September 2019

74 John C. Cruden, District of Columbia Life Fellow and principal at Beveridge & Diamond, has been elected president of the Foundation of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He is a past president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, as well as past assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also recently received the 2019 Distinguished Member Award from the West Point Society of the District of Columbia.


77 The Hon. Eugene Hyman continues his international work involving domestic violence prevention, this time in Australia. He also spent two months volunteering at the University of Canberra Law School in Australia assisting with law student career success.

July 2019

83 Henry Manayan, was appointed CEO of Viratech. He served on the White House Advisory Group on Asian-Pacific Affairs appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton. He served three terms as the mayor of the City of Milpitas, CA, and was the first Asian-American ever elected to the position. He is also the founder and president of The Transpacific Companies, a finance and investment company based in Silicon Valley and San Diego, CA.

Class Action – May 2019

  • 48 Joseph D. Michael passed on March 26, 2019. A lifelong resident of Stockton, Joe graduated from Stockton High School in 1938 and attended Santa Clara University until he enlisted in the US Marine Corp in September 1941, after the completion of his junior year. In September 1942, Joe returned to SCU to complete his senior year, graduating with a bachelors of science. He then transferred to the US Navy and was assigned to officer’s training at Columbia University in New York. He later went to the Philippines as a Naval Lieutenant, where he continued his service until the termination of WWII. While serving in the Navy, he was awarded the American Defense Victory Medal and 4 Battle Stars by the Seventh Fleet Commanding Officer and the Chief of Naval Operations Base, Philippine Islands. He then returned to SCU and earned his JD in 1949, he opened his law office in Stockton, and years later, his beloved nephew, John Cammack, joined him at the firm. While practicing law, he became nationally recognized as a consultant for HUD on subsidized housing and began a development company in 1969, building and managing housing for low-income families and developing assisted living centers for seniors. Joe loved golf, traveling (especially to Hawaii), fishing, gardening and entertaining in his beautiful yard. Joe is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Shirley (2015) and his great-grandson, Jaymen (2018). He is survived by his children: Sandy, Miriam (Dick Gregory), Cindy (Glenn Clarke), David (Pam Michael), seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Betty Bogovich and many beloved nieces and nephews.
  • 49 Anthony J. Sota passed on February 16, 2019. During World War II in 1942, Anthony enlisted into the Marine Corps, attended Occidental College and Quantico, and graduated from Platoon Commanders school as a 2nd Lieutenant. At the end of the war, he went into the reserves and later was called to active duty in 1950 as a First Lieutenant and was sent to Korea to fight as part of Dog Company Second Battalion. He was wounded in action in the latter part of 1950 and received his Purple Heart. Through the Military, he went to Oxnard and Santa Clara University for his JD. He joined First American Title Company as an Escrow officer; in 1977 and handled multi-million-dollar property exchanges until he retired at age 59. He was married to his longtime sweetheart, Evelyn Stevens Sota, for 53 years until her passing. He had three beautiful daughters he raised in Campbell, CA. He and his second wife, Alma, spent many hours serving the Hollister community by working every week at the local community pantry giving out food to the needy and continued doing so into their late eighties. He is survived by his three daughters; June Huie, Laurette Chandler, Antoinette Fuentes, three son-in-laws Ben Huie, Gregg Chandler, Ron Fuentes, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three of his siblings, Gloria McCarroll, Irene Machado and William Sota, and a large number of nieces and nephews.
  • 64 Hon. Noel Manoukian, former Supreme Court Justice and Douglas County District judge died early April 11 at the age of 81. Born Jan. 1, 1938, his name was the result of his father’s time in France, according to wife Louise Manoukian. She said the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 8, a few days before Manoukian died. “He had a very long life of success,” Mrs. Manoukian said. “We had a wonderful 50 years and two days. We could always entertain each other. He kept me laughing up until the end.” Manoukian was two-time class president at University of the Pacific, graduating in 1961 with a degrees in political science and philosophy. He earned his law degree at the Santa Clara School of Law in 1964. He moved to Zephyr Cove where he and his brother, Milton, started the law firm of Manoukian and Manoukian. He was appointed a Douglas County deputy district attorney in 1965, prosecuting cases at Lake Tahoe. He married Louise on April 8, 1969.He was named to the Douglas County District bench in 1974. A short time after he was elected to the seat, he was named to the Nevada Supreme Court in 1977 and served until 1985. Manoukian returned to private practice until he was named a senior judge in 2003. A memorial service will be May 10 at St. Gall Catholic Church. The time will be announced at a later date.
  • 74 William D. McHugh passed on February 24, 2019. Bill was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended school there until his senior year in high school, when his family moved to Santa Maria, California. He went on to graduate cum laude from San Jose State University in 1970 and earned his JD summa cum laude from Santa Clara Law. Both Bill and his wife, Cammie Chen, took and passed the Hawaii bar exam together and were admitted to practice in that state in 2006. Bill practiced law at various private law firms in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, including Berliner Cohen in San Jose from 1981-85. In the mid-1980s, Bill started his own civil litigation law firm in downtown San Jose, the Law Offices of William D. McHugh. Bill was a patron of the arts—he loved music and was a Board Member of San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, Cammie Chen; his brother Ronald McHugh; his beloved dog, Mozart; his mother-in-law, Paula Chen; his sisters-in-law, Connie Chen, Cacie Mularchuk (Paul), and Candie Reuter; brother-in-law, Chris Chen; and two nieces.
  • 75 Cheryl Poncini has been elected 2019 President of the Alameda County Bar Association. She has been an Alameda County deputy district attorney for more than 40 years.
  • 76 Hon. Risë Pichon retired from the bench after 36 years of service. The Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association will honor her with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their 43rd Annual Judges’ Night in May.
  • 78 Barbara Spector has recently joined JAMS as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master.
  • 82 David W. McCullough passed on March 10, 2019. David was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was the oldest of four children. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1955 and medical school at the University of Texas in 1959. He moved to California to complete his internship at Southern Pacific Hospital in San Francisco. He had a family practice from 1964 to 2015 and was an active medical staff member at Good Samaritan Hospital. While continuing to practice medicine, he earned his JD from Santa Clara Law. David had a love of red sports cars, fine wine, and travel. He had visited over 50 countries across the world. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Doris; son, David; daughters, Laura (Brunetto) and Diane (Bennett); five grandchildren, two sisters, Bobby June Dickson and Jeannette Cruce, and one brother, Stacy McCullough.
  • 91 Lois H. Yoshida passed on February 25, 2019. Lois was born in Richmond, California and spent her early youth growing up in Berkeley, California. She graduated from Pinole Valley High School, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Berkeley, and a JD from Santa Clara Law. Lois had a successful and distinguished law career which included serving as Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Transportation. In 2012, Lois moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Federal Aviation Administration where she became an integral resource in the Airport Environmental Program. Lois loved photography, international travel, and all animals both domestic and wild. She is survived by her son Derek, parents Fred and Margaret, brothers Guy, Jon and Mark, sisters-in-law Amy and Velma, a nephew, two nieces, and numerous extended family members, friends, and co-workers.
  • 01 Garret Murai was honored as a JD Supra Top Author, in the construction category, for the fourth straight year. He is a partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.
  • 07 Richard Bull has been promoted to partner at DLA Piper LLP in the firm’s San Diego Office.
  • 18 Xiaowen (Nancy) Song earned her LLM in 2018 and has been promoted to junior partner and group leader of the US/EP group at Linda Liu & Partners, a prominent IP law firm in China.
  • Lorna Panelli passed on April 14, 2018. A resident of Saratoga, Lorna, wife of retired Justice Edward Panelli BS ’53 JD ’55, a current member of the SCU Board of Trustees, passed away peacefully at home on Palm Sunday. Lorna and Ed were married for more than 62 years. She was a 2018 recipient of an honorary degree from Santa Clara University, and the Wellness Room in Charney Hall School of Law is named for her. Lorna is survived by her loving husband Ed and her three sons and their families: Tom (Lani), Jeff, Michael (Cindy) and devoted grandchildren Joey, Elisa, Clara, and Makiko. Nieces and nephews include Natalee and Patricia Ernstrom (Marshall Anstandig), Alex and Patrick Panelli (Erica).

