University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge educates lawyers for large and small law firms, government agencies and corporate legal departments in California, across the United States, and around the world. This has been our hallmark since 1924, and is truer today than ever before.

As the world grows smaller yet more complex, McGeorge responds by rigorously training our students for leadership positions in the global economy of the 21st century.

Our success is built on a distinguished faculty, high quality students, committed and involved alumni, and a beautiful, spacious campus with state-of-the art classrooms and student facilities.

Full disclosure: I tried, way too hard I might add, to make a fracking pun in the title of this podcast. Couldn’t make it work. Most likely because all the good fracking puns have been done to death. But enough of the peek behind the curtain, on with the show – and the blog post. Today’s guest is Hannah Wiseman, a professor of law and expert on fracking and oil & gas production who currently…
On today’s bonus podcast, I talked with McGeorge’s own Professor of Law, Ederlina Co, and Maggy Krell, who is General Counsel for Planned Parenthood Advocates of California about Monday’s decision from the US Supreme Court in June Medical Services. There’s a lot to unpack from the narrow decision and we spend a solid chunk of our time parsing out the thinking of Chief Justice Roberts who some would say has surprised observers by joining…
There are a number of sections in California’s Government Code that set forth the operation of statutes and resolutions. These statutes in the Government Code were enacted back in 1943 and can be found in Title II, Division 2, Part 1, Chapter 6 of California’s Government Code. Included in the many sections of this part of the Government Code are: Provisions governing the enactment date of statutes, with four exemptions (Section 9600) If enacted during…
Before you can really set off drafting legislation in California, you need to understand the format of California’s Codes. There is a specific way that our Codes our organized. Codes read, from top to bottom: the Code, Title, Division, Part, Chapter, Article, and then lastly, Section – which is the actual piece of law. Legislation also has a specific format. At the top of it is the date introduced or amended, the bill number, and…
Five years ago today, the United States Supreme Court, in the Obergefell decision written by Justice (and long time McGeorge Professor) Anthony Kennedy, made same-sex marriage the law of the land, and as today’s guest put it, “There was no armageddon. There was just Cinderella.” That guest is Yale Law School’s Professor William Eskridge, who along with Christopher Riano wrote the upcoming book Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws. Last week the Supreme Court expanded…
A quick heads up – today will be the first of some extra podcasts here and in your podcast feeds for The CAP⋅impact Podcast related to the recent SCOTUS decisions this month. Keep your eyes peeled for podcasts on Bostock, faithless electors, and the president’s tax returns. But today, we’re taking a look at DACA, and what the Supreme Court’s ruling to let the program stand means. For the legal perspective, we have Blake Nordahl,…
Generally, the committees deal with legislation before passing measures to the floor of either the Senate or the Assembly. However, there are rare instances where legislators choose to return a bill to committee when that measure is pending on either floor. There are times when legislators desire to pull or withdraw a bill out of committee and place it on the floor of the Senate or Assembly. As you would expect, there are rules governing…
Does California have a balanced budget requirement? The short answer is yes, but there are a number of constitutional and statutory provisions that create this requirement. In Article IV, Section 12(a), there is a clause that states, “If recommended expenditures exceed estimated revenues, then the Governor shall recommend the sources from which those additional revenue should be provided.” This provision basically requires the Governor to submit a balanced budget. Since 1983, California Government Code Section…
On today’s episode of The CAP⋅impact Podcast, (Apple Podcasts, Spotify) I talked with Stetson University College of Law Professor, and campaign finance expert, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy about the rebranding of events and terms like truth and corruption that she explores in her newest book Political Brands. The book not only explores how presidential candidates have branded and marketed themselves from Eisenhower to Trump, but also looks at how political actors and…
With the Legislature operating, but under social distancing guidelines, I thought I’d use this space to recount my experiences conducting business in the Legislature during the pandemic. There’s roughly only one staffer per office, although most legislators have been in the building to at least participate in legislative hearings, and as of last week, floor sessions. Outside of hearings, neither lobbyists nor the public are allowed to visit legislative offices. They can only attend legislative…