Class Notes

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Hector Huezo (2008)
Hector Huezo (2008) received the U.S. Department of Transportation's General Counselís Award for Exceptional Performance, the highest award in that office. Over the years, he has tackled complex and sensitive legal issues involving several DOT operating administrations on issues like discretionary grant awards, program audits, Buy America, DOT loan programs, ethics matters, political activity, and project labor agreements, to name a few.  
Submitted on Mar 14 2014.

Jonas Lerman (2010)
Jonas Lerman (2010) has joined the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department. Previously, he clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.  
Submitted on Feb 6 2014.

Elizabeth Pendo (1993)
Elizabeth Pendo (1993) writes, "I am a Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, and in my fourth year as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. I am member of the Center for Health Law Studies and the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, where I teach and write in disability law, health law and policy, bioethics and civil procedure. My recent work focuses on inaccessible medical equipment as a barrier to basic preventative care for people with disabilities, and civil rights and health care reform as complementary strategies for reducing disparities. I feel lucky to have landed in Saint Louis after clerking and practicing in New York, and starting my teaching career in Miami. In the last few years, I was elected to the American Law Institute, received the Womenís Justice Legal Scholar Award, and was the first recipient of the University Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award for Diversity and Social Justice. I also celebrated my first wedding anniversary in September."  
Submitted on Jan 29 2014.

Yuichiro Tsuji (2006)
Yuichiro Tsuji (2006) writes, "Associate Professor Yuichiro Tsuji (2006 JSD), Professor Mitsuru Abe ( Visiting Scholar 2005-6) and Professor Kumiko Nobusawa (Visiting Scholar 2005-6)invited Professor Farber in Tokyo, Japan in Decemberin 2012. At Meiji Gakuin University where Professor Abe works for, Prof. Farber gave two wonderful talks, "the Legal dimensions of climate change adaptation" and "Climate change and American Constitutional law ". These two talks will be translated into Japanese and published in 2014 by Professor Abe and Ass. Prof, Tsuji. Picture is Prof. Farber and Yuichiro's family. "  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jan 16 2014.

Michael Kelleher (1992)
Michael Kelleher (1992) was recently promoted to Partner and Litigation Consultant at Cogent Legal located in Oakland. "I've become a co-owner of Cogent Legal, a litigation graphics and trial consulting firm based in Jack London Square. At Cogent, we create animations, timelines, charts, maps, illustrations and slide-based presentations for attorneys handling cases from a wide spectrum of practice areas. I enjoy helping litigators tell their stories in courtóit is the most difficult and the most interesting part of a case. "  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jan 13 2014.

Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd (1999)
Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd (1999) and Richard Shepherd are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Wesley Samson. He was born on December 15, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.  
Submitted on Nov 6 2013.

Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd (1999)
Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd (1999) recently accepted a Senior Counsel position at Mattel, Inc. located in El Segundo, California. Niloofar previously was employed at Deluxe Entertainment Group as Vice President, Associate General Counsel.  
Submitted on Nov 6 2013.

Darryl Hart (1965)
Darryl Hart (1965) writes, "For the past 15 years I have been of counsel at classmate John Bartko's law firm, Bartko, Zankel, Bunzel & Miller, in San Francisco, specializing in franchise transactions, following many years in solo practice with the same specialty and 8 1/2 years as an executive and general counsel at Swensen's Ice Cream Company. I was one of the first lawyers in California to be certified as a specialist in franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I recently authored a chapter in Managing Legal Issues in Franchising, a book in the Aspatore "Inside the Minds" series published by Thomson Reuters." And, most importantly at this point, I am still alive.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Nov 3 2013.

Karen Stambaugh (2006)
Karen Stambaugh (2006) writes, "Karen Stambaugh, who co-founded mod4 LLP with Joseph Morris and Philip Milestone in 2010, has been practicing business law for Bay Area clients from her new home base -- beautiful Bozeman, Montana -- since July 2012. She was recently admitted to the Montana State Bar, and is excited to begin serving startups and existing businesses in Bozeman and throughout Montana. "  Click here for photo
Submitted on Oct 28 2013.

