Class Notes: 2008
Michael D. Thomas of nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. has been named a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Visionary by the Los Angeles Times. The publication highlighted prominent thought leaders in the California business community who prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion policies within their respective sectors. Michael is a principal in the firm’s Orange County, California office where he focuses his practice on representing employers on various employment law and corporate diversity matters.
Jessica Castillo Vardaro, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at San José State University, won the Animal Welfare Institute’s Christine Stevens Wildlife Award in 2021. She is assessing the American pika population’s vulnerability to various threats, including climate change and livestock grazing, through genetic analysis of their fecal pellets. She received a bachelor’s in conservation and resource studies from Cal.