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Morrison England Jr.

Morrison England Jr.
Year Graduated: 1983
Title: Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
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Recent activities and accomplishments of McGeorge alumni:

  • Saad Alabdulwahed, '12, launched Mubarak A. Al Juwair & Partner, a professional partnership, in 2013 in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. (May 2015)
  • Ric Asfar, '06, has joined the Vaka Law Group in Tampa, Florida. Asfar will continue to practice civil appeals and litigation with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal, wrongful death, and insurance coverage and bad faith matters. (July 2015)
  • Eric Barnum, '94, has been appointed as Schiff Hardin's new Labor and Employment Practice Chair. Barnum is a partner in the firm's Atlanta, GA office with a practice focused on a variety of matters related to employment law and litigation. (July 2015)
  • Hagop T. Bedoyan, '87, has been named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Northern California for 2015. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in Northern California are selected by Super Lawyers. This is the 4th year in a row that he has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer. (July 2015)
  • Mike Belote, '87, President of California Advocates, Inc., made the 2015 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 68. (August 2015)
  • Adrienne Brungess, '96, and Vallerye Mosquera, '15, gave testimony to the State Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of SB 134, presented by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, on May 5, 2015. Brungess is a professor of lawyering skills and the director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy Program at Pacific McGeorge School of Law. (May 2015)
  • Alyssa Cervantes, '13, has joined Lorenz in their Brussels office as an associate attorney specializing in privacy and data protection. (April 2015)
  • Haley Cose, '14, has joined the 5th District Court of Appeal as an Appellate Court Attorney. (June 2015)
  • The Honorable Steven Cranfill, '84, has received the 2015 Children's Justice Project Golden Award for his "extraordinary commitment to Wyoming children and families involved in the court system." (September 2015)
  • Patricia Curtin, '87, a land use partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, has been selected as one of the San Francisco Business Times' 2015 "Most Influential Women in Business." (June 2015)
  • Larry Digesti, '76, has been named Nevada Bar President. (September 2015)
  • Judge Daniel A. Flores, '01, San Francisco Superior Court, will give the Pacific McGeorge Commencement Address on May 16, 2015. (May 2015)
  • Rex Frazier, '00, made the 2015 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 35. (August 2015)
  • Bryan Freedman, '90, was featured in Variety's 2015 Legal Impact Report. He is a Partner at Freedman & Taitelman, LLP. (June 2015)
  • Jared Gaynor, '07, has joined University of the Pacific as the Executive Coordinator for Special Projects, Analysis and Communication in the Office of the Provost. (April 2015)
  • Deborah Gonzalez, '97, made the 2015 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 47.
  • Amy Gowan, '11, has joined Donahue Fitzgerald LLP as an associate attorney in the Walnut Creek office where, she represents clients in construction defect litigation and prelitigation matters, real estate disputes, commercial landlord-tenant matters and homeowners' association disputes at the trial and appellate court level. (April 2015)
  • Peter Handy, '13, was admitted to the Nevada bar in October 2014 and began working for the Douglas County District Attorney's Office in Douglas County Nevada as a Deputy District Attorney in April 2015. (June 2015)
  • Piper Hanson (Laird), '01, has formed a new law firm, Piper Hanson Law, in San Mateo County. Hanson is a mobile attorney specializing in estate planning, real estate, and elder law, and she is an active member of the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce. (June 2015)
  • Katherine (Kate) Hart, '97, has joined Richland Communities as land use counsel in its Roseville, CA office. Hart joins Richland after working for the past nine years as senior counsel focused on land use and development issues at Abbott & Kindermann LLP in Sacramento. (July 2015)
  • Andrea Lynn Hoch, '84, was elected to the University of the Pacific Board of Regents in April 2015, and will serve on a three-year term extending through June 30, 2018. Hoch is an associate justice for the California Court of Appeals. (July 2015)
  • Nicky Jatana, '98, has been named a 2015 Rising Star by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). She is a shareholder at Jackson Lewis P.C. in the Los Angeles office. (April 2015)
  • Matina Kolokotronis, '89, was selected for the 2015 Sacramento Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business program. Kolokotronis is the president of business operations for the Sacramento Kings. (June 2015)
  • Sosan Madanat, '14, has joined the Foundation for Democracy and Justice as Executive Director. (April 2015)
  • Lauren Manning, '11, will begin the University of Arkansas, School of Law's highly competitive LL.M. program in food and agriculture law in August 2015, with a full tuition waiver. Manning will serve as a visiting professor at the law school while attending. She has started a food and agriculture news and editorial blog called The California Crow at (May 2015)
  • Alana Mathews, '03, is among 10 young leaders featured in Comstock's Magazine's March 2015 "The Next Wave" article. (April 2015)
