Under the Dome — Conferences, Publications, Symposia & Speakers
McGeorge's Capital Center for Law & Policy sponsors a number of conferences each year, bringing in scholars, speakers and attendees to discuss relevant legal topics. Some of the events you'll find include:
Capital Center Distinguished Alumnus Award
- Executive Training on Immigration Rights and Resources: Federal, State and Local (Feb. 3, 2017)
- Executive Training on Negotiating Legislation & Policy: Skills & Strategy for Success (Sep. 23, 2016)
- Executive Training on Statutory Interpretation (April 22, 2016)
Mike Belote Endowed Capital Lectures
The Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture was made possible by a generous donation from Mike Belote, ’87, President of California Advocates, Inc. and longtime McGeorge alumni donor and volunteer. Mr. Belote’s gift was matched by the University of the Pacific Powell Fund.
Capital Lecture Series
This series hosts four notable keynote speakers each year in downtown Sacramento, bringing timely and thoughtful commentary to current state and federal issues relating to government and public law and policy.
- Changes in Legal Education and the Impact on Government Decision Making
- California High Speed Rail | An Infrastructure Case Study
- California Gaming | Implications of Internet and Off Reservation Gaming Activities
- Dark Money | The 11 Million Dollar Problem Defined
- Protecting Individual Privacy in the Internet Age
- Political Reform's 40th Anniversary | A Dynamic Look at the Past, Present and Future
- Water & Sustainability
- Ethics at the World Bank
- Completely Clueless or Completely Venal?: Regulators, Wrongdoing and Corporate Responses to the Federal Trade Commission
- Building a Global Network for Lawyer Regulators (And Why It Matters)
- The Ethics of Healthcare in Global Perspective
- Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop
- Ethics 20/20: Globalization, Technology and Transforming the Practice of Law
- Judicial Ethics and Accountability: At Home and Abroad
- Ethics in Government: Ethical Cultures, Falls From Grace and the Way Ahead
- Professional Ethics and Corporate Conduct
- Toward a Common Goal: Ethics Across the Professions Inaugural Workshop
California Initiative Review and Forum
Students in this seminar present a nonpartisan, objective analysis on each of the statewide ballot measures faced by voters every two years. The forum is free and open to the community, providing a valuable opportunity to better understand the nuances of proposed laws.
The California Initiative Review is an online publication that serves as a non-partisan, objective analysis of California ballot initiatives and related issues. The review is produced annually by the Capital Center for Law & Policy at the California Initiative Forum.
In an effort to aid voters in statewide elections, McGeorge students study and analyze all California ballot measures and publish an objective overview in the CIR. The summary includes an executive summary, changes to existing laws, potential consequences, drafting issues with the proposition language and any anticipated constitutional challenges if the proposition passes. It also includes considerations presented by both the proponents and opponents of the measure.
Previous issues and links
- November 2016 California Initiative Review
- November 2014 Initiatives
- Professor Mary-Beth Moylan discussed the ballot propositions on CapRadio's Insight program with Beth Ruyak on Oct. 13, 2014.
- California Initiative Review
- Video of the Oct. 23, 2012 forum (YouTube)
- Voice of Russia correspondent Stephen Schaber spoke with Vincent Wiraatmadja, a second-year law student at the University of the McGeorge School of Law, to discuss the ballot initiative and its implications.
- November 2012 (pdf)
- June 2012 (Volume 11, Issue 1)
- November 2010
- May 2009 — Special Election
- November 2008
- February 2008 — Presidential Primary Election
- November 2006
- June 2006
- November 2005
- Past Initiatives (Before November 2005)
How to Cite to CIR
An example of citing to a current initiative review:
John Grimes, Proposition 10: State and County Early Childhood Development Programs, Cal. Init. Rev., (Fall 1998)
An example of citing to a past initiative review:
Kerri L. Ruzicka, Proposition 63 (1986): English as the Official Language, Cal. Init. Rev., (Spring 2000)
Note: If your publication method does not support small capital letters, please use all capital letters. The date in parentheses (Fall 1998; Spring 2000) is the date the review was published and not the date accessed on the Internet.
Legislative and Public Policy Clinic
The Legislative and Public Policy Clinic provides a practical skills experience in researching, drafting, and pursuing adoption of California state legislative and regulatory changes. While seeking these changes, students will interact with elected and appointed officials in state government, their staff, lobbyists, and public affairs professionals. Students will also have an opportunity to develop political coalitions, interact with the media, and advocate for change in State Capitol proceedings.
Greensheets (Annual Review of California Legislation)
An annual spring issue of The University of the Pacific Law Review, Greensheets comprises student-authored work focused on the background and implications of recently enacted legislation in California. It is a distinctive academic publication and the most widely read issue of the year, particularly among state legislators, judges, and lobbyists. Students write and edit the issue, with each piece providing a point of reference on the what, how, and why surrounding new legislation.
The practical experience students will gain working on Greensheets includes:
- Working with legislative committees, lobbyists, and policy analysts
- Writing, editing, and publishing their work
- Performing advanced research of case law and statutory law to predict the effect of new legislation
- Master the use of the Harvard Bluebook citation style, the most widely used style manual in the U.S.
Curricular benefits are also awarded.
- Students will receive 2 units of ungraded class credit, with a grade designation of Honors, Pass, No Credit, or Fail. The credit will be applied toward the requirements to earn a J.D. and the Capital Lawyering Concentration.
- Greensheets writers can be invited directly on to the Comment staff and will also be allowed to solicit for the Law Review Comment without being required to be in the top half of the class.
Ethics Across the Professions Initiative
These annual scholarly gatherings are designed to bring together professionals from a range of fields to focus on ethics issues in a multi-disciplinary manner. The series was made possible by a grant from Sierra Health Foundation, beginning in 2006 and spanning 10 years.