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Leadership for a New Era Michael Hunter Schwartz brings an exciting vision to his role as the 10th dean of the McGeorge School of Law
Mock Trial program takes top honors
The NoĂŤl M. Ferris Endowed Scholarship
Professor Stephen McCaffrey: 2017 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate
Planned giving Help McGeorge Prepare Lawyers for the Future Our alumni have benefited from the support of past generations, as the McGeorge lawyers of the future will benefit from the generosity of alumni today.
Art Scotland, ‘74; Pat Tweedy, ’81; and Dominique Pollara led the effort to encourage alumni and friends to fund the Noël M. Ferris Endowed Scholarship, created this summer
Find out how your gift can make an impact on McGeorge students by contacting Mindy Danovaro, assistant dean, development, at mdanovaro@ pacific.edu or 916.340.6096 or Sally Cebreros, development officer, at scebreros @pacific.edu or 916.739.7391.
in honor of our dear 1979 alumna who passed away in May of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Ferris inspired and mentored generations of trial attorneys, and her memory and scholarship will inspire and support generations to come.
Noël M. Ferris, pictured left and above, third from left.
Centers of Distinction (Advocacy Center, Capital Center and Global Center) Legal Clinics McGeorge Fund Public Policy and Public Administration Scholarships and Endowments (with Powell Match Funds available)
features 10 Welcome Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz McGeorgeâ€™s 10th dean, a world-renowned expert in legal pedagogy, brings an exciting new vision to the law school.
14 Training Future Trial Lawyers The nationally ranked McGeorge Mock Trial program is a resounding success story.
departments 4 From the Alumni Board President
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5 News Briefs
Stockholm Water Prize awarded to Professor Stephen McCaffrey by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden; Dean of Students Mary McGuire retires; Moot Court program ranked 12th in nation; immigration fair aids local DACA applicants; and more.
18 Class Action
News and notes about your classmates and friends.
26 Honor Roll of Donors
McGeorge is deeply grateful to these individuals and organizations for their generous support.
30 The Last Word
Renowned trial attorney Dan Wilcoxen, â€™72, discusses the importance of hard work, lifelong education and his love of teaching liens.
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A Message from Your Alumni Board President
am honored to introduce the Winter edition of Pacific Law magazine. I have served on the board of the McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association for over seven years, the last two as your Alumni Association president. Since I graduated in 2008, our profession has faced significant challenges. However, over these years, I have seen McGeorge faculty, staff, alumni and students rise up to meet these challenges. In the tradition of greatness, this issue provides you with an introduction to McGeorge’s next fearless leader, Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz. I am confident that Dean Schwartz will continue the traditions of charisma, innovation and excellence of McGeorge’s previous deans. His views for the future will inspire readers to believe that great things are yet to come for our beloved law school. This issue also highlights the ongoing success of our Mock Trial program and the accomplishments of McGeorge alumni. McGeorge has been a key ingredient in my success as an attorney. My legal training allowed me to advance in my career, while never forgetting that, as a lawyer, I have the opportunity to remake the lives of my clients. As a partner at Young, Minney & Corr, LLP, I have the privilege of working with numerous McGeorge alumni to serve charter schools across the state. My colleagues serve as daily reminders that our law school grounds students in the ethical practice of law, while empowering them to serve others. The practical and challenging education we received supports our mission to be champions of outstanding choices in public education for all children. McGeorge is the bedrock of my ability to serve my clients, and I am grateful for this opportunity to say thank you in a public forum. I look forward to McGeorge’s continued progress and renewed growth under the leadership of Dean Schwartz. Indeed, I hope this issue reminds all readers of the value of your legal education, while exciting you about the future of the McGeorge School of Law. Megan M. Moore, ’08 Alumni Association President and Partner at Young, Minney & Corr, LLP
About Pacific Law Pacific Law magazine is published by the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Marketing and Communications Department. 3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817 916.739.7152 — McGeorge School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and the Order of the Coif, and is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California. Editor Bethany Daniels, Director of Marketing — Editorial Committee Michael Hunter Schwartz, Dean Mindy Danovaro, Assistant Dean, Development Elisa Levy, Assistant Dean, Administration and Strategic Planning Molly Stafford, Director, Career Development Angelique Keys-Ellis, Director, Alumni Relations and Engagement — Contributors Samina Azizi, Stevey Clement, Joanna Corman, Mike Curran, Mary Econome, Vanessa Errecarte, Casandra Fernandez, Nou Her — Photography Jonas Berg, Jaslyn Gilbert, Isabella Hannon, Nou Her, H. Rosner, Anne Stokes, Steve Yeater — Publisher and Designer Diablo Custom Publishing © 2017 University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Paul Dassenko, ’82, at Commencement 2017
Alumnus Elected to Board of Regents
aul Dassenko, ’82, an international arbitrator, has
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been elected to the University of the Pacific’s Board of Regents. His term began July 1. Dassenko is the CEO and president of Risk Transfer Underwriting Inc., which he founded in 2011. He has been appointed to more than 250 arbitrations in the United States, South America, the United Kingdom, Bermuda, Singapore and Dubai. In 1989, he was tapped to oversee asset recovery of more than
$4.5 billion in the largest property-casualty insurance company insolvency of the 1980s. Dassenko also serves on the law school’s International Board of Advisors and attended a July gathering to introduce new Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz to European alumni and visit with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and his wife, Mary. Dassenko gave the McGeorge commencement address in May.
Law Review Symposium Discusses Water Rights The University of the Pacific Law Review Symposium was held on Nov. 3, 2017, on the McGeorge campus. Dr. Peter Gleick, president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, was the keynote speaker at the event, which dealt with the topic “The Human Right to Water: Turning Principles Into Action.” Professor Jennifer Harder organized the symposium. Watch videos of the panel presentations and learn more at go.mcgeorge.edu/lawreview.
Professor Jennifer Harder
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Marijuana Law Expert Michael Vitiello to Co-Author Casebook
arijuana law is one of the fastest-growing areas of legal specialization. McGeorge Distinguished Professor of Law Michael Vitiello taught a seminar on marijuana during spring semester 2017, joining a handful of professors around the country who teach courses on marijuana law. Professor Vitiello recently signed a contract with West Academic Publishing to co-author a casebook on the topic; his co-authors, Michigan Law
Professor Michael Vitiello at law review symposium on marijuana.
Professors Howard Bromberg and Mark Osbeck, have already published Marijuana in a Nutshell. Professor Vitiello also taught a course on American Criminal Law: Recent Developments this spring at University of Parma, Italy. In addition to giving lectures around Italy on issues involving legalization of marijuana, he testified on June 8 in the Parliament in Rome on those same topics.
Adjunct Professor Diane Boyer-Vine (left) with McGeorge alumni who have served in California’s Office of Legislative Counsel.
The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy’s Under the Dome Award Celebration—held on June 7 at the California State Capitol—honored alumni who have served in California’s Office of Legislative Counsel. The annual award recognizes the contributions of McGeorge students and alumni to the making, implementation and understanding of California law. McGeorge Adjunct Professor Diane Boyer-Vine, legislative counsel at the Office of Legislative Counsel, received a Distinguished Service Award as well. The event also celebrated the publication of the University of the Pacific Law Review Volume 48 Greensheets issue evaluating newly enacted California laws; this year’s student writers and their bill topics were introduced by Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli, ’92, principal at the governmental relations and advocacy firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.