  • LT Clayton McCarl, JAGC, USN, '12, and LT Lindsay McCarl, JAGC, USN, '12, and their daughter Sophie will spend the next two years of their U.S. Navy careers in the practicing law in sunny Guam! (June 2015)
  • Fredericka McGee, '91, was selected for the 2015 Sacramento Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business program. McGee is general counsel and deputy chief of staff for the California State Assembly. (June 2015)
  • Rachel Miller, '02, has opened her own office after 10 years at the Public Defender's Office in El Dorado County. (April 2015)
  • Vallerye Mosquera, '15,and Adrienne Brungess, '96, gave testimony to the State Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of SB 134, presented by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, on May 5, 2015. Brungess is a professor of lawyering skills and the director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy Program at Pacific McGeorge School of Law. (May 2015)
  • Mhare Mouradian, '03, has joined the Los Angeles law firm Clark & Trevithick as Partner. Prior to joining Clark & Trevithick, Mourdian was Partner at Murchison & Cumming, LLP in Los Angeles. (July 2015)
  • Tim Naccarato, '77 retired from his position as Assistant Dean at McGeorge on July 1, 2014; however, he stayed on the faculty as an Adjunct Professor until May 8, 2015.  He will be a community volunteer in retirement and he and his wife, Linda, still reside in Elk Grove. (July 2015)
  • John Norwood, '80, made the 2015 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 98. (August 2015)
  • Leon Page, '00, has been appointed County Counsel by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. (September 2015)
  • Cary G. Palmer, '96, has been elevated to Managing Shareholder of Jackson Lewis P.C., in the firm's Sacramento office. Palmer represents management in employment, labor and benefits law and related litigation. (June 2015)
  • Katherine Pankow, '14, has accepted an offer to publish as a lead article in the Whittier Law Review. She is an Associate with Green & Hall APC, and her practice includes construction defect, real estate, and business litigation. (April 2015)
  • Anastasia Salmon, '14, is building the Family Law Practice at Hackard Law, a PLC from the ground-up. She will be working with the legal subcommittee for the new Sacramento County Family Justice Center. (April 2015)
  • Joel E. Sannes, '94, has joined Udall Shumway in Mesa, AZ as a partner.  Sannes practice centers on commercial and business litigation, civil trials and appeals, and business disputes and negotiations. (September 2015)
  • Brandon Schindelheim, '06, has joined the tax and accounting firm Saxe, Roth, Schwartz, Dokovna & Lynskey CPAs as partner. (April 2015)
  • Torene L.M. Schwab, '93, has been appointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. as deputy director of the Legal Division and chief counsel at the California Department of Social Services, where she has served as assistant chief counsel since 2010. (June 2015)
  • William F. Schuetz, '00, has been advanced to shareholder at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. (May 2015)
  • Kevin Seibert, '85, has been appointed to replace retiring Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Eleanor Provost. Prior, he was partner at Downey Brand LLP. (September 2015)
  • Julie Shephard, '94, was featured in Variety's 2015 Legal Impact Report. She is a Partner at Jenner Block in Los Angeles. (May 2015)
  • Marisa Shea, '14, has joined the office of Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui as a Health Care Field Representative. (August 2015)
  • Michelle Sheidenberger, '97, has been promoted to Assistant City Attorney for the City of Roseville. She has worked for the Roseville City Attorney's Office for 13 years. (April 2015)
  • Brandon A. Takahashi, '06, has joined Adli Law Group P.C. as Partner and Head of Labor and Employment. Prior to joining Adli Law Group P.C., Takahashi was Senior Associate with the national employment law firm, Jackson Lewis P.C. (May 2015)
  • James Watson, '08, has been promoted Partner at Gaw Van Male, the largest firm serving Solano and Napa counties. (May 2015)
  • Anthony Williams, '05, of Huntington Beach, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Williams has been director of government relations at the Boeing Company since 2014. (July 2015)
  • Allan Zaremberg, '78, made the 2015 Capitol Weekly Top 100 list of the most powerful non-elected movers and shakers in California political circles at No. 11. (August 2015)
  • John Zelezny, '85, has published six editions of "Communications Law: Liberties, Restraints, and the Modern Media," a top-selling textbook. (April 2015)

In Memoriam

  • William Chapman, '72, died at the age of 70 in St. Augustine, Florida on April 27, 2014. He practiced maritime and labor law in California until moving to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he practice for many years in federal courts.
  • Frank Cook, '69, died on Dec. 28, 2013, at the age of 75 in Las Vegas. He practiced law in both California and Nevada for 35 years.
  • Jeff Corzine, '84, died at the age of 58 on Jan. 14, 2014, in Folsom. A former president of the El Dorado County Bar Association, he was a personal injury attorney and partner at Adams & Corzine in Folsom.
  • James Curry, '75, died at the age of 69 on Jan. 9, 2014, in Browns Valley. A former partner at Curry, Vasquez and Hansen in Marysville, he was elected to the Yuba Superior Court in 1997 and served on the bench until his retirement in 2010.   
  • Edward Dannan, '76, died at his home in Reno on Oct. 17, 2013, at age 67 from complications following cholangiocarcinoma surgery that had taken place weeks earlier. A former deputy district attorney in Washoe County, he won election to the Reno Justice Court in 1992 and served 15 years on the bench.  
