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Alumni News members to the federal bench. 1986 Randy Pollack has been selected by the California Self Storage Association to act as its lobbyist with state legislators next year. A former chief deputy for legal affairs for Gov. George Deukmejian, he is a principal in the Law Office of Randy Pollack, paci f i c l aw 39 programs in the 23-campus California State University system. A chemistry professor at CSU Sacramento, he is a partner at the law firm of Bannion & Richey who also taught IP law and patent law as an adjunct at Pacific McGeorge for 15 years. | Warren Stracener retained his seat on the El Dorado County Superior Court bench with a 52-47 percent victory over a formidable opponent. He had been appointed to a judgeship in December 2010 by outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. | Gregory Syren was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. An assistant public defender for Alameda County since 1987, he fills a vacancy on the court created by the elevation of one of its After Noël M. Ferris graduated from Pacific McGeorge in 1979, she would receive occasional letters from then-dean Gordon Schaber congratulating her on courtroom wins that reached the newspaper. She was surprised and flattered that he took the time to acknowledge her career. The letters remain important keepsakes. “The two best things that have happened in my life happened at McGeorge,” says Ferris, who has been a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney in Sacramento for more than three decades. “I met my husband, R. Parker White, whom I’ve been married to for 35 years. And I was exposed to trial work through McGeorge’s trial advocacy program. I knew during law school what I wanted to do, and I received great training. I’m grateful for that.” In addition to being a member of the Dean’s Council, Ferris serves as a regent for the University of the Pacific. She also volunteers at Pacific McGeorge, judging trial advocacy competitions, coaching trial advocacy teams, and giving class lectures and demonstrations on the topic. Ferris is a major sponsor of the Pacific McGeorge National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC). The NETC was established in 2006 to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format. Ferris opened a solo practice in 1990 and has earned several high-profile memberships, including being named as a fellow to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers. DISTINGUISHED Trial Lawyer For Noël M. Ferris, ’79, Pacific McGeorge had a life-changing impact By Joanna Corman


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