McGeorge School of Law

Political Reform's 40th Anniversary: A Dynamic Look at the Past, Present and Future


Join the Fair Political Practices Commission and the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific Capital Center for a morning of spirited dialogue examining 40 years of political reform in California. This event will feature prominent speakers discussing and debating the past, present, and future of the landmark 1974 initiative, the California Political Reform Act, that created the FPPC and made California a national leader in regulating campaign finance, conflicts of interest, and governmental ethics.

This event will feature a keynote address delivered by former Chair of the Federal Elections Commission, general counsel to three presidential campaigns, and lawyer for the Stephen Colbert "Super PAC", Trevor Potter.

Date and Time

Sept. 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


McGeorge School of Law
Lecture Hall
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento CA, 95817

  • Students & General Admission — Free
  • MCLE Credit — $40

Register online here.

MCLE Credit

This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by The State Bar of California for 3.5 hours on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. McGeorge School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Panelists and Speakers

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

First Panel: A Look Back as the Political Reform Act

  • Greg Lucas — California State Librarian, former SF Chronicle Reporter
  • John Burton — Chair of California Democratic Party, former California State Assembly-member and Senator
  • Daniel Lowenstein — Law Professor at UCLA, first Chair of the FPPC

Second Panel: The Act in Present Day

  • Karen Getman — Partner at Remcho, Johansen, & Purcell, LLP, former FPPC Chair
  • Erin Peth — Executive Director of the FPPC
  • Mary-Beth Moylan — Professor at McGeorge School of Law

Third Panel: The Future of the Act,Disclosure vs. Contribution Limits 

  • Jessica Levinson — Professor Loyola Law School and Vice President of the LA Ethics Commission
  • William R. Maurer — Executive Director of the Institute for Justice, Washington Office

Lunch with keynote speaker - 11:45 a.m.

  • Trevor Potter — Caplin & Drysdale