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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

News Briefs 8 SUMMER 20 14 S T E V E Y E AT E R PACIFIC MCGEORGE RECOGNIZED BY LSAC FOR DIVERSITY ACHIEVEMENTS Pacific McGeorge was selected as the runner-up for the 2013 Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Matters Award at the organization’s midyear meeting on June 1, 2013, in Newport Beach, and was just selected as the third best law school at the June 1, 2014 meeting in Asheville, NC. The Diversity Matters Award is given to a law school that has demonstrated the highest level of outreach to racially and ethnically diverse students. LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign to encourage multicultural students to pursue career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. “This is a great recognition of our outreach efforts,” says Dean Francis J. Mootz III. “At the LSAC meeting, I was gratified to see how highly regarded Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid Tracy Simmons is among her peers, and to learn how our ongoing efforts over the past year in our admissions office track best practices from operational and ethical perspectives.” Brigadier General Teaches Students About Military Law The McGeorge Military Law Society hosted Army Brigadier General Mark S. Martins, the chief prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions, on Oct. 10, 2013, for a public lecture and other events. Martins began his visit to the Pacific McGeorge campus as the guest lecturer in Professor John Sims’ International Protection of Human Rights class. The lecture was followed by a faculty luncheon at the McGeorge House, where faculty members discussed Martins’ experience as the chief prosecutor and some of his challenges with the military commissions. In the afternoon, students from the Mock Trial Competition Team and the McGeorge Military Law Society held a mock pretrial motion session regarding the exclusion of evidence in a military commission setting. The students presented legal arguments with Martins acting as judge for the proceedings. Martins then gave a public lecture in the courtroom that focused on the military commissions and Guantanamo Bay, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Martins wrapped up his visit to Pacific McGeorge the next day with a 5-mile run along the Sacramento River with members of the Military Law Society and a breakfast event with Pacific McGeorge alumni, students and local military veteran judges. Tracy Simmons, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid. Above, from left, Josh Hunsucker, president of the Military Law Society; Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins; and Dean Francis J. Mootz III.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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