University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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Although California’s constitution provides for the amendment of the state constitution, it does not actually define the term. California’s Legislative Counsel defines a constitutional amendment as a resolution proposing a change to the California Constitution. It may be presented by the Legislature or by initiative, and it’s adopted upon voter approval at a state‑wide election. Note that while there is a legal distinction between amending the constitution and revising the constitution, there is not a…
              Today we’ll take a brief look at how to have effective meetings with legislators and their staff. First, note that there are basically two types of meetings you can have with elected or appointed officials, relationship-building meetings and policy meetings. Relationship building meetings are an important first step prior to meeting on a policy matter. These can consist of taking the legislator or his or her staff on…
Full disclosure, I recorded today’s interview about election reforms in January before the debacle that was the Iowa Caucus. We also don’t talk about caucuses, but that’s a solid candidate for a follow-up episode on democracy reform. On this episode, I talked with Joshua Douglas, Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law and author of the book Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the
“Studying abroad is a marvelous way to immerse yourself in another culture, to challenge yourself to learn how people in other cultures live and experience life, and to learn how to communicate effectively across cultures.  As the world gets smaller, it becomes progressively more important for American lawyers to have these skills to serve their clients effectively, both at home and abroad.” – Jeff Proske | Associate Dean of Administration, McGeorge School of Law Having…
In California’s Government Code there are a number of sections of law that prohibit specified political activities of public employees. Government Code section 3201 specifies that the Legislature makes a finding that political activities of public employees are of significant statewide concern and that the provisions of this section of the law supersede all other provisions of general law on this topic. Section 3202 specifies that this area of the law applies to all officers…
Article IV of the California Constitution deals with the Legislature, and there are several sections that are applicable to ethical conduct by members of the Legislature. These provisions are found primarily in Sections 4 and 5 of California’s Constitution. Article IV, Section 4 contains a prohibition on certain earned income. It essentially prohibits a member of the Legislature from knowingly receiving any form of income, salary, wages, or commissions from a lobbyist or lobbying firm,…
https://soundcloud.com/capimpactca/californias-separation-of-powers-doctrine What does “separation of powers” mean in the state of California? Similar to the federal government, it essentially means that the powers of government are provided to separate branches of government to operate. These powers are set forth in the California Constitution and are granted to the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The separation of powers doctrine essentially provides that those who exercise power in one branch of government cannot exercise…
So, what essentially are appropriations measures? Unfortunately, while California law does not define the term, it is used frequently in the law. California’s Legislative Counsel defines an appropriation as an amount of money made available for expenditure by a specific entity for a specific purpose from the General Fund or some other designated state fund or account. California’s Constitution mentions appropriations in multiple locations. In Article IV Sections 8 and 10 there is mention of…
McGeorge adjunct professor Chris Micheli and veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov, both contributors here on CAP⋅impact, are releasing a first-of-its-kind college-level textbook on lobbying and advocacy in California. The book, A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California, was written entirely by more than 40 practicing California lobbyists and politicos and covers topics ranging from Getting and Retaining Clients (Ch. 20) to Best Practices for Lobbying (Ch. 15) to Use of Ballot Measures in…
Today’s episode of The CAP⋅impact Podcast is the first of many I recorded with Professors at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting in Washington D.C. at the beginning of January 2020. This is also not the last episode I have for you about the 2020 Presidential election. Today’s show is a conversation I had with Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend, who teaches at George Washington University Law School, about tax policy and the…