March 20, 2020
The Capital Center for Law & Policy recently brought State Senator Scott Wiener (D – San Francisco) to McGeorge School of Law to speak to students, alumni, and faculty about his work in the California Legislature and his penchant for choosing the most complex policy issues facing the state of California.
“To me, you do public service to try to make things better for people and that means complicated issues, being persistent, and when necessary being controversial,” said Sen. Wiener, “Nibbling around the edges just isn’t my style.”
While the conversation with McGeorge Adjunct Professor Erin O’Neal Muilenburg focused primarily on policies geared toward achieving greater opportunities for affordable housing in California, Senator Wiener also addressed a number of other complex policy issues, including his current and past legislation involving LGBTQ+ rights and criminal justice reform. Students asked questions about zoning and housing policy as well as universal basic income. “I wrote a paper last semester on homelessness in California and analyzed many of Sen. Wiener’s bills in it,” said Whitney Floratos, a 2L at McGeorge, “I was blown away by the depth of his commitment to ending homelessness and by how much he’s accomplished in the criminal justice reform space. Having the opportunity to listen and ask questions to such a high-profile elected leader in person without leaving campus is an incredible addition to my experience at McGeorge.”
“Seeing Senator Wiener at McGeorge was inspiring and reminded me of the profound ability we have to make a difference through government service,” said Jessica Melms, a 2L at McGeorge, “A main reason why I chose McGeorge was because of the school’s proximity to the Capitol and the connections the school and the Capital Center for Law & Policy have to leaders and policy makers. Tonight was a clear reminder of the draw McGeorge has for anyone working in and around law and policy.”