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Pacific McGeorge faculty are sought-after legal experts, committing a portion of their time to helping the community understand complex legal issues through media channels. The following are recent media commentary on an array of timely legal questions.

  • Leslie Gielow Jacobs was quoted in the story, "State Senators' Legal Troubles Leave Them At Home Collecting $8,000 A Month," on CBS News on March 3, 2014. Read.
  • Brian Landsberg was quoted in the article, "Resurgent Holder pushes agenda," on Feb. 15, 2014 in The Hill. Read.
  • Lawrence Levine was quoted in the article, "Little League coach who sued player over torn tendon says he will drop suit after an apology," in the February 2014 issue of the ABA Journal. Read.
  • Michael Malloy contributed posts to the Contracts Prof blog during February 2014. He posted "GLOBAL K: Big boys play rough" on Feb. 5; "GLOBAL K: Crazy Ungenerous Arbitration Clauses" on Feb. 10, and "GLOBAL K: Empirically Speaking" on Feb, 17, 2014.
  • Paul Paton was quoted in the article, "It's time to look at regulation of 'quasi-legal' work done by lawyers," in the February 2014 issue of the ABA Journal. Read.
  • John Sims was interviewed for a "Call Kurtis" segment on Channel 13, "Metro Fire Won't Refund $1.3M In Taxes It Shouldn't Have Collected," that aired on March 3, 2014. Sims was also interviewed for a follow-up "Call Kurtis" segment on March 6, "Fire District, Under Fire, Agrees to Work Toward Refund 'Solution."
  • Brian Slocum was interviewed for a "Call Kurtis" segment on Channel 13, "Sales Tricks To Get You To Open Your Door And Your Wallet," that aired Feb. 3, 2014. Watch.
  • Michael Vitiello talked about sentencing reform and prison population on Capital Public Radio's Insight program on Feb. 12, 2014. Listen.
  • Melissa Brown discussed the NFL Players' concussion class action lawsuit in light of President Obama's comments that if he had a son, he would not let him play professional football, and California limits on the right of professional athletes to file injury claims in California, as a guest on the Christine Craft show, KGO radio, on Jan. 19, 2014.
  • Leslie Jacobs was quoted in the article "1st Amendment at issue in ban on gay-conversion therapy for minors," in the January 2014 issue of the ABA Journal. Read.
  • Warren Jones was quoted in a Merced Sun-Star article, "Stockton Catholic Diocese to file for Chapter 11 protection," on Jan. 13, 2014. Read.
  • Lawrence Levine was quoted in a Sacramento Bee story, "Little League coach offers to drop lawsuit against teen if he gets apology," on Jan. 26, 2014. Read.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in a Capital Public Radio story, "Some Arena Vote Petitions Have a "Substantial Defect," in Jan. 7, 2014. Listen.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was interviewed on KCRA 3 about "Arena initiative gets closer to qualifying for ballot" on Jan. 16, 2014. Watch.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was interviewed on CBS 13 about "City Clerk: Signatures Verified For Sacramento Kings Arena Petition," on Jan. 17, 2014. Watch.
  • John Myers was quoted in a Sacramento Bee story, "Darrell Steinberg won't act immediately on Sen. Rod Wright's fate," on Jan. 30, 2014. Read.
  • Paul Paton was interviewed about his expert research report on the extension of confidentiality protection for clients of non-lawyer tax advisors by CPA Magazine.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted in a Sacramento Bee story, "Sacramento-area Juggalos: We're not in a gang," on Jan. 16, 2014. Read.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted in a Stockton Record story, "Inmate acts as attorney, then doesn't attend trial," on Jan. 23, 2014. The article was picked up for national syndication and published in many other television affiliates and newspapers including the Washington Post. Read.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted in an ABA Journal online story, "Prosecutor tries first-degree murder case in front of two empty chairs," on Jan. 23, 2014. Read.
  • Adrienne Brungess appeared on News10's "Ask the Expert" on Dec. 19, 2014.
  • Brian Landsberg wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Dec. 7, 2013, "Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is urgent." Read.
