August 22, 2016
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific welcomed 228 new students at an Orientation Program held the week of Aug. 8, 2016. Classes for new and returning students began on Monday, Aug. 15.
The incoming fall 2016 Juris Doctor (J.D.) Full-Time Day Division class consists of 134 students, and the J.D. Part-Time Evening Division class includes 33 students. The incoming 2016 class also includes 20 Master of Laws (LLM) students, 13 Master of Science in Law (MSL) students, two JSD students and seven J.D. exchange students. Additionally, the inaugural group of four Master of Public Policy (MPP) and 14 Master of Public Administration (MPA) students were welcomed to those new degree programs.
The median LSAT score for the J.D. class is 152, and the median GPA is 3.20. The new class is 52 percent female and 48 percent male, with 38 percent of the class representing ethnic/racial diversity.
Dean Francis J. Mootz III welcomed the students and introduced speakers on Aug. 10 at the Dean's Welcome and Oath of Professionalism event during Orientation Week. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Colatrella, McGeorge Alumni Association board member Kimberley Delfino, '93, and Student Bar Association President Nicole Vera, '16, also addressed the new students. Judge Morrison England, '83, of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, administered the oath of professionalism to new students. Faculty held a reception for new students and families on the Quad after the welcome event.
McGeorge welcomed four new faculty members to campus this summer. Stephen Smith Cody, visiting assistant professor of law, hails from the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where he most recently was the director of the Atrocity Response Program. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, as well as a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MPhil from Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is teaching Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and International Criminal Law at McGeorge.
Lindsey Blanchard, associate professor of lawyering skills, most recently clerked for Judge Susan Nelson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, where she has been working since June 2013. Blanchard graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Ederlina Y. Co, assistant professor of lawyering skills, most recently served as the career law clerk to Chief Magistrate Judge (now District Judge) Dale A. Drozd. She received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. She is an expert in §1983 actions in federal court and she has substantial experience with appellate litigation.
Daniel J. Croxall, assistant professor of lawyering skills, returns to McGeorge, where he earned his law degree with great distinction in 2008. Most recently, he has owned his own firm that specializes in representing craft breweries. He is an expert in business advising in a regulatory environment and has substantial litigation experience. Professors Blanchard, Co and Croxell are teaching in the Global Lawyering Skills program.