University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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The state of California has three forms of direct democracy and they are found in Article II of the state constitution. Those three forms are the initiative, referendum, and recall processes. Initiative The initiative begins with presenting a petition to the California Secretary of State that includes the text of the proposed statute or constitutional amendment before the circulation of an initiative petition for signatures by the voters. A copy is submitted to the Attorney…
After a summer hiatus, The CAP⋅impact Podcast is back! On this week’s episode, I talked with Colin Starger, a professor of Law at the University of Baltimore. Maryland recently enacted bail reform by changing its pretrial procedures to lessen the use of money bail as a means for someone accused of a crime to maintain their freedom pre-trial. The change made it so that money bail was to be the option of last resort…
Today I will be discussing the stages of the lobbying process. These four stages were put together by my colleague, Ray LeBov. A lobbyist needs to be aware of the work to be done in each of the four stages as part of the strategic and tactical work that they do for their clients. The four stages are diagnosis, analysis, strategy, and tactics. Diagnosis Not only should a lobbyist understand the issue that they will…
There are mainly two types of lobbying at the state level in California – legislative and regulatory. Some advocates may add budgetary and procurement lobbying to this list, but the main two types involve lobbying the legislative and executive branches of state government. At its core, legislative lobbying is advocating for or against legislation while regulatory lobbying is lobbying for or against regulations. Today, we’re looking at a brief overview of legislative lobbying. A legislative…
The SCBA 1L Diversity Fellowship is a unique opportunity for first-year law students from McGeorge and UC Davis who are looking to gain practical hands-on experience in a law firm and are members of a racially or ethnically under-represented group, LGBTQ+, disabled, or are otherwise under-represented in the legal profession. According to a recent NALP study, less than 20% of equity partners are women and only 6.6% are racial or ethnic minorities. Statistics for…
Negotiating bills and amendments in the California legislative process is an important skill for lobbyists and others to have as they work measures through this process. Many advocates spend their time supporting or opposing bills on policy or fiscal grounds and they don’t engage in the actual negotiation of bill language for any number of reasons. For example, it may be due to their client being philosophically opposed to a measure. In that case, there’s…
While the legislative publications of the California State Assembly and California State Senate have the same names and are intended to serve the same purposes, when we look a little bit more closely, there are several keen differences between the Senate’s and the Assembly’s legislative publications. The Assembly Daily Journal and the Senate Daily Journal are essentially the same because they simply document the major actions of the committees and the floors of each house…
A new school year is getting underway, and that means you’re one day closer to reaching your professional goals. Whether you’re targeting a career in advocacy, litigation, water law, or something else (maybe you don’t even know yet!), it’s never too early to make a plan. Incoming students should keep an eye out for emails regarding individual orientations with a CDO advisor, while returning students should continue preparations for their ongoing job hunt. Even though…
During California’s last legislative session, the 2018 legislative session, the Legislature and Governor enacted 1,016 new laws – most of which took effect on January 1, 2019. This particular statistic raises the age old question – Is the California Legislature too much of a bill factory? I will leave the answer to that question, and whether the answer is good or bad, to another day. In this post, I’ll compare that piece of data to…
The determination of legislative intent is important because there are instances in which there are legitimate legal disputes between the parties as to what statutory language may mean or what was intended by the language. In these cases, both parties will attempt to argue that their interpretation is the correct one that should be adopted by the court. Obviously then it’s up to the judiciary to determine whose view is the correct one. The concern…