  • John Myers was quoted in the article "$5 million wrongful death claim made against city of Modesto, Police Department in mother's death," in the Modesto Bee on Dec. 23, 2013. Read.
  • Adrienne Brungess appeared on News10's "Ask the Expert" in two segments on Nov. 19, 2013. Watch Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Franklin Gevurtz was interviewed for a "Call Kurtis" segment on Channel 13, "Sales Tricks To Get You To Open Your Door And Your Wallet," that aired Nov. 6, 2013. Watch.
  • Amy Landers was quoted in the article, "The Latest Apple-Samsung Ruling Is a Mixed Bag" posted on Nov. 19, 2013 on Bloomberg Businessweek. Read.
  • Brian Landsberg's letter to the editor, "More on Desegregation," appeared on Page 7 in the November issue of the ABA Journal. Read.
  • Dorothy Landsberg was quoted in the article, "For law students, health care is hot and real estate is not," in the Sacramento Business Journal on Nov. 22, 2013. Read (pdf).
  • Stephen McCaffrey was quoted in the article, "Nicaragua acusa a Costa Rica en la CIJ de provocar "pesadilla medioambiental," in El Nuevo Herald on Nov. 5, 2013. Read.
  • John Myers was quoted in the article, "A future for Eden," in the Stockton Record on Nov. 13, 2013. Read.
  • Paul Paton was interviewed for the article, "UK is 'living laboratory' for ABS innovation, says US expert," posted on Nov. 8, 2013 on The Law Society Gazette. Read.
  • Brian Slocum was interviewed for the article, "Missing Roseville restaurant owner was behind on loan," in the Sacramento Bee on Nov. 18, 2013. Read.
  • Raquel Aldana was quoted in the article, "Tenure proposals before ABA spark alarm among law faculty," in The Daily Journal on Oct. 30, 2013. Read (pdf).
  • Adrienne Brungess appeared on News10's "Ask the Expert" segment on Oct. 17, 2013. Watch.
  • Brian Landsberg was quoted in the article, "Practical skills in vogue in law school classrooms," in The Daily Journal on Sept. 17, 2013. Read.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in the article about the proposed Sacramento Kings arena project, "STOP may have upper hand over signatures, expert says," in the Sacramento Business Journal on Sept. 20, 2013. Read (requires access).
  • John Sims was quoted in the article, "All rise: The justices will now hunt antelope, or attend the opera," on the McClatchy DC website on Oct. 2, 2013. The article was picked up for national syndication and published in many other newspapers. Read.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted in the article, "Matthew Barrows: Aldon Smith's legal troubles bring unfair comparison to Aaron Hernandez," in the Sacramento Bee on Oct. 11, 2013. Read.
  • Clark Kelso was quoted in the article, "California poised to allow undocumented immigrants to practice law," in the Sacramento Bee on Sept. 21, 2013. Read.
  • Melissa Brown was interviewed on CBS News 10 about "UC Davis: Pepper-spray cop expected to receive worker's comp," on Aug. 16, 2013. Watch.
  • Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed on CBS News 10 about "Pressure, politics ratchets up on releasing prisoners," on Aug. 2, 2013. Watch.
  • John Sprankling was interviewed on KCRA Channel 3 about "Part of Downtown Plaza arena deal could wind up in court," on Aug. 9, 2013. Watch.
    • Sprankling was interviewed by Capitol Television News Service (CTNS) on Aug. 9, 2013 on the effort by the city of Richmond to take over under-water home mortgages by eminent domain.
    • Sprankling was interviewed by Channel 13 for a "Call Kurtis" segment, "Public Storage Doesn't Care That Rats Destroyed My Stuff," that aired Aug. 22, 2013. Watch.
  • Ruth Jones was interviewed on KCRA Channel 3 about "Would Zimmerman have been convicted in California?" on July 16, 2013. Watch.
  • Brian Landsberg was interviewed by Capitol Television News Service (CTNS) on July 16, 2013 about the United States Department of Justice consideration of charges against George Zimmerman for depriving Trevon Martin of civil rights.
