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Donna Ryu ’86 Appointed to U.S. Magistrate Position in Oakland

By Andrew Cohen

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has announced the selection of Donna Ryu ’86 for a full-time U.S. magistrate judge position in Oakland. Ryu, the first Asian American woman to sit as a federal magistrate judge in the history of the Northern District, will commence her judicial duties on March 1, 2010.

Ryu has been a faculty member at UC Hastings College of the Law since 2002, where she has taught and supervised students in the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic. Before joining the Hastings faculty, Ryu was an associate law professor at Golden Gate University and associate director of its Women’s Employment Rights Clinic.

The co-founder of Ryu, Dickey & Larkin, a civil rights law firm in Oakland, she began her legal career doing appellate work with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. Ryu later joined the firm formerly known as Saperstein, Seligman, Mayeda & Larkin, where she litigated civil rights class action cases on behalf of plaintiffs.

During law school, Ryu was a founding member of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, now the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. The daughter of Korean immigrants, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy, the California Lawyer of the Year Award for Employment Law, and Hastings’ Rutter Award—presented annually to the school’s top professor for teaching excellence.

Ryu has also written and lectured extensively on employment law, making presentations before the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Arbitrators, the California State Bar, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.