Margaret Russell on the Constitutionality of the Wall

Santa Clara Law Professor Margaret Russell wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle on President Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to sidestep Congress and get his border wall. She argues that Trump is misjudging the limitations of the executive power in this matter, noting that, “Of the 59 national emergency orders declared since 1976, this is the only one occurring after Congress clearly and specifically rejected the will of the president.”

Class Action – April 2019

  • 72 James “Mark” Atlas passed away on February 19, 2019. Atlas was a lover of music, brownies, and fresh powder on the slopes. He was an alumnus of Archbishop Mitty High School’s first graduating class of 1968. He then graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in 1972 and a J.D. in 1975. Atlas began his practice of water law after joining the Sacramento firm McDonough, Holland and Allen as Of Counsel and later Downey Brand, finding a calling in the mentorship of young attorneys. Atlas is survived by his wife, Clifta, daughters and sons-in-law Lauren and Omar Peña of Chico and Lindsay and Alex Grzebski of Roseville, grandchildren Elizabeth, Joaquin and Raquel Peña and brother Edward (Leta) Atlas.
  • 78 Colleen Engelmann passed away on January 19, 2019. Lawyer, philanthropist and entrepreneur, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, Engelmann died following a lengthy illness. She was a Classics scholar at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Greek and Latin. After receiving her law degree from the Santa Clara Law, she served as a corporate attorney for several major technology companies in Northern California. She later established her own legal services practice, Virtual Lawyer, at a time online commerce was beginning to emerge. Engelmann loved her ranch in Northern California, her many dogs, and enthusiastically supported a variety of conservation and preservation organizations. She leaves to cherish her memory three siblings, Michael Engelmann, Julie Wacker and Mary Murphy, and many nieces and nephews.
  • 93 Christine Morgan has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s San Francisco Office.
  • 95 Shawn Wright has been appointed Co-Chair of Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. Office. As office chair, Wright will provide leadership and strategic direction for the office’s legal practices and business objectives.
  • 06 Tyler Davey was elected partner with Jackson Walker. He joined Jackson Walker in 2015 as a member of the firm’s Wealth Planning practice group.
  • 09 Alexander Touma was recognized by the LGBT Bar as a recipient of the 2019’s Best LDBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 Award.

Additional alumni news

Celebration of Achievement Transforms Charney Hall

On March 16, the annual Celebration of Achievement event, honoring Santa Clara Law alumni and friends who lead, was held for the first time in Charney Hall. Honorees included Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Mike Gencarella JD ’97, Law on the Runway Founder Rachel Fischbein JD ’12, and UnCommon Law Founder and Executive Director Keith Wattley JD ’99. Read more about the awards and past honorees.

Lawyer of the Year, Man of the Hour: Michael Gencarella

Mike Gencarella JD '97 accepts Owens Lawyer of the Year Award

“Santa Clara Law has been a great resource and touchstone to me for my entire career,” said Michael Gencarella JD ’97 at the 2019 Santa Clara Law Celebration of Achievement dinner on March 16, where he received the Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award. Given to a distinguished member of the law school community who is devoted to the highest ideals of the profession and has made significant contributions to the University, the community, and the law, the Owens award was first given in 1966 and is named for Edwin J. Owens, a longtime dean of the law school who was later a superior court judge.

Kevin Padrick Speaks to Law & Business Society

Kevin Padrick BS ’76, MBA ’79, JD ’79 must enjoy being busy. At Santa Clara, he was a rare kind of Bronco who earned four degrees from SCU: two Bachelor of Science degrees (math and psychology), a JD, and an MBA, all awarded with honors. When he was in law school during the day, he was also earning his MBA at night, all while working. He went on to become one of the youngest partners at Miller Nash, where he worked from 1979 to 1993, most recently chairing the insolvency department and representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditors’ committees, and was lead outside counsel for U.S. Bancorp in reorganization matters nationally and internationally.

2019 Commencement Speaker: Dorian Daley

Dorian Daley’s philosophy has always been to “pay it forward,” which is one of the driving forces behind her lifelong support of the Santa Clara University School of Law. As she often tells friends and colleagues, because Santa Clara Law made an investment in her with a scholarship many years ago, she feels an obligation to return the favor and invest in an institution that has provided her with so many professional opportunities.

Faculty Authors

The Santa Clara Law faculty continue to earn national recognition for the scholarship that members of the faculty publish on a variety of issues of critical importance.  The recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of law schools ranked the Santa Clara Law faculty 78th of 192 law faculties by academic peer reputation. Santa Clara Law also recently tied for 58th place (along with Boston College, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, and the University of Houston) on a widely-cited “Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties” ranking. In the last few years, Santa Clara Law faculty have been extremely active in publishing books with leading academic presses. Books by Professors “Deep” Gulasekaram, Kerry Macintosh, Michelle Oberman, David Sloss, and Gary Spitko are profiled below.