia Law School (NY) in 1986, served as a law clerk for the United States District
Court for the District of Columbia, and when enthused, still talks too fast. She lives in Oakland with two
Greg Wolff is Head of Staff for Justice Goodwin Liu at the California Supreme Court. Before that, he was the
Head of Staff for Justice Carlos Moreno from 2001 to 2011. Before that, he worked for former Chief Justice
Ronald George beginning in 1987 when Justice George was appointed to the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
From 1977 to 1987, Mr. Wolff was a Deputy City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. After a
year in the trial division, he joined the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch, eventually becoming
supervisor of that section. Later he moved to the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch. He has briefed and
argued more than 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.