September 14, 2006
Craig Manson, the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, was named Alumnus of the Year at the 2004 McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific commencement ceremony on May 15.
Manson, a 1981 graduate, was the keynote speaker at the graduation exercise culminating the law school’s 80th academic year. Manson oversees the National Parks Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He was a Sacramento County Superior Court judge prior to his appointment by President George W. Bush and his confirmation by the U.S. Senate in January 2002. Manson was in private practice in Sacramento from 1989 to 1993 before his appointment as general counsel for the California Department of Fish and Game by Governor Pete Wilson. Manson began his legal career in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and is presently a colonel in the Air National Guard. Student speakers for the commencement were William Diedrich for the Day division and Darrin Lim for the Evening Division. McGeorge awarded 259 Juris Doctor degrees and 19 Master of Laws degrees.