On April 29th, More than 100 members of the UC Hastings community raised their glasses in a farewell toast to celebrate the retirement of five highly respected faculty.
Professors George Bisharat, David Jung, John Leshy, David Levine, and Jenni Parrish had over 100 years of combined service at UC Hastings.
“Shakespeare observed that all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players; we have our entrances and we have our exits,” said Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu. “These faculty had great entrances and were tremendously productive over their careers; they now are enjoying equally great exits.”
Although they will be retiring as full-time faculty, Professors Jung, Leshy, and Levine plan to return to UC Hastings on a limited basis to teach and advise students and participate in the life of the College.
Professor Leshy stressed that he will still be accessible to students and colleagues. “I imagine not much will change,” he laughed. “I will still come in every day to work on projects and stay active.”
“I’m grateful that we still have the advice and counsel of those that are staying behind.” said Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman. “Our community is greatly enriched by their expertise and commitment to UC Hastings.”
Faculty, staff, and students at the event expressed their well wishes to each professor on cards placed on the tables.
“You will be sorely missed, especially in the clinical family. Enjoy retirement!” wrote Professor Carol Izumi in her farewell message to David Jung.
All five professors are leaving behind a distinct legacy that will continue to be celebrated for years to come.
George Bisharat, Professor of Law
George E. Bisharat was a trial lawyer for the Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 1991. Professor Bisharat studied law, anthropology, and Middle East studies at Harvard, and wrote a book about Palestinian lawyers working under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank. He writes frequently on law and politics in the Middle East, both for academic audiences and for major media sources in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Bisharat is an avid fly fisher, sometimes in such exotic locations as Russia and New Zealand, and also writes articles for fly fishing magazines. He sings and plays blues harmonica, and occasionally forms bands with student musicians to perform at UC Hastings events. His wife, Jaleh Bisharat, is a business marketing specialist, and his children, Valerie and Austin, are a source of pleasure and pride. While at UC Hastings he has taught Criminal Procedure, Islamic Law, Law and Social Anthropology, Criminal Practice Clinic, and Law in Middle East Societies. His expertise is in Criminal Law and Middle East Affairs (legal and political).
Professor David Jung, Professor of Law, Director, Center for State and Local Government Law
Professor David Jung graduated from Harvard College, Cambridge M.A., A.B. (1975) and UC Berkeley School of Law, J.D. (1980). For the past fifteen years, Professor David Jung's work with the Public Law Research Institute has focused on creating opportunities for UC Hastings students, research staff and faculty to become involved in the search for solutions at the state and local level. Some highlights of the Institute’s work include establishing clinics for UC Hastings students with the legislature in Sacramento and with Bay Area local governments; helping implement a new redistricting system for California elections; creating a comprehensive database of health privacy laws; publishing Environmental Justice for All, the leading source of information on state and local efforts to achieve environmental justice. Professor Jung has been on the UC Hastings faculty since 1982, with short breaks to teach at the University of Iowa and in Hamburg, Germany.The most difficult challenges he has faced as a lawyer: resolving disputes as the President of our local youth baseball league for six years! While at UC Hastings he has taught Torts, Current Problems of State and Local Government Law, Local Government Law, and Remedies. His expertise is in Personal Injury Law, Remedies, and Local Government.
John Leshy, The Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law
Professor John Leshy came to UC Hastings in the fall of 2001, after serving as Solicitor (General Counsel) of the U.S. Department of the Interior throughout the Clinton Administration. Previously he taught at Arizona State University College of Law (1980-1992), and served in the Interior Department in the Carter Administration, as special counsel to the Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, and with the Natural Resources Defense Council in California. He started his legal career as a litigator with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2008-2009 Leshy co-chaired the Obama Administration transition team for the Interior Department, after heading the Interior transition team for Clinton-Gore in 1992-93. In 2013 he received the Defenders of Wildlife Legacy Award for lifetime contributions to wildlife conservation. In 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011 Leshy was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1969, after earning an A.B. at Harvard College. His publications include books on the Mining Law of 1872 (1987) and the Arizona Constitution (2d edition published in 2013), and a co-author of textbooks on water law (5th edition published in 2012) and federal land and resources law (7th edition published in 2014). Professor Leshy is an aficionado of jazz and classical music, running rivers, hiking, and tennis with his partner Peggy Karp, a psychiatrist. While at UC Hastings he has taught Property, Constitutional Law I, Public Lands and Resources Law, Federal Indian Law, Water Law, and Natural Resources Seminar. His expertise is in Real Property Law, Constitutional Law (State and Federal), Natural Resources Law, Public Land Law and Water Law.
David Levine, Professor of Law
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan in psychology and history, Professor David Levine also studied at University College, University of London on the London Exchange Fellowship, researching in the area of developmental psychology. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the law review and a legal writing instructor. Before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 1982, Professor Levine lived in New Orleans while serving as a law clerk to Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and was also an associate in the litigation department of Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco. He served as Associate Academic Dean from 1989-1991 and is the advisor for the Civil Litigation Concentration. He is coauthor or coeditor of seven books, including Remedies: Public and Private and California Civil Procedure, as well as the author of articles on civil procedure, torts and institutional reform litigation. He has served as the Reporter for the District of Nevada's Committee on the Implementation of the Civil Justice Reform Act and as a research analyst for the Northern District of California's Early Neutral Evaluation Program. Professor Levine has spent semesters as a visiting professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands, St. John's University and New York Law School. He has also taught short courses six times in Italy and England. While at UC Hastings he taught Civil Procedure I and II, Civil Litigation Seminar, Remedies, California Civil Procedure. His expertise is in Civil Procedure (Federal and California), Remedies, and Institutional Reform Litigation.
Jenni Parrish, Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Library Services
Professor Jenni Parrish was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a B.A. from Rice University, and her M.L.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Parrish started her career in law librarianship at the University of Oklahoma as Associate Law Librarian, later becoming the Director of the Law Library at the University of Pittsburgh in 1980, and joined the UC Hastings Faculty in 1993. She has taught and published in the areas of legal research, advanced legal research, law librarianship, and American legal history. At UC Hastings, she teaches a seminar on the legal history of immigrants in the United States. Professor Parrish serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for UC Hastings in seeking accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She also heads a UC Hastings committee looking into distance legal education. While at UC Hastings she taught Legal History of Immigrants in the U.S. Seminar. Her expertise is in Women's Legal History.