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Alumni News one of the few female private defense attorneys in Sacramento, was invited to join the Advisory Task Force of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. | Christopher Hamner was plaintiffs’ co-counsel and negotiated a $1.1 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit for false advertising against Toys R Us in Los Angeles Superior Court. He is a principal in the Hamner Law Offices in Los Angeles. | Mikayil Jabbarov has been appointed as minister of education of Azerbaijan. | Mike Weed was admitted to partnership at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He focuses his practice on general litigation and has substantial experience in commercial disputes, trade secrets and many other areas of the law. | Douglas White negotiated a $4 million settlement in Sacramento Superior Court for the plaintiff city of Riverbank against Tuolomne County in a CEQA case involving a proposed large expansion of a rock quarry operation. He is a principal in the Sacramento firm of DL White Law Group. 1999 Bill Brelsford was named a “Top 40 Under 40 Attorney” by the National Trial Lawyers and inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a personal injury attorney and partner at the Sacramento firm of Poswall, White & Cutler. | Thomas 44 summer 20 1 3 Ebersole was co-counsel for the plaintiff city of Chowchilla, which reached a $300,000 settlement in Sacramento Superior Court in a CEQA dispute with the California High Speed Rail Authority. | Debbie Garcia has joined Bryant, Lovlien and Jarvis as the firm’s administrator. | Jeff Gorell was re-elected in the 44th Assembly District of the California Legislature. The Ventura attorney spent half of his first term serving with the U.S. Navy on active duty in Iraq. | Sarah Heckman became the first Sutter County Superior Court judge elected to the bench in more than 25 years with her victory in a general election runoff. Since the 1980s, Sutter County judges have retired mid-term and been replaced through gubernatorial appointment. She emerged as the victor in November after beating eight other candidates, including several other McGeorge alums, in a June primary. Since 2002, she had served as managing attorney of the Sutter Courts Law Center self-help programs. | Jennifer Scott was added in an of counsel capacity at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. 2000 Lara Diaz Dunbar has been named director of state government affairs for the MillerCoors’ Pacific Region. Dunbar has served as senior vice president of government affairs and public policy for the California Restaurant Association for the past eight years. | Nathan O’Malley has joined the Los Angeles office of Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner & Senet LLP as senior counsel for the construction and commercial litigation firm. He will continue to work with Conway & Partners NV in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on a number of matters. | Summer M. Smith has joined Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC as a partner in the firm’s Redwood City office. | Timothy Swickard has joined Lewis Brisbois & Smith LLP in Sacramento as a partner. His practice focuses on federal and state environmental law and litigation. His previous legal career includes service as the chief counsel and director of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substance Control. | Brian Tippens was the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference in Houston. He is the director of Hewlett- Packard’s Global Procurement Sustainability & Innovation group in Texas. 2001 Alejandro Angulo was honored with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Maker Award for his community activism and volunteerism by the city of Long Beach. A partner at Rutan & Tucker LLP in Costa Mesa, he was co-counsel


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