  • Lawrence Levine was quoted in the article "At Center of Gay Rights Movement, a Justice Rises," in The National Law Journal on July 8, 2013. Read (requires access).
  • Francis J. Mootz III was quoted in the article, "Amid Falling Enrollment, Law Schools Are Cutting Faculty," in the Wall Street Journal on July 15, 2013. Read (requires access).
  • John Myers was interviewed by CBS 13 in a story about "California Has Similar 'Stand Your Ground' Wording as Florida Self-Defense Law," on July 16, 2013. Watch.
    • Myers was quoted in the Torrance Daily Breeze article, "Gallegos weighs in on 'stand-your-ground' laws: Amid national controversy, Humboldt County DA supports California self-defense law, "on July 21, 2013. Read.
  • John Sprankling was interviewed on KCRA Channel 3 about "Landlords could be required to provide cooling,"on July 3, 2013. Watch.
  • Leslie Jacobs was interviewed by KFBK about DOMA and Prop. 8 on June 26, 2013.
  • Brian Landsberg talked about the impact in California of the Supreme Court vote to strike down part of Voting Rights Act on Capital Public Radio's Insight program on June 25, 2013.
    • Landsberg was interviewed about the Voting Right Act decision on Wisconsin Public Radio's At Issue radio program on June 25, 2013.
    • Landsberg was interviewed by Capitol Television News Service (CTNS) on June 27, 2013 about Prop. 8.
  • Lawrence Levine co-wrote an op-ed that appeared on June 30, 2013 in the Sacramento Bee, Gay-lesbian equality gains an important step. Read.
    • Levine was quoted in a Sacramento Bee article, "Gay marriage is on a roll," on June 27, 2013. The article was picked up for national syndication and published in many other newspapers. Read.
    • Levine was interviewed on the Gay Cable Network (along with Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School) about DOMA and Prop. 8 on June 26, 2013.
    • Levine was interviewed by KTTH in Seattle about DOMA and Prop. 8 on June 26, 2013.
    • Levine was interviewed by La Opinion about DOMA and Prop. 8 on June 26, 2013.
  • Francis J. Mootz III was quoted in a JD Journal article, "Diversity Matters Award Presented to Ten Law Schools and National LSAC Meeting," on June 12, 2013. Read.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in the Sacramento Bee article, "El Dorado's Ray Nutting gets FPPC support as he faces felony charges," on June 11, 2013. Read.
  • John Myers was quoted in an article in the Sacramento Bee, "Bishop's messenger says he wasn't Ojeda's 'confessor'," on June 26, 2013. Read.
    • Myers was interviewed by CBS 13 in a story about the El Dorado County sheriff that stripped the Forest Service of State-law enforcement power. Watch.
    • Myers was quoted in the Sacramento Bee article, "Key pretrial hearing scheduled for priest accused of molestation," on June 22, 2013. Read.
    • Myers was quoted in the Lodi News article, "Supreme Court: Police can take DNA samples," on June 4, 2013. Read.
    • Myers was interviewed by CBS 13 about Prop 8 and the 9th Circuit Court decision to remove the stay on gay marriages. Watch.
  • John Sims was quoted in the Appeal-Democrat article, "50 years after the Gideon decision," on June 8, 2013. Read.
    • Sims was interviewed by KOVR Channel 13 for a "Call Kurtis" segment, "If Companies Record Your Phone Call, Can You Record Them Too?" that appeared on June 18, 2013. Watch.
    • Sims was interviewed on KFBK about Edward Snowden on June 24, 2013.
    • Sims was interviewed by KCRA Channel 3 about the Supreme Court DOMA & Prop. 8 decisions on June 26, 2013.
    • Sims talked about the Supreme Court DOMA & Prop. 8 decisions and what they mean on Capital Public Radio's Insight program on June 26, 2013. Listen.
  • Michael Vitiello was interviewed by ABC News for an article "Victim's aunt outraged baby killer set to be released in Calif.," on June 21, 2013. Watch.
