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McGeorge Welcomes New Faculty

Pacific's commitment to 'cross boundaries for academic excellence' to support teaching, research and creative activities that address water-related and other environmental challenges, from multiple disciplinary perspectives (see Pacific's Academic Plan), is underway. On September 10, Pacific's McGeorge School of Law welcomed three (one with a joint appointment in the College of the Pacific) of its four new faculty members to the Sacramento Campus at a reception celebrating water law and policy initiatives and featuring Associate Justice Ronald B. Robie '67, California Third District Court of Appeal. The addition of these faculty members to McGeorge strengthen Pacific's commitment to promoting water and environmental issues, particularly in the northern California region.

Professor Jennifer Harder (J.D.)
Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills Jennifer Harder is lead faculty for water law and practice at McGeorge. She brings to the classroom a decade of experience as a water attorney and partner representing public agencies on water and environmental matters for Downey Brand LLP, one of the region's largest law firms, in addition to nearly 25 years of experience teaching, advising, litigating, and presenting on water, environmental, and public agency issues. In addition to her scholarly articles, Professor Harder is coauthor of Cases and Materials on Water Law, 9th ed. (West American Casebook Series, 2014). 

Professor Karrigan Börk (J.D., Ph.D.)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Karrigan Börk holds a joint appointment at McGeorge and the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences in the College of the Pacific. His research concerns environmental law, natural resources law and administrative law, focusing on the interplay of science and law in the environmental field. Dr. Börk graduated from Stanford Law School, and completed his Ph.D. dissertation in ecology at UC Davis. His dissertation addressed fish genetics, minimum instream flows, and reintroductions of endangered species, and he plans to continue his research in those areas.

Distinguished Professor John Kirlin (Ph.D)
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin is the Founding Director of McGeorge's Public Policy Program, which offers two degrees: Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration. Dr. Kirlin has served as a consultant to the state of California on matters ranging from species protection to oversight of local government debt and the interface of energy and environmental policies. He also served as Executive Director of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, making recommendations to the California Fish and Game Commission for protection of marine life along the California coast, and as Executive Director of Delta Vision, foundational work for a major water and ecosystem package of legislation reform enacted in 2009.