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Celebration Honors Office of Legislative Counsel Alumni
Water Prize Awarded to Professor McCaffrey
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H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, patron of the Stockholm Water Prize, presented the 2017 Stockholm Water Prize to Distinguished Professor of Law Stephen McCaffrey on Aug. 30, during the 2017 World Water Week in Stockholm. Professor McCaffrey was named 2017 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his unparalleled contribution to the evolution and progressive realization of international water law. A member of the McGeorge faculty since 1977, Professor McCaffrey is a widely respected authority on international water law, and his work continues to influence scholars, legal practitioners and policymakers, as well as contributes to the sustainable and peaceful management of shared waters. He is the only lawyer to have ever received the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. Professor McCaffrey was named the Carol Olson Endowed Professor of International Law on Nov. 3 during the University of the Pacific Law Review Symposium.
Professor Stephen McCaffrey and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
McGeorge faculty members have authored leading casebooks that are used in more than 188 law schools across the nation and internationally. Their work appears in top law reviews, journals and books. Read about recently published scholarship at McGeorge.edu.
Dean of Students Mary McGuire, ’83, and Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz
Dean of Students Mary McGuire Retires Dean of Students Mary McGuire, ’83, retired on Sept. 8, after 13 years of service. She started working at McGeorge in 2005 as a student services counselor. Dean McGuire previously practiced law for 20 years in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The campus community signed a commemorative image of the law school’s entrance and gathered on Sept. 7 to “Dance Dean McGuire into Retirement.” Jennifer Carr is the new dean of students. Thanks to Dean McGuire for her service!
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Focused Decisions Grows in Prominence
ocused Decisions, a McGeorge program, has grown to become one of the nation’s premier litigation consulting firms since its inception in 2012. Focused Decisions provides cutting-edge litigation consulting services to clients in cities across the country, including New York, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Portland, Princeton and throughout California. Focused Decisions has extensive experience working on cases involving excessive force, personal injury, constitutional law and employment law. In a landmark victory, Focused Decisions played an essential role in achieving a unanimous verdict in a high-profile whistleblowing legislation case, an unprecedented result in the state of New Mexico. Retained to provide a full complement of services including a mock trial, theme and theory analysis, and jury research, Focused Decisions quickly became an integral element of a winning formula. In another successful collaboration, Focused Decisions partnered with a well-respected trial team in defense of a
law enforcement agency to run a mock trial, conduct witness preparation and select a jury that returned a defense verdict after just two hours of deliberation. At a time defined by a particularly fractious atmosphere surrounding law enforcement, the Focused Decisions team felt particular pride in helping to defend an officer who made a series of morally and legally commendable decisions. Looking to the future, Focused Decisions will continue to emphasize expanding a nationwide client base by working in tandem with a thriving network of McGeorge alumni. Additionally, the team’s commitment to providing experiential learning opportunities to current McGeorge students is unwavering. The firsthand experience of working with clients on high-profile cases is the kind of unique opportunity available only to students of the McGeorge School of Law, leaving them well-prepared to hit the ground running in their nascent legal careers. Find out more at focuseddecisions.com.
Justice Kennedy Marks 27 Years Teaching in Salzburg to the Supreme Court in 1988. Prior to his appointment, Justice Kennedy practiced law in Sacramento and, beginning in 1965, taught Constitutional Law as a member of the McGeorge faculty. Members of the McGeorge International Board of Advisors attended a reception with new Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz during the summer program in Salzburg. Professor Christine Manolakas; Keith Pershall, LL.M. ’95; Nora Klug, LL.M. ’01; Gordian Hasselblatt, LL.M. ’95; Michael Wohlgemuth, LL.M. ’08; Hansjurgen Schnur, LL.M. ’91; Rainer Lukits, LL.M. ’09; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy; Walter Unzeitig, LL.M. ’08; Svetlana Petroff, LL.M. ’91; Christian Mittermair, LL.M. ’16; Meinard Kuenberg, LL.M. ’96; and Kayvan Jebelli, ’08.
U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy taught his 27th year in the McGeorge summer program in Salzburg, Austria, in July 2017. He co-taught the course Freedom of Expression in Europe and the U.S. with Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, professor of European and human rights law at Oxford University School of Law. President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Kennedy
Moot Court Program Ranked 12th in Nation The McGeorge Moot Court program is ranked 12th in the annual rankings compiled by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center for the 2016-2017 season. For the 2017-2018 season, the Moot Court team will enter 11 competitions. Professor Ed Telfeyan, â€™75, directs the program. The fall competitions began in October with the Thomas Tang Moot Court (Western Regional), followed by the San Diego National Criminal Procedure, the Chicago Bar
The 2017-2018 Moot Court team. Front row, from left: Brittany Hart, Melody Aguilar, Ashley Vasquez, Marissa Otteson, Vilma Casanova, Sue Vang, Conrad Harder, Bryce Fick, Katie Hulse, Callie Buck, Christopher Yoo and My Tien Doan. Back row: Anete Millers, Chris Benton, Morgan Hendley, Michael Laino, Joann HortaBaez, Garrett Seuell, Kristin Stallings, Tyler Horn, Kynsie Lovell, Dannica Molina, Professor Ed Telfeyan, Alexis Holmes, Mary Varni, Anthony Abdelsayed, Rachel Dunham, Timothy Keaton, Hunter McMillan, Paige Davidson and Sophia Allard.
Association Moot Court and the New York National Moot Court (Region 12) in November. The spring competitions will be the Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court Competition, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court (Regional), the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court (Regional), the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (Regional), the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court and the UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court Competition.
McGeorge Helps Future Citizens at Annual Fair
Professor Blake Nordahl organized the ninth annual Immigration Fair.
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cGeorge hosted its ninth annual Immigration Fair on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the campus Student Center and Quad. More than 75 volunteers provided free legal services to 40 people. The focus of this yearâ€™s fair was helping people with naturalization applications. Professor Blake Nordahl, the supervising attorney in the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, organized the community service event. More than 1,200 community members in total have been helped with free immigration services through the nine fairs McGeorge has hosted since 2008.
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Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz The 10th Dean of McGeorge, a world-renowned expert in legal pedagogy, brings an exciting new vision to the law school
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he path to a law school deanship seldom features scholarship on legal pedagogy itself. Yet Michael Hunter Schwartz, who recently assumed the helm at McGeorge, has dedicated his scholarly efforts to that very area. Schwartz’s study of—and specific recommendations for—teaching law, passing the bar and mentoring new lawyers promise to inform his work as McGeorge’s 10th dean. “He’s a perfect fit for McGeorge, with his track record of revitalizing curriculum and supporting law students for success,” says McGeorge’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Colatrella Jr. “He’s an expert on what truly prepares new lawyers for success.” On July 1, Dean Schwartz took over from Dean Francis J. Mootz III. Schwartz left his prior post as dean and professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Previously, he served on the faculties at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas; Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina; and Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. A California native raised in Palos Verdes, he studied at
UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and earned his J.D. at UC Hastings College of the Law. While serving as dean at Arkansas, Schwartz helped boost the school onto the U.S. News & World Report top 100 list for peer reputation among law schools, an accomplishment that he said was driven by unconventional methods. “To get the word out about excellence, I like to do things that are genuine and not so obviously self-aggrandizing,” he says. Schwartz looks for ways to compile and publish best practices in teaching and curriculum design and then to brand those compilations as a product of his institution. In addition, he has conducted hundreds of training programs on legal pedagogy at law schools throughout the United States and across the globe, and he uses each speaking opportunity to raise the profile of his institution.