Darius Graham (2009)
"Darius Graham ('09) is featured in The Washington Post for his work creating and leading DC Social Innovation Project, an incubator for innovative community programs in Washington, DC. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/help-for-social-startups/2013/08/30/2742f1da-0071-11e3-9a3e-916de805f65d_story.html"  
Submitted on Sep 4 2013.

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Career News
 
Hector Huezo (2008)
Hector Huezo (2008) received the U.S. Department of Transportation's General Counselís Award for Exceptional Performance, the highest award in that office. Over the years, he has tackled complex and sensitive legal issues involving several DOT operating administrations on issues like discretionary grant awards, program audits, Buy America, DOT loan programs, ethics matters, political activity, and project labor agreements, to name a few.  
Submitted on Mar 14 2014.

Jonas Lerman (2010)
Jonas Lerman (2010) has joined the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department. Previously, he clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.  
Submitted on Feb 6 2014.

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Births & Adoptions
 
Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd (1999)
Niloofar (Nejat-Bina) Shepherd (1999) and Richard Shepherd are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Wesley Samson. He was born on December 15, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.  
Submitted on Nov 6 2013.

Olga (Kotlyarevskaya) Mack (2006)
Olga V. Mack (Kotlyarevskaya) (2006) and Kevin J. Mack (2007) are proud to announce the birth of their second baby girl, Natalie Eliese Mack. Natalie was born on May 22, 2011. Their first two-year-old daughter, Katie Marie Mack, is a proud older sister.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 9 2011.

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Marriages & Commitments
 
Boris Kogan (2009)
Boris Kogan (2009) and Christina Chandler (2010) are happy to announce their marriage on October 29, 2011 in San Francisco, California. They currently reside in Los Altos, California and both work in law firms located in Palo Alto, California.  
Submitted on Nov 15 2011.

Heather Elliott (2000)
Heather Elliott (2000) and Stuart Rachels are happy to announce their marriage on October 24, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. They currently reside in Tuscaloosa, AL, where they both teach at the University of Alabama.  
Submitted on Jun 11 2010.

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Catching Up
 
Jonathan Neumann (2005)
Jonathan Neumann (2005) writes, "Jon Neumann (JD 2005) published his first novel, Bar Code, which follows the misadventures of four Boalt Hall classmates trying to untangle their twisted lives during the summer of the California Bar Exam. Further details regarding the novel can be found at http://www.barcode-novel.com. Purchasing information can be found at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063N10ES"  Click here for photo
Submitted on Nov 18 2011.

Chengwei Liu (2010)
Chengwei Liu (2010) writes, "My new book "Chinese Capital Market Takeover and Restructuring Guide" just published by Kluwer Law International in this Dec. 2010.

http://www.kluwerlaw.com/Catalogue/titleinfo.htm?ProdID=9041132104&name=Chinese-Capital-Market-Takeover-Guide"  
Submitted on Dec 13 2010.

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Educational News
 
Beverly Baker-Kelly (1976)
Beverly Baker-Kelly (1976) writes, "Beverly Baker-Kelly, J.D. , Ph.D, Ed.D, ,and her husband are the first African American couple to both receive Fulbright Awards.
Beverly has been awarded a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture on law and business and to do research in Muscat, Oman. bbakerkelly@yahoo.com

Her husband, A. Paul Kelly, M.D., has been also been awarded Fulbright Middle East and North Africa Regional Research grant at Sultan Qaboos University & Hospital in Muscat, Oman and also in the United Arab Emirates. He is doing research on the epidemiology and genetics of keloids.

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Boalt Hall alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar grant should consult: www.cies.org/us_scholars.
The deadline is August 1st of each year."
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Submitted on Apr 2 2011.