  • Gregory Weber was quoted on Capital Public Radio in a story, "Delta Plan Faces Several Lawsuits," on June 17, 2013. Listen.
  • Melissa Brown was quoted in a Sacramento Bee article, "L.A. poised to go after Las Vegas hospital in patient-dumping cases," on May 20, 2013. Read.
  • J. Clark Kelso was quoted in a Sacramento Business Journal article, "Courts rely more on 'special masters' as cutbacks take toll," on May 17, 2013.
  • Francis J. Mootz III was quoted in a Sacramento Business Journal article, "Law firms, schools adjust as students struggle to find jobs," on May 17, 2013.
  • John Myers appeared on CBS 13 about a murder/assisted suicide case in Davis on May 10, 2013. Watch.
    • Myers explained the parameters of the law in the case of a 12-year-old charged with murdering his younger sister in an interview with KCRA Channel 3 on May 13, 2013.
    • Myers was quoted in an article in the Union Democrat, "911 tape shows confusion," on May 15, 2013. Read.
    • Myers was quoted in an article in the Stockton Record, "12-year-old to plead not-guilty in sister's stabbing death," on May 28, 2013. Read.
  • John Sims was a guest on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program on May 9, 2013 where he analyzed the composition of the Calif. Supreme Court in a segment named "Unanimous Court." Listen.
    • Sims was interviewed by KOVR Channel 13 for a "Call Kurtis" segment, "I'm Not the Mattress Store, Stop Calling My Phone!" that appeared on May 31, 2013. Watch.
  • John Sprankling was quoted in the Stockton Record article, "CalPERS blasts move by law firm," on May 23, 2013. Read.
  • Melissa Brown was interviewed for an article that appeared in the Sacramento Bee on April 5, 2013, "Q&A: McGeorge elder law fair can answer seniors' financial, health questions."
  • Lawrence Levine wrote an op-ed that appeared on April 7, 2013 in the Sacramento Bee, "Justices unlikely to issue sweeping gay rights edict."
    • Levine was a guest on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program on April 2, 2013 and discussed the topic of The Supreme Court & Gay Marriage.
    • Levine did a 30-minute interview about the LGBT marriage cases coming before the Supreme Court by Christine Craft, '95, on KGO 560 on March 30, 2013.
  • Michael Malloy was quoted in a Capital Public Radio story, "Legal Expert: Sacramento Improvising to Complete Offer," on April 19, 2013.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in an Associated Press article "Brown's appeal of prison ruling could be difficult," that appeared in the Mercury News and many other places on April 12, 2013.
  • John Myers was quoted in a Sacramento Bee news article, "Officer's defense lawyer seeks psychiatric exam of assault victim who had a stroke," on April 11, 2013.
  • John Sims commented on Google's refusal to release workforce and supplier diversity data in a CNN Money Report on March 20, 2013, calling the company's stance that the numbers are a trade secret "absolutely preposterous."
  • Joe Taylor was quoted in a Sacramento Bee obituary, "Police officer survived '68 downtown shootout," on March 10, 2013. He said the outcome of the trial that followed changed determinant sentence laws.
  • Michael Vitiello was interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio about the legalization of marijuana and the Oregon Law Review symposium on April 12, 2013. The interview is available online.
  • Gregory Weber wrote an op-ed that appeared on April 14, 2013 in the Sacramento Bee, "The big divide over water: Mistrust is top obstacle to repairing the Delta."
  • Omar Dajani wrote an article that appeared on March 23, 2013 on The Daily Beast website, "Obama's Demand Of Palestinians: Recognize A "Jewish State."
  • Leslie Jacobsappeared on the News10 morning show on March 27, 2013, and discussed the Supreme Court Prop 8 and DOMA case hearings.
    • Jacobs was interviewed by KFBK radio on March 26 and March 27 about the Prop 8 and DOMA Supreme Court case hearings.