Raising the Bar Spreading the word about McGeorge should be easy, he says, given the quality and achievements of its affiliated judges, CEOs, top legal experts and award-winning faculty, not to mention U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s regular teaching
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Books by Dean Schwartz • Remedies: A Context and Practice Casebook (co-authored with Barbara Wilson and Gregory Bowman) (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2019)
• What the Best New Lawyers Do (with co-authors) (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2019)
• What the Best Law Mentors Do (with co-authors) (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2019)
• Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts II (co-authored with Sophie Sparrow and Gerry Hess) (Carolina Academic Press, 2017)
• Teaching Law by Design II (co-authored with Sophie Sparrow and Gerry Hess) (Carolina Academic Press, 2016)
• Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook (co-authored with Adrian Walters) (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2015)
• Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook Teacher’s Manual (coauthored with Adrian Walters) (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2015)
• What the Best Law Teachers Do (co-authored with Sophie Sparrow and Gerry Hess) (Harvard University Press, 2013)
• Techniques for Teaching Law II (co-authored with Sophie Sparrow, Steve Friedland and Gerry Hess) (Carolina Academic Press, 2011)
• Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts (co-authored with Sophie Sparrow and Gerry Hess) (Carolina Academic Press, 2010)
• Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook (co-authored with Denise Riebe) (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)
• Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook Teacher’s Manual (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)
• Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students From the Syllabus to the Final Exam (co-authored with Sophie Sparrow and Gerry Hess) (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)
• Expert Learning for Law Students (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2008)
• Expert Learning for Law Students Workbook (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2008)
• Pass the Bar! (co-authored with Denise Riebe) (Carolina Academic Press, 2006)
• Pass the Bar! Teacher’s Manual (co-authored with Denise Riebe) (Carolina Academic Press, 2006)
appointment at McGeorge’s summer program in Salzburg, Austria. “We are underexposed to the national community,” Schwartz says. “I’m going to work with alumni, faculty, students and staff to get out a great message.” That message stresses what McGeorge is already excelling at, beginning with the experiential component of the curriculum. Schwartz would like to make McGeorge the only West Coast law school to require that students have two experiences in either clinics or externships before graduating. As a staunch proponent of experiential learning, Schwartz believes that the acquisition of practical, real-world skills will be a distinguishing factor for prospective law students. “There’s no substitute for getting on-the-ground training before you get your J.D.,” he says. Schwartz also sees technology training in practical areas such as website design, data analytics and social media marketing as key tools for tomorrow’s lawyers. While he was at Arkansas, Schwartz organized the first-ever legal hack-a-thon for the region, during which students and programmers developed apps to solve legal problems. “Students have to develop skills that will offer advantages to their future employers,” he says. Schwartz believes that if McGeorge graduates are able to help a small firm enhance its website, increase operational efficiencies and develop social media communications protocols, they will be attractive prospective employees. Alumni-student mentoring is also a big emphasis for Schwartz, and under his direction, McGeorge has already launched a mentoring program integrated into the law school’s innovative professional course. “We are building a mentor database from our bank of more than 13,000 alumni that students can select from,” he says. The idea is that every student will be able to benefit from the advice of a successful professional in the course of earning his or her J.D. Additionally, Schwartz is committed to increasing bar passage rates (McGeorge
Dean Schwartz (center) at the Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court 30th Anniversary Gala with Greg Porter, ’13; Alyssa Carroll, ’13; UOP President Pamela A. Eibeck; and William D. Jeffery.
had a 61 percent bar passage rate in 2016; the statewide average for the same year was 62 percent). He co-authored a book that has been adopted by dozens of law schools called Pass the Bar! (Carolina Academic Press, 2006, with Denise Riebe), and he is currently completing a second edition. In addition to strengthening the bar preparation program, Schwartz also intends to launch an employer survey to identify what Sacramento-area and national employers are looking for in new law school graduates. “We want to make sure McGeorge graduates possess the skills and knowledge sought by legal employers,” he says. He also wants to enrich the school’s relationship to the surrounding region by offering more community-based legal clinics. “It is important to get out and expand how the law school is of service,” he says. “Students and lawyers can draft wills for first responders, or go to hospitals and write advance directives for patients.”
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Golden State and Beyond Coming back to California has been a welcome move, despite the heat of Sacramento summers. It helps that the political climate is perhaps a bit cooler. “I’m thrilled to be back in my home state where I don’t need to edit myself all the time,” he admits. “Even people who disagree with me have welcomed me with open arms.” Schwartz is delighted with how Sacramento has changed in recent years, from its incredible food culture to its rich
cultural offerings. “I can feed my serious addiction to great coffee here!” he says with a grin. His wife, a former community college dean, directs a nonprofit that develops apps for people with brain injuries. The couple has two daughters, one of whom is starting her senior year of college at Hendrix College in Arkansas; the other is working for a research professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Schwartz relishes his role as a dad and boasts that he can do any girl’s hairstyle upon request. “Cowgirl braids? Flat iron? I’ve got the skills, but now with my daughters grown up, I’m pretty useless,” he jokes. Hair-dressing aside, Schwartz plans to continue his scholarship on successful legal pedagogy; one of his recent articles examines ways to improve teaching in law schools. He also intends to keep up his international law professor training. Schwartz has previously conducted
training at the only all-women’s law school in Saudi Arabia, and trained professors from Iran, the Republic of Georgia, Chile and U.S. military academies. While in Arkansas, he set up collaborative relationships with law schools in Taiwan, Poland and Mexico, and he’s hoping to similarly extend McGeorge’s international outreach. Across all the different locales and institutions, Schwartz has found that good teaching is fundamentally the same. “When people write about the best teachers they have ever had, they all identify the same qualities,” he says. He published his findings in his 2013 book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press), which included McGeorge Professor Cary Bricker as one of the 26 “best law teachers” in the United States for the exceptional impact she has had on her students. “You walk into a meeting with Bricker, and she makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room,” Schwartz says. “You want to live up to her image of who you are and who you can be.” The same might be said of Schwartz, who is congenial, funny and a self-proclaimed extrovert. He is especially keen to connect with alumni, who should feel able to reach out to him. In fact, he has already hosted alumni events in Washington, D.C.; New York; Nevada; and Salzburg. “It’s always a pleasure for me to hang out with them,” he says. “Together we can get on board to give this law school the ranking it deserves.”
Dean Schwartz speaks at the 2017 McGeorge Orientation Oath of Professionalism Reception.
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Future Trial Lawyers
Dedicated alumni and faculty help make McGeorgeâ€™s Mock Trial program a resounding success story
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ason Schaff, ’06, and Brandon Takahashi, ’06, were still waiting for their bar results when they returned to McGeorge in the fall semester of 2006, this time not as students but as coaches. The former Mock Trial teammates and 2006 National Trial Competition regional winners and national quarterfinalists were so gung-ho about the law school’s Mock Trial program they couldn’t wait to train the students preparing for the next year’s competitions. “I wanted law school to be more than just book learning, and that’s what I got from my Mock Trial experience,” Schaff says. “I was so grateful that I was able to give that opportunity to others.” Takahashi echoes the sentiment: “I wanted to be a helpful resource to students, just like my coaches were to me when I was in school.” Eleven years later, the two of them are still at it. Schaff, now a name partner at boutique railroad/transportation firm Flesher Schaff & Schroeder in Rocklin, practices law with firm founder Jake Flesher, himself a former team member and outstanding Mock Trial coach. Even while trying complex cases, he and Flesher still find time to assist McGeorge teams before they head out to competitions. Takahashi, a partner at 450-lawyer firm Hinshaw & Culbertson in Los Angeles, worked as a coach until 2011 and serves on the board of directors of the McGeorge Alumni Association. He was also recently appointed a member of the McGeorge Advocacy Board.
