Board of Directors

Martha Belcher

Hastings 1983, Chairwoman Emerita

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Martha is the Senior Vice President and Secondary Marketing General Counsel for Indymac Bank in Pasadena, California.  She manages and provides legal support for the Bank’s secondary marketing unit.

From 1996-2007, Martha was the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Fannie Mae’s Western Regional Office where she managed the legal division of Fannie Mae’s Western Business Center and, most recently, managed Fannie Mae’s business litigation.  In 2003, Martha received a Woman of Distinction” award from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, given to top women business attorneys in Los Angeles.

From 1991-96, Martha was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arnold & Porter, where she focused on regulatory and transactional matters affecting financial institutions. While at Arnold & Porter, she was named as one of the top 35 young lawyers in California by California Law Business.  Martha also worked for the firms McKenna & Fitting from 1985-91, and Epport, Kaseff & Mirman from 1983-85.

Martha is a Tony Patiño Fellow from Hastings College of the Law, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1983.  During her time in law school, she was an extern for the Honorable Joseph Sneed of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Spencer Williams of the U.S. Northern District of California. In 1980, Martha graduated Summa Cum Laude as Valedictorian from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania with a degree in political science.

Martha has been on the Board of Directors since 1988.  From 1999-2008, she served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of The Friends of the Tony Patiño Fellowship, Inc.  Martha currently serves as Chairman Emeritus, and Chairman of the Selection Committee for Hastings, Chicago and Columbia Law Schools.

Nathan Christensen

Chicago 2008, Treasurer

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Nathan is the CEO of Mammoth HR, which serves over 80,000 small businesses nationwide. In 2014, Nathan was named a “Game Changer” by Workforce magazine, and Mammoth’s unique and dynamic culture has earned it honors as one of the country’s best places to work by Fortune magazine and one of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America by Entrepreneur magazine. Nathan’s articles on management, human resources strategy, and public policy have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, Fast Company and Workforce, and he’s been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events, including the Wharton School of Business, Intuit Quickbooks Connect, the Sage Summit, and Ignite Portland.

Nathan is also an adjunct professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School and serves on the Lewis & Clark Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Before joining Mammoth, Nathan practiced as an attorney with Perkins Coie LLP and as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. He is a Teach for America alumnus, and after law school served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nathan is a Tony Patiño Fellow from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif. Nathan also holds a BA in Public Policy with Honors from Stanford University.

Nathan joined the Board of Directors in 2011. He serves as Treasurer and is on the Finance Committee.

William Jackson

Columbia 1997, Secretary

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William is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP.  His main practice areas include complex commercial litigation and international arbitration.

William has litigated, arbitrated, mediated, and counseled clients in a wide variety of industries including asset management, commercial banking, computer software, healthcare, health care technology, hedge funds, investment banking, payment systems, petrochemical and petrochemical services, pharmaceutical manufacturing, private equity, retail sales, and telecommunications.  He has represented and advised numerous companies, including United Therapeutics, Qwest Communications International, Oracle, CoverMyMeds, and Heerema.

Among the numerous significant litigation matters that William has led or co-led since joining the firm are:

  • Serving as co-lead trial counsel for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation against a generic competitor.  The client’s victory in the case resulted in the company’s market cap increasing by more than $1 billion the day the decision was announced.
  • Acting as counsel to a leading healthcare technology company in connection with several litigations, as well as numerous intellectual property and related business matters.
  • Representing a telecommunications company in parallel foreign and domestic litigations involving allegations of securities fraud and malfeasance.
  • Serving as counsel to an engineering company in a contract dispute involving an international petrochemical pipeline.
  • Representing an international private equity fund in connection with control of a foreign bank, as well as investigations into allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.

Other engagements include:

  • Representing foreign investors in an international arbitration involving control and ownership of a Swiss corporation
  • Defending a client in both civil and criminal antitrust actions involving the transportation and installation of deepwater offshore oil and gas platforms.
  • Representing an advertising company against a major grocery retailer in a breach of contract action.
  • Representing an international trading company against an international oil and gas corporation over the rights to an oil project in the Middle East.

