December 19, 2017
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Mary-Beth Moylan will serve a term as one of the first Commissioners on the newly created Sacramento Ethics Commission from Jan. 1, 2018 until Jan. 1, 2020.
Moylan's nomination to serve as one of three members of the general public with a background in law, ethics, local government, or similar experience was confirmed on Dec. 5, 2017, by the Sacramento City Council. The purpose of the Sacramento Ethics Commission is to review and consider complaints against elected and appointed city officials, to ensure those city officials are conforming their conduct to the city's laws and policies.
"I am really looking forward to serving the City in this capacity. Sacramento is one of a growing number of cities to create Ethics Commissions, and it speaks very well of our community that the Council is making governmental ethics a priority," said Moylan. "I believe that I can contribute meaningful to the Commission based on my background in election law and the initiative process. I have a long-standing interest and commitment to ethics, civility, and professionalism in the legal profession as manifested by my participation in the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court. The Ethics Commission is a great opportunity to put those values into action."
Moylan currently serves McGeorge as the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, a position in which she helps integrate all skills training at McGeorge including experiential classes, Legal Clinics, and Externships. She is also the director of McGeorge's nationally recognized Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) program that introduces students to a broad range of core lawyering skills and provides a foundation for their practical legal training. She is the co-author of Global Lawyering Skills (West 2013) (Second edition forthcoming 2018), a legal skills textbook that is unique in the market for its focus on cross-border and cross-cultural considerations in lawyering skills and practice.
Since 2003, Moylan has supervised the publication of the California Initiative Review, an online journal providing objective and neutral analysis by law students of each statewide ballot proposition. The California Initiative Review is published in advance of every California statewide general election.
The first meeting of the Sacramento Ethics Council will be held in early 2018.