Professor Cary Bricker, director of the Mock Trial program and co-director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, attributes the success of the program to McGeorge graduates who, like Schaff and Takahashi, want to give back. “We almost exclusively draw our coaches from a pool of former trial team champions who go on to become successful trial lawyers, like Megan Baker, now a partner at Downey Brand,” Bricker notes. “Many of them feel that our program laid the foundation for their careers, and they want to see new lawyers achieve similar success. Coaching is labor intensive, yet we are able to attract the best of the best among our graduates.”
The Mock Trial 2017-2018 team and coaches. Back row: Neema Molavi, David Aguiano, Uri Grant, Davis Adams, Chelsea Givens, Kelli Tong, Tariq Boulad, Tiffani Thomas, Mariella Cohen, Allison Wieder, Dylan Marques, Tiffany Sala, Ashley DeGuzman, Gage Marchini, Albert Mendoza and Alyssa Malinoski. Front row: Keith Hill, ’98; Professor Cary Bricker; Andrea Morris, ’14; Teal Ericson, ’13; Thien Ho, ’98; and Zachary Schultz.
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foundation for their careers, and they want to see new trial lawyers achieve similar success.
—professor Cary Bricker
Top Honors for Trial Advocacy For the past 10 years, McGeorge has been consistently ranked as one of the best schools for Trial Advocacy. In the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, McGeorge is ranked the 10th best law school in the country for its Trial Advocacy program. This prestigious honor has raised the school’s reputation nationally and has made McGeorge a top choice for students who aspire to be trial lawyers. The fact that practicing attorneys, themselves former Mock Trial stars, dedicate their time to coaching the teams and preparing students for successful careers helps account for the program’s continued success, Bricker adds. Sacramento Deputy District Attorneys Keith Hill, ’96, and Thien Ho, ’98, have been coaching for nearly 10 years and have become a perennial presence at many of the national competitions the students participate in. Last year, Hill and Ho took teams to three competitions and brought them all the way to the final rounds. Hill also teaches a semester-long negotiation class with Professor Bricker called the Art of Plea Bargaining. “Coaching is a difficult job, but I love it,” Hill says. “There’s nothing better than seeing our students display their excellent skills in competitions. It helps that coaches teach what they do; while actively trying cases ourselves, we share with our students the skills needed to compete successfully.” Coaches spend several hours, three to four times a week, preparing students for competition, but the influence they exert on students’ professional development
extends well beyond the time spent at school. Many of the coaches also serve as career counselors and job sponsors when team members graduate. Students are often hired soon after graduating through referrals from, or direct recruitment by, their coaches. The result is that graduates of the Mock Trial team program have close to a 100 percent employment rate in the legal field, the majority of whom become litigators, according to Bricker. Heather Phillips, ’17, one of the school’s recent Mock Trial graduates, was encouraged by her coaches to apply for a job at the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office. Phillips received the 2017 Ferris-White Prize for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, funded by McGeorge alumni and former Mock Trial team stars R. Parker White, ’80, and the late Noël Ferris, ’79. Ferris and White’s own experiences while Trial Advocacy students at McGeorge inspired them to create an annual prize for the graduating student who demonstrates consistently outstanding Trial Advocacy skills. “One of the biggest benefits is the connection you make while you’re on the team,” Phillips says. “Several of my coaches currently work at the District Attorney’s Office, and they were the ones who convinced me to interview for a job there.” Phillips was immediately offered a job post-bar and started in August. She is now working alongside her former coaches. Faculty Impact Coaches are not the only ones doing the heavy lifting. The support of the administration and faculty has been critical in the success of McGeorge’s Mock Trial program ever since it was founded in 1994.
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Professor Emeritus Joseph Taylor still remembers when he and Professor Michael Sands—the first director of McGeorge’s Trial Advocacy program—came up with the idea of inviting practicing attorneys and judges to preside over student trials. They also invited volunteers from the community to serve as jurors, “giving students a real-life experience,” Taylor recalls. “Both of these practices are still an integral part of the school’s semester-long Trial Advocacy course. Our jurors listen to students try cases and cross-examine witnesses. We even televise their deliberations so students can see how jurors decide their cases.” According to Taylor, whose legendary career both as a prosecutor and public defender made him one of the best Trial Advocacy teachers in the state, the program has come a long way since its earliest days, thanks to strong leadership. “Cary Bricker is absolutely the best professor for this job,” Taylor says. “She is one very key reason why McGeorge has done so well for this long.” The alumni coaches agree, noting that Bricker and Professor Jay Leach—the longtime director of McGeorge’s Trial & Appellate Advocacy Concentration—deserve much credit for the program’s success. “Professor Bricker and Professor Leach have done a phenomenal job building the program,” Takahashi says. Bricker, a former federal public defender in Manhattan and director of Temple University Law School’s Trial Advocacy program, moved to Sacramento after getting engaged to Leach. “The stars aligned in 2005 because there happened to be a Trial Advocacy teaching position opening at the school,” she says. “So I moved west and was thrilled to dig in,” Bricker recalls. In 2006, Bricker and Leach helped establish the first-ever National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC) to promote ethical awareness through the Mock Trial competition format. In his capacity as director of the NETC, Leach has ensured the participation of powerhouse schools from across the country. He also amasses distinguished members of the bench and bar as presiding and scoring judges, as well as members of the Anthony M. Kennedy, Consuelo Callahan and Milton Schwartz Inns of Court. In 2014, the school was asked to participate in Baylor’s Top Gun competition, an invitation-only “iron man” Mock Trial tournament considered one of the toughest in the country. Unlike other Mock Trial competitions, participants do not receive the case file until they arrive in Waco and are given only 24 hours to prepare before the first round begins. The tournament features the best advocates from some of
the top Trial Advocacy schools in the country. Selena Farnesi, ’15, was selected to compete and made it to the semifinal round. She was awarded Most Professional Advocate and was ranked one of the top four advocates in the country. Schaff, who coached Farnesi with the help of Mock Trial team member Kathryne Baldwin, ’16, considers her win one of the highest honors in his career as a coach. “I could not have been prouder to be an alumnus of the program,” he says. Bricker and the school’s stable of coaches are not resting on their laurels, however. This year, in addition to conducting an intensive boot camp for coaches and incoming members of the trial team, the school sponsored new coach Sydne Christensen, ’11—a former Mock Trial star who is now a prosecutor in the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office—to attend a weekend coaching clinic at American University in Washington, D.C. “Our program is coach-driven, so we want to invest in them,” Bricker says. “Trial lawyers are natural teachers. They learn the best techniques and enjoy sharing what they learn with us.” “We compete against schools who have far more resources than we have,” she adds, “but our program remains among the best in the nation because of our excellent students and strong alumni network.”
Above, from left: Professor Cary Bricker; Selena Farnesi, ’15; Professor Jay Leach; Ashley Pane, ’17, with Professor Emeritus Joseph Taylor (right) and his wife Susan; Professor Jay Leach and ABOTA Student Trial Advocate of the Year Kathryne Baldwin, ’16.
