law

Aggie Hero: Valencia Scott

The first days at UC Davis were full of self-doubt for Valencia Scott. As a transfer student from American River College in Sacramento, this double major in anthropology and international relations questioned if she truly belonged and if she could handle the rigors of university life. But after finding support networks on campus and joining advisory boards, Scott emerged as a role model for serving fellow students and the wider community.

1997 - Tom Dyer

December 17, 2018
Tom Dyer (B.A., philosophy, ’97) has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Yolo Superior Court bench.

1986 - Marc Greendorfer

December 04, 2016
Marc Greendorfer (B.A., economics and psychology, ’86) practices corporate law in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, he established the Zachor Legal Institute, a nonprofit foundation combating the Palestinian-based boycott movement against Israel. He also filed amicus curiae briefs in two U.S. Supreme Court cases — Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores in 2014 (where the court ruled family-owned companies cannot be forced to provide contraceptive coverage against their religious beliefs) and Obergefell vs. Hodges in 2015 (which made gay marriage a national right). Language in his second brief was used by Chief Justice John Roberts in his dissent. Greendorfer has had several papers published in prominent law reviews. One article, “The BDS Movement: That Which We Call A Foreign Boycott, By Any Other Name, Is Still Illegal,” was cited by Israel’s Supreme Court in its 2015 decision upholding the nation’s domestic anti-boycott law. 

1983 - Christopher Staring

October 04, 2015

After five years serving as a Superior Court judge in Pima County, Arizona, Christopher Staring (B.A., political science – public service, ’83) was named in October to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division II. “Judge Staring has a record of integrity and achievement in the legal profession and has established himself as a well-respected and thoughtful judge on the Pima County Superior Court,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in announcing Staring's appointment.