Maria Milanes Murcia
Student in the J.S.D. International Water Resources Law program
Hometown: Murcia, Spain
Undergraduate: Murcia University
Born and raised in Murcia, Spain, Maria Milanes Murcia's legal career began when decided she wanted to protect the environment. She saw law as the best way to do that and so, in 1999, she enrolled at Murcia University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Law. While a law student, Maria moved to Italy, where she studied law at Università degli studi Roma Tre and Universitá degli studi di Pisa on an Erasmus Grant. After graduation, she decided to pursue further studies in the field of environmental economics at New Mexico State University. Maria can speak, read and write in Italian, Spanish and English.
In May 2009, Maria was awarded Most Outstanding Oral Presentation at a student competition in Anchorage, Alaska for her presentation of a paper about Water Resources in Sudan. She has made many international presentations in the world focusing on the issues of international water law and resources. Further, Maria was on a Telemundo TV show about the Victims of Crime Resource Center.
Maria has been employed in various law offices and departments during her legal career. She worked for the Natural Resource Agency and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Sacramento, California as a Legal Clerk and Research Manager. She also worked as a Professor at California State University, Sacramento teaching U.S. Environmental Law, as well as international environmental law issues. Additionally, Maria was a legal intern at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Legal Services in Rome, Italy.
In addition to her studies, Maria is working as the consultant at the Victims of Crime Resource Center at McGeorge and as a Legal and Teaching Assistant for Professor Stephen McCaffrey.
Maria decided to join McGeorge because of Professor McCaffrey's J.S.D. Program. She appreciates the opportunity to study at McGeorge and enjoys working with Professor McCaffrey. She feels that her colleagues at the law school are like family. Her favorite place at McGeorge is the library. After graduation, Maria plans to enter academia and work for the United Nations on matters pertaining to water law and natural resources.