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

Alumni News PACI F I C L AW 47 S T E V E Y E AT E R Daniel Conway, ’13, is adept at putting out situational fires. As an evening student at Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Conway juggled course work with a fulltime job. His ability to balance immediate needs with long-term priorities came in handy when he started his current job while still attending Pacific McGeorge. As chief of staff for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, he manages a multitude of projects, including mapping out the city’s budget; negotiating labor contracts; fixing levees; maintaining parks; and building a downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings NBA team, which he says could “fundamentally change this city.” He has worked in politics, public affairs and public policy since starting his career because, he says, “you get to do things that really make a difference.” In 2007, he became a lobbyist and public relations consultant for KP Public Affairs in Sacramento. Conway, who had wanted to be a lawyer since childhood but put it off after starting a career and a family, applied to law school at the behest of a client and a partner at his firm, who were both lawyers. Conway entered Pacific McGeorge as the father of two while still working for KP Public Affairs. He then moved to the California Restaurant Association, working as its legislative and public affairs director and serving as the organization’s media spokesman. There, he worked on a variety of issues, including food trucks, food stamps and industry trends. During his time at the CRA, Conway’s third child was born. He intended to practice law when he started at Pacific McGeorge, but changed his mind, although he keeps the option open. “In law school, there is an expectation that the next step for all students is to practice. As I progressed through school, I gained a greater appreciation for the work I do now and the opportunities it presents,” he says. He took the job with the mayor’s office, in part, because it was a chance to advocate for his community. “When you’re lobbying, some of your biggest wins are things you’ve kept from happening,” he says. “An opportunity like this, when it’s the city you live in, the city you’re raising your family in and it’s the city at such a defining moment in its history ... it was perfect. It was like the stars aligned at that moment.” MULTI-TASKING FOR THE MAYOR As chief of staff for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Daniel Conway, ’13, gets to serve the city he loves By Joanna Corman


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