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 a San Francisco law firm; 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 UC Hastings. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Vanessa Beary graduated from UC Hastings in 2002. At UC Hastings, she was a member of the Constitutional Law Quarterly and a Research Assistant to Professor Leo Martinez. She was a Judicial Extern for Judge Martin Jenkins, then with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She also spent a semester abroad at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Since graduation, she has practiced civil litigation at several mid-sized Bay Area law firms, most recently with Gordon Rees LLP, and her practice has focused on appellate law, employment law, insurance law, and intellectual property law. She currently counsels the LLM students at UC Hastings on career-related matters and handles freelance civil litigation matters on a contract basis while caring for her two-year-old daughter. 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 daughter. 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 running.
A graduate of UC 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.
Mara Boundy has been involved with Hastings Moot Court as a competitor, student coach, and alumni coach. She participated in the Hastings Appellate Project, and she argued an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After graduating from UC Hastings, she clerked for Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and then joined the litigation group at Perkins Coie.
Casey Christensen graduated from UC 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 at UC Hastings in 2012. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and two kids under five years old (which explains a couple of the teaching absences). In his limited spare time, Casey likes to read, run, and play golf.
Stephanie Clarke received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1983 and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1986. She began her legal career with the State of Connecticut Office of the Public Defender, where she handled trial and appellate cases. Upon moving to San Francisco, she spent two years in civil practice before joining the First District Appellate Project (FDAP) as a staff attorney. She later joined the Office of the State Public Defender where she represented death row clients on appeal from their capital convictions. She returned to FDAP, where she now supervises and assists attorneys appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal, and represents her own clients on direct appeal. She has appeared before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, the California Supreme Court, and she argues regularly before the First District Court of Appeal.
Joe Creitz is the managing partner of Creitz & Serebin LLP. 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 focusing on ERISA and consumer class action litigation.
Joe graduated from UC 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 LLM in Taxation cum laude from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2003. Joe has been teaching LW&R and Moot Court at UC Hastings since 1994.
Joe is also a musician, a wood-worker, a terrific chef, a pretty poor 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, too many Apple products to count, and one very cute dachshund named Choo Choo.
Mark is Senior Counsel at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman where he specializes in construction litigation, general liability, and environmental litigation. He represents a variety of clients, including some of the nation’s largest builders, and has been involved in several high profile appeals. While at UC Hastings, Mark participated in a handful of Moot Court competitions, both as a competitor and as a coach. In 2005, he won the National Moot Court Competition and the Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition. He currently teaches Moot Court and Appellate Advocacy, and he has served as an alumni coach for various Hastings Moot Court competition teams since 2006. Mark received his BA in History from the UC Berkeley.
Shashi Deb graduated from UC Hastings in 1994, and received her BA in Political Science/Economics from UC Berkeley in 1991. At UC Hastings, Shashi was on the Moot Court Board, the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and was the Executive Coordinator for the Dean’s Group Teaching Assistants. From 1994-1997, Shashi practiced business and commercial litigation at Bingham McCutchen, and then left to focus on intellectual property counseling and litigation at Cooley Godward, LLP. She has taught LW&R for three years, and has volunteered as a Moot Court judge on many occasions. Shashi loves music, travel, good literature, and the outdoors. She lives in the Peninsula with her husband and three daughters.
Daniel Duan is a UC Hastings graduate, and he received his BA in Political Science and Legal Studies from UC Berkeley. At UC Hastings, Daniel was a Moot Court competitor, student coach, and board member. Daniel also served as a student counsel for the Hastings Appellate Project, where he represented a Guatemalan refugee before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since graduation, Daniel has worked as a personal injury firm associate, a Graduate Research Fellow, and as the LW&R and Moot Court Department Academic Coordinator. He has also been an alumni coach for several Moot Court teams, and has been a staff attorney at the Legal Writing Resource Center. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys gaming, good food and travel. Daniel lives in the East Bay, but spends a significant portion of each day, including most weekends, on the 4th Floor, judging for our championship Moot Court teams.
Sean F. Gallagher
Sean Gallagher graduated from UC Santa Barbara (Political Science/International Relations) in 1986 and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1990. He worked for the LA District Attorney’s office for 4 years from 1991 to 1995 and was assigned to misdemeanor jury trials, juvenile cases, and the family violence unit. He has worked at the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office from 1995 to the present, with assignments in the sexual assault, homicide and political corruption units. He is currently assigned as the Deputy-in-Charge of the Vertical Prosecution Units, including homicide, sexual assault, gangs, and domestic violence. He has been an Adjunct for LW&R/Moot Court since 2007.
