U.S. Sen. Boxer Appoints USD Law Alumni and Faculty to California's Judicial Nomination Committee

San Diego February 10, 2009 – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) has appointed three University of San Diego School of Law alumni and two USD law professors to California's Judicial Nomination Committee.

Alumni include Erika Hiramatsu, '97, Sister Sally Furay, '72, and Tina Thomas, '79.  Hiramatsu and Sister Furay will join USD Price professor of Public Interest Law Robert C. Fellmeth on the Southern district, which adjunct professor of law Candace Carroll will chair.  USD Law alumna Tina Thomas has been appointed to serve on the Eastern District committee.  Nomination committees make recommendations to President Obama for U.S. District Court Judges, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals.

Erika Hiramatsu is a deputy attorney general in the San Diego office of the Attorney General.  She also served as a deputy alternate public defender.  Ms. Hiramatsu is a former president of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego and has served on the state Commission for Judicial Nominees Evaluation.  She has won awards such as the California Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services and the 2008 San Diego County Bar Association’s Diversity Award for her service.

Sister Sally Furay is an attorney at law and a consultant in higher education. She is provost emerita and former academic vice president of the University of San Diego.  Sister Furay has received the California Governor's Awards of Merit for achievement in education and women's rights, among other award.

Professor Robert C. Fellmeth is the Price Professor of Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law.  A former assistant U.S. attorney, he founded both the Children's Advocacy Institute and Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law.  Professor Fellmeth serves on the boards of numerous child advocacy organizations.

Professor Candace Carroll is of counsel to Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel.  She is a former president of California Women Lawyers.  Ms. Carroll has also served as an attorney in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board.

Tina Thomas is a founding partner of Remy, Thomas, Moose and Manly LLP.  She has served on the faculty of California State University-Sacramento and co-authored Guide to Environmental Quality Act CEQA (Solano, 2006), a textbook on environmental law.  She received the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Sacramento County Bar Association in 2005.

“These committee members,” said Senator Boxer, “will ensure that my recommendations for judges, U.S. Attorneys, and U.S. Marshals will be highly qualified and worthy of the enormous trust that Californians will place in them.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.  Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949. 


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