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Vernon “Gene” Leverty was sworn in as president of the State Bar of Nevada. The fifth McGeorge alumnus to serve as head of that organization, he is a principal in the Reno firm of Leverty & Associates Chtd.
Lance Olson was honored in the Daily Journal ’s 2017 list of Top 100 Lawyers in California.
1974 William Baker has been selected as an Outstanding Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association.
1981 Salvatore Gugino has joined Boyd Gaming Corp. as vice president and assistant general counsel. He will oversee all aspects of companywide litigation. | Ken Schnoll has been appointed general counsel for the California Department of Insurance.
Bill Thomas joined Downey Brand as of counsel, bringing more than 30 years of environmental law experience.
1982 Jeffrey Mansfield, LL.M., has retired from the U.S. Navy and established his own practice in San Diego, where he will specialize in governmental law, public entity litigation and defense contracting. | Lorraine Walsh has been appointed as chair to the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee by the State Bar Board of Trustees.
1976 The Honorable Kevin Culhane has been honored as the Sacramento County Bar Association’s 2017 Judge of the Year.
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Larry K. Dunn, ‘84, (right) and three fellow Vietnam veteran friends, Lou Solsbury, Bob Martin and Jim Saad, were selected for an Honor Flight over Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.
Judge Mitchell Steinhart was appointed to a New Jersey Superior Court by Gov. Chris Christie. He is a senior attorney for the Bergen County Board of Social Services.
1984 Carl Calnero was sworn in as president of the American Board
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of Trial Advocates Sacramento Valley Chapter on Jan. 24, 2017. He is a shareholder at Porter Scott. | Judge Steven Cranfill retired on July 31 after more than 10 years on the bench.
in the Parker area for more than a quarter-century after beginning his career in the public sector in California. | Harry White has been promoted to attorney IV for the state of California.
Judge Matthew Newman was appointed to the La Paz County Superior Court as the fourth presiding judge by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. He has practiced law
Judge Kathleen Drakulich has been appointed a judgeship to the Second Judicial District Court by Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada.
1987 Tom Hiltachk was honored in the Daily Journal ’s 2017 list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. | Dorothy Landsberg has returned to Community Legal Services as an associate professor of lawyering skills. She will primarily work to establish a Homeless Advocacy Clinic for law students as part of a medicallegal partnership with WellSpace
Max Vargas, ’16, works to make vital community changes By Vanessa Errecarte
ax Vargas, ’16, the senior policy advisor to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, became a lawyer so that he could be a better public servant. His mission: Serve the impoverished and marginalized. Vargas immigrated to the United States from Peru and lived in various communities before he settled in Stockton as an undergraduate student at the University of the Pacific. “As an immigrant, I knew firsthand that the law had great power and could provide awesome opportunities,” says Vargas. “I also knew that obstacles could limit access and representation. I wanted to bridge those divides.” He pursued law school at McGeorge because he was impressed by its reputation for real-world learning. As a McGeorge student, Vargas joined the Justice Bus Project, which sets up free legal clinics for low-income Californians with the help of attorney and law student volunteers. Through the project, Vargas helped clients with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications. “It really brought things full circle for me,” he says. Post-graduation, Vargas served as public affairs manager for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District and then joined Stockton’s Mayor Tubbs in his current position as senior policy advisor. He now strives to be a community change-maker. “I’m currently helping to develop and execute the mayor’s opportunity agenda to reinvent Stockton—a formerly bankrupt city with a history of socioeconomic distress,” says Vargas. “Making lasting headway on the key issues while increasing opportunities for youth will certainly keep me incredibly busy for the foreseeable future.”
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San Diego offices. | Curtis Rindlisbacher joined Baker Manock & Jensen in Fresno, where he will practice estate planning and general business law.
1990 Todd Porter has earned a Master of Public Policy from California State University San Luis Obispo.
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Health. | Henry Sotelo joined the board of directors at Northern Nevada Literacy Council. His three-year term began in March 2017. | Pamela Tondreau joined Cypress Semiconductor Corp. as chief legal officer. | Roy Wesley has been appointed inspector general, responsible for overseeing activities specified in statute at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
1988 Marion Aaron has joined Stewart Title as associate senior underwriting counsel in its San Francisco office. She previously was a partner with Berding & Weil.
1989 Mike Madokoro has been elected managing partner of Bowman and Brooke’s Los Angeles and
John McCardle has joined Cohen Durrett LLP as of counsel. His practice will focus on the representation of business entities and individuals in business and real estate litigation and the defense of employers in employment matters. | Kevin McMurray has been appointed as general counsel at LifeVantage in Salt Lake City, Utah. He previously served as assistant general counsel at USANA Health Sciences since 2004. | Herbert Santos has been honored as the University of Nevada Las Vegas 2017 College of Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year. | Judge Antony Ufland was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. He served as a senior attorney at the county’s Alternative Defender’s Office for more than a decade. | Judge Egan Walker of the Second Judicial District Court, Family Division Washoe County has been elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as secretary of the board of directors.
1992 Judge Carol Henson has been appointed to the Orange County Superior Court by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. | M. Blake Wilson has been appointed assistant professor of criminal justice at California State University, Stanislaus. Wilson recently completed his Ph.D. at Binghamton University, the State University of New York.
1993 John Spangler was appointed deputy secretary of legislation and government relations at the California Department of Veterans Affairs by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. He previously served as chief consultant for the State Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.
1994 Laura Heller graduated from
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Northeastern University’s Doctor of Law and Policy program. She began employment as a lecturer in international relations with the State University of New York Geneseo and Northeastern University this fall.
Melissa Mikesell’s article “And Damned If They Don’t: Prototype Theories to End Punitive Policies Against Pregnant People Living in Poverty” was published in the 2017 symposium issue of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
Elias Hayek joined Squire Patton Boggs LLP as a partner and will work out of its Dubai and London offices. He is a former top legal official for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. | Port Parker is a founding partner of Parker Turner Albright PC. Previously, he was at Radoslovich Parker Turner. | Kenneth Swenson joined the California Department of Consumer Affairs as an attorney.
1996 Ted Bryant was named executive vice president and chief legal officer at SUNZ Holdings, a Florida-based company that specializes in workers’ compensation insurance administration. | Heather Foster has returned to Sacramento to accept a position within the Office of General Counsel at Sutter Health. Prior she served as director of claims and litigation at Stanford Hospital Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
1997 Aura Adams has joined Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP as of counsel after nearly 12 years
Marcy Gutierrez has been promoted to partner at Lozano Smith, where she advises school districts and other educational entities.
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with Fort Myers, Florida–based retailer Chico’s FAS, Inc. | Jennifer Komsky joined Levinson Arshonsky and Kurts LLP as a partner in the employment law division.
2000 Rex Frazier’s article “Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice and Politics” was published in the 2017 symposium issue of the Duquesne Law Review. He is the supervising attorney for the McGeorge Legislative and Public Policy Clinic and the president of the Personal Insurance Federation of California. | Elizabeth Travis joined the Board of Bar Commissioners for the New Mexico State Bar. She has served on the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Arizona State Bar since 2015.
2003 Paula LaBrie, LL.M., was appointed to the California Gambling Control Commission. She is the chief deputy director of the California State Lottery. | Bev Shane retired as director of Tuolumne County’s Community Resources Agency after 35 years of service.
2004 Jan Aune has started the Law Office of Jan Aune. | Marcus Turner is a founding partner of Parker Turner Albright PC. Prior he was at Radoslovich Parker Turner.
