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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015

Alumni News of Trial Advocates. Friedman will serve as membership chair in 2015 and is in line to be president of the local chapter in 2018. | Margaret Masunaga was sworn in as a judge of Hawaii’s Third Circuit Court in December after her fall appointment to the County of Hawaii bench by the chief justice of Hawaii’s Supreme Court. A former McGeorge Alumni Board of Directors member, she served several years as a deputy corporation counsel. She has been Hawaii’s state delegate to the ABA since 2009. | Deborah Ortiz won 67 percent of the vote to retain her seat on the board of the Los Rios Community College District in the Nov. 4, 2014, election. A former state legislator, she has served on the Los Rios Community College District board of trustees since 2010. 1988 Ruthe Catolico Ashley was elected to the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors as a minority memberat large for a term of 2014-2017 at the ABA’s 2014 annual meeting in Boston. | Jeff Huron has been appointed to a three-year membership term for the California State Bar’s Financial Institutions Committee beginning Sept. 14, 2014. The Financial Institutions Committee, part of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, tracks legislative and case law developments affecting PACI F I C L AW 23 Davis, Cronan functioned as a public health policy consultant assigned to lead completion of the California Department of Public Health’s Catastrophic Hazard Vulnerability Assessments for Pandemic, Firestorm, Earthquake, Tsunami, Radiological, and ARkStorm hazards and to prioritize which of those hazards should be initially addressed. | Noël Ferris gave the Dean’s Address at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. 1980 James Taylor returned to the Jacobson Firm, P.C., a New Yorkbased intellectual property and entertainment law firm, resident in the Seattle office, after 10 years overseas that included working as the third-highest-ranking attorney in the Republic of Palau and the assistant attorney general of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He was selected as a film judge by the 2015 Sonoma International Film Festival and wrote a script that was selected as runner-up at an international screenplay competition. | Fred Valdez has opened a law practice in Anchorage, Alaska, with concentrations in family law, estate planning, personal injury, DUI defense and business disputes. 1984 Steven Cranfill won retention as a judge in the Fifth District Court, winning a six-year term that expires on Jan. 3, 2021. Cranfill has served on the Fifth District Court in Wyoming since September 2006. | Andrea Lynn Hoch was elected to the University of the Pacific Board of Regents in April 2015 and will serve a three-year term extending through June 30, 2018. Hoch is an associate justice for the California Court of Appeal. 1985 John Zelezny has published six editions of Communications Law: Liberties, Restraints, and the Modern Media, a top-selling textbook. He is employed fulltime as a senior public relations executive and is also busy as a communications consultant and glamour photographer. 1987 Donna Brownsey made the 2014 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful nonelected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 98 | Patricia Curtin, a land use partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, has been selected as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ 2015 “Most Influential Women in Business.” | Jill Friedman, an attorney and litigator at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP in Ventura, was elected to serve on the executive board for the California Coast Chapter of the American Board


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015
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