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Faculty Feature: Professor Shayak Sarkar


Professor Shayak Sarkar examines the structure and legal regulation of inequality by studying financial regulation, employment law, immigration, and taxation. His far-ranging education includes a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University; a J.D. from Yale Law School; two master’s degrees from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, in Economics for Development and Evidence-based Social Intervention; a master’s in statistics from Harvard University; and a bachelor’s from Harvard in applied mathematics. He was also a law clerk to Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S.

UC Davis Law No. 2 in Historical Ranking of Student Diversity

UC Davis ranks No. 2 historically in student diversity, according to the new Northwestern Pritzker School of Law paper “Affirmative Action and Racial Diversity in U.S. Law Schools, 1980-2021.

The paper by New York University Professor Richard R.W. Brooks, Northwestern Law Professor Kyle Rozema and Yale Law Professor Sarath Sanga studies racial diversity in American law schools and the impact of state-level affirmative action bans.

Center for Innovation, Law, and Society and California International Law Center Host Members of the European Parliament for Technology Roundtable


On March 22, the Center for Innovation, Law, and Society (CILS) and the California International Law Center (CILC) hosted Members of the European Parliament for a Transatlantic Tech Exchange Roundtable. The German Marshall Fund and UC Davis School of Law co-sponsored this important event.  While the U.S. and Europe face similar challenges concerning emerging innovations and digital technologies, European legal and policy solutions are often different from those in the United States.

Professor Imwinkelried's Evidence Treatises Translated into Chinese

The Advisory Committee Notes to the Federal Rules of Evidence cite two treatises, McCORMICK ON EVIDENCE and WIGMORE, EVIDENCE, more frequently than any other authorities on Evidence law. For the past three editions, Professor Ed Imwinkelried has been one of the major contributors to McCORMICK. One of the chapters Imwinkelried authored is the chapter devoted to the admissibility of expert opinion testimony.

Intraschool Negotiations Competition Draws 32 Teams

Thirty-two talented teams from the Class of 2026 participated in the 17th UC Davis Law Intraschool Negotiations Competition, held March 2 at King Hall.

Congratulations to winning teams Nicole Larson and Olivia Shaw and Artem Borysyuk and Michael Yoakam, and to finalist teams Ramanjit Kaur and Sabrina Duvall and Lexi Vitangcol and Victoria Wong.

Faculty Feature: Professor Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe

Professor of Law Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe is a 2023-24 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow and the winner of the 2024 UC Davis School of Law Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Joe applies her experience as a former New Orleans public defender to her research into the design of the criminal process and its impact on public defenders’ ability to manage overwhelming caseloads and comply with ethical requirements. She joined the UC Davis Law faculty in 2016 and teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Comparative Criminal Justice, and Voir Dire.