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On May 7, 2021, Assistant Dean for Career Development and External Relations Molly Stafford received the University of the Pacific’s Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring and Counseling. This is a well-deserved award that recognizes the care and tireless commitment Molly shows while serving McGeorge students. Her leadership has helped raise our students to new levels of excellence and success. “[Molly] does her work with her heart and her head. Under her leadership,…
The state constitution provides a number of voting rights for its residents. These are found in Article II, which was most recently amended by Prop 14 on June 9, 1976. Article II includes several sections related to voters and voting and is mainly focused on the forms of direct democracy: initiative, referendum, and recall. Section 2 of Article II provides that a U.S. Citizen, 18 years of age or older, who is a resident of…
For those of you who need to research the legislative intent of a bill that was enacted into law in California, you need to look at a number of options to conduct your research. I will describe some of those avenues here. First, be sure that you have a general understanding of how bills are enacted in California. Second, decide how much time you have to spend researching. Is this an urgent request where you…
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of civil rights legend, Justice Cruz Reynoso, who passed away today.  Justice Reynoso was the first Latino Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, first Latino appointed to the Third District Court of Appeals and one of the first Latino law professors in the country. A native of California, Justice Reynoso grew up in a family of farmworkers who immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico. As a child growing
The eight third-year students in the Federal Defender Clinic in Spring 2021 have been busy working on every stage of misdemeanor federal cases.  “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, their participation has been remote, but this has not deterred them from ably representing their clients as certified misdemeanor student attorneys in federal court,” says Federal Defender Clinic co-director Rachelle Barbour. The students of the Federal Public Defender represented dozens of clients each month during regular…
When drafting bills and amendments in this state, there are a number of key reminders that are worth reviewing. At a most basic level, every bill draft should clearly describe who’s required or allowed to do what, what’s required, or allowed to be done. Any necessary definitions should be provided. Any exemptions, penalties, and administrative issues such as record-keeping should be set forth. There are several shortfalls that often occur with bill and amendment drafting…
Why do we need diversity? Diversity in law brings diverse perspectives. As I read cases in my classes, I notice how laws and rulings impact a wide range of communities. However, the legal field does not reflect a diverse population. According to the American Bar Association, 2008 statistics show that only 34.4% of lawyers are women, 4.6% Black or African American, 2.9% Asian, and 3.8% Hispanic or Latinx. 86% are non-Hispanic white people. Further, in…
There are two types of approaches to interpreting statutes; literalism and purposive. Literalism is generally defined as the interpretation of words in their usual or most basic sense, while purposive is generally defined as the interpretation of words based upon having or being done with a purpose. If you look at a historical context for legal systems based upon common law and derived from the English tradition, literalism is the basis for most legislative interpretation,…
As part of your experiential learning requirement at McGeorge, you may be confused by one term in particular: “externships”. Externships are one of the options available to McGeorge students to fulfill their experiential learning requirement if they are not able or not interested in joining one of the clinics. But what exactly are they, and are they the same as an internship?   Externships, to be clear, are nearly synonymous with internships. Externs perform similar,…