Sacramento & San Francisco
Justice Kennedy Launches
Legal Studies Center Project
On September 18, 2009, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pacific McGeorge Legal Studies Center, scheduled for completion in 2011. The $10 million LSC project, a major expansion and renovation of the Gordon D. Schaber Law Library, is the largest facilities project ever undertaken at the law school.
The Dugoni School of Dentistry made major advances in the implementation of its new Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum, which places a strong focus on active learning and critical thinking by integrating learning across multiple disciplinary areas using a small-group, case-based approach. This forward-thinking approach to dental education has received widespread recognition among dental educators throughout the country.
First Annual Citizenship Fair
Helps Immigrants Plan for Citizenship
On November 7, 2009, more than 80 students from Pacific McGeorge, UC Davis School of Law, and the University of the Pacific joined forces with immigration attorneys to aid nearly 300 immigrant attendees seeking United States citizenship. The event, promoted in five different languages, was coordinated by faculty members Raquel Aldana, Dorothy Landsberg, Blake Nordahl and Kathleen Benton. It was co-sponsored by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), state officials, the Univision television network, key figures from the University's Stockton campus, immigrant rights groups, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Pacific McGeorge and UC Davis student groups.
International Partnerships and Leadership
The Dugoni School launched its Global Initiative in Dental Education (GIDE) and built new or expanded international partnerships with schools in China, Thailand, Egypt and elsewhere. Consistent with the school's Strategic Plan, this initiative is helping to elevate education and health care standards to the mutual benefit of patients, students, staff and faculty around the world.
Pacific McGeorge Ranked in Top 100 Overall, Top 20 in Advocacy, International Law
Pacific McGeorge's advocacy program earned a No. 5 ranking in the nation in the 2011 US News & World Report annual guide to "America's Best Graduate Schools." Pacific McGeorge is tied for fifth with Georgetown University and ranks first among law schools in the west in the magazine's Trial Advocacy specialty ratings. The law school's international law program was ranked 15th and among the top three in the west.
New Approaches to Faculty Development
To ensure that faculty members are prepared to thrive and excel in a changing environment, the School of Dentistry has initiated several extensive faculty training and development programs including the Doctorate in Professional Education and Leadership (DPEL) Program, the Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP), and the CalTEACH Program.