McGeorge Professor Michael Colatrella

Professor Michael Colatrella, an expert in alternative dispute resolution, teaches the Prisoner Civil Rights Clinic at McGeorge School of Law

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Pacific McGeorge Receives Education Award from Ninth Circuit

Sep 26, 2013

Pacific McGeorge School of Law has been awarded the 2013 Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award in recognition of its long history of promoting education in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and its impact in the community.

Award Ceremony-Eastern District Judicial ConferenceThe Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award was was created by the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council in 2004 to recognize ABA-accredited law schools in the Ninth Circuit that have demonstrated a commitment to advancing education in the field of ADR. The award was presented to Dorothy Landsberg, Pauline Nguyen, and Michael Colatrella of Pacific McGeorge on October 5, 2013, at the U.S. Eastern District Judicial Conference in Olympic Park at Lake Tahoe.

McGeorge offers a wide spectrum of coursework and services to promote alternative solutions for dispute resolution.
The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution offers a full spectrum of alternative dispute resolution courses, executive education in ADR, and an opportunity for students to participate in moot ADR experiences. For the past three years, Pacific McGeorge has made a significant contribution to the Sacramento community through the institution of two innovative mediation clinics.

McGeorge Housing Mediation ClinicThe Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic is unique in the nation, providing a year-long course that gives law students the opportunity to co-mediate Section 1983 prisoner civil rights cases with a federal magistrate judge.

The Housing Mediation Clinic, a one-semester course fully funded under the California Sargent Shriver Grant, provides mediation services to low-income tenants and landlords in collaboration with the Sacramento Superior Court and Legal Services of Northern California.

Both clinics are noteworthy for the services they offer to the community and the education they provide to students, and for the unique public-private partnerships that the clinics embody.