Class Notes

UCLA School of Law alumni are doing great things in widely varied fields, demonstrating each day the wealth of opportunities afforded by a prestigious law degree. They are starting up entrepreneurial ventures, prosecuting and defending clientele in an astonishing variety of fields, working as judges and public servants, and serving our country. Catch up with your classmates here to find out their latest news, or submit your class notes! Please let us know if you would like to include news or a photo in current edition of the online and print versions of UCLA Law Class Notes at

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Class Notes - 2010s
  • Tina Koonse ’10 was quoted in November in a front-page Los Angeles Times article on wage theft in the garment industry. A graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies program, Koonse is the legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.
  • James Behrens ’11 practices bankruptcy and restructuring law in Los Angeles at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. His recent article, “Don’t Fear the 363 Sale, Fear the Delay that Follows It,” was published in the March 2014 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and was recently selected to be included in Best of ABI 2014: The Year in Business Bankruptcy.
  • R. Daniel Carter ’11 has joined the Tulsa office of Conner & Winters LLP. Carter practices in both litigation and transactional matters, with a particular focus on Native American, property and natural resource law. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
  • Caroline Dessert ’12 is the new executive director of Immigration Equality, a nationwide organization that provides direct representation and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers. Dessert joins Immigration Equality from the California Attorney General’s Office, where she was a deputy attorney general in the Public Rights Division. She is also a former staffer at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
  • Lauren Bernadett ’13 has joined Sacramento’s Somach Simmons & Dunn. Prior to joining the Somach law firm, she was a 2014 California Sea Grant Fellow at the California State Lands Commission. She is also completing her LL.M. degree in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
  • Yosef Mahmood ’13 has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the Corporate Litigation group. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office and previously worked at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he was an associate.
  • Todd A. Davidovits ’14 has joined the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Polsinelli LLP in the intellectual property litigation practice.
  • Ana Graciela Nájera Mendoza ’14 is this year’s Hernandez-Stern Law School Scholarship recipient, a scholarship awarded by MALDEF. She was a 2012 Summer Law Clerk at MALDEF and was selected as one of eight law students in California to be a 2013 CELA Employee Justice Fellow. She will continue to work on employee justice-focused representation.