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In the Community

Pacific McGeorge faculty engage in the community through service, advocacy, and training of legal educators and lawyers around the world.

  • Lawrence Levine received the Freedom of Speech Award at the Sacramento Stonewall Democrats Four Freedoms 10th Annual Award Dinner on May 21, 2014. Steve Hansen, '11 introduced Professor Levine and noted "we need leaders like Larry in our institutions of higher education."
  • Stephen McCaffrey participated as a member in a meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention, held in Bologna, Italy on May 15, 2014.
  • Pauline Nguyen was a panelist on the topic "Can Tenants Use Mediation as a Venue to Obtain Justice and Remain in their Homes when Faced with an Eviction?" at a webinar hosted by Tenants Together on May 13, 2014.
  • Omar Dajani was a panelist on the topic, "Negotiating Peace Talks in the Middle East: Late Breaking News," at an event held at the UC Berkeley International House on April 24, 2014.
  • Clark Kelso was named the "Elizabeth G. Hill Public Official of the Year" by the American Society for Public Administration (Sacramento Chapter) for his many contributions to California's judicial, legislative and executive branches. The award was presented by Elizabeth Hill, who for 22 years served as the Legislative Analyst for the California Legislature. The awards ceremony, held at Mulvaney's B & L on May 8, 2014, was attended by over 100 state and local dignitaries.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan organized "A Conversation with Great Women," with National Women's Hall of Fame Inductees Dr. Sylvea Earle, Oceanographer and Conservationist, and Dr. Judy Pipher, Infrared Astronomer on April 4, 2014. Dr. Maria Pallavicini, Provost of University of the Pacific was a panelist and the Hon. Allison Claire, United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of California, moderated the event.
  • Mike Vitiello was a panelist at the Sacramento County Bar Association's District Attorney candidates' debate on April 16, 2014.
  • Raquel Aldana testified before the California Senate Public Safety Committee about SB 1310 on April 1, 2014.
  • Brian Landsberg spoke to Hamline Law School's American Constitution Society on enforcement of civil rights laws on March 24, 2014.
  • Stephen McCaffrey spoke to the Environmental Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association on International Water Law, the Environment, and the Kishenganga Arbitration between Pakistan and India on April 1, 2014.
  • Tracy Simmons has been appointed to the Sacramento CASA Board of Directors.
  • Raquel Aldana spoke about legalization and the denial of citizenship at UC Davis School of Law's Cesar Chavez celebration lunch on Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Melissa Brown spoke at "Working Women's Injuries Symposium: Causes, Consequences & Prevention" sponsored by the California Women's Legislative Caucus and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association on Feb. 12, 2014 at the Citizen Hotel. Brown addressed cumulative trauma injuries and their effect on women and families, together with a review of legislative changes over the past 25 years and the disparate impact on women.
  • Melissa Brown spoke at the Renaissance Society's Mini-Seminar "Medicare Beneficiary Rights & Appeal" at California State University, Sacramento on Feb. 21, 2014. Brown's presentation addressed the recent class action settlement in "Jimmo vs. Sebelius" which expanded rights for Medicare beneficiaries who were unlawfully denied nursing home, home health and physical therapy coverage under a medical improvement standard policy that was inconsistent with law.
  • Stephen McCaffrey was one of three experts responsible for running the Meeting of Senior Officials of Central Asian States in Vienna, Austria from March 6-7, 2014, based on documents the three prepared. The meeting of high-level officials of Central Asian States (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) focused on developing a procedural mechanism to assist them in dealing with the management of shared freshwater resources in the Aral Sea Basin and issues arising with respect thereto.
  • Linda Carter travelled to The Hague in December 2013 to meet with judges in international criminal tribunals as part of her current research project and to cultivate internships for Pacific McGeorge students.
  • Raquel Aldana is an Organizing Member of SALT's B.A. to J.D. Pipeline Program, which held a meeting for high school students during the NEPOC on Dec. 7, 2013.
  • Julie Davies served as an external reviewer for the law undergrad and master's program in CETYS University, Tijuana, Mexico from Dec. 16-18, 2013.
  • Brian Landsberg taught a session, with Margaret Barry of Vermont Law School, on how to teach clinical students counseling and interviewing of clients in a train the trainers program conducted by the Global Alliance For Justice Education in New Delhi, India on Dec. 16-18, 2013.
  • Lawrence Levine spoke about the current struggle for marriage equality in the United States in a program sponsored by the Buenos Aires Bar Association and the Asociacion Internacional de Estudios on Nov. 27, 2013.
