U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review 2016-2017 Term

by  Joann Horta-Baez For its first annual program, “United States Supreme Court Year in Review,” UC Davis School of Law invited a distinguished panel of experts on the Court to discuss its major decisions during the 2016-2017 term. The panel included UC Davis Law faculty, Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Professor Carlton F. W. Larson, and... Continue Reading →

The Future Is Now Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice

by Landon Bailey To most lawyers, the concept of “artificial intelligence” or “AI” seems foreign – something constrained largely to the realm of science fiction, and certainly not a component of the practice of law today. This perception no longer reflects reality. Artificial intelligence technology is not just the province of future generations; it has... Continue Reading →

Imagining a Role for Artificially Intelligent Juries

by Judge Kenneth C. Mennemeier, Jr. and Kelly A. Mennemeier Could artificial intelligence (“AI”) be applied to the fact-finding responsibility traditionally given to juries? The possibility invites reflection on what would be lost, and what could be gained, if our justice system moved away from using juries comprised of human beings and instead used computerized... Continue Reading →

The Ugly Abyss of Racism: The Forced Relocation of Japanese-American Citizens under the Guise of Threat – Lessons for Today

by Kathleen E. Finnerty This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent internment and incarceration of Japanese Americans and others. Recent events have renewed focus on these tragic events: The Trump administration’s attempts to slow or block the immigration of “refugees” from seven Muslim-majority countries and the Executive Orders to... Continue Reading →

Downey Brand LLP Welcomes Three New Associates

(SACRAMENTO, CA) Downey Brand is pleased to announce that Tulin Gurer, Shankar Nair, and Kathryn Patterson have joined the firm. Tulin Gurer joined the Corporate Law practice in Downey Brand’s Sacramento office, where she represents private and public companies and nonprofits in domestic and international corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities matters,... Continue Reading →

Attorneys Who Volunteer

by Ellen Arabian-Lee Hands-on volunteer work is nothing new for Jonathan Hayes and Catia Saravia of Dreyer, Babich, Buccola, Wood, Campora, LLP. Both have Catholic school backgrounds and recognized the importance of volunteerism at early ages. Hayes even dreamed of joining the Peace Corps, but deferred this dream when he became a busy attorney. Although... Continue Reading →

Pathway to Law School Summit Introduces Students to Law Careers

by Ruthe Catolico Ashley On February 20, 2016, UC Davis Law School hosted the inaugural Pathway to Law School Summit. The collaborative effort included 16 high school law academies created under the California Partnership Academy model with the California Department of Education, 29 California community colleges and six undergraduate and six law schools—all committed to... Continue Reading →

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