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General
 
Darius Graham (2009)
"Darius Graham ('09) is featured in The Washington Post for his work creating and leading DC Social Innovation Project, an incubator for innovative community programs in Washington, DC. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/help-for-social-startups/2013/08/30/2742f1da-0071-11e3-9a3e-916de805f65d_story.html"  
Submitted on Sep 4 2013.

Gregory Zaragoza (1979)
Gregory Zaragoza (1979) writes, "I hope you get a chance to watch one or more of the movies that I have recently completed. I have a role in the "Perfect Family" with Kathleen Turner and I am the lead actor in "Jordan." If you have a moment take a look on AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Jordan-Gregory-Zaragoza/dp/B00BEM37SA/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1365641090&sr=1-2&keywords=zaragoza.

Also check me out on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0953340/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.

I am a 1979 Boalt Hall graduate."  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 10 2013.

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In Memoriam
 
Jess Jackson (1955)
Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Boalt Hall Class of 1955, accomplished lawyer, visionary winemaker and businessman, outspoken reformer and philanthropist died on April 21, 2011, at his home in Geyserville, California of complications from cancer. He was 81.

After graduating from Boalt, Jackson worked as a land-use attorney in San Francisco for almost two decades. The law firm he founded went on to argue several cases before the Supreme Court. He started the Kendall-Jackson wine business in 1974 as a second career, and in 1983 his wine won the first double Platinum Award ever presented by the American Wine Competition.

Known for his iconoclastic approach to business, Jackson became one of the world's most successful self-made men by taking chances in business, from single-handedly popularizing Chardonnay wine in America, to pursuing his life-long passion for farming, horse breeding and racing that led him to owning two of the most famous racehorses in the last decade.
A one-time longshoreman and police officer who put himself through Boalt Hall, Jackson became one of the best-known figures in American viticulture as the founder of Jackson Family Wines, a winery holding company that now owns and operates more than 35 individual wineries located around the world. He was a founding member of Family Winemakers of California and a leader in the sustainable farming movement within the wine industry, by implementing dozens of environmentally-friendly farming innovations.

In recent years, Jackson's passion for farming and horses led him to great success in horse breeding and racing with two of his horses named Horse of the Year since 2007. An outspoken leader in racing reform, Jackson campaigned for a new equine transaction law in Kentucky that was passed in 2006. In 2008, he won the Sportsman of the Year Insider Award.
Jackson had a great affection for the law school and for his classmates. In 2005, he hosted a memorable 50th reunion weekend for the Class of 1955 at his estate in Geyserville. He often spoke of his passion for the law and his deep appreciation for the value of legal education he received at Boalt. As philanthropists, he and his wife Barbara Banke quietly donated millions of dollars in support of many charitable organizations.

Jackson is survived by his wife, Barbara Banke; five children, Jennifer Hartford, Laura Giron, Katie Jackson, Julia Jackson, Christopher Jackson; and two grandchildren Hailey Hartford and MacLean Hartford.
  
Submitted on Apr 29 2011.

Gerald Marcus (1941)
Gerald D. Marcus, Boalt Hall Class of 1941, died in San Francisco on March 25 at the age of 93. He was a pioneer in promoting diversity and equality and a dedicated environmentalist, outdoorsman, and traveler. A passionate advocate of civil and first amendment rights, Marcus was president of the Northern California chapter of the ACLU and a founder and co-chair of Death Penalty Focus. Marcus served in the Roosevelt administration and in the Army during World War II before founding the firm Hanson, Bridgett. To honor his dedication to equal opportunity and diversity in the legal profession, his law firm partners and friends established The Gerald D. Marcus Fellowship Fund at Boalt Hall. At his request there will be no funeral and plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations in his name may be made to The Gerald D. Marcus Fellowship Fund at Boalt Hall by mail or online; for instructions, see http://www.law.berkeley.edu/128.htm
To read the full obituary, please visit http://bit.ly/fZlS7y  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 4 2011.

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