May 9, 2012
A tribute celebration for Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker on March 3, 2012, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento attracted 600 attendees and raised more than $200,000 for the McGeorge Public Legal Services Society.
The successful fundraiser marked the 20th anniversary of PLSS, a student-led organization dedicated to enhancing employment opportunities for young graduates who choose often low-paying public-interest careers. Funds raised will enable the PLSS to establish an endowed fund for summer grants and its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).
The event was also was a fitting farewell to Dean Parker, who will conclude her 10-year reign as head of the law school at the end of this semester. Hundreds of prominent attorneys and judges from the Sacramento area were in attendance along with students, faculty members, University officials, and community leaders.
"The Annual PLSS Auction is an event that many faculty and staff have worked hard to strengthen over the years," Dean Parker said. "I want to thank Julie Davies, in particular, for her tireless support of the auction. The auction is a wonderful example of faculty, students, staff and alums working to support the best traditions of public service by the legal profession. It was my honor to be included in the celebration, and I want again to thank everyone who worked to make this such a successful event — whether by working to organize the event, donating services and items, or simply attending. In my view, it was McGeorge at its best."
Speakers lauded the PLSS cause and the dean's leadership role in strengthening McGeorge's international programs, experiential opportunities, and her tireless efforts to reconnect alumni far and wide with the law school.
Judge Morrison England Jr., '83, served as emcee of the event. University President Pamela Eibeck and Provost Maria Pallavicini gave welcoming remarks. Associate Dean Julie Davies, Kim Delfino, '93, Mike Belote, '87, and Jenny Bain, '12, spoke about the PLSS cause. Adjunct Professor Walter Dahl was a lively live auctioneer. Judge Connie Callahan, '75, Noel Ferris, '79, Brian Putler, '85, and Katy O'Connor, '13, paid tribute to Dean Parker.
McGeorge wishes to thank all the generous law firms and other sponsors for making the event a major success and memorable night for the community.