McGeorge School of Law

Faculty Busy During Spring with Scholarly Activities

June 8, 2015


Professor Lawrence Levine

During the spring of 2015, the faculty and staff of McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific were actively engaged in numerous scholarly activities around the world.

  • Brian Landsberg's article, Public Accommodations and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Surprising Success? (36 Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol'y 1), has been published.
  • Michael Malloy's book, ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ANTHOLOGY (2 vols., Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2015), has been published.
  • Stephen McCaffrey's book chapter, "The 1997 UN Convention: Compatibility and Complementarity," in The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes at 49 (Attila Tanzi, Owen McIntyre, Alexandros Kolliopoulos, Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Rémy Kinna, eds., Brill 2015) has been published. 
  • Melissa Brown presented "Where the Jobs Are Now and What They Require: Preparing Law Students for an Interprofessional World" at the AALS Clinical Conference on May 5, 2015.
  • Adrienne Brungess presented "Inward and Outward - Internationalizing Legal Writing" at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference in Knoxville, TN, on April 18, 2015.
  • Michael T. Colatrella Jr. presented "What I Learned About Teaching from Being an Art Student" at the LegalED Igniting Law Teaching Conference at American University Washington College of Law on March 20, 2015.
  • Michael T. Colatrella Jr. presented "Ethical Considerations in Mediating Disputes With Self Represented Litigants" during a panel he organized at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington on April 16, 2015.
    Leslie Gielow Jacobs contributed a guest post, "License Plates are Back in Court in Walker v. Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans," to the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog on March 24, 2015.
  • Lawrence Levine presented his work-in-progress on aspirational standards in tort law to the University of Oregon School of Law's Lectures and Awards Committee on April 13, 2015. While at the University of Oregon on April 13, Levine also presented about the marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court to the law school's LGBTQ organization, the Outlaws.
  • Hether Macfarlane presented "Beyond Just Reading the Professor's Comments: A Self-Evaluation Exercise for International LLM Students" at the Global Legal Skills Conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL on May 22, 2015.
  • Michael Malloy hosted the second Annual Conference on Business, Law and Economics (BLE Conference) at the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece, May 4-5, 2015. Malloy also chaired a session on Measurement and Methodology, dealing with a range of multidisciplinary research issues. Papers approved by a peer-review process will be edited by Malloy and published as part of the Institute's publication series.
  • Stephen McCaffrey spoke on two panels at the International Water Resources Association's XVth World Water Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland May 25-29, 2015. Professor S. McCaffrey with legal team at ICJOne panel was the special session "Getting the best out of the global water conventions," and the other was "The Role of Law, Politics and Science in Transboundary Water Cooperation."
  • Stephen McCaffrey participated as a committee member in the fifth meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention, held in Vienna, Austria on May 6, 2015.
  • Stephen McCaffrey appeared for Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in hearings on Certain Activities carried out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) and Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan River (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica), from April 13-May 1, 2015
  • Francis J. Mootz III presented his paper, "Getting Over the Originalist Fixation," at a conference organized by Professor Brian Slocum on "Inference, Intention and Ordinary Meaning: What Jurists can Learn about Legal Interpretation from Linguistics and Philosophy," held at McGeorge on May 1, 2015. In his paper, Dean Mootz challenged the "Fixation Thesis" as argued by the new originalists such as Professor Larry Solum, which holds that meaning is fixed at the time of its adoption.
  • Francis J. Mootz III presented a paper as part of a conference on "The Hermeneutics of Practice" sponsored by the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy and the School of the Humanities at the University of Dundee, Scotland on May 7-8, 2015. In his paper, "The Hermeneutical Intransigence of Legal Practice," Dean Mootz argued that legal practice remains immune to the theorizing of originalist scholars who argue that legal meaning is defined historically. Using the work of philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer he explained the nature of legal practice as a dynamic interpretive activity.
  • Brian Slocum organized the conference on "Inference, Intention and Ordinary Meaning: What Jurists can Learn about Legal Interpretation from Linguistics and Philosophy" on May 1, 2015 at McGeorge. Prof. Slocum also was a panelist on the topic of "Linguistics and Ordinary Meaning" at the conference.
  • Molly Stafford and Sarra Ziari co-presented "Modern Mentoring: Innovative Ways to Connect Your Students with Alumni," at the NALP (National Association for Law Placement) Annual Education Conference in Chicago, IL on April 23, 2015.
  • Michael Vitiello served as Advocate in Residence at Washburn University Law School in Topeka KS, along with his co-author Mike Fontham on April 9-10, 2015. Vitiello gave a presentation to the faculty on the topic of "Oral Advocacy in the Classroom" on April 10, 2015.
  • Jarrod Wong spoke on "Emergency Arbitrators" on a panel on "The Use of Arbitration for Technology Disputes" at the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum event in San Francisco on April 29, 2015.
  • Jarrod Wong presented "BG Group v. Argentina: A Supreme Misunderstanding of Investment Treaty Arbitration" at the 2015 Pepperdine Law Review Symposium on April 17, 2015. The paper will be published in Vol. XLIII of the Pepperdine Law Review.
  • Jarrod Wong moderated a panel on "Transparency and Procedural Due Process in International Economic Law" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) on April 10, 2015. Additionally, he formally assumed his position as Co-Vice Chair of the ASIL international Economic Law Interest Group, and helped run its interest group meeting on April 9. 
  • Melissa Brown was quoted in The LA Daily Journal article, "Law School Experience in Clinics Translates to Jobs Even More Than Expected," on May 19, 2015.
  • Leslie Gielow Jacobs was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article, "Judge rules religious school within its rights to dismiss 2 teachers," on March 29, 2015.
  • Lawrence Levine's op-ed, "Progress toward gay rights sometimes subtle but monumental," appeared in the Sacramento Bee's California Forum on April 18, 2015.
  • Lawrence Levine was interviewed on Capital Public Radio's Insight program about the issues raised in the SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Case and how the court might rule in June.
  • Lawrence Levine was quoted in the New York Times article, "Gay Mentor, Belief in Dignity at Roots of Kennedy's Views," on April 15, 2015.
  • Lawrence Levine was interviewed by KTTH in Seattle about the SCOTUS gay marriage hearing on April 28, 2015.
  • Mary-Beth Moylan was interviewed on KFBK radio about Kamala Harris' effort to stop a ballot measure on March 25, 2015.
  • John Myers was interviewed for the KCRA3 story, "Bill would ban grand juries from investigating deadly officer-involved cases Bill would ban grand juries from investigating deadly officer-involved cases," on May 8, 2015.
  • John Myers was interviewed for the CBS13 story, "Court Ruling On Out-Of-Control Children Worries California Parents, on April 2, 2015.