Additional alumni news

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

Class Action – March 2019

  • 63 Samuel T. Boone passed away at Windsor Redding Care Center at the age of 86 on January 26, 2019.
  • 76 John Whitaker has retired from the firm of Winston & Strawn LLP.
  • 80 Rolanda Pierre-Dixon has an award named in her honor by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The inaugural Rolanda Pierre Dixon Excellence in Pursuit of Justice Award was presented on February 21 at the District Attorney’s State of the Office Address. Ms. Pierre-Dixon is the retired Assistant District Attorney for Santa Clara County. She also served as the county’s expert on domestic violence and as Human Trafficking liaison for the District Attorney’s office.
  • 82 Lynne Thaxter Brown has retired from the practice of law. She was a civil litigator and Certified Appellate Law Specialist.
  • 84 David Sandino has been selected by the Groundwater Resources Association of California to serve as a lecturer in the 2019 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecture Series created to honor Dr. David Keith Todd for his enormous contributions to groundwater science and technology.
  • 85 Noel Cook has joined the firm of Hanson Bridgett LLP as a partner. He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. He concentrates on trademark and copyright enforcement, litigation, counseling, prosecution and licensing.
  • 09 Akilah Maya Lane was profiled by Women Under the Big Sky.
  • 13 Caleb Bates PhD has joined the firm of Fish & Richardson in the patent prosecution and counseling practice as an associate.
  • 17 Hannah Bertrando has joined the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney. Previously, she has been a deputy district attorney at the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
  • 17 Matthew Savage has joined the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney. Previously he served as a deputy district attorney for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
  • 18 George Casey III is an associate in Real Estate Transactions and Litigation Groups with the firm of Hoge Fenton.
  • 18 Ashley Naff has joined the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney. Most recently, she was a certified post-bar law clerk for the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office.
  • 18 Tessa Stephenson has joined the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney. Her career began in the office as a volunteer law clerk in early 2017. Most recently, she was assigned to the Palo Alto branch office as a post-bar law clerk.

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