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Dean Roger Dennis Scholarship Fund Will Fill the School’s ‘Most Important Need’

Scott Berger, ’12, and Roger Dennis Kline School of Law Alumni Association President Scott Berger, ’12, and Roger Dennis discuss the new scholarship fund that honors the founding dean, who announced his retirement in 2016. “Scholarship support for students is perhaps the school’s most important need,” Dean Dennis said.

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Stories from The Docket

The Docket is the the law school's biannual newsletter featuring our alumni stories, accomplishments as well as other developments in the law school community.

Class Notes Winter 2018

Find out what your classmates are up to.

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The Outlier

Ted Oswald

If you want to know what life is like for the typical immigration lawyer these days, don’t bother asking Ted Oswald.

As the immigrant legal services manager at World Relief’s office in Sacramento, Oswald is quite an outlier.

First of all, Oswald is not deeply involved in securing visas for foreign workers or fighting deportations, despite a rise in immigration arrests since President Trump took office. Secondly, most attorneys helping the Special Immigrant Visa holders who previously served as interpreters for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen their client numbers dwindle. Yet business is booming for the ’11 alumnus.

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Restless Compass

Ellie Austin

Since earning her JD in 2011, Ellie Austin has demonstrated that it is, after all, possible to be both footloose and sure-footed.

Soon after graduating, the Golden State native returned and began practicing at a firm that represents Southern California districts in special-education matters.

Though Austin continued with the firm for nearly four years, she worked remotely for much of that time, following geographic, professional and personal pathways in diverse directions.

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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Dream

Nobumasa Hiroi

Nothing in Nobumasa Hiroi’s placid demeanor betrays that he is an intensely enterprising individual. Don’t be fooled.

Born in Japan, the ’12 alumnus speaks three languages and has lived in Europe and South America as well as Asia and North America. He’s been engaged in legal work in the U.S., Japan and China. His interests range from literature (he earned a master’s degree in English and creative writing) to nuclear nonproliferation (he interned one summer for the Project for Nuclear Awareness).

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On the Frontier of Justice Reform

Jess Farris

Jess Farris spends her days focused on the affairs of pretrial defendants who are locked up in California jails and their loved ones who are scrambling to get them out.

The director of criminal justice and the policy and advocacy counsel for the ACLU of Southern California, Farris, ’12, is a key player in a statewide effort to advance bail reform in the state legislature.

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