excites you most about joining the University of California, Irvine
School of Law?
It is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of building a new institution. Most educational institutions have to overcome decades of outmoded practices in order to innovate. In contrast, we get to start fresh and define the culture and community of the law school for the first time. This challenge alone ensures that we will attract forward-looking and adventuresome intellectual leaders to our faculty and to our student body. I think we’re in for a great ride.
Describe a favorite
pro bono project.
I was appointed to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Board by Mayor Villaraigosa at a time when the agency was under fire for poor management and there was tremendous public focus on Skid Row. The biennial homeless persons count had just determined there were more than 80,000 homeless people in the city and county of Los Angeles. As I and my fellow commissioners worked to stabilize the agency, I began to visit organizations that provide services to homeless people in Skid Row. I thought hanging out in Skid Row would be depressing, and it is, but to my surprise I also often left the Row feeling inspired. It is a neighborhood where one can witness both wretchedness and kindness—people in their worst state and people representing the very best of human nature.