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Alumni News 28 summer / fal l 20 1 6 s t e v e y e at e r Anderson & Quinn in Rockville, Md. | Howard Moseley was appointed chief deputy general counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Moseley previously served as chief counsel at the state Board of Parole Hearings. | Kenneth Pogue has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as undersecretary of administration and offender services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has served as assistant secretary in the Office of Legislation since 2013. 1997 Tiffinay Pagni was named to the Nevada Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for the Office of Military Legal Assistance. The president of the Washoe County Bar Association, she is a partner at Adams & Associates, which operates youth and children’s programs for local, state and federal agencies. | Anthony Stanley has been promoted to assistant general counsel at the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, where he leads the content protection team responsible for Toward Justice for All Activist Jo Michael, ’12, has dedicated his career to LGBT equality By Joanna Corman Jo Michael, ’12, got an early start in his advocacy career. In high school, he and a friend cofounded their school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Michael continued working in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including as a No on Proposition 8 field organizer, and eventually became a legislative advocate. After graduating from McGeorge, Michael joined Equality California’s Sacramento office as a legislative fellow. In May 2015, he was promoted to legislative manager. The Los Angeles–based civil rights organization advocates for the LGBT community in California and beyond. As Equality California’s in-house lobbyist, Michael helps shepherd bills through the legislative process. From 2013 through 2015, he worked on 19 pieces of legislation; he also works with state agencies tasked with implementing Equality California’s legislation, ensuring they have the necessary support to make laws work the way they were intended. Last year, Equality California advocated for a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that will allow some state agencies to collect demographic data on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is groundbreaking for the LGBT community, Michael says, because without this data, “our community does not count. We are not counted so we do not count.” Last year, the National LGBT Bar Association honored Michael as one of 40 legal professionals under 40 whose work has “demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.” Making California a place where LGBT people can achieve full equality propels him to continue his work. “The desire and drive to do this work and to be able to address the biggest issues that are still obstacles are what continue to inspire me,” he says.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer/Fall 2016
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