  • Lawrence Levine attended a breakfast meeting at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina about LGBT issues in the United States and in Argentina on Nov. 27, 2013.
  • Stephen McCaffrey served as external examiner in a thesis defense of a doctoral candidate at the Institute of International Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway on Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Stephen McCaffrey participated in the second meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention, held in Geneva on Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Stephen McCaffrey was the chair of a session and speaker at a conference at the U.N. Office at Geneva organized by the University of Geneva on "Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?" on Dec. 13, 2013.
  • Raquel Aldana and Emily Garcia Uhrig conducted a training session for Chilean Public Defenders on client interviewing, client counseling and negotiation from Nov. 25 through Nov. 29 in Santiago, Chile.
  • Brian Landsberg spoke about "The Voting Rights Act: Past, Present, and Future" to an audience of more than 150 people at the Renaissance Society at California State University Sacramento on Nov. 1, 2013.
  • Lawrence Levine taught a 90-minute class about the civil justice system at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High (NP3) on Nov. 13, 2013.
  • Stephen McCaffrey appeared for Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in hearings on Costa Rica's request for new provisional measures, in two cases before the Court involving the San Juan River, on Nov. 5-8, 2013 in The Hague. Read the cases and watch the hearings.
  • Francis J. Mootz III spoke about "The New Legal Profession" at the Women Lawyers of Sacramento's November Luncheon, on Nov. 21, 2013. Read the WLS newsletter article (pdf).
  • Melissa Brown and Dorothy Landsberg participated as law school faculty facilitators in a joint Doctoring III class with the UC Davis School of Medicine on Oct. 1 and 3, 2013. Clinical fellow Katherine Roe, '12, and alumni Donald Fraulob, '69, Brett Gowen, '11, and Megan Beaver, '13, also participated.
  • Clark Kelso joined Professor Gerald Uelmen from Santa Clara University School of Law on a panel sponsored by the Constitution Law Center and Berkeley Law on Oct. 4, 2013, where they reviewed important and interesting cases decided by the California Supreme Court during the 2012-13 term.
  • Linda Carter gave a presentation, "The Turbulent Relationships of the International Criminal Court and National Jurisdictions: The Libya Tempest and the Kenya Mutiny," to students at Brandeis University in Boston, MA on Oct. 9, 2013.
  • Michael Malloy participated as an academic observer in the Seventy-fourth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Committee on Housing and Land Management and its Ministerial Meeting, at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Oct. 7-9, 2013.
  • Stephen McCaffrey appeared for Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in hearings on Costa Rica's request for new provisional measures, in two cases before the Court involving the San Juan River, on Oct. 14-17, 2013. Read the cases and watch the hearings.
  • University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and McGeorge School of Law hosted a Medicare Outreach and Health Fair on the pacific McGeorge campus on Oct. 26. Melissa Brown, clinical fellow Katherine Roe '12, and clinical education staff co-organized and staffed the event.
  • The Pacific McGeorge Global Center hosted a meeting through the International Jurist Series with Lidija Nedelkova, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia, and Vladimir Panchevski, Chief Judge of Basic Court Skopje 1-Skopje on Oct. 3, 2013.
  • Monica Sharum has been invited by Thomson Reuters to join their Westlaw Fall 2013 Advisory Board, which is composed of members from law schools and large law firms across the country.
  • Michael Vitiello spoke about "Are We on the Road to Legalizing Marijuana" at a Northern California Association of Law Librarians meeting on Sept. 12, 2013.
  • Brian Landsberg spoke about the Federal Government's Role in Lee v. Macon County Board of Education, the case that led to the desegregation of Tuskegee High School in Macon County, at the Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center. The Center and Auburn University co-sponsored a Symposium on Tuskegee 1963, commemorating the 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Tuskegee, Ala. on Aug. 23, 2013.
  • Leslie Gielow Jacobs and Emily Garcia Uhrig gave the annual Supreme Court in Review lunch presentation for the Sacramento Federal Bar Association on Aug. 6, 2013.
  • Melissa Brown testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee on July 3, 2013, in support of AB 477, a bill that amends the civil code, government code and welfare and institution code by including notaries public as mandatory reporters for elder abuse.
  • Gerald Caplan was named to the Governance Committee of the Children's Legal Center of California.
  • Fred Galves gave the keynote address about the myths and realities of law school at the Pre-Law Society Banquet held at the Golden Eagle Ballroom on the CSU Los Angeles on June 8, 2013.