  • Melissa Brown co-developed an Elder Abuse/Self-Neglect class as part of the UC Davis School of Medicine's Doctoring course, which was taught Feb. 3-19, 2015. UC Davis third year medical students, McGeorge Elder & Health Law Clinic students and Master of Science in Law students participated in an interdisciplinary approach toward understanding and meeting the medical, legal and social needs of elderly patients with complex issues. UC Davis Medical School faculty, together with McGeorge alumni and faculty, jointly facilitated the four classes. The McGeorge team was represented by: faculty members Leslie Jacobs, Larry Levine, Colleen Truden, Jennifer Gibson, Pauline Nguyen and Melissa Brown, along with alumni Emma Siverson, Matt Fisher., Don Fraulob, Andy Warburg, Steve Hansen Leslie Murphy, Megan Beaver, Ian Scharg, Lauren Foust, and Naresh Birdi.
  • Melissa Brown has been appointed to the Board of the International Association for Indigenous Aging, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association.
  • Melissa Brown organized and moderated a discussion on the topic "End of Life Options Act - SB-128," as part of the Capital Center Lecture Series, at McGeorge on April 20, 2015.
  • Adrienne Brungess, and Vallerye Mosquera, '15, gave testimony to the State Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of SB 134, presented by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, on May 6, 2015.
  • Lawrence Levine spoke about "The Supreme Court and the Future of Marriage Equality" at a McGeorge Lambda Law Students Association event on April 23.
  • John Myers presented "California's Juvenile Courts: Past and Present" at a Training for Professionals Seeking to Become Visitation Supervisors event sponsored by Empower Yolo in Woodland, CA on April 17, 2015.
  • John Myers presented "Recent Developments in Family Law" at the Family Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association on April 7, 2015.