The UC Hastings Board of Directors unanimously elected Thomas Gede ’81 Chair of the Board and Carl W. "Chip" Robertson '98 as Vice Chair at its meeting on Friday, June 5, 2015. Their terms begin on July 1, 2015.
Gede was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2009. He is a principal with Morgan Lewis Consulting, and of counsel with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, previously Bingham McCutchen LLP, which he joined in 2006. From 2000 to 2006, he was the executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, and from 1987 to 2000, he served in the California Office of the Attorney General as a special assistant attorney general and deputy attorney general in the criminal division and the government law section. Prior to that service, Mr. Gede was a judicial attorney for Associate Justices Edwin Regan and Keith Sparks at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.
“To serve as Chair of the UC Hastings governing Board of Directors is a special privilege, one in which I hope to earn the trust and confidence of my colleagues at the College. UC Hastings is a great institution, with a highly distinguished and world-class faculty, a diverse and hard-working student body, and leadership willing to face tough challenges. Our future is bright.”
Robertson has been Co-Managing Director at Warland Investments since 2010. He has also been a member of the Management Committee at Dax LLC since 2001. Previously Robertson was an Associate at Paul Hastings LLP from 1999 to 2001. Since 2006, he has served as a Trustee of the UC Hastings Foundation. In addition, Robertson serves as a Trustee of Westmark School in Encino, CA and is a member of the Board of Advisors at the UCLA Lab School. At UC Hastings, he endowed the Chip W. Robertson Faculty Research Fund. Robertson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, a DBS from the London School of Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings.
“I am honored to serve as Vice Chair and look forward to continuing to provide counsel to and support of the innovative work of the college’s leadership team,” he said.
The Board thanked Gede and Robertson for their long years of service to the college. While she is not leaving the board, Carin Fujisaki ‘85, the outgoing Board Chair, said she is confident the board is in good hands. "I relied heavily on Tom as my vice-chair, and his leadership skills and thoughtful approach to problem-solving are extraordinary. Chip brings an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to the table, and he will be a great complement to Tom," she said.
Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu noted that the Board, under their combined leadership, has wisely shepherded the college through a changing legal education marketplace. “Directors Gede and Robertson have been dedicated to the College for years. I very much look forward to working with them,” he said.
University of California Hastings College of the Law was established by statute in 1878 and is governed by a Board of Directors. With the exception of one Board member who, as specified by statute, shall always be an heir or representative of Serranus Clinton Hastings, the members of the Board are appointed by the Governor of the State of California, confirmed by the State Senate and serve for 12 years.