April 7, 2017
The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office awarded McGeorge Professor John E.B. Myers its Outstanding Service Commendation today at the Outstanding Citizen's Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes "extraordinary service as a volunteer, advocate, or community leader." In particular, the award committee commented on the "countless hours" that Professor Myers donates to "improving the lives of children and keeping them safe."
Earlier in April Professor Myers received an "Agent of Change" award from Empower Yolo as thanks for offering pro bono legal services to the agency's clients. "He works tirelessly representing clients in custody, divorce, guardianship, child support and restraining order cases," said Jaime Garfield-Imus, Empower Yolo's director of legal services, in a Davis Enterprise article. "His passion and dedication representing Empower Yolo's clients is incredible." "Congratulations to Professor Myers for this well-deserved recognition," said McGeorge Dean Francis J. Mootz III.
Professor Myers provided his expertise this semester in consultation with third-year law students Jessica Gosney and Lilly Udang on AB-413, an active bill the students are staffing in the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy Legislative and Public Policy Clinic. Introduced by Assembly Members Susan Eggman and Cristina Garcia, AB-413 would allow recorded evidence of domestic violence to be used in court by a victim without fear of being sued by the perpetrator for invasion of privacy. He testified at an Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing on March 14 with Udang and Assembly Member Garcia, and the bill has since passed the Assembly and advanced to the Senate.
Guilford Press recently published Myers' Legal Issues in Clinical Practice with Victims of Violence. The book is written for mental health, medical, and social work professionals who work with victims of violence. On the dust cover, John Briere, Ph.D., USC Department of Psychiatry wrote a review of the new book: "The preeminent legal authority on violence and victimization issues has written a comprehensive, accessible book for mental health and medical professionals. Especially useful is Myers's guidance on child protection, juvenile justice, involuntary treatment, expert and general testimony, confidentiality, legal privilege, and malpractice issues. This is the single best legal reference and review available for clinicians. Buy it, read it, and keep it close by."