Philip J. Tacason is the judicial law clerk for the Hon. Alvin R. Kacin, III, District Judge, Fourth Judicial District Court of Nevada.
Philip’s interests include civil litigation and constitutional law, with an emphasis on voter rights. He has written on topics such as the Electoral College, voter ID laws, and the Voting Rights Act. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including the American Bar Association (ABA) Student Lawyer magazine, of which he was a member of the inaugural Editorial Board.
As a law clerk in a general jurisdiction state trial court, Philip has direct experience drafting orders and conducting research in criminal law, civil litigation, domestic relations, and real property rights. Philip also assists in the review of appeals of recommendations issued by a family court master in juvenile welfare and child support matters.
Philip earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. While at Hastings, he interned at the California Department of Justice, the California Department of Insurance, Office of the Attorney General, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. He also worked on civil and criminal matters as a judicial extern for the Hon. Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng at San Francisco Superior Court. During his externship, Philip did research for Judge Cheng on a civil matter that resulted in the largest judgment in a single-unit landlord-tenant case in the nation.
Philip also served as a Senior Internal Editor for Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the nation’s oldest law review focused exclusively on constitutional law.
In his free time, he enjoys perusing bookstores, analyzing baseball statistics, and completing the New York Times crossword. He is also a guitarist, pianist, and singer-songwriter, having performed at various cafes and bars in San Francisco, California.