    • Galves and the Honorable James Mize of the Sacramento County Superior Court spoke about how "Civility and Ethics Matter" at the Women Lawyers of Sacramento June Luncheon on June 27, 2013. Read a summary of the presentation in the July 2013 Women Lawyers of Sacramento newsletter.
  • Clark Kelso spoke about "Leadership and Lawyering" at a Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association (SVPA) meeting on June 11, 2013.
  • Stephen McCaffrey, an elected member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe's implementation committee on the organizations water treaty, attended the inaugural committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on June 5, 2013.
  • Raquel Aldana served on an international team of observers of the genocide trial against de facto head of state Rios Montt, who was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. Aldana contributed a blog post on the Open Society Justice Initiative sponsored website, http://www.riosmontt-trial.org, on May 18, 2013, "718 page Rios Montt judgement released: all eyes on Constitutional Court" about the trial. Read.
  • Michele Finerty, Assistant Director for Technical Services, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 American Association of Law Libraries Volunteer Service Award.
  • Stephen McCaffrey served on a three-person team in Central Asia that visited four of the five Central Asia Republics (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) from April 29-May 5, 2013, with the Deputy Head of the U.N. Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) on a project that involves working with government officials in the Republics to develop a framework agreement on shared water resources.
    • McCaffrey served on a three-person team that led DFID (the British development agency) -funded workshops from May 7-9, 2013, for a group of 25-30 Chinese intellectuals and high government officials on international water law.
  • Francis J. Mootz III gave the keynote speech on May 17, 2013, at Pacific McGeorge's 31st Annual Order of the Coif Congratulatory Luncheon. Thirty-three members of the Class of 2013 were inducted into the honors society.
    • Mootz moderated the Pacific McGeorge Capital Center Lecture, "California Gaming - Implications of Internet and Off Reservation Gaming Activities," on May 23, 2013, at CalChamber in downtown Sacramento. The panel featured four prominent experts in the field of gaming law.
  • Rachael Salcido and Gregory Weber served on a dissertation defense panel on May 14, 2013, with Professor Gabriel Eckstein of Texas Wesleyan, which approved a J.S.D. in International Water Resources for Maria Milanes-Murcia.
  • Melissa Brown, Katherine Roe '12, and clinical education staff organized an Elder Health & Financial Safety Fair, a community event held on-campus on April 6, 2013.
  • Raymond Coletta spoke about "New Developments in California Property Law" at the California State Bar's 32nd Annual Real Property Retreat on April 27, 2013.
  • Michele Finerty coordinated a program on water law with David Sandino, Senior Staff Counsel of the Department of Water Resources, for the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Institute on April 13, 2013.
    • Finerty also moderated a panel discussion on leadership development in a changing law school environment for the American Association of the Law Libraries Webinar Series on April 18, 2013.
  • Lawrence Levine appeared on a panel at UC Davis School of Law, "The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Marriage Equality: Reading the Tea Leaves," on April 4, 2013.
  • John Sims, Leslie Gielow Jacobs, and Lawrence Levine spoke at an on-campus forum about the two same-sex marriage case oral arguments heard before the Supreme Court and predictions on what the future holds on April 15, 2013.
  • Lawrence Levine spoke to a crowd of law students at George Washington University School of Law about the Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases on March 26.
  • John E.B. Myers organized a free on-campus workshop to help individuals take the first steps toward getting a divorce in Sacramento County on March 1, 2013. The workshops are held the first Friday of every month.
  • Blake Nordahl and Raquel Aldana organized Pacific McGeorge's collaboration with the UC Davis School of Law and La Raza Law Students Association's Cesar Chavez Day of Service immigration service events. Other collaborators were California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and University of the Pacific in Stockton. The first of two naturalization workshops to assist eligible lawful permanent residents to apply for United States Citizenship was held on March 30 at the SIEU Local 1000 office in Sacramento. The second will be held on April 13 at University of the Pacific in Stockton. More than 100 applicants were served at the March 30 workshop by dozens of volunteer attorneys and law students, including at least 10 Pacific McGeorge students ranging from first year to LL.M., and several alumni.
  • Linda Carter and John Sims spoke on "Equal Protection in Public Education: From Mendez v. Westminster to U.S. v. Alabama," on Feb. 8, 2013, at the Operation Protect & Defend Annual MCLE Luncheon in Sacramento.
