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Courtney Lee

Courtney Lee
Title: Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, Director, Academic Support
Education: B.S., Grove City College, J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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Faculty Scholarship

Scholarship is a core priority for the Pacific McGeorge faculty. Among their scholarly pursuits, Pacific McGeorge faculty develop and present at scholarly symposia and conferences, author books for the legal profession, students, and the general public, and produce scholarship for top journals around the country and the world.

Recent Publications

  • John Sprankling and Ray Coletta's casebook, Property: A Contemporary Approach (3rd ed. 2015) has been published by West.
  • Brian Landsberg, Does Prison Reform Bring Sentencing Reform? The Congress, the Courts, and the Structural Injunction, 46 McGeorge L. Rev. 747 (2015).
  • Michael Malloy, Payment Systems and Harmonization, appeared in Global Wisdom on Business Transactions, International Law and Dispute Resolution, a Festschrift published by the German Publisher C.H. Beck in honor of the 65th birthday of Gerhard Wegen. Dr. Wegen is a partner in the Stuttgart law firm Gleiss Lutz specializing in corporate and cross-border M&A projects, and also an Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen.
  • Michael Malloy, Contracts Simulations (Bridge to Practice Series, West 2015) (with Deborah R. Gerhardt).
  • Michael Malloy's second (of three) 2015 Supplements to his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation (2d ed.) has been published by Wolters-Kluwer Law and Business.
  • Stephen McCaffrey's book chapter, "Pollution of Shared Freshwater Resources in International Law," has been published in Transboundary Pollution: Evolving Issues of International Law and Policy at 81 (S. Jayakumar, Tommy Koh, Robert Beckman & Hao Duy Phan eds., Edward Elgar 2015) has been published.
  • John Myers, "Testilying" in Family Court, 46 McGeorge L. Rev. 499-510 (2015).
  • Michael Vitiello, Reforming California Sentencing Practice and Policy: Are We There Yet?, 46 McGeorge L. Rev. 685 (2014).
  • Michael Vitiello, Reflections on an Extraordinary Career: Thoughts about Gerald Caplan's Retirement, 46 McGeorge L. Rev. 459 (2014).
  • Michael Vitiello, Limiting Access to U.S. Courts: The Supreme Court's New Personal Jurisdiction Case Law, 21 UC Davis J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 209 (2015).
  • Michael Vitiello's book chapter, "An Overview of California's Sentencing Policy and Procedure" has been published in Oxford Press's Oxford's Handbooks Online Criminal Law and Criminology (2015).

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Works in Progress Academic Year 2014-2015

  • John Sprankling
    Property and the Roberts Court
    April 14, 2015 from noon to 1 p.m. in S20
    Commentator: Rachael Salcido
  • Mike Vitiello
    Limiting Access to US Courts: The Supreme Court's New Personal Jurisdiction Case Law
    Sept. 2, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Pub
    Commentator: Kojo Yelpaala
  • Francis J. Mootz III
    Protecting Victims from Liability Insurance Companies that Add Gratuitous Insult to Grievous Injury
    Oct. 28, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Pub
    Commentator: Julie Davies
  • Emily Garcia Uhrig
    The Evolving Equitable Right to Counsel in Habeas Corpus
    Jan. 27, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Pub
    Commentator: John Sims

Distinguished Speaker Series

From formal presentations, informal brown bag lunches, and faculty/student activities, the weekly on-campus events hosted through the Distinguished Speaker Series provide an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas for the betterment of law faculty as colleagues working together, as scholars from law schools across the nation and world sharing abstracts of in-progress research, and as teachers who can share a wellspring of emerging ideas and perspectives in the classroom.


Teresa Weber"Environmental Protection in Europe and Austria — Efficient Federalism?"
Presented by: Teresa Weber, Assistant Professor, University of Salzburg
When: Aug. 25, 2015 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Seminar Room 20

Donald Anton"The Move To Mine The Deep Seabed: Continuing Developments in the Legal Framework"
Presented by: Donald Anton, Professor of International Law Griffith Law School
When: Sept. 3, 2015 from Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Seminar Room 20 in the Student Center

Michael M. Gunter"The Kurds, ISIS, and the United States: The Mideast in Turmoil"
Presented by: Michael M. Gunter, Professor of Political Science Tennessee Technological University
When: Sept. 8, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Reception to follow from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Where: The Grand Salon

William N. Eskridge Jr."No Vehicles in the Park: How to Interpret Statutes"
Presented by: William N. Eskridge Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School
When: Oct. 22, 2015 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: S-20 in the Student Center


Stephan Kirste"Is There a Human Right to Democracy?"
Presented by: Professor Dr. Stephan Kirste, Deputy Head of the Department of Social and Economic Sciences at the Law Faculty of the University of Salzburg and Head of academic group of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
When: Aug. 26, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: Seminar Room 20

Arsene Balihuta"Trade Liberalization for Least Developed Countries: WTO, Bretton Woods and Regional North South Trade Agreements"
Presented by: Ambassador Arsene Balihuta
When: Oct. 2, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: Seminar Room 20

Arsene Balihuta"Ethics in International Arbitration: the Arbitrator Intelligence Project"
Presented by: Professor Catherine A. Rogers, Penn State
When: Oct. 21, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: Seminar Room 20

Sahar Francis"The Struggles of Palestinian Political Prisoners: The Law and Politics of Mass Incarceration in Israel"
Presented by: Sahar Francis, General Director, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
When: Nov. 13, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Classroom A

Ian F. Haney‐López"Dog Whistle Politics: Coded Racism and Inequality for All"
Presented by: Ian F. Haney‐López
When (presentation): Feb. 3, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
When (reception): Feb. 3, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 730 p.m.
Where (presentation): Courtroom
Where (reception): Grand Salon
Co-sponsors: Pacific McGeorge Capital Center, La Raza Lawyers Associa􏰀on, SABA and Women Lawyers of Sacramento

Abby Ginzberg"Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa"
Presented by: Abby Ginzberg
When: Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Classroom H
Co-sponsors: Pacific McGeorge Global Center and the World Affairs Council Sacramento Chapter

Anita Bernstein"The Diversity Rationale for Affirmative Action: A (Scripted) Dialogue with Justice Kennedy"
Presented by: Anita Bernstein
When: Feb. 5, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: S20

Jo Becker"Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality"
Presented by: Jo Becker
When: Feb. 12, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Classroom C
Co-sponsors: Pacific McGeorge Capital Center, Lambda, and Sac LEGAL

Sahar Aziz"Theater or Transitional Justice: Reforming Egypt's Judiciary"
Presented by: Sahar Aziz
When: April 2, 2015 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Seminar Room 20 (The Pub)
Co-sponsor: Pacific McGeorge Global Center

"Losing our Right to Privacy: How Far is Too Far?"
Presented by: Mark Ellis
When: April 20, 2015

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