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SAN FRANCISCO - Dannis Woliver Kelley (DWK), California's premier, full-service education law firm since 1978, welcomed four new and one returning attorney to its San Francisco, Long Beach and San Diego offices in the first quarter of 2011.
Cameron C. Ward rejoined DWK as of counsel in San Francisco after taking a sabbatical to concentrate his efforts on behalf of a charitable organization. Ward has returned to full-time practice with the firm's Construction and Litigation practice groups.
Loren A. Carjulia joined DWK as of counsel in the firm's San Francisco office and practices in students, labor, employment and personnel, charter schools and governing boards. Carjulia has more than 20 years of experience in California education law, 13 of which were at another education law firm.
Ralph M. Tsong is special counsel in the firm's Long Beach office and he practices in the areas of labor and employment law, and in a wide range of education litigation matters. Before joining DWK, Tsong was an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he represented the federal agency on employment matters, as senior staff counsel at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, where he enforced the Fair Employment and Housing Act in court and before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.
William B. Tunick is an associate in the firm's San Francisco office and practices in the areas of litigation and special education. Tunick brings with him a unique background in election law matters. Before joining DWK, he represented non-profit organizations, candidates and elected officials throughout California, focusing on elections, ballot measures, vote counting and campaign finance matters, and litigating challenges to ballot materials and election procedures. Tunick previously worked for a public law firm in Sacramento, where he gained significant writ and appellate litigation experience.
Emily R. Hirsekorn joined the firm's San Diego office as an associate in the areas of special education, charter schools and labor and employment. Most recently Hirsekorn clerked for the Legal Services department of the San Diego Unified School District, where she gained exposure to all areas of education law. Additionally, Hirsekorn completed a successful judicial externship for Judge Ronald B. Robie of the California Court of Appeal, Third District.