  • Lawrence Levine wrote an op-ed that appeared on Sun., March 24, 2013 in the Sacramento Bee, "The man who may decide the future of gay rights," about the two cases that were heard by the Supreme Court on March 26 and 27, Hollingsworth v. Perry (Calif.'s Prop 8) and Windsor v. United States(the federal benefits aspect of DOMA), and the role that Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's may play in the decisions. The article was picked up for national syndication and published in many other newspapers.
    • Levine was quoted in the Sacramento Bee article, "Californians react to Supreme Court's gay marriage ban arguments," on March 26, 2013. The article was picked up for national syndication and published in many other newspapers.
    • Levine appeared on the evening news broadcast on KCRA Channel 3 where he was interviewed in Washington D.C. after the Prop 8 oral arguments on March 26, 2013.
    • Levine was interviewed on KIRO Radio Seattle's Jason Randz show on March 28, 2103, about his coveted seat at and his analysis of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases.
  • Michael Malloy was interviewed by Bob Moffitt of Capital Public Radio for the article "Failure To Follow NBA Procedure Could Cost Sacramento Group".
  • Francis J. Mootz III was quoted on March 12, 2013 in the Sacramento Business Journal in a story about U.S. News & World Reportlaw school rankings.
    • Mootz was quoted on March 12, 2013 in the Stockton Record in a story about U.S. News & World Report law school rankings.
  • John Sims appeared on Fox40's "Prop 8: What To Know" segmenton March 25.
    • Sims was quoted on March 14, 2013 on FOX40 News in a story about a Sikh man filing a lawsuit against California, asserting that an assault weapons ban infringes on his faith.
  • Gregory Weber was quoted in an article, "California voters, lawmakers have no say in OK of major river diversion plan" on March 24, 2013 in the Sacramento Bee. The article was picked up for national syndication and published in many other newspapers.
  • Raquel Aldana was quoted on Feb. 3, 2013, in a Ventura Starstory about the importance of local law enforcement in combating human trafficking. "Human trafficking is a huge problem and often under-counted because it's invisible," she said. "Unless you have an educated police force they has the sensibilities, they may not be able to recognize the crime when the see it."
    • Aldana was quoted on Feb. 23, 2013, in a Stockton Record article about the previous day's on-campus Law Day activities, which sought to motivate high school students to pursue careers in law. "Lawyers are agents for change," she said.
  • Walter Dahl was quoted extensively in the Sacramento Business Journal on Feb. 15, 2013, in an article about the decline in business bankruptcy cases in the Sacramento region. "We are now reaching some sort of stability," he said. "There are more real estate-driven loans to flush through the system, but there are definitely less filings overall."
  • Leslie Jacobs was quoted on Feb. 8, 2013, in the Stockton Record in an article a man charged with making terrorist/criminal threats to a police officer on a Facebook protest wall. "It is true you don't have a First Amendment right to make a true threat," she said. But for it to be a true threat, she said, the messenger has to say something that causes a reasonable person to feel they have a reasonable fear of bodily harm. "You have to take the context of it into account," she said.
  • Fred Galves did a half-hour interview on Feb. 19, 2013, on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," a nationally syndicated show that airs on more than 40 radio stations around the country and is heard locally on KTKZ AM 1320. He discussed his book, Genesis Reloaded: Questioning a Literal Interpretation of the Bible.
  • Larry Levine was interviewed by KCRA Channel 3 on Feb. 28 and discussed the significance of the Obama administration's amicus brief filing in the Prop 8/DOMA case before the Supreme Court. He said there have been many such briefs filed on the pro-LGBT rights side of the issue.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted on Feb. 23, 2013, in a Sacramento Bee article about the appointment of her former colleague Allison Claire as a new U.S. magistrate judge. "She is one of the most brilliant, thoughtful people I've ever known," she said. "She will be the kind of judge that is truly fair."
  • John Myers was quoted on Feb. 22, 2013, in a Sacramento Bee article about a proposed tax deduction for the family of an "expected child" and said he its passage would not be "an inroad against abortion."
