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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015

Alumni News PACI F I C L AW 33 Michelle Nam has joined the Criminal Defense Practice of the Bronx Defenders in New York. | Katherine Pankow has accepted an offer to publish a lead article in the Whittier Law Review. Her article is titled “Under Construction: The California Appellate Court’s Misguided Decision in Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC and the Legislature’s Blueprint to Reconstruct the Right to Repair Act.” She is an associate with Green & Hall APC, and her practice includes construction defect, real estate and business litigation. | Camille Rasmussen has joined Goyette & Associates as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment and litigation practice. | Anastasia Salmon is building the family law practice at Hackard Law, a PLC from the ground up. She will be working with the legal subcommittee for the new Sacramento County Family Justice Center. | Myles Taylor has joined Radoslovich | Parker, PC as an attorney. | Maro Walther is a legal intern at the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. Selena Farnesi, ’15, established herself as one of the best student advocates in the country, tying for third place in Baylor Law School’s 2015 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, held June 4-7 in Waco, Texas. Farnesi also earned the competition’s Most Professional Award. The Top Gun tournament is an invitation-only mock trial event where the best individuals from the leading law school teams go head-to-head for a trophy and a first-place prize of $10,000. Unlike in other competitions, participants do not receive a case file until they arrive at the host school the day before the tournament begins. “McGeorge was invited for the first time to this event because of Selena’s outstanding performance in the National Trial Competition and other competitions in which she represented our school,” says Professor Cary Bricker, Pacific McGeorge’s Mock Trial Team director. “Coaches Jake Flesher (’00), and Jason Schaff (’06) not only advocated for her participation, but they paid her expenses.” Farnesi was accompanied by coach Schaff and third-year student coach Kathryne Baldwin as second-chair assistant. She won preliminary rounds against Chicago-Kent, Faulkner University, Hofstra and UC Berkeley and advanced to a semifinal round against NYU. In a well-fought round, NYU advanced to the finals, and went on to win the competition, beating out Yale. Farnesi’s sensational showing in the event came as no surprise to those who had seen her in action at Pacific McGeorge. In April, she had been chosen as the first winner of the law school’s $10,000 Ferris-White Best Student Advocate Prize, a new prize funded by alumni and former trial team stars R. Parker White, ’80, and Noël Ferris, ‘79. TOP GUN Selena Farnesi, ’15, shines in elite mock trial competition By Mike Curran


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015
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