He has taught negotiation and alternative dispute resolution at Harvard Law School and was a Lecturer at Stanford Law School.

From 1998-1999, William was a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  From 1997-1998, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

William is a Tony Patiño Fellow from Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 1997 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and received a Comparative Law Certificate of Achievement with Honors.  In 1991 he graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in government.

William has been on the Board of Directors since 2007.  He serves as Secretary on the Board, and is on the Finance Committee.

William P. Keane

Hastings 1986

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William P. Keane is a partner in the 125-attorney San Francisco law firm of Farella Braun + Martel LLP. Mr. Keane chairs the firm’s Complex Litigation Department. He practices complex criminal and civil litigation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was an Assistant United States Attorney in San Jose for more than six years. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and his J.D., cum laude, from U.C. Hastings in 1986. At Hastings, he was Editor-in-Chief of Volume 37 of the Hastings Law Journal. After law school, Mr. Keane served as a law clerk to the now-retired Honorable Eugene F. Lynch, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He has been on the Patiño Fellowship board since the late 1980s and has long served as the chair of the Fellowship’s application Screening Committee.

Robert A. Magnanini

Columbia 1993

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Bob is a Managing partner at Stone & Magnanini, LLP in New Jersey.  He has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending complex civil and criminal matters, and represents clients in civil commercial, environmental and False Claims Act cases. He has tried, arbitrated and mediated cases in federal and state courts and before numerous administrative bodies.

Bob was previously a Litigation partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, and was Of Counsel at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Prior to that he was an Associate at Archer & Griener.

Bob recently retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel in the New York Army National Guard where he served as the J-2 for N.Y. State as the Director of Security and Intelligence. He previously served in several senior staff positions at the 42nd Division, and as a special Assistant to the senior military and civilian officials at the Pentagon. He was also the Army Ground Commander at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and again in New York City after the London and Madrid bombings.

Bob is a 1993 Tony Patiño Fellow from Columbia University Law School, where he was also a Governor Robert B. Myner Scholar, and the student speaker at Commencement. He received a B.A. in Soviet Studies and a B.A. in History from Fordham University in 1984. He has lectured on various topics and is currently a NITA instructor.

Bob has been on the Board od Directors since 2005. He is currently the chapter leader for the Columbia Fellows, the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and serves on the Selection and Renewal Committees.

Betty Hansen Richardson

Hastings 1982

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Betty graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho in 1976 and her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1982.  At Hastings, Betty was a teaching assistant for the Legal Education Opportunity Program and wrote for the Constitutional Law Quarterly.  Upon graduation, she was named a Tony Patino Fellow.  Betty has served on the Tony Patino Fellowship Board of Directors for many years and currently serves as Chair of the Fellowship’s Renewal Committee and as a member of its Selection Committees at Hastings and the University of Chicago.

Following law school graduation, Betty clerked for the Criminal Division of the San Francisco Superior Court, and then returned to Idaho to work as a judicial law clerk for former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Huntley.  Betty also worked as a law clerk for the Honorable B. Lynn Winmill, chief U.S. District Judge, District of Idaho.

Appointed by President Clinton, Betty was the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho (1993-2001).  As U.S. Attorney, she served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Subcommittees on Native American Issues and Environmental issues and received the Harold Hughes Exceptional Service to Rural Communities Award from the National Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in recognition of her innovative community outreach program. In 2011, Betty worked as an Attorney-Advisor for the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C.

Betty was the first woman to serve as chair and member of the Idaho Industrial Commission (1991-1993), the state agency responsible for adjudicating workers’ compensation disputes and administering the state’s workers’ compensation system.  Betty has been engaged in private practice with the firm of Richardson Adams PLLC and been actively engaged in the legal education arena.  She has served as program planner for the Idaho State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Program and been an adjunct professor at Boise State University. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Concordia University School of Law.

