Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Thinkers & Doers: Nov. 6, 2013

A regular feature of alumni, students, and friends of UC Hastings in the news.

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From left: 2L Newton Knowles, 3L Guia Dixon, 1L Teah Ardoin, 1L Rodney Nickens, 2L Alexis Elston, 1L Allyssa Villanueva, 2L Chris Martin.

The Black Law Student Association took a delegation to attend the 15th annual Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference at Stanford Law School. The conference provided workshops and panels about present and future social justice issues and the role of lawyers in social justice organizing. The conference also featured one-on-one meetings with Bay Area attorneys to facilitate networking.

Students who attended included 2L Newton Knowles, 3L Guia Dixon, 1L Teah Ardoin, 1L Rodney Nickens, 2L Alexis Elston, 1L Allyssa Villanueva, 2L Chris Martin.

Richard Zitrin

Richard Zitrin, Lecturer in Law, weighed in on the case of disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, who is petitioning the California Supreme Court to become a licensed lawyer. His case was heard by the justices Wednesday Nov. 6.

As a writer, Glass was proven a fabulist. One outlet called him “perhaps the most renowned fabricator in the profession's history.” Dozens of his stories in magazines such as the New Republic and Rolling Stone in the late 1990s were proven to be bogus. His level of journalistic deceit became such a national scandal that Hollywood made a movie about his fall, "Shattered Glass."

Legal ethicists are divided over his case. "If Glass had been somebody nobody had ever heard of, he would have been admitted years ago," Zitrin told the San Jose Mercury News.

Jennifer Keller ’78, Thomas J. Umberg ‘80

A law firm founded by Jennifer Keller ’78 and Thomas J. Umberg ’80, Keller Rackauckas Umberg Zipser, has received a “Tier 1 Ranking” in the 2014 Edition of the U.S. News - Best Lawyers®' “Best Law Firms” list. This prestigious list is a result of a nationwide evaluation of more than 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas.

Brendan A. McShane ‘03

Brendan A. McShane ’03 was made a partner at Latham & Watkins. McShane is a member of the Litigation Department, and specializes in antitrust, unfair competition and complex litigation. McShane represents corporate clients in a variety of industries, including the consumer products, technology and travel related industries, among others. He is also active in the ABA Antitrust Section’s Trial Practice Committee, and is the editor of a forthcoming committee publication.


Nicolas Martin ‘09
Nicolas Martin ’09 has been named a partner at Hake Law in San Francisco. Nicolas handles products liability, toxic torts, premises liability, construction defect, and other complex and catastrophic litigation matters, including trials and civil appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Martin worked at the Supreme Court of California for Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter. He also clerked for the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, for then-Presiding Justice James A. Ardaiz.


Randy Omid ‘11
Randy Omid ’11 has been named firmwide co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s 3D printing group. Omid is an associate in the San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution, patent litigation support, and patent reexamination.

At UC Hastings he served as an editor of the Hastings Law Journal and president of the Hastings Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Society. Omid is a seven-time recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence, including awards in Patent Prosecution, Intellectual Property Licensing, and Cyber Law. Prior to law school, Omid worked as a senior engineer at a Fortune 500 wireless telecommunications company.


Tim Crawley ‘11
Portland attorney Tim Crawley ’11 is the sixth person to announce he’ll run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. Crawley, 31, grew up in Oregon and has degrees from Williams College in Massachusetts and the University of California Hastings College of Law. He most recently served as a volunteer law clerk for Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in the U.S. District Court of Oregon.

--November 6, 2013

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