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p h o t o c r e d i t profiles scott s. slater + orrick Dedicated to Giving Back Leading water lawyer Scott S. Slater, ’84, is a generous supporter of Pacific McGeorge By Joanna Corman Scott S. Slater, ’84, knew he wanted to practice water law when he entered law school. His grandfather was a farmer, his father worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Slater wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on water law and hydrology. Since graduating, Slater has practiced his specialty, and is currently at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where he handles water deals that exceed millions and even billions of dollars. He also is CEO and general counsel of Cadiz Inc., a water development company based in Los Angeles. In addition, he wrote a two-volume book, California Water Law and Policy, published in 1995, that he updates annually. In 2002, Slater established the Claude and Mary Slater Water Law Award, which awards $2,000 a year to a top-ranked student of domestic water law. In 2008, he established the Claude and Mary Slater International Water Law Award, which awards the same amount to an international water law student. All told, Slater has pledged $10,000 a year to these efforts and the McGeorge Fund, which supports a variety of on-campus needs. “I’m proud of McGeorge,” he says. “I got the right fundamentals, and I want to support it in any way that I can.” Nurturing the Pacific McGeorge Water lawyer Scott Slater and the Sacramento office of Orrick are two of the law school’s most dedicated supporters 26 summer 20 1 3


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