  • John Sims was quoted extensively on Feb. 28, 2013, in the Central Valley Business Journal in a story about the possibility of an infringement on Second Amendment rights in proposed new gun regulations. "As annoying as some of the regulations might be, they don't come close to infringing on anyone's rights," he said. "We are nowhere near the limits of what the Second Amendment would permit. We'll encounter political limits on gun control long before we encounter the constitutional limits."
  • John Sprankling was interviewed on Feb. 11, 2013, by KBAK Channel 29 in Bakersfield and talked about squatter versus renter and landlord versus tenant issues in light of new state and federal legislation.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted on Feb. 4, 2013, in a Modesto Bee story about a report critical of police procedure in a botched eviction notice service that ended in a double homicide. "It could become a central document in the wrongful-death lawsuit," he said. "If their own document proves the defendant should have known of the risk, that's a kick in the shin for local government."
  • Raquel Aldana was quoted in an article on diverseeducation.com about Thomas Jefferson School of Law assistant professor Luz Herrera who pioneered a low bono program in southern California "Her vision, pedigree and legitimacy, from having done it and struggled through this in an area like Compton, makes her a leader in this field."
  • Clark Kelso was quoted in his role as federal receiver for the state prison health system on Jan. 28, 2013, in the San Francisco Chronicle. In response to positive statements by the governor, he said, "There is no persuasive evidence that a constitutional level of medical care has been achieved."
  • Brian Landsberg was interviewed by KCRA Channel 3 on Jan. 3, 2013, and discussed the potential legal problems a state legislator's proposed bill to make the homeless a protected class would create. Even if it became law, he questioned how homeless could prove city ordinances were discriminatory. "So, if we say that you can't have camp sites at night on the American River Parkway, that's not directed," he said. "That applies to everybody."
  • Brian Landsberg was interviewed by KXTL Channel 40 on Jan. 22, 2013, and discussed the complications involved in President Obama's broad gun-control proposals in the face of the stated intent of some local sheriffs to not enforce such laws.
  • Larry Levine was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 24, 2013 in an article about the legal issues involved in the sale of the Sacramento Kings franchise. Even though the deal involves a nonrefundable $30 million deposit, he said the Seattle businessman trying to buy the team would have "an uphill battle," if he tried to sue the NBA for shooting down the proposed move of the team.
  • John Myers was quoted on Jan. 5, 2012, in the Sacramento Bee in a story about a rape conviction thrown out of because of a rarely used law. He said that an arcane 19th century rape statute probably let a defendant off the hook and may need to be rewritten.
  • John Myers was interviewed on Jan. 23, 2013, by KOVR Channel13 and explained the legal rationale behind the release of a mother who killed her child from a mental institution. "I understand why people would be upset, but what you have to understand is a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, means not guilty." He said the circumstances are rare, but the judge had the right to release her.
  • Paul Paton wrote a column about the alleged misconduct of a Canadian province chief justice, "Inquiry or Witch Hunt?," which appeared in the December issue of Lexpert magazine.
  • John Sims was interviewed on Jan. 16, 2013, by KOVR Channel 13 and discussed President Obama's broad gun-control proposals that had been announced earlier in the day.
  • Brian Slocum was interviewed by KOVR Channel 13 for a "Call Kurtis" segment that was telecast on Jan. 9, 2013, which involved a company renting credit card machines charging exorbitant fees. After examining a rental contract, he said, "The company might win on that point [a late-return-of-equipment], but the charges that they are claiming are outrageous."
  • John Sprankling was interviewed by KCRA 3 on Jan. 31, 2013, and discussed whether the right of first refusal for minority owners of the Sacramento Kings could be a stumbling block for their proposed sale to Seattle interests. "In theory, it could be a complete roadblock," And he said a minority partner's interest available in a bankruptcy sale could carry rights of first refusal with it.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted extensively on Jan. 28 in the Modesto Bee about the release of a woman from a mental institution who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in an infanticide case two years ago. "It's really unusual to be released that early," he said. "There must have been something particularly compelling to recover from a psychotic break. "It's not a get-out-of-jail-free ticket. The judge was following the law."
  • Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed on Dec. 8, 2012, by KFBK 1530 about the Supreme Court's decision to take the Proposition 8 and DOMA case. She explained the possible outcomes of the high court's acceptance to take on the same-sex marriage issue.
  • Larry Levinewas quoted on Dec. 8, 2012, in the Stockton Record in a story about the University of the Pacific's connections (Ted Olson, Andy Pugno, Justice Anthony Kennedy) to the Proposition 8 case going before the Supreme Court. "Few would doubt that this is one of the major civil rights battles of our time," he said. "And to have Pacific represented by both sides of the argument and a justice is laudable."
    • Levine defended California's judicial system in an interview with KXTV Channel 10 on Dec. 14, 2012. "We have better safety, and we have better products because of these class-action lawsuits," he said, in a response to a tort reform watchdog group's criticism of the state. "What we often hear about are the lawsuits that are filed. But we don't follow up and learn that they've been dismissed by these judges that are being classified as part of a 'judicial hellhole'," he added.
  • John Sims was interviewed about Supreme Court's agreement to take the Proposition 8 case and DOMA case and asked about Justice Anthony Kennedy's likely role in the outcome by KCRA Channel 3 and KXTL Channel 40 on Dec. 8, 2012. "Justice Kennedy has written the two leading opinions supporting equal protection for gays and lesbians… therefore, I wouldn't consider him a total swing vote. But he hasn't addressed marriage equality before," he told the latter TV station.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted on Dec. 11, 2012 in the Modesto Bee about a woman who shot her husband and claims self-defense. "Using the defense of battered woman syndrome means the victim must have the perception she needed to use deadly force. A history of physical abuse can enhance that perception, but not emotional abuse.
  • Fred Galves was quoted extensively on Nov. 18, 2012, in The Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.) in an article about his book, Genesis Reloaded: Questioning a Literal Interpretation of the Bible. "I started to make the distinction between worshipping God and worshipping the Bible," he said, explaining his inspiration for writing the theological work.
  • Leslie Jacobs was interviewed on Nov. 30, 2012, by KFBK 1530 and discussed the likelihood that the Supreme Court would decide to hear two potentially landmark cases concerning same-sex marriage.
  • Brian Slocum appeared on a "Call Kurtis" segment of KOVR Channel 13 on Nov. 15, 2012, to discuss the rights of a woman who ordered a piece of baseball memorabilia for a set price only to have the vendor try to up the price later. "Once they accept her offer, they have to live up to their promise," he said. "If the item has increased in value, she is the one entitled to that benefit, to that profit."
  • Fred Galves was interviewed on Oct. 4, 2012, by KCRA Channel 3 about the attorneys' fees that dwarfed the damages in a settlement between homeless people and the city of Sacramento. "It's a red flag," he said. "It also sometimes offends our sense of justice when it costs more money to get the remedy than the remedy itself."
  • Clark Kelso was quoted in his role as federal receiver for the state prison healthcare system on Oct. 25, 2012, in the Los Angeles Times. "You're never going to find out if the state has the will and capacity to maintain improvement unless you take your hands off the wheel and turn the car over," he said, in announcing that some of his operations will be going back to state control soon.
  • Larry Levine was interviewed by BBC TV on Oct. 1, 2012, regarding liability for autonomously driven cars. If that concept comes to fruition, it will definitely be a challenge to current tort law, he said.
  • Paul Paton was quoted extensively on Oct. 17, 2012, in InsideTrack, a publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin, on his remarks about the future of the profession at a bar event the previous month. "One of the biggest concerns for the traditional practitioner, particularly solo and small practitioners, has to be an outfit like LegalZoom, which announced plans last spring for an initial public offering to raise revenue," he said.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted on Oct. 15, 2012, in an Associated Press story about a lawyer who alleged that she was passed over for teaching positions at the University of Iowa College of Law because of her legal work for anti-abortion groups. "There are something interesting, see conservatives suing on job discrimination claims because suddenly they are portraying themselves as victims," he said. The story ran in many Midwest newspapers.