Tiffany Gates graduated from UC Hastings in May 2011. While at UC Hastings, she participated in Moot Court as both a competitor and a student coach. She also served as a student counsel for the Hastings Appellate Project, where she successfully represented a prison inmate in his civil rights claim against prison officials before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After graduation, she worked for two years as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the California Department of Justice, where she drafted respondent’s briefs in appeals from felony convictions and responded to Petitions for Writs of habeas corpus. Tiffany is currently an associate with the law firm Archer Norris in the firm’s Walnut Creek office, where her practice focuses primarily on civil writs and appeals.
Prior to law school, Tiffany attended UCLA, where she received a BS in Math/Economics and a BA in French and Linguistics. She was born and raised in Albany, California and likes to play volleyball in her spare time.
As a student at UC Hastings, Michael Gowe was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition team and the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.
Michael is a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. Working in the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section at the DOJ, he represents state agencies and officials in employment and constitutional law disputes. His practice is evenly divided between appellate and trial court matters in state and federal courts.
Diana Hardy graduated from the University of Chicago in 1997 (Classical Languages and Literature). After undergrad, Diana worked in Human Resources for both public and private firms. She received her JD from UC Hastings in 2003, after which she practiced general civil litigation at a large firm in Los Angeles. Diana subsequently went in-house for a mid-sized company in the automotive industry. Having recently moved back to the Bay Area, Diana’s practice now focuses on employer-side advice & counsel for small to mid-size firms, and she is happily working on her first novel.
While at UC Hastings, Diana was active in the Moot Court Department. She competed in a number of competitions, coached teams, and served as Co-Chair for the 2002-03 school year. Diana is pleased to be coaching again as an alumni coach, and is excited to share her passion for the craft of legal writing and oral argument with her Moot Court students.
Steven Perez Harris
Steven Harris is Jeremy and Leia’s father and Maya’s husband. Jeremy is 9 ... and Leia will be 6 in late March! Maya is a licensed pyrotechnician and an accomplished event planner at Cal. Steven graduated from Cal with honors in history, developed national policy on the ADA with the Justice Department, and was UC Hastings’ top oral advocate in the intra-school Snodgrass Competition. This is his 15th year teaching LW&R and Moot Court at UC 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 Hill graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1995, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1998. Wendy has been teaching LW&R and Moot Court at UC Hastings since 2005. She was a career law clerk for a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for nearly twelve years. Prior to her district court clerkship, Wendy worked at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco and clerked for a United States Bankruptcy Judge and for a state appellate court. She is currently enjoying (most of the time) caring for her two-year old daughter and infant son. In addition to teaching, Wendy likes to hike, read, and practice yoga.
Eric Hing is a Senior Legal Editor at Judicata, a legal technology company that aims to reinvent legal research. Prior to joining Judicata, he was a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he worked on criminal and habeas appeals. Eric has also 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 is the principle attorney at Irias Law Firm. Sigrid graduated from UC Hastings in 1986 and was a civil litigator and trial attorney with Sedgwick LLP in San Francisco. Her other interests include her kids, her two giant dogs, and community organizations she volunteers with, including 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 involving trial, appellate and transaction work. Bob 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 former President of the Board of Housing Rights and a former member of the Board of Legal Services of Northern California.
Brian graduated from UC Hastings in 2004. At UC 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 in education on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability. Brian enjoys playing soccer and traveling with his wife, Stephanie.
Christoffer Lee practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. A native San Franciscan, Christoffer attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Santa Clara University, and UC Hastings. While in law school, he competed on both the Moot Court and ADR competition teams. Christoffer clerked for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He works as an associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco.
Catalina Lozano received an MBA from UC Berkeley and a JD from UC Hastings through Hastings’ Joint Degree Program. She specializes in Business Law, Business Formations, Employment Law, and Civil Appeals. Catalina was a Pretester and a Reader for the State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners, and she taught LW&R at UC Hastings from 1983-1985. Ms. Lozano was a Deputy State Public Defender from 1986-1988, and she argued cases before the First, Third, Fifth and Sixth District Courts of Appeal. She won reversals for many clients, and several of her cases have been published in the California Appellate Reporter.
Catalina taught Trial Advocacy II (Business Litigation) at UC Hastings for two years and in 1994, Ms. Lozano resumed teaching LW&R and Moot Court. She has taught legal writing to UC Hastings LEOP students, and to paralegal students at Sonoma State University and San Francisco State University. In 2014, Ms. Lozano was honored by UC Hastings’ La Raza Law Students Association as an alumna of the year, and she gave the keynote address at the 2014 Hastings LRLSA graduation. Ms. Lozano is a member of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, the Association of Latino Marin Attorneys, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Allison G. Macbeth received her BA in Economics and Business from University of California, Los Angeles. Allison returned to California a year later and then received her JD from UC Hastings in 1999.
