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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015

Areas of Excellence Capital Center Lecture Series Tackles Hot-Button Issues Dynamic speakers presented lectures on political reform, eyewitness misidentification and end-of-life options Political Reform The Pacific McGeorge Capital Center and the Fair Political Practices Commission hosted “Political Reform’s 40th Anniversary: A Dynamic Look at the Past, Present and Future” on Sept. 17, 2014. The event featured a welcome by Jodi Remke, ’91, chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission, and a keynote address delivered by Trevor Potter, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission and lawyer for the Stephen Colbert “Super PAC.” Eyewitness Misidentification Moderated by University of the Pacific Professor Jacqueline Austin, the Mike Belote Annual Endowed Capital Center Lecture was held Dec. 10, 2014, at the Sutter Club in Sacramento. The event featured a lecture and discussion with Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, authors of the New York Times bestselling book Picking Cotton. The book, which explores how the criminal justice system helped the witness “get it wrong,” provides the riveting narrative of suspect misidentification that resulted in Cotton spending 12 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. In their deeply personal and uplifting talk, Thompson and Cotton discussed critical policy questions relating to witness identification in the criminal justice system. End-of-Life Options The Capital Center Lecture Series presented “End of Life Options Act– SB-128” on April 20, 2015, moderated by Melissa Brown, Director of the Pacific McGeorge Legal Clinics. Speakers explored the legal, medical, cultural and moral concerns that will arise as SB-128, a bill that would allow those with a terminal illness to request medication to end their own life, makes its way through the legislative process. Legislative and Public Policy Clinic Supervising Attorney Rex Frazier, ’01, with Clinic alumni Christopher Wu, ’14, Marisa Shea, ’14, and Jacob Smith, ’14. LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC POLICY CLINIC STARTS STRONG Gov. Jerry Brown signed four of the five bills drafted by students in the Pacific McGeorge Legislative and Public Policy Clinic. The bills, which include a law prohibiting the distribution of “revenge porn,” were officially passed into law in late September 2014. In only its first year, the clinic has received recognition as one of the top 15 most innovative clinics in the entire nation in the Winter 2015 issue of PreLaw Magazine. PACI F I C L AW 9 R A N D A L L G E E


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015
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