California, Election 2012, Law Reviews, Politics

A Political Candidate’s Controversial Law Review Tenure


Dear Editors,

By now, many of you may have heard some rumors about the membership status of an editor on the Journal. The Executive Board is, in fact, currently in the process of evaluating an editor’s membership status,
due to failure to meet certain membership requirements. This is of course a very serious matter, and we are carefully deliberating all aspects of the situation. It is unfortunate that this has arisen at the end of the year, but we are attempting to reach a resolution with as little disruption to Journal life as is possible. More importantly, we want you all to know that we are available to answer any questions you may have about the matter. Please don’t hesitate to ask. Journal membership and status is important to each and every one of us.


Sara Tosdal, Katie Griffin, Andrew Meade, Nic Roethlisberger, Molly
Wilkens, and Jackie Young
Hastings Law Journal Volume 62 Executive Board


Dear 3L Editors,

We hope this finds you well, and that you are enjoying these last weeks of law school! We are writing to follow up with you all about the email was just sent to the entire membership. As many of you may have heard, the Executive Board has been evaluating Julian Davis’s ability to remain a member of the Journal. We are continuing to evaluate the matter, and ask that you direct any questions or concerns about it to us. Obviously, this is not something that we do lightly, nor do we relish these kinds of deliberations. We are aware that he has been calling 3L Journal members about the matter; we apologize for any harassment as we try to resolve it.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us with questions or concerns.

Hope all is well,

Sara, Katie, Andrew, Nic, Molly, and Jackie

Sara B. Tosdal
Hastings Law Journal


Hello 3L Editors!

The end of the year is suddenly upon us, and it is time for the final social event of our two years together here on Journal. I realize that this is late notice on my part, but the Spring Alumni Mixer is this Thursday evening from 7-9 pm in the Skyroom. There will be food and drink aplenty, as well as a silent auction and raffle prizes and an abundance of alumni, and I would love to see all of you there.

Also, I wanted to follow up with you all on the email from a little while ago about Julian Davis’s Journal membership. As Nic mentioned at the general meeting last week, Julian was removed from the Journal for failure to meet his membership requirements. Audio recordings from the Executive Board’s April 1, 2011 meeting on the matter, as well as from of the General Meeting are available on the H: drive in the office in the “Audio Recordings” folder.

A quick summary of the situation is as follows: Julian willfully failed to meet Notes deadlines, failed to attend his weekly Office Hour on several occasions, and there was convincing evidence that some of the hours he recorded were not earned. He also failed to pay dues until after the Board initially voted to remove him. There was also an incident over Spring Break between him and a Hastings employee that was extremely embarrassing for the Journal. The decision to remove Julian was not a random, sudden, or arbitrary decision or process; it was based on the accumulation of events, and was undertaken with an abundance of process, including the recorded meeting. If anyone has any questions or concerns about the matter, please get in touch with either me or another member of the Executive Board.

That said, Volume 62 has accomplished an incredible amount this year!

We have a brand new website, with ever-expanding capabilities, an exciting new forum for our own student voices in On the Record, an incredibly successful fall alumni mixer, with an equally exciting spring mixer coming up, and a top-notch publication. The Journal has come a long way over the course of the past year, and I look forward to celebrating our many achievements.

I hope to see you at the mixer! Congratulations on a wonderful finish.


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