May 23, 2016
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific awarded 148 Juris Doctorate (JD)
degrees, 25 Masters of Laws (LLM) degrees, eight Master of Science in Law (MSL) degrees
and one Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) degree to culminate its 92nd academic year
at the graduation ceremony of the law school on May 21, 2016. Dean Francis J. Mootz III presided over the ceremony, and University President Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck joined him in the platform party. Kevin M. Nagle gave the commencement address. Nagle is an owner of the Sacramento Kings basketball
team and majority owner of the Sacramento Republic FC minor league soccer club.
The Class of 2016 Valedictorians were Patrick Ford (Day Division) and Michelle Daniels (Evening Division). Student speakers at the ceremony were Ryan James Matthews (Day Division), Maricar Adefuin Pascual (Evening Division) and Henry Ifeadila Okoro (LLM). The McGeorge Barrister of the Year was William C. Maloney.
The Commencement ceremony was held at the Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Sacramento.
Andrew Crouse (Day Division) and Richard Duane Silvestri (Evening Division) were honored with Outstanding Graduate Awards for academic achievement.
Jenifer Nicole Gee (Day Division) and Andrew Pinasco (Evening Division) received Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Awards. Kayla L. Thayer (Day Division) and Maricar Adefuin Pascual (Evening Division) received Outstanding Student Achievement Awards. ALI-ABA Scholarship
& Leadership Awards went to Amanda C. Kelly (Day Division) and Erika Brier Lewis (Evening Division). Sean Creadick (Day Division) and Bianca Montemayor Angulo (Evening Division) received Outstanding Student Service Awards. The award winners were recognized at the Gradate Luncheon held May 17, 2016 at Sutter
Club. Brad Le Du '79, representative from the Alumni Association Board of Directors, spoke at the Graduate
Luncheon, and SBA Class Reps Jess Melgar (Day) and Crystal Ortiz (Evening) emceed the lunch.
Also recognized at the Graduate Luncheon were the Julie Davies Professors of the Year: Professor Larry Levine (Day) and Professor John Myers (Evening). The SBA's annual Professor of the Year Award is named the Julie Davies Professor of the Year Award in appreciation for Professor Davies' dedicated service to McGeorge as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2013, and her steadfast commitment to outstanding teaching, learning, and assessment. The SBA's annual Anna Rose Fischer Award is given to an outstanding member of the McGeorge staff or administration who, in the course of their employment, has performed above and beyond their job responsibilities, thereby immeasurably aiding and assisting the McGeorge Student Body. The Anna Rose Fischer Staff Member of the Year was Joe Pinkas, Financial Aid.
The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy recognizes students who work on behalf of others in legal or community service as they earn their law degrees with the Capital Commendation for Public Service. Rachael Trang My Nhan, Aysha Pal and Annette Rose were recognized for Extraordinary Commitment (150 Volunteer Hours); Navpreet K. Thandi was recognized for Superior Commitment (100 Volunteer Hours), Danielle E. Lyons and Kurt Dwight Bennett were recognized for Admirable Commitment (50 Volunteer Hours). (View photos of the Graduate Luncheon)
The Trial Advocate of the Year was Kathryne Elizabeth Baldwin, and Kitty Leann Canales received the Noël M. Ferris & R. Parker White Prize for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. The Appellate Advocate of the Year was Jenifer Nicole Gee. The Order of Barristers, graduates elected to the National Honorary Society whose purpose is to encourage excellence in oral and written advocacy, were Kathryne Elizabeth Baldwin, Sean Creadick, Sheena J. Farro, Jenifer Nicole Gee, Karly Kristina McCrory, Shoeb Mohammed, Maricar Adefuin Pascual, Michael Vinton Shepherd, Kitty Leann Canales and Lauryn Kristyne Tully. The Advocacy Awards ceremony was held on April 28, 2016. (View photos of the Advocacy Awards).
On May 20, 2016, The McGeorge Chapter of the Order of the Coif inducted 15 new members from the Class of 2016. Fair Political Practices Commission Chair Jodi Remke, '91, gave the keynote address to the new members.