Betty has received the Idaho Women Lawyer’s Kate Feltham Award, which honors individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and minorities within the legal profession in Idaho.  She has also received the ACLU’s Dave Judy Civil Rights Service Award, which recognizes an Idahoan who exemplifies commitment and service to advancing civil rights in the state.  Betty has also received the Idaho State Bar’s awards for Pro Bono Service and Outstanding Service. She has been named an Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year and as one of Idaho’s “100 Most Influential Idahoans” by Ridenbaugh Press.

Betty is a member of the Frank Church Institute Board of Directors and is active in a number of other civic organizations. Betty and her husband Pete live in West Boise.  They are the proud parents of two adult children.

Mainon Schwartz

Columbia 2008

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Mainon is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico. She handles both civil and criminal appeals for the district, filing briefs and presenting oral arguments before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Community Library and a member of the San Juan Rotary Club. In her spare time, she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from New York University, which she expects to complete in January 2019.

Mainon is a Tony Patiño Fellow from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a three-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 2008. During her time in law school, she served on the board of the Journal of Gender and Law and as a staff member of the Human Rights Law Review. Mainon spent her summers working for a women’s rights organization in Tel Aviv, for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, and for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago. From 2008-2009, Mainon clerked for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel E. Winfree in Fairbanks, Alaska. After her clerkship, Mainon returned to the New York, where she worked first as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, and then as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 2010 to 2013.

Before accepting her current position in Puerto Rico, Mainon served as Senior Corporate Counsel to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, an Alaska Native corporation and the largest private employer in the State of Alaska. In that capacity, she managed a wide range of litigation, benefits, labor, contract, insurance, Indian law, and environmental matters for the company, including multi-billion dollar litigation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. During that time, she also served as Vice President of the Anchorage Library Foundation.

Prior to law school, Mainon managed a team of caseworkers and volunteers at Refugee & Immigration Services of South Bend, Indiana, where she supervised the resettlement of dozens of refugees from around the world. She graduated magna cum laude in 2004 with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Middle Eastern and European Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Mainon has been on the Board of Directors since 2013. She currently serves on the Selection Committee for Columbia Law School.

Ilya Shapiro

Chicago 2003

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Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.

Shapiro is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, the Colbert Report, and NPR.

Shapiro has testified before Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato’s amicus brief program, filed more than 200 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court, including one The Green Bag selected for its “Exemplary Legal Writing” collection. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, is a member of the Legal Studies Institute’s board of visitors at The Fund for American Studies, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. In 2015 National Law Journal named him to its list of 40 “rising stars” in the legal community.

Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow).

Kent J. Sprinkle

Hastings 2003

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Kent is the Managing Partner of the San Diego office of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (“CDF”), a state-wide labor and employment defense firm representing local and national employers in California state and federal courts.  Kent represents employers in class action litigation and defends against a variety of employment law claims.  He has extensive trial and appellate experience in employment class actions, resulting in multiple published decisions that have shaped the landscape of current wage and hour class action litigation in California.

Kent was a recipient of one of California Lawyer magazine’s 2015 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards for his work in the area of class actions.  He was also recognized as a California Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2013-2017.  Kent previously worked for a national law firm in San Francisco in the employment law group and then spent nine years in his current firm’s San Francisco office before relocating to the San Diego office in 2015.

Kent is a 2003 Tony Patiño Fellow from UC Hastings, where he served on the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.  During law school, Kent served as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Martin J. Jenkins and also worked as a law clerk at the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office where he argued multiple preliminary hearings and other criminal court proceedings.  Prior to law school, Kent attended the University of San Francisco, where he graduated cum laude in 2000, obtaining a B.A. in English Literature.

A member of the Board of Directors since 2008, Kent currently serves on the Screening Committee for UC Hastings, Chicago, and Columbia Law Schools.  Kent also co-founded and continues to oversee the Tony Patiño Fellowship mentoring program at UC Hastings.