Allison worked briefly for the San Francisco Superior Court as a Legal Research Assistant and then moved to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in September 2000. Allison began working in the Writs and Appeals Unit, where she handled a variety of serious and complex cases, including People v. Knoller. Through her various assignments in the SFDA’s office, Allison has prosecuted 35 jury trials to verdict. In 2010, Allison returned to the Writ and Appeals Unit, where she prepares Respondent’s Briefs and People’s writ petitions for the Appellate Division of the San Francisco Superior Court and the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District.
Allison has taught LW&R, Moot Court, and Appellate Advocacy at UC Hastings since 2001.
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 2000-2002.
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, writs and validation actions, transportation and transportation funding law, civil rights including First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, 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, and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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 UC Hastings for many years. He also teaches Intensive Advocacy at both USF and Stanford Law Schools.
Alexius Miller currently works as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. Working in the Corporate Fraud Section, 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.
Alexis graduated with honors from Indiana University in 1997 and received her JD from UC Hastings in 2003.
Jennifer O’Connor has worked in the California appellate court system since 2001. 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 in 1995.
David Pai is a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. He represents state agencies and officials primarily in civil trial and appellate matters. His practice mirrors the breadth of the State’s interests — from defending state prisons for having pre-hiring physical testing requirements, to protecting race horses from physical and drug abuse, to ensuring the CHP’s right to bill you for the cost of arresting you for drunk driving.
David graduated from UC Hastings in 2002. He spent the next several years litigating a variety of tort and business fraud cases before his appointment to the AG’s office. Despite all these years practicing law, he is constantly amazed at how little he knows. This makes him either the densest lawyer in the world, or the happiest. What other job pays you to learn?
After business hours, David can be found enjoying life in San Francisco’s Mission District with his wife and daughter. 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 UC Hastings in 2000 and his BA from the University of San Francisco in 1997.
Harold (Chip) Selan graduated from UC Hastings in 1982 and from the University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa in History in 1978. 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 and was chair of that committee in 2008. He has also served as a member of the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts. He worked with the USAID Rule of Law Program in Albania in 2008 and was a visiting professor at the School of Magistrates in Tirana, Albania in 2010. He has been teaching at UC Hastings since 1989.
James Smith is a trial attorney in the Labor and Employment Group at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he specializes in labor and employment disputes with an emphasis on class and representative actions. James has successfully litigated numerous cases to conclusion, including lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination, and complex wage and hour claims under both state and federal law. Prior to joining Kilpatrick, James was a founding and managing Partner of a California-based business and employment litigation law firm where he was director of its Labor and Employment Group. He has served as outside counsel for emerging and mid-sized companies.
Mr. Smith received his JD from UC Hastings in 1997. At UC Hastings, James was actively involved in the Moot Court Department, serving as the Moot Court Board Chair and participating in several competition teams. Specifically, James was a Regional Champion and National Quarterfinalist competitor on the National Moot Court Competition Team, as well as the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
James grew up in Minnesota. He enjoys tournament billiards and is an avid distance runner.
Stephen Tollafield is a full-time Professor and Associate Director in the LW&R and Moot Court Department. Stephen graduated magna cum laude from UC 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, Stephen was an Equal Justice Works fellow, and a 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 nearly three years as a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
At UC Hastings, Stephen has taught LW&R, Appellate Advocacy, Moot Court, a seminar on disability law, and has worked with intercollegiate Moot Court competition teams as an alumni coach. As a full-time Professor and Associate Director, he continues to teach first year lawyering skills and oversees the LW&R Department’s programming. He also teaches an analysis and writing class for international attorneys who attend the UC Hastings LLM program. Finally, Stephen is a Supervising Attorney for the Hastings Appellate Project, an advanced advocacy clinic for law student representation at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rachel Wagner has taught LW&R and Moot Court for several years at UC Hastings. She is currently 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 has also 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 rambunctious kids.
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.
Denise Yates has been a Deputy Attorney General for fourteen years, defending state agencies, prison staff, and the Governor from lawsuits filed by prisoners. Before that, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney, she was a fellow with the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, and she clerked for a federal judge in Las Vegas. She loves teaching LW&R and Moot Court at UC Hastings. She is a Northern California native, a UC Irvine alum (go Anteaters!), and an avid athlete and traveler. On most weekends, she can be found playing golf with her husband.