Student Delegates

          HHP is dedicated to cultivating diversity of experience. Each student delegate brings a unique perspective to the group that strengthens HHP’s connection to the UC Hastings community and the yearly delegation to Jérémie. Student delegates must be committed to HHP projects at UC Hastings and in Jérémie, attend a weekly seminar during the Spring semester, and commit to help fundraise for the Jérémie delegation and to bring Haitian law students to the United States.

          HHP is also committed to working for the public interest. In addition to participating in the class and joining the delegation, students are invited to help the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies draft reports on human rights and gender based violence. 

          Featured Alumni

          Constance Kim '03 is an attorney at Connon Wood Scheidemantle in Los Angeles, a general business practice with an expanding international litigation and arbitration practice. Ms. Kim is also currently involved in an exchange program with the Paris Bar. Since graudating from U.C. Hastings, Ms. Kim has been a consistent and invaluable supporter of the Hastings to Haiti Partnership. Ms. Kim still has strong memories of her delegation to Jeremie. "I remember being conscious of living in a contemporaneous parallel universe where my parents' struggles after the Korean War were before my eyes in real-life Haiti in the 21st century," she says. Full Biography

          David Takacs is a proud U.C. Hastings and Hastings to Haiti Partnership alumnus. Professor Takacs is an Associate Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings, specializing in environmental law. He also holds an LL.M. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, and a B.S. (Biology), M.A., and Ph.D. (Science & Technology Studies) from Cornell University. Full Biography

          Blaine Bookey '09 is an Adjunct Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings and a staff attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. At CGRS, Ms. Bookey participates in the international human rights and appellate litigation programs.  She has spearheaded the organization’s work to combat gender-based violence in Haiti since the earthquake.  Prior to joining the Center, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a fellow with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux.  Blaine is a graduate, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, of U.C.Hastings. Full Biography.

          Shannon Lankenau '14 first became interested in Haiti when she was obtaining her Master’s degree in International Law and Security at George Washington University.  She focused on human rights and conflict resolution in Haiti throughout her studies.  Shannon was thrilled to learn of Hastings’ partnership with ESCDROJ.  She has been a member of HHP since her 1L year at Hastings.  This February, Shannon traveled to Port au Prince with Blaine on an alternate trip that focused on human rights advocacy and training with community organizations.  She built upon her experience there to write a student Note about gender discrimination in the criminal justice system in Haiti.  She hopes to have her note published so that it will help advocates and practitioners in their fight against injustice. 

          Jessie Owen '14 says that traveling to Haiti was the most transformative experience of her first year at Hastings.  Because of her focus on criminal law, Ms. Owen particularly enjoyed participating in the development of the Criminal Practice Clinic at ESCDROJ.  Upon returning to U.C. Hastings, Ms. Owen started a research project on reforming Haiti’s bail system; this research was inspired in part by the delegation’s observations of the conditions of confinement in Haiti’s jails and prisons.