Kevin Adams has been certified as a legal specialist in franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is one of only 52
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attorneys to receive this certification. | Annie Amaral was honored as one of Sacramento Business Journal ’s “40 under 40” on Nov. 15, 2017. She is a partner at Downey Brand LLP. | Natalie Zaharov has been appointed to the Flintridge Center board of directors. She is a partner with Hahn & Hahn LLP. | Ryan Seeley was appointed general counsel at the California Department of Housing and
Community Development, where he has been assistant chief counsel since 2016 and served as an attorney from 2010 to 2016.
Anne Collins was promoted to partner at Lozano Smith, where she co-chairs the firm’s facilities and business practice group. | Brandon Takahashi joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as partner in the
Nora Klug, LL.M. ’01, relies on the McGeorge network when creative solutions are required By Bethany Daniels
Los Angeles office. Prior he served as partner and head of labor and employment at ADLI Law Group. | Polly Wilkins has joined Schillings as a senior associate.
Michelle Albright is a founding partner of Parker Turner Albright PC. Prior she was at Radoslovich Parker Turner. | Allison Harvey was honored as one of Sacramento
ora Klug LL.M. ’01, heads the legal and compliance function for Europe’s market leader in the home appliance industry, BSH Home Appliances Group, headquartered in Munich, Germany. “I truly enjoy the vast variety of topics my team and I get to deal with every day,” Klug says. Klug earned her law degree in 2000 from Universität des Saarlandes, and during her final exams she saw an ad for McGeorge’s LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice. “I applied for the program, and it turned out to be one of the best career decisions I’ve made,” she says. After graduating from McGeorge in 2001, Klug successfully completed the New York bar exam and the German state and federal bar exams while serving as a law clerk in the Naumburg Higher Regional Court. In 2003, her next position as manager of legal and corporate affairs at LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG, one of the world’s largest providers of airline catering, set her exciting career path in motion. Three years later, she joined Hilti Corp. as legal counsel. After several promotions at Hilti, she joined BSH Home Appliances Group in 2013 in her current role as group general counsel and chief compliance officer. “Aside from the outstanding learning experience, the strong network I built during my time at McGeorge has proven invaluably precious, both professionally and personally,” Klug says. “I still deem it one of my key factors for successfully running the gamut of a company lawyer’s in-house career with multinational enterprises in different industries.” Klug recently joined the McGeorge International Board of Advisors. “Being on the board is a great honor,” she says, “and I look forward to further contributing to the law school’s international programs and the alumni network.”
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has joined the Help Center of the California Department of Managed Health Care. | Megan Lucey has joined Berkich Family Law. | Kathryn Patterson has joined Downey Brand in the firm’s Sacramento office, where she practices employment law.
Brandon Takahashi, ’06
Business Journal ’s “40 under 40” on Nov. 15, 2017. She is the CEO and founding attorney at A. L. Harvey Law.
2008 Kim Garner is of counsel at Duggan Law Corp., where she focuses on estate planning and probate litigation. | Alissa PleauFuller joined the Sacramento office of Buchalter Nemer PLC as an attorney, bringing experience in representing petroleum marketing clients at Archer Norris.
2009 Natalie Cordellos has been elected a partner at Laughlin, Falbo, Levy and Moresi. | Meghan Cox has joined Buchalter Nemer PLC in its new Sacramento office. Previously, she specialized in energy issues and regulations at the California Power Law Group. | Amir Javideyan
Ray Hacke has joined World Magazine as a sports correspondent. | Blair Trigg, LL.M., has been promoted to partner at Black & Rose LLP, where he represents employers and insurance carriers in a variety of defense matters.
2011 Carmen-Nicole Cox has been appointed chief of legislative affairs for administration at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She previously served as a deputy legal affairs secretary for the governor. | Katherine Ebert has joined Demas Law Group as a litigation attorney. She was previously the assistant director of Focused Decisions at McGeorge. | Jill Larrabee has joined the Airline Pilot Association. | Kate Mitchell was named the director of Washington, D.C.’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety by District of Columbia councilmember Charles Allen.
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Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association. | Justin Paddock has joined Shaw Law Group PC, where he will focus on conducting internal investigations and providing advice/counsel to public and private sector employers. | Jacqueline Vu has joined Buchalter as an associate in the firm’s Sacramento litigation practice group. | Lindsay Yoshitomi has joined the Help Center of
2012 Colin Hendricks has been elected to serve as the chair of the Young
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2013 Andrew Boriskin has joined Sutter Health as counsel. | Stephen Hallett has joined Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown’s team as district representative. | Andrew Londerholm has joined Klinedinst San Diego as an associate.
2014 Aaron Brieno launched Inspire California, a community-based
Kristin Capritto, ‘14, and Coleman Segal, ’14, launched The New School Rule, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for young women in rural parts of developing nations (newschoolrule. org). Capritto is an associate attorney at Downey Brand LLP, and Segal is a deputy county counsel at Yuba County Counsel. (Pictured: Segal and Capritto in Old City, Jerusalem, with Vincent Wiraatmadja, ’14)
Tara Rojas, ’14
organization supporting students with college prep in his hometown of Hanford. | Kristin Capritto joined Downey Brand LLP as an associate attorney in the estate planning and taxation department. She was previously of counsel at Forester Purcell Stowell PC while completing her master’s degree in conflict resolution at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management in Boston. | Vignesh Ganapathy has joined the Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union as director of policy and the Racial Justice Project. He will manage advocacy efforts in the Kansas Legislature and throughout the state. He was previously associate director of advocacy and government relations at the Everyday Life Foundation for Rare Diseases. | Jordan Maurer has been elected to
the Placer County Bar Association’s board of directors. He is a civil litigation attorney at Green & Hall, specializing in business, real estate and construction matters. | Tara Rojas has formed Rojas Family Law Inc. in Sacramento. | Coleman Segal has joined the Yuba County Counsel as a deputy county counsel. Previously he was an attorney at WEAVE, Inc. | Amaya Smith is review attorney at Perkins Coie LLP. She was previously the CLE coordinator. | Jacob Smith has joined the Vacaville law office Reynolds Law LLP as an associate. | Myles Taylor has joined Parker Turner Albright PC as an attorney.
2015 Stephen Guichard has joined Hart King of Santa Ana as an associate. | Samantha Pranatadjaja has joined Parker Turner Albright PC as an
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in memoriam Edward Tiedemann, ’61, died on Aug. 2, 2017, after a long illness. He practiced law for 51 years at the Sacramento law firm of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard. He was the recipient of many honors for his work as a water lawyer, including designation by the Water Education Foundation as an outstanding California water attorney. David Lucchesi, ’66, died on Oct. 19, 2017, at his home in Vacaville. Judge Colin “Bud” Love, ’72, died on July 1, 2017, at his home in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He was a longtime per diem judge who retired in 2006. John Cobeaga, ’74, died on April 24, 2017, from complications related to a hip surgery. He was a longtime Las Vegas attorney and Vietnam War veteran. Lawrence Cobb, ’76, died on July 13, 2017. He practiced immigration law and criminal defense in Woodland. Noël Ferris, ’79, died of ALS on May 21, 2017. A leading trial lawyer in Sacramento, Ferris served on the University of the Pacific Board of Regents from 2011 to 2016. Ferris and her husband, Parker White, ’80, established the Ferris-White Prize for Excellence in Trial Advocacy in 2015. The Noël Ferris Endowed Scholarship was created in her honor and will provide annual assistance to McGeorge students who are single, head-of-household parents, with a preference given to female or nontraditional law students.
attorney. She will focus on business law. | Jessica Schoendienst has joined Sierra Nevada Corp. as associate legal counsel.
