November 16, 2005
On Thursday, February 16, 2006, Craig Manson will speak at the "California and the Future of Environmental Law Conference", at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall." Craig will join Professors Vikram Amar of Hastings and Ann Carlson of UCLA in a panel on "Federalism Issues".
Assistant Secretary of the Interior Craig Manson returns to the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific faculty after serving four years as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton announced the resignation of Manson, effective December 31, on Wednesday in Washington D.C.
“You have accomplished much in your service overseeing the National Park System and the Fish and wildlife Service,” she said in a thank-you letter to Manson. “State officials and sportsmen praise the new attitude of cooperation you brought to wildlife management.”
Manson was serving as a Sacramento Superior Court judge before President George W. Bush nominated him for the Interior Department post and the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed that nomination in January 2002. He had served as General Counsel of the California Department of Fish & Game from 1993 to 1998 after being in private practice in Sacramento from 1989 to 1993.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Manson served on active duty in the Air Force from 1976 to 1989. He was also a colonel in the California Air National Guard. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
Manson received his law degree in 1981 with great distinction from McGeorge, where he was named Outstanding Graduating Senior, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pacific Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
From 1993 to 2001, Manson was an adjunct professor at McGeorge. The 2004 McGeorge Alumnus of the Year Award winner will teach Administrative Law next spring at the Sacramento law school.