  • William Garrison, '84, died at the age of 64 in Sacramento on Sept. 1, 2013. A Marine veteran who served in the Vietnam War, he had a lengthy career in the construction business.  
  • James Harrison, '64, died on Jan. 1, 2014, at the age of 87 in Sacramento after a brief illness. He practiced law for more than three decades with Coben, Cooper & Zilaff before ending his career as a solo practitioner. 
  • Kenneth Kay, '80, LL.M. '85, died at the age of 58 in Fresno on May 5, 2014. He practiced real estate law for many years, was a published author, political talk show host, and university adjunct professor.
  • Kurt Kumli, '87, died on Aug. 2, 2014, after a battle with brain cancer. Judge Kumli served as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County, California. He is the co-author of the nationally recognized Juvenile Law treatise "Sieser & Kumli on California Juvenile Courts" published by LexisNexis. Prior to becoming a Judge, he spent nearly twenty years as a prosecutor in San Jose, California. His surviving family includes his classmate and wife, Sue Gillett, '87, and brother Karl Kumli, '81.
  • David A. Magnan, '12, died on Aug. 29, 2013, after a long-fought battle with cancer. David is survived by his wife Mariela, and their young daughter Sophia, his parents Ken and Cherise, brother Aaron, and mother-in-law Maria. His accomplishments include Marine Corps Sergeant, road-construction superintendent, and attorney.  
  • Joseph Martin, '57, died on Aug. 12, 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Ocean Park, WA.  He retired February 1988 after serving 22 years on the bench.  
  • Dennis Mathews, '72, died at the age of 77 in Logan, Utah on Aug. 11, 2013. He was a general practitioner in northwestern Utah for more than 40 years.  
  • Robert H. McIntosh, '82 LLM '83, passed away on Dec. 2, 2013 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.  
  • Robert Milam, '75, died on Feb, 3, 2014, at the age of 75 in Davis after a long illness. He had a distinguished 26-year career with several state agencies and once argued a case for the California Attorney General before the Supreme Court of the United States.  
  • David W. Miller died at the age of 76 on Dec. 20, 2013, in Port Saunders, Newfoundland. A former assistant U.S. attorney, he was a member of the faculty for 25 years until his retirement in 2006, teaching Evidence, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Miller served as interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the early '90s, presided over the law school's Order of the coif Chapter for a decade, and helped overhaul the Appellate Advocacy program.  
  • Douglas Miller, '82, died on Nov. 4, 2013, after a long battle with colon cancer at the age of 65 in Carmichael. His legal career included service as the director of human resources for Crystal Creamery, solo labor law practice in Fair Oaks, and labor analyst with the Sacramento Regional Transit District.  
  • Jock Penn, '78, died after a lengthy illness on Oct. 3, 2013, at the age of 71 in Shawano, Wisconsin. Although a member of the State Bar of California, he did not practice law while enjoying a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in California.  
  • Craig Pridgen, '73, died on Jan. 15, 2014, at the age of 68 in Woodland. He practiced law with firms in Mountain View, Bakersfield, Beverly Hills and San Francisco before opening a private practice in Tahoe City.
  • Cynthia Pyzel, '78, died on Dec. 17, 2013, at the age of 60 in Reno. After several years in private practice, she joined the Nevada Attorney General's Office serving agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services until her retirement 25 years later in 2011.  
  • Lynn Rohwer, '88, died on Oct. 31, 2013, after a long illness at the age of 72 in Woodland. An active member of the Evening Division, she attended law school while raising four children. After a clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, she practiced law for several years representing low-income clients. Her widower, Claude Rohwer, is a professor emeritus of the Pacific McGeorge faculty.  
  • Samantha Spangler, '89, died at the age of 49 in Auburn after a long battle with progressive supranuclear palsy on April 10, 2014. She was an assistant U.S. attorney who was honored in 1999 with a Director's Award from Attorney General Janet Reno.
  • Tony Stathos, '63, died at the age of 85 on Dec. 15, 2013, in Sacramento. After a career an Air Force pilot and 10 years as an elementary school teacher, he practiced law for 45 years before his retirement in 2000.  
  • Sharon C. Stevens, '77, died at age 66 on July 7, 2014 in Oregon. Stevens began her law career in the Marion County District Attorney's office as a Deputy D.A. She later moved into private practice, spending the last 20 years as a partner in Callahan & Stevens with her husband Michael Callahan.
  • John Tosney, '80, died on Jan. 11, 2014, of a heart attack at the age of 62 while vacationing in Costa Rica. A well-known Sacramento attorney, he operated a sole practice in bankruptcy law for more than three decades.  
  • Roger Whomes, '85, died on Jan. 28, 2014, at the age of 58 in Reno. He was a busy prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney's Office for 18 years with a three-year hiatus in private practice. He later moved to the county Public Defender's Office.