McGeorge School of Law

Pacific Appoints New Dean for McGeorge

January 11, 2012

Francis J. Mootz III was named the ninth dean of McGeorge on Jan. 5, 2012, by University of the Pacific Provost Maria Pallavicini. Mootz, who is the associate dean for academic affairs and faculty development at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will assume his new duties July 1.

"Jay Mootz will be an inspirational leader of the whole law school community — students, faculty, alumni and staff," said Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, the director of McGeorge's Global Lawyering Skills program. "He has a vision about the role of legal education in society, and the importance of developing young lawyers who are equipped with practical skills and well-versed in legal principles and theories."

Mootz was selected as the next dean of the law school after a national search to replace current Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, who announced last spring that she would step down after 10 years as dean.

"McGeorge has all the right building blocks in place, with its focus on strong lawyering skills, its location in one of the country's most important state capitals, and its strong and committed faculty," said Mootz. "I am excited to continue the stellar work of Dean Parker and her faculty."

Mootz earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in philosophy and a J.D. from Duke University. He joined the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV in 2008, after previous teaching appointments at Penn State, William & Mary, and Western New England School of Law.

"Professor Mootz brings a compelling balance of professional and academic experience to the table," said Pallavicini. "He has taught for 21 years, worked as an associate dean at two law schools, practiced as a commercial litigator, and published widely on legal issues. He is also a strong advocate for legal education in a liberal arts environment — a core tenet at McGeorge."

Mootz has written in traditional doctrinal areas such as insurance, contract and sales law, and he also has undertaken an ambitious agenda of interdisciplinary scholarship exploring relationships between law and contemporary European philosophy. His courses at UNLV have included sales, payment systems, jurisprudence, contracts and insurance law.

With nearly 1,000 students, McGeorge is among the 30 largest law schools in the U.S. The school was founded in 1924 and joined University of the Pacific in 1966. It has 52 full-time and 70 adjunct faculty members who have attained national and international renown in their fields. McGeorge is nationally known for its advocacy programs that annually produce award-winning moot court and mock trial competition teams. It also has one of the largest, most well-respected international law programs in the world.

Mootz was selected from a field of more than 100 applicants for the McGeorge deanship.

"I am looking forward to a new era of alumni engagement and fundraising," Assistant Dean for Advancement Charlene Mattison said.

A search committee composed of law faculty members, alumni and others worked for more than nine months in finding someone with the credentials and vision to replace the departing Dean Parker. Phillip Oppenheimer, dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, chaired the search committee. McGeorge faculty committee members included Raquel Aldana, Cary Bricker, Omar Dajani, Associate Dean Julie Davies, Matthew Downs, Larry Levine, Thom Main, Mary-Beth Moylan and John Sprankling. They were joined by University regent Judge Morrison England Jr., a graduate of both Pacific and McGeorge; Nader Nadershahi, executive associate dean at the University of the Pacific's Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco; Cynthia Ostberg, director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program in Stockton; law school alumnus and attorney Dustin Johnson, '06; and law student Megan Cosgrove, '12.

Deans of the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

McGeorge School of Law, which was founded in 1924, has enjoyed innovative, visionary leadership in its 88-year history. The longevity of its deans reflects a passion for legal education and community service that has greatly benefited from the loyal support of its alumni and friends.

  • 1924-1929: Verne Adrian McGeorge
  • 1930-1933: Russell A. Harris
  • 1933-1937: Gilford G. Rowland
  • 1937-1947: Lawrence G. Dorety
  • 1947-1957: John Harold Swan
  • 1957-1991: Gordon D. Schaber
  • 1991-1992: John E. Ryan (Interim Dean)
  • 1992-2001: Gerald Caplan
  • 2001-2002: John G. Sprankling (Interim Dean)
  • 2002-2012: Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker
  • 2012- : Francis "Jay" Mootz