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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015

Alumni News 1996 Timothy Harris has joined the Seattle City Attorney’s Office as assistant city attorney. | Cary G. Palmer has been elevated to managing shareholder of Jackson Lewis P.C., in the firm’s Sacramento office. Palmer represents management in employment, labor and benefits law and related litigation. | Jonathan Renner 26 SUMMER / FAL L 20 1 5 won retention as a justice of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in the Nov. 4, 2014 election. He has served on the Court of Appeal since July 2014. 1997 Peggy Huang was elected to the City Council for the city of Yorba Linda. Huang is the first Asian woman elected to the City Council. | Timothy H. Irons has joined Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu as an attorney of counsel. Irons was previously a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, in Century City, representing private developers, businesses, special districts and local government in entitlement proceedings and litigation WATER LAW TRAILBLAZER Environmental lawyer Kristian C. Corby, ’13, helps advance Pacific McGeorge’s water law offerings By Stephen Robitaille Kristian C. Corby, ’13, knew he wanted to study water law, but he didn’t know where. Then he began to notice that his research kept pointing him toward Pacific McGeorge—and he’s glad it did. “Once I got here, I realized this was the perfect place to be. California has so many water issues, and Sacramento is the policy center of it all,” Corby says. “You’re in this hotbed of really smart people and cutting-edge ideas.” Corby co-founded McGeorge’s Water Law Society, which organizes lectures by leading water policy experts, such as legendary water lawyer and McGeorge alumnus George Soares, and Ronald Robie, associate justice for the state’s Third District Court of Appeal, a former vice chair of the state Water Resources Control Board and director of the state Department of Water Resources. Corby was McGeorge’s first water fellow, assisting Professor Stephen McCaffrey, a renowned water law expert, in disputes before the International Court of Justice, in The Hague, Netherlands. At a meeting to pitch the Water Fellow concept, Corby came away with an approval and an offer for another task: help design a McGeorge water law institute. The Pacific McGeorge Water Resources Law Institute is slated to conduct policy research, provide collaborative solutions to California water issues, and work on legislative and regulatory reforms. Corby now has what he terms a “dream job” as an associate attorney at King Williams & Gleason, a Sacramento-based environmental law firm. “I couldn’t have asked for a better school. McGeorge is so willing to entertain students’ ideas,” he says. “I never would have expected that as a first-year attorney I would be gaining experience in the highly competitive field of environmental law. I’m working directly with partners, writing motions, helping determine strategy. I’m not just looking under the hood—I’m helping build the engine. It’s fantastic.”


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer2015
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