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Samandeep Sandhu, '12, receiving the Capital Commendation for Public Service from Professor Adrienne Brungess, Director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy program. Sandu was recognized for her extraordinary commitment for more than 150 hours of volunteer service.

Extraordinary commitment

Samandeep Sandhu, '12, receiving the Capital Commendation for Public Service from Professor Adrienne Brungess, Director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy program. Sandu was recognized for her extraordinary commitment for more than 150 hours of volunteer service.

Capital Center Awards 25 J.D. Certificates

May 23, 2012

Tags: 2012, Capital Center, Student Life

The Capital Center for Public Law & Policy held its third annual student recognition luncheon on May 8, honoring students who earned the Capital Certificate and the Capital Commendation for Public Service.

Twenty-five members of the Class of 2012 completed the Capital Certificate Program, a 16-unit course of study and experiential learning designed to equip new attorneys with the skills and knowledge to succeed in government and public service careers. That number was up from last year when only 18 students completed the requirements for the popular designation.

Pacific McGeorge has a large alumni base involved in public policy, including Noreen Evans, '81, the chair of the California Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, '85, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, '98 and state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, '86. In addition, the law school boasts two judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, four U.S., District Court judges, five U.S. magistrates, and six alumni who serve as the District Attorney in California counties.

One of this year's certificate graduates, Lindsay McCarl, '12, was recognized as the Outstanding Graduating Day Class Senior. She and her husband, Clayton McCarl, '12, were inducted into the Order of the Coif honors society, in addition to completing the certificate program.

Fred L. Main, '80, counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, gave the keynote address. He spoke about his positive experiences as a student and an alumnus of McGeorge. Main encouraged the students to be active members of their alumni network, and he emphasized that he is available to talk directly with those alumni who call upon him.

Fifty-six students, including 15 certificate graduates, received the Capital Commendation for Public Service for their community work. Pacific McGeorge offers many opportunities for students to engage in voluntary service, such as the Public Interest Clearinghouse Pro Bono Project, Public Legal Services Society, the Education Pipeline, One Justice Bus, and this year, a Habitat for Humanity project near the law school.

Professor Leslie Gielow Jacobs is the director of the Capital Center for Public Law & Policy. Professor Adrienne Brungess is the director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy and the Capital Commendation Program.