2016 Danielle Birresborn has joined Ezer Williamson Law as an associate. | Patrick Crowl started his own firm, Crowl Law, providing counsel to those wronged by their
Debby Lumkes, ‘80, died on April 17, 2017, of respiratory failure. She served as a judge pro tem in the Reno Justice Court and Reno Municipal Court since 1985. In 2006, she was awarded the Child Advocate Attorney of the Year Award. Judge Brant Bramer, ’84, died on Sept. 28, 2017. He retired from service as a court commissioner on the Fresno County Superior Court bench on Jan. 3, 2017, and then went to work as a Madera County traffic court commissioner. Amy Martin, ’90, died on Feb. 6, 2017, after battling cancer for almost two years. She was chief legal counsel of Cal/OSHA. Evan Smiley, ’92, died on Oct. 23, 2017. He was a prominent Southern California attorney and cofounder of Smiley Wang-Ekvall LLP, and a longtime member of the McGeorge Dean’s Council and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Chris Loizeaux, ’95, died on May 12, 2017. He was a family law and juvenile dependency attorney in Butte and Napa counties. Brian Smiley, ’95, died on July 18, 2017, after a yearlong fight against brain cancer. During his career he rose to the rank of supervising deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice in Sacramento and argued cases before both the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
employers. | Ana Silvia Enriquez has joined A.D. Sosa & Soto as an associate. | Jenifer Gee has accepted a clerkship with Judge Michael P. Gibbons, Nevada Court of Appeals. | Anna Lucido has joined Schoenberg Family Law Group as an associate. | Nickolas Saldivar has joined the city of Stockton as its ERP program manager. | Nicholas Seliger has joined Damrell Nelson
Schrimp Pallios Pacher & Silva as an associate.
2017 Rosemary Deck has joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a graduate legal assistant.
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Gordon D. Schaber Legacy Society McGeorge School of Law
he Gordon D. Schaber Legacy Society is made up of our alumni and friends who have included, or plan to include, McGeorge in their estate planning or will. These families and individuals have made a long-term commitment to the law school—they have planned a legacy that will exist beyond their life and into perpetuity. We would like to thank all of these supporters for their gifts and commitment to the law school. We would also like to thank our newest members who have informed us of their intent over the past year.
Become a Legacy Society Member If you have already included, or are interested in including, McGeorge as part of your estate plan, please contact us so we can send you information about the Schaber Legacy Society, its activities and recognition efforts. We want to be sure that your gift is used as you deem, so communication will ensure we understand your wishes. A named charitable endowment can be established to support programs and scholarships starting at $50,000. Gifts of $50,000 or more to establish or enhance an endowment may be eligible to receive a Powell Match. A planned gift is a great way to establish a lasting legacy at McGeorge and a meaningful way to support students. For information on transfer of wealth issues, annuities, charitable remainder trusts, life insurance gifts, IRA rollover gifts, and estate and tax law updates, please call the McGeorge Development Office at 916.739.7300.
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individuals and families The following donors have included McGeorge in their estate plan and have made or will make an estate or planned gift. William W. Abbott and Tina Thomas James and Dorothy Adams* Walter F. and Janet K. Alexander Jr. David and Lexis M. Allen Daniel E. Angius Leighton D. Armstrong* Rosalie S. Asher* Gilles S. Attia Jonelle C. Beck and Chad L. Leigh Laurel V. Bell-Cahill and Timothy F. Cahill Michael and Jacqueline Belote Irving H. and Katharine V. Biele* Thadd A. Blizzard Steven A. and Teri Block Ronald E. Blubaugh Mrs. Edgar A. Boyles Jr. John Q. Brown Melissa C. Brown and Donald W. Fraulob John Brownston* Robert A. Buccola Dona K. Buckingham Robert F. Butler* David Cairns Gerald and Deborah Caplan Peggy Chater-Turner Samuel Chicos Louise L. Chiu Frank J. Christy Jr. Joseph Cooper Charles B. and Kathleen T. Coyne Loren* and Pam B. Dahl Paul E. Dassenko and Douglas R. Benson James M. Day Jr. Margaret K. Distler Michael A. D’Onofrio and Bonnie L. Slosson
Mark S. Drobny Steve L. Ellyson Christopher H. Engh Glenn A. Fait Sharon G. Fait K. C. Fan Noël M. Ferris* and R. Parker White Stanley J. Gale* Faith Geoghegan Louis F. Gianelli* Sam Gordon* Gregory M. Graves Michael A. Hackard Lawrence B. Hagel Roger G. Halfhide and Patricia A. McVerry Sheila A. Hard Joy F. and William Davis Harn Richard A. Harris Allison L. Harvey Janis Besler Heaphy Kathleen C. Henderson Pamela M. Henderson Scott M. Hervey Phil Hiroshima Ben E. Johnson Warren A. Jones Charles D. Kelso Anthony M. Kennedy Roberta C. Kierney* Beryl Kirk* J. David Kristjanson Brian K. and Dorothy S. Landsberg Daniel R. Lang R. Marilyn Lee Lawrence C. Levine Darrel W. Lewis James R. Lewis James D. Loebl* Patricia K. Lundvall Catherine C. MacMillan David P. and Kathleen R. Mastagni John R. Masterman Eugene W. McGeorge Richard Lowell Miller* James M. Mize Francis J. Mootz III Hayne R. Moyer Archibald Mull Jr.* Timothy E. Naccarato
Chester A. Newland Ramon E. Nunez Robert E. Oakes Gregory D. and Nancy A. Ogrod Kenneth E. and Linda K. Olson Enlow and Melena Ose Elsa Osgood* Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker Laraine C. Patching Ronald G. Peck Michael G. Polis Perry & Sophia Potiris Jeffrey W. Proske Walter A. Reese* Daniel D. Richard Jr. Marc D. Roberts Annie M. Rogaski Claude D. Rohwer Robert L. Roush Elaine Samans Mrs. Anthony J. Scalora Gordon D. Schaber* Arthur G. Scotland Michael I. Sidley Tom Sinetos* Scott S. Slater Ronald S. Smith Edward and Carol Spurgeon Doris Stark* Donald* and Dorothy Steed Sandra E. Stockman Joseph E. Taylor Edward H. Telfeyan Barbara Thomas Edward J. Tiedemann* Bradley S. Towne Charles W. Trainor Angelo K. Tsakopoulos Winfried van den Muijsenbergh Michael Van Zandt Michael Vitiello Borden D. Webb Steven H. Weiss Mark K. White Daniel E. Wilcoxen Philip H. Wile William P. Yee Alfred E. Yudes Jr. *deceased
The McGeorge Alumni Reunion on Sept. 23, 2017, welcomed back the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2007. Above are R. Marilyn Lee, Kathryn Hoffman, Howard Hoffman and Bonnie McDonald.
Endowments The following generous gifts keep alive the names and memories for whom the endowments are established and will benefit McGeorge students and programs in perpetuity.