  • Michael Colatrella spoke at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry about negotiation on Feb. 6 and again about conflict resolution on Feb. 13, 2013 during the school's one-hour selective.
  • Brian Landsberg and Mary-Beth Moylan spoke at an on-campus forum, "The Attack on Voting Rights in America," sponsored by the student American Constitution Society on Feb. 27, 2013. Landsberg was one of the signers of an amicus curiae brief filed in the Shelby County voting rights case in the Supreme Court on behalf of some former officials of the Department of Justice.
  • Larry Levine was an organizer and panel speaker at an on-campus forum, "Prop 8, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Supreme Court," which was sponsored by the McGeorge Lambda Law Students, SacLEGAL, the Stonewall Democratic Club of Sacramento and the UC Davis Lambda Law Students.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y in January 2013.
  • Mike Mireles was the key organizer of Pacific McGeorge's 2nd Annual IP Week, which featured a variety of presentations including panelist appearances Amy Landers, John Sprankling and adjunct professors Thomas Brierton and Joshua Golka, '05, on Feb. 4, 2013, discussing "An Academic Perspective on IP."
  • Francis J. Mootz III was the keynote speaker on Feb. 6, 2013, at the San Joaquin County Bar Association Annual New Layers Reception in Stockton. He welcomed recent California bar passers, including several Pacific McGeorge graduates, into the profession.
  • Fred Galves spoke on "Why Civility & Ethics Matter" on Jan. 30, 2013 at an MCLE luncheon program sponsored by the Saint Thomas More Society of Sacramento and the La Raza Lawyers Foundation in Sacramento.
  • Robert Hawley lectured on "Professional Responsibility Traps for the Unwary" on Jan. 12, 2013, and on Jan. 26 at MCLE programs sponsored by the McGeorge Alumni Association in Long Beach and Sacramento, respectively.
  • John Sims spoke on "Trading for a New 'Model'? — The Unfinished Effort to Harmonize California's Rules of Professional Conduct with the ABA Model Rules" on Jan. 12, 2013 at the McGeorge Alumni Association's Southern California MCLE program in Long Beach.
  • Kojo Yelpaala and Omar Dajani served on a dissertation defense panel on April 16 with retired World Bank lawyer Salman M.A. Salman, which approved a J.S.D. in International Water Resources for Rodrigo Rondon.
  • Greg Weber and Michael Colatrella conducted a three-day (April 27-29), on-campus Advanced Negotiation Workshop for attorneys and other professionals.
  • Raquel Aldana directed Pacific McGeorge's 4th Annual Summer Inter-America Program, which was held from May 26 to June 16 in Antigua, Guatemala. She also co-taught Legal Spanish for Lawyers at the program, which is co-sponsored by the Seattle University School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
  • Jerry Caplan accepted an appointment to the board of the Children's Law Center, which is responsible for representation of dependent children in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
  • Brian Landsberg and Dorothy Landsberg conducted a two-day (May 14-15) training, sponsored by the U.S. Russia Foundation, at the University of Arizona School of Law. The training was part of the foundation's Siberian Federal University Legal Education Project, introducing experiential legal education methods to SFU.
  • Steve McCaffrey served as the external examiner on a PhD. dissertation defense panel on June 6 at the University of Dundee.
  • Michael Malloy was appointed an executive member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, an interdisciplinary research organization based in Athens, Greece, on June 23.
  • Leslie Jacobs was a speaker at a rally on June 13 on the steps of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse to call attention to the adverse effects of deep funding cuts to the state judicial system that are included in the governor's proposed budgets.
  • Fred Galves taught "Comparative Litigation in the Americas" from May 26 to June 16 in the Summer Inter-America Program in Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Dorothy Landsberg's 90-minute video was added to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library oral history collection on June 28. In 1974, she was a researcher for the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment investigation into the Watergate scandal.
  • Cary Bricker, Matt Downs and Brian Landsberg traveled to China in early June to complete an evaluation of the rollout of the law school's USAID project at eight different Chinese law schools. Cary was in China from June 2-9 while Matt and Brian worked on the wrap-up of the five-year long experiential learning program from June 2-16. They also participated in three different conferences in three different cities.
  • Kimberly Buchholz and Mariam Elmenshawi organized an on-campus workshop, "The ABC's of Representing Victims of Crime," which was held on June 22. They are the new director and assistant director, respectively, of the Victims of Crime Resource Center.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was elected to a three-year term on the Association of Legal Writing Directors governing board on April 1.