September 14, 2006
Visiting Professor George Harris has accepted an offer from Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker and the rest of the McGeorge faculty to become a tenured faculty member.
Professor Harris, who has a high-profile background in private practice, has been teaching Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility this academic year at McGeorge and also has served as co-director of the Appellate Advocacy program. It’s a return to legal academia for Harris, who was a tenured faculty member at the University of Utah College of Law from 1996 to 2001.
As a litigation partner with the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster, Professor Harris was second chair for the John Walker Lindh (the American Taliban) defense team and the litigators that defended the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum against the Oakland Raiders’ civil suit that was tried in Sacramento.
A Yale Law School graduate, Harris clerked for Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin, U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, before beginning his legal practice with Altshuler & Berzon in San Francisco. He moved to Morrison & Foerster in 1987, becoming a partner in 1990. He was appointed to serve as associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh in order to assist as trial counsel in the prosecution of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.