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profile Kim Delfino Attorney Kim Delfino, ’93, has a distinguished track record as an environmental steward and community leader McGeorge produces “practical, practice-ready attorneys,” says attorney Kim Delfino, ’93, “people who can start working as a lawyer from day one.” Attending Pacific McGeorge helped Kim Delfino, ’93, solidify her desire to practice nonprofit environmental law. Delfino has been California program director at Defenders of Wildlife since 2000, when she established the organization’s Sacramento office. She began her law career as an associate attorney at Meyer & Glitzenstein, a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., litigating cases involving the federal Endangered Species and Clean Water acts. She then became a conservation lobbyist for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in Washington, where she worked on an effort to protect roadless areas in national forests, including 4.4 million acres in California. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Water Commission in 2010. When she moved back to Sacramento more than a decade ago, she made giving back to her alma mater a priority. Pacific McGeorge, Delfino says, is an asset to the Sacramento region partly because of its strong ties to the community. McGeorge produces “practical, practice-ready attorneys, people who can start working as a lawyer from day one,” she says. She cites the Educational Pipeline program that introduces low-income high school students to legal careers. In addition to giving financial support to the law school, she volunteers extensively. She is a member of the Alumni Association Board, serves on the executive committee, and chairs the Bridge to Practice subcommittee. She speaks at career days and continues to support the Pacific McGeorge Public Legal Student Services annual auction (an event she started as a student 21 years ago). By Joanna Corman paci f i c l aw 13


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2013
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