McGeorge School of Law

Manson Leaves Faculty Post To Join Westlands

May 6, 2010

Craig Manson

Craig Manson

Craig Manson, '81, will leave the faculty this summer to accept a permanent position as general counsel for the Westlands Water District, the largest agricultural water district in the United States.

Manson, a former U.S. Department of the Interior Undersecretary, has served as a distinguished visitor and lecturer in law at McGeorge since January 2006 teaching Environmental Law, Administrative Law and Public Policy Development.

A former Superior Court judge and general counsel for the California Department of Fish & Game, Manson previously taught as an adjunct professor at McGeorge from 1993 to 2001. In 2004, he was honored as the law school's Alumnus of the Year during his service as Interior Department Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

Thomas Birmingham, '83, is the general manager of the Fresno-based Westlands Water District. The huge agency, whose farms produce $1 billion worth and wood and fiber annually, has been in the middle of California's political water wars for decades. Manson will be stationed in Sacramento while he serves as its legal counsel.