Academic Enrichment Fund James and Dorothy Adams Endowed Memorial Scholarship Ahmanson Foundation Endowed Scholarship Walter F. Alexander, III Endowed Memorial Scholarship Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship* Lou Ashe Memorial Fund Robert, Aimee & Rosalie Asher Scholarship Asian-American Law Students Association Endowed Scholarship Bales Family Endowment at Pacific McGeorge Michael Belote Capital Lecture Endowment* Raymond H. Biele II Endowed Memorial Scholarship Raymond Burr Memorial Scholarship
Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan Endowed Law Scholarship* Capital Center Law and Policy Endowed Scholarship* Dean Gerald Caplan Endowed Scholarship Carpenters Local Union #586 Endowed Scholarship Jerome J. Curtis Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Judge Loren Dahl Endowed Award Addalou Davis Loan Repayment Assistance Program Charles D. Driscoll Labor Award NoĂŤl Ferris Endowed Scholarship* Anna Rose Fischer Endowed Memorial Scholarship Stanley B. Fowler Memorial Scholarship Benjamin D. & Verdele R. Frantz Scholarship B. Abbott Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Sam Gordon Endowment Fund Martin & Doris Gross Memorial Scholarship Hawaii Endowed Scholarship
Archie Hefner Memorial Fund Tracy G. Helms Memorial Fund Brian L. Hintz Memorial Scholarship Hiroshima, Jacobs, Roth & Lewis Scholarship International Programs Fund: Young Lawyers Jane Kelso Diversity Endowed Scholarship Fund* Anthony M. Kennedy Constitutional Law Scholarship Kierney Family Endowed Scholarship William Russell Knudson Scholarship for Leadership in Law Ken & Bonnie Kwong Scholarship Frank & Joann LaBella Scholarship Latino Law Students Association Scholarship Albert J. & Mae Lee Memorial Scholarship Legal Education Fund LL.M. Programs Endowed Scholarship E.M. Manning Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Single Parents John A. McCarthy Foundation Scholarship
Tom McNally Memorial Book Award Carol J. Miller Memorial Scholarship Hon. William K. Morgan Endowed Scholarship John P. Morris Memorial Scholarship Nevada Endowed Scholarship Fund Amy Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund Carol Olson Endowed Professorship in International Law* Pacific McGeorge Faculty Diversity Scholarship Fund* Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker Endowment for the Furtherance of Public Interest Law Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker Global Center Endowment* Edwina V. Pfund Scholarship Jeffrey K. PoilĂŠ Memorial Civil Rights Scholarship* Daniel D. Richard Endowment Marc and Mona Roberts Labor Law Scholarship Annie M. Rogaski Endowed Scholarship for Women in Science and Law Professor Claude D. Rohwer Vietnam Endowed Award* David C. Rust Memorial Scholarship Sacramento Bee Legal Scholars Program Sacramento Estate Planning Council Endowed Scholarship* Kamal Ramsey Sadek Memorial Scholarship Susan J. Samans Memorial Scholarship Philomena Scalora Memorial Scholarship
Gary V. Schaber Memorial Scholarship Gordon D. Schaber Endowed Chair in Health Law Emil Schnellbacher Memorial Scholarship Diana P. Scott Prizes for the Four Finalists of the McGeorge School of Law Appellate Advocacy Competition Judge Elvin F. & Pauline C. Sheehy Scholarship Sidley Family Moot Court Endowment* O. Robert Simons Memorial Book Award Small Business Clinic Endowment John Sprankling Faculty Scholarship Robert N. and Doris D. Stark Endowed Scholarship John Stauffer Memorial Fellowships in Legal Research John Stauffer Memorial Fellowships in Public Interest Law R.T. Stratton Memorial Book Award Student Recruiting Endowed Fund Valedictorian Medal Fund Albert Frederick Zangerle Memorial Scholarship * This fund has been matched either in its entirety or a portion thereof through the generosity of Robert C. and Jeannette Powell, who established the Powell Fund Match.
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The Last Word
learning for life
Trial attorney Dan Wilcoxen, ’72, talks about the importance of hard work, lifelong education and his love of protecting his clients from liens
Do you have a favorite memory from McGeorge? I remember interviewing with Dean Gordon Schaber. He asked me why the law school should admit me, and I told him that I would never let him down. I went on to succeed academically, and I felt like I fulfilled my promise to Dean Schaber. He later, after a large successful case, told me how proud he was of me, and I remain thankful to him to this day. You have had an impressive career as the co-founder of what is now the Sacramento firm of Wilcoxen Callaham LLP. Can you share some career highlights? I primarily do plaintiffs work, ranging from personal injury to public building contracts, product liability,
and medical and legal malpractice. Two of my most significant cases were an $18.8 million win in a product liability case and a $45 million win in a public contract case. But what I enjoy most about my work is the learning experience. Depending on the case, you can learn about so many different things—it could be engineering, physics or medicine. You also get to meet so many different kinds of people, and it has been really rewarding to help people in need. What do you do when you’re not lawyering? I enjoy teaching and have been a faculty member at USF. I’ve also taught with CEB [Continuing Education of the Bar of California], and I serve as an instructor for organizations like the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association. I teach liens—one of the most boring and complicated subjects there is. No one can understand why I do it, but I get such a kick out of it. I like helping people understand difficult things.
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What inspires you to support McGeorge? I had a very rewarding education and am grateful for the work ethic it instilled in me. In fact, the hardest-working people I’ve ever met are McGeorge graduates, and they continue to inspire me. So I am committed to serving the school, encouraging others to support the school and helping build community awareness of its accomplishments.
Mcgeorge Alumni Board of Directors The McGeorge Alumni Board of Directors is a volunteer group of alumni dedicated to advancing the interests and promoting the welfare of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, by acting as the voice of more than 13,000 alumni. The board serves as a conduit between the law school and alumni interested in engaging with and furthering the activities and programs of the law school. McGeorge has the following active alumni chapters: Bay Area Alumni Chapter Fresno Alumni Chapter Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Orange County Alumni Chapter Reno Alumni Chapter Sacramento Alumni Chapter San Diego Alumni Chapter Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter International Alumni Chapter .
2017 Alumni Board of Directors Megan Moore, ’08, President Scott Hervey, ’95, Past President Andrea Moon, ’13, Vice President Kimberly Garner, ’08, Vice President Patrick Blood, ’12 Kirsten Brown, ’08 Patrick Browning, ’16 Kerry Doyle, ’07 Theresa Esquerra, ’08 Pamela Gourley, ’01 Kevin Hennessy, ‘96 Jeff Huron, ’88 Dustin Johnson, ’04 Tiffany Johnson, ’11 Serena Kallas, ’14 Gerald Latasa, ‘13 Bradley LeDu, ’79 Jenith Lee, ’14 Sosan Madanat, ’14 Anthony McClaren, ’03 Andrew Meditz, ’09 Melissa Meth, ’09 Trevor Michels, ’11 Mhare Mouradian, ’03 Marie Nakamura, ’01
Coby Page, ’06 Shakira Pleasant, ’04 John Ramirez, ’98 Tamarra Rennick, ’91 Chris Rusby, ’08 James Sammut, ’11 Jennifer Scott, ’99 Brandon Takahashi, ’06 Hong Tang, ’05 Serge Tomassian, ’83 Richard Williamson, ’85
Above: Aoibheann Cline, Leonardo Sandoval, Matt Gross, Albert Mendoza, Jason Eldred, Melissa Aristizabal, Michele Gish, Christina McAmis, Paul Grow, Kaitlin Harr, Janae Hansen and Ana Gonzalez are among the 25 recipients of this year’s Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship awards. To date this scholarship fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships to 953 recipients.
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