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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015

Alumni News PACI F I C L AW 25 T Harper has served as Trinity County district attorney since 2007. | Torene L.M. Schwab has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as deputy director of the Legal Division and chief counsel at the California Department of Social Services, where she has served as assistant chief counsel since 2010. 1994 Norman E. Allen was elected to University of the Pacific Board of Regents on July 17, 2014, and will serve a three-year term extending through June 30, 2017. Allen is a senior vice president and partner at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. in San Francisco. | Eric Barnum has been appointed as Schiff Hardin’s new labor and employment practice chair. Barnum is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, and he focuses his practice on a variety of matters related to employment law and litigation. | Julie Shephard was featured in Variety’s 2015 Legal Impact Report. She is a partner at Jenner Block in Los Angeles. The best career advice Katharine “Kate” Baragona, ’90, received at Pacific McGeorge was from a friend, an Italian lawyer in the LL.M. Transnational Business Practice program. “Don’t submit your resume to California law firms,” he told her. “You won’t be able to rationalize quitting to follow your dreams. Leave yourself no option but to be international.” She took his words to heart, heading off to McGeorge’s Salzburg program with no U.S.-based job awaiting her return. Her internship—a key feature of McGeorge’s international programs—led to a full-time position. Eventually, she became one of the first five American lawyers to qualify as a U.K. solicitor. Since 2010, Baragona has been a senior infrastructure finance specialist at the World Bank, located in Washington, D.C., where she continues to advise governments, development institutions, lenders and project sponsors on the structure and financing of energy or transportation projects that draw on private- and public-sector funding. “Sometimes I feel like I’m working with the John Adamses and the Thomas Jeffersons of Mauritania, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria,” Baragona says of her international colleagues. “Every day, I am inspired.” A member of McGeorge’s International Board of Advisors, Baragona is grateful for the high-quality legal training she received at McGeorge and the school’s international network of contacts and alumni. “It was the first place where I was amongst people who had already accomplished what I was dreaming I might accomplish,” she says. DREAMING BIG Kate Baragona, ’90, an infrastructure finance expert at the World Bank, credits Pacific McGeorge with inspiring her global pursuits By Joanna Corman


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015
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