March 15, 2012
One of McGeorge's most prominent and influential alums, George Soares, '73, spoke to the Water Law Society on March 7.
Soares, the managing partner of Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP, is one of most influential political players in California and a leading figure at the nexus of water rights and agribusiness in the state. He has been cited in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers for his "political skill and influence that transcends his position" as an attorney/lobbyist.
Soares stressed the importance of water attorneys, particularly young ones breaking into the growing field, of knowing the legislative process both in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He took questions from students and Professor Gregory Weber, the group's advisor and the director of the law school's new Water Resources Law LLM program.
Kahn, Soares & Conway, headquartered in Hanford, is one of the largest firms in the San Joaquin Valley. Soares, who owns a valley ranch, works mainly out of the firm's Sacramento office. The firm, which he co-founded with Jan Kahn, '72, has been responsible for drafting hundreds of legislative and regulatory proposals. It played a major role in the passage of the largest tax relief package ever for California agriculture.
Three other alums work at the firm, partners Louis Brown, '91, and Cathy Westlund, '95, and associate Miranda Carroll, '09.