Law School Hosts Civil Justice Crisis Hearings
November 17, 2011
Pacific McGeorge was the first stop on a tour promoting public "Hearings on California's Civil Justice Crisis" on Nov. 15, 2011.
Many prominent state jurists and attorneys were on campus to explore what they term "the devastating effects of recent deep cuts in court funding and chronicle underfunding of legal assistance on every segment of society, from low-income individuals to major corporations." The half-day forum featured witness panels on foundational, rights to counsel, senior services and continuum of services events.
Appellate Justice Ronald Robie, '67, a long-time adjunct professor, chaired a nine-person presiding panel that included Allan Zaremberg, '78, the CalChamber CEO, Associate Dean Julie Davies, and Dean Kevin Johnson of the UC Davis School of Law. Professor Leslie Jacobs, the director of the Pacific McGeorge Capital Center for Public Law & Policy delivered welcoming remarks to the Lecture Hall audience.
Sharon Browne, '85, principal attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation and a Legal Services Corporation board member, and Justice Vance Raye, the presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, comprised the foundational panel. Morrison & Foerster senior partner James Brosnahan, retired Justice Earl Johnson, Jr., and Judge James Mize of the Sacramento Superior Court comprised the second witness panel. Elaine Roberts Musser, '92, a volunteer attorney for the Yolo County Adult Protective Services Multidisciplinary Team, and Coral Henning, the director of the Sacramento County Public Law Library, spoke on senior services. Diane Bras, '88, the Placer County Superior Court's family law facilitator, Martin Carr, a Legal Services of Northern California board member, and Sue Talia, a private family law judge, testified on the final panel.
The State Bar of California, CalChamber, the California Commission on Access to Justice, and OneJustice, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding legal services for low-income families facing legal barriers, co-sponsored the event. The "Hearings on California's Civil Justice Crisis" will continue on Nov. 30 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco. December events are planned at Southwestern Law School and UC Irvine School of Law.