Fall 2012 Law Briefs

Brian Love, Tseming Yang, and Francisco J. Rivera Juaristi

Brian Love, Tseming Yang, and Francisco J. Rivera Juaristi

Three New Scholars Join Santa Clara Law Faculty

“Outstanding teaching scholars have been a hallmark of our institution for more than a century. These new additions will continue that legacy,” said Dean Donald J. Polden.

In her new role, she will be assisting Rapp in helping to formulate U.S. responses to atrocities committed throughout the world, working closely with international tribunals, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foreign governments to ensure accountability for international crimes according to international human rights principles. She will also help the office in its role advising governments on implementing other forms of transitional justice, such as truth commissions and commissions of inquiry.

Francisco J. Rivera Juaristi is the founding director of Santa Clara Law’s new International Human Rights Clinic and is also serving as assistant clinical professor. He previously was an adjunct professor of international law and human rights at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. He is a former senior staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States.

Brian Love, assistant professor of law, specializes in patent law, intellectual property, and telecommunications law. He ran the LL.M. program in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford Law School from 2010 to 2012, and was a lecturer and teaching fellow there. Before attending law school, he worked as a sonar development engineer.

Tseming Yang, professor of law, joins the law school from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he served as deputy general counsel. He previously was a tenured member of the Vermont Law School faculty. He has also trained and advised many foreign governments and international organizations on environmental law and governance issues.

New Scholarship for IP Students Honors Ed Taylor

In September, Santa Clara Law received a $500,000 gift from the law firm of Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman LLP to honor their late partner, Ed Taylor, who passed away in March, 2012. T he donation helped create a new scholarship for students with interest in intellectual property law practice who have undergraduate or graduate degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics, or related fields. “Santa Clara Law is very grateful for the generous support provided by Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman LLP to honor and remember our mutual friend and colleague, Ed Taylor,” said Dean Donald Polden. “It feels quite appropriate to honor his memory by investing in and supporting future attorneys.”

Law Student Newspaper Named the Best in the Nation

For the second year in a row, The Advocate, the official newspaper for Santa Clara University School of Law, has been recognized as the nation’s Best Law School Newspaper by the American Bar Association Student Division. As a completely student-run paper, The Advocate prides itself on providing relevant and engaging content for the Santa Clara Law community. For more information, please visit law.scu.edu/advocate.

Mack PlayerMack Player Retires

Former Law School Dean Mack Player, who led the law school from 1994 to 2003, has retired from Santa Clara Law. His wife, Jeanne, a federal administrative law judge, is also retiring. The couple will split their time between San Francisco and Florida.

Player, a national expert in employment law, called his time at Santa Clara “the best 18 years of my life.” He said a high point of his Santa Clara experience was when the law school was elected to the Order of the Coif, which he described as the Phi Beta Kappa for American law schools. During his tenure, the law school also broke into the top ranks of intellectual property programs, and the law school created its first chaired, endowed professorships, which Player described as a fundraising accomplishment.

After stepping down as dean, Player served as director of the School of Law’s Center for Global Law and Policy, and taught at the law school and as a visiting professor in Europe.

Jeanette Leach Jeannette Leach Named to New Post

Jeannette Leach has been named Assistant Dean of Diversity Programs at Santa Clara Law. Leach began working at the law school in 1989, and served as assistant dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for more than 15 years. In her new position, she will focus on programs that assist minority students in achieving academic and extracurricular success. Diversity co-sponsored programs include Minority Law Day, diversity lectures, Diversity Gala, and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.

Trevin Hartwell New Assistant Dean for Law Alumni

Trevin Hartwell is the new assistant dean for Law Alumni and Development, where he oversees alumni relations, outreach, and fundraising in support of the law school’s academic programs and strategic initiatives.

“I am excited and honored to work with the alumni and extended community of Santa Clara Law,” says Hartwell. “I admire the law school’s illustrious history and deep roots in the Silicon Valley and the record of leadership among its graduates in law, business, and public service.”

Hartwell has more than a decade of experience in fundraising for major educational institutions. He served as development officer for the President’s Circle of the N ational Academy of Sciences, and worked for Harvard University as assistant director of major gifts in the faculty of arts and sciences and later as associate director of West Coast development. Hartwell also served as director of development and alumni relations at the University of San Diego School of Law. Before arriving at Santa Clara Law, Hartwell was vice president for development at a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that provides mentoring and college counseling services to at-risk youth.

Born and raised in Southern California, Hartwell earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in political science from American University.

Student Spotlight

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