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Professors Karrigan Börk, Jennifer Harder, John Kirlin, and Emily Whelan Parento

Professors Karrigan Börk, Emily Whelan Parento, Jennifer Harder and John Kirlin

McGeorge Welcomes New Faculty

August 31, 2015

Tags: Faculty & Scholarship, 2015, News

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, welcomed four new faculty members to campus this fall. Our newest teacher-scholars broaden our ability to offer interdisciplinary Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Law programs, as well as dual degrees and cross-listed courses in our new Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration programs. Please welcome Professors Karrigan Börk, Jennifer Harder, John Kirlin, and Emily Whelan Parento to McGeorge.

Emily Whelan Parento

Associate Professor of Law and Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar
Associate Professor of Law Emily Whelan Parento's scholarly focus is domestic health law and policy. She was most recently executive director at the Office of Health Policy for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where she advised the administration of Governor Steven L. Beshear during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Professor Parento has written in both national and global health law and policy, examining issues such as the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health disparities, legal strategies to strengthen health equity, and global trends in obesity-related regulation. Before her government service, Professor Parento held a fellowship at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Earlier in her career she served as a federal judicial clerk and practiced litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and California.


John J. Kirlin

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin is the founding director of McGeorge's Public Policy Program, which offers two degrees: Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration.  Dr. Kirlin is the author of some 100 articles, chapters and monographs and 13 books. His honors include election as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Kirlin has served as a consultant to the state of California on matters ranging from species protection to oversight of local government debt and the interface of energy and environmental policies. He also served as Executive Director of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, making recommendations to the California Fish and Game Commission for protection of marine life along the California coast, and as Executive Director of Delta Vision, foundational work for a major water and ecosystem package of legislation reform enacted in 2009.


Karrigan Börk

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Karrigan Börk has a dual appointment in both the law school and in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at University of the Pacific. Dr. Börk's research concerns environmental law, natural resources law, and administrative law, focusing on the interplay of law and science. Dr. Börk graduated with distinction and pro bono distinction from Stanford Law School in 2009, and completed his Ph.D. dissertation in ecology at UC Davis in September 2011. His dissertation addressed fish genetics, minimum instream flows, and reintroductions of endangered species, and he plans to continue his research in those areas. Dr. Börk clerked for Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Mary Beck Briscoe, U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson, and, most recently, Judge Janice Karlin on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas.

Jennifer Harder

Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills
Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills Jennifer Harder is an expert in water resources law who, as an attorney and partner with Downey Brand LLP, one of the region's largest law firms, represented public agencies on water and environmental matters. Prior to private practice, Professor Harder served as a law clerk to Justice Alexander O. Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the Water Leaders Program at the Water Education Foundation and a member of the steering committee for the Anne J. Schneider Memorial Foundation, an organization dedicated to furthering the legacy of a pioneering female water attorney whose life work focused on innovative solutions to California and Western water challenges. In addition to her scholarly articles, Professor Harder is co-author of Cases and Materials on Water Law, 9th ed. (West American Casebook Series, 2014).