  • Clark Kelso was quoted in his role as federal receiver for the state's prison health care system on May 9 in a Metropolitan News-Enterprise wire service. He outlined four conditions the state should be required to meet before the receivership is terminated.
  • Brian Landsberg spoke on the effect of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on May 10 at a program on "Super PACS" sponsored by the Sacramento chapter of the American Constitution Society.
  • Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker appeared on the KVIE Channel 6 "Studio Sacramento" program on May 25 and discussed her decade of service as the dean of Pacific McGeorge and her views on its future and that of the Sacramento area.
  • Raquel Aldana appeared on April 30 on NPR's "Latino USA" program and talked about the challenges facing undocumented law students who aspire to admission to a state bar.
  • Michael Colatrella did a lengthy Q&A, dispensing tips on becoming a better negotiator, which appeared on April 15 in a Sacramento Bee column, "Improve Your 'Let's Make Deal' Skills." The feature was picked up by many news services all over the country.
  • Michael Colatrella was a guest on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program on April 25 and discussed the topic of negotiation and the upcoming Advanced Negotiation Workshop at Pacific McGeorge.
  • Omar Dajani was interviewed by KOVR Channel 13 on April 5 in a Call Kurtis segment about a man whose car was damaged while at an auction house. "It's one of the worst written contracts that I've seen in a while," he said, when he examined the contract's damage waiver. "The auctioneer needed to list some specific claims."
  • Brian Landsberg was quoted on April 2 in an Associated Press story about an Arizona sheriff's settlement talks with the Department of Justice involving civil rights violation allegations. "If it goes to trial and he loses, then the court could impose more onerous sanctions," he said, noting that one incentive for settling a civil rights case is so police agencies can help shape the settlements they'll have to operate under.
  • John Myers was quoted on April 5 in the Sacramento Bee about the lockup of a juvenile by authorities to ensure her testimony against her convicted felon attacker. "Sometimes the balance is struck in favor of the prosecution for the protection of all the other women out there who would be preyed upon by this guy if the state's evidence is really the way it is," he said. "Sometimes, that means a witness has to be severely inconvenienced."
    • John was interviewed the same day by KTXL Fox 40 on the same subject. "On occasion, the only way to protect the community is to insist that victims testify," he said.
    • John was interviewed on April 16 by KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio about the same case, which had victims' rights advocates up in arms. He explained a district attorney's job is to represent the people, not the victim.
    • John was quoted on April 10 in the Sacramento Bee on the significance of the release without bail of a mother arrested by police on suspicion of killing her 2-year-old daughter. "The police make an arrest when they have probable cause," Sometimes, the probable cause stands up. Sometimes, the DA says, 'We need more time.' "
    • John commented on a temporary restraining order issued against the same mother to prevent her from seeing her other child on April 12 in the Sacramento Bee.
    • John was quoted on April 18 in the Sacramento Bee about the propriety of taking voluntary DNA samples from juveniles without parental consent in the investigation of a 13-year-old's murder. "I can't find anything that says (law enforcement officers) have to get parental consent," he said.
  • Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker was quoted on April 6 in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article on the statewide decline in California law school enrollments. "It's been kind of a roller-coaster for everyone," she said. "We had decided our law school needed to reduce its annual class size, but we did not want to get quite this small, [this quickly]."
  • John Sims was interviewed by KFBK 1350 on April 2 about a federal appeals court ruling that upheld Proposition 209, California's ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities.
    • John appeared on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program on April 12 and discussed the issue of redacted policemen's names in public inquiry reports on the UC Davis pepper spraying incident.
  • Michael Vitiello was quoted on April 11 in the Stockton Record about a father and son arrested for a gang-related slaying. Fathers a ael was quoted on April 16 in the Sacramento Bee about a federal crackdown on marijuana shops in San Francisco. He said many dispensaries getting closure letters are highly visible establishments, "most likely to be complying with state and local regulations and paying taxes."
    • Michael was interviewed by KFBK 1530 on April 17 and discussed the legal issues involved in taking DNA samples from juveniles without parental consent.