Stephen P. Van Liere

Hastings 1991, Chairman

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Steve is a Senior Practice Director of H5, a San Francisco-based company that delivers customized solutions to help corporations and law firms meet their legal discovery, compliance, and information management objectives. He has worked as a lawyer, recruiter, and provider of services to the legal industry for 25 years. Steve joined H5 from the executive search firm Korn Ferry International, where he conducted national searches for general counsels, law firm partners, and executives. Prior to working at Korn Ferry, he was a legal executive search consultant for Highland Partners (now part of Heidrick & Struggles), and prior to that he founded his own legal recruiting and contract lawyer business in San Francisco called The Tiro Company. Steve was a business litigator with the former San Francisco law firm Landels Ripley & Diamond, and worked for many years as regional vice president for the American Arbitration Association, the world’s largest provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated as a Tony Patiño Fellow. He is the Chairman of the Board of The Tony Patiño Fellowship.

Douglas Weinberg

Chicago 1993, Vice-President

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Doug is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of Cobius Healthcare Solutions, LLC, a Chicago-based company that provides advanced electronic medical record and workflow solutions to healthcare providers across the county.  Since the firm’s founding in 2000, Doug has helped lead the healthcare industry’s transition to electronic records.  He consults with large healthcare providers and IT firms on their strategies.

Prior to founding Cobius, Doug was an attorney specializing in corporate,  technology, and international transactions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom, LLP.  While at Skadden, he worked with clients from a wide variety of industries, based in the US and abroad.  Among his projects was a World Bank-funded program to assist former member countries of the Soviet Union to draft new legal codes.

Earlier in his career, Doug served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.  At McKinsey, he worked with Fortune 1000 companies on matters of strategy and organizational effectiveness.  Among the industries covered were retail, finance, healthcare, consumer products, and manufacturing.  Doug staffed several newly-opened McKinsey offices.  He also co-authored several articles for a book about cross-border alliances and acquisitions and their impact on global collaboration.

Outside of work, Doug is involved with several charitable causes.  He is a Tony Patiño Fellow from the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his J.D. in 1993.  He received his A.B. in political science from Princeton University.

Doug has been on the Board of Directors since 2005, and is the Vice-President and Treasurer of the Board, and a member of the Finance and Screening Committees.  He is also the co-chapter leader of the Chicago Fellows.

Fellowship Coordinator

Janice Warren

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Janice has served as the Fellowship’s Coordinator since 2007. In her role, she serves as a primary point of contact for Patino Fellows-Elect and Fellows, organizes Fellowship events nationwide, facilitates the Fellow-Elect application, selection, and onboarding process, coordinates with law school deans, administrators, faculty, and other contacts, and generally ensures that the organization is running smoothly. Janice also works as a Legal Assistant for the law firm Hill Farrer & Burrill, and is a licensed Real Estate agent specializing in working with seniors. In her spare time, Janice enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughter and grandchildren.

General Counsel

Brian Malloy

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Brian Malloy is with The Brandi Law Firm in San Francisco, where he represents plaintiffs in state and federal courts in cases involving product liability (involving aviation and aircrafts, motor vehicles and pharmaceuticals), wrongful death, serious personal injury, elder abuse, consumer fraud and protection, employment matters and class/collective actions.

Brian is admitted to the bars of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington, D.C., along with several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  Brian has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, including trials to verdict in California and Nevada state courts as well as federal court, post-judgment enforcement proceedings, and appeals.
Brian has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers for 2016 and 2017, Super Lawyers (Northern California) for 2016 and 2017, and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars from 2010 to 2014.  Brian frequently authors articles on various aspects of litigation and trial practice.

Prior to joining The Brandi Law Firm, Brian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2004-2005.

Brian is a Tony Patiño Fellow from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he earned Order of the Coif, was a member of the Hastings Law Journal and graduated as Valedictorian.  Brian is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Brian serves as the Fellowship’s General Counsel, a position he has held since 2012.