Beginning in January 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate its centennial anniversary.

We hope that you will join us throughout 2024 for events and programming related to the centennial anniversary, which will include an increased number of regional alumni gatherings, esteemed speakers, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments on campus, a kick-off party, and much more.

The celebration will bring together alumni from across the nation as we move into our next hundred years together while honoring the events of the last hundred years that created the foundation for who we have become. University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law began as a one-room night school in downtown Sacramento in 1924, when it was founded as the Sacramento College of Law and Verne Adrian McGeorge was the founding dean and professor of law. After merging with University of the Pacific in 1966, McGeorge School of Law has earned worldwide renown, which we are proud to celebrate with the entire McGeorge Community.

Please be on the lookout for announcements regarding the upcoming festivities!

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Centennial Events

January 2024

McGeorge School of Law Centennial Kick-Off Event

When: Jan. 18, 2024 from 5–6:30 p.m.
Where: McGeorge School of Law Student Center

Centennial Speaker Series: “Is It Time For A New Constitution?”

Speaker: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law 

When: Jan. 24, 2024 from 5–6 p.m.

Where: Lecture Hall

February 2024

Oral Arguments by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Judges: 

  • The Hon. Consuelo M. Callahan, ‘75, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Hon. Morrison C. England Jr., ‘83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California 
  • The Hon. Johnnie B. Rawlinson, ‘79, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

When: Feb. 21, 2024 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Lecture Hall

Careers in Appellate Law: Paths and Practices

In Partnership with: The California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

When: Feb. 21, 2024 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be included.)

Where: Lecture Hall

The Challenge of Civility: How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

In Partnership with: Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP; Judicial Fairness Coalition; and California Judges Association

Moderator: The Hon. Consuelo M. Callahan, '75

Panelists: 

  • The Hon. Daniel Flores, ‘01, Superior Court of California
  • Justice Stacy B. Eurie, Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
  • Jesse Rivera, ‘78, Founder/Attorney at Rivera Hewitt Paul LLP
  • Khalil Ferguson, 2L, CEO at United CORE Alliance, and President of McGeorge School of Law’s Black Law Student Association

When: Feb. 22, 2024 from 5:30–7 p.m.

Where: Grand Salon

Livestream: https://youtube.com/live/ujlezTAHetg?feature=share

March 2024

Centennial Speaker Series: “The Impact of Attacks on Corporate DEI Practices on African Americans”

Speaker: Cheryl Wade, Harold F. McNiece Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law

When: March 6, 2024 from 5-6 p.m.

Where: Classroom A

Livestream: https://youtube.com/live/U1cZw5hjqAc?feature=share

Centennial Speaker Series: “Reflections on Rape Law: Searching for a Fair Reform Outcome”

Speaker: Joshua Dressler, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

When: Mar. 27, 2024 from 5-6 p.m.

Where: Virtual Zoom meeting

April 2024

Michael Belote Capital Center Lecture

When: April 2, 2024 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: The Citizen Hotel, 926 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Topic: Electoral Integrity in 2024: Incitements, Indictments, & Access

Moderator: Mary-Beth Moylan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Experiential Learning and Professor of Law

Panelists:

  • Venus Johnson (‘05), Chief Deputy Attorney General of California
  • Noah Bookbinder, President & CEO at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
  • Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State
  • Jasleen Singh, Democracy Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

Centennial Speaker Series: “Navigating Neither”

Speaker: Susan Kuo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University South Carolina School of Law

When: April 3, 2024 from 5-6 p.m.

Where: Classroom C

McGeorge School of Law Centennial Documentary Screening

When: April 12, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Dolby Experimental Theater, San Francisco

May 2024

McGeorge School of Law Alumni of Distinction Event

When: May 10, 2024 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: McGeorge School of Law Quad

McGeorge School of Law Commencement for the Class of 2024

Keynote Speaker: Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero, California Supreme Court
When: May 25, 2024 at 2 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

June-July 2024

McGeorge School of Law International Reunion in Prague

Reconnect with your fellow McGeorge School of Law alumni, participate in CLE programs geared towards International Law, and explore the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic.

When: June 7, 2024 to June 9, 2024

Where: Prague, Czech Republic

Salzburg, Austria Graduate Study Abroad Program

Guest lecturers:

  • The Hon. Consuelo M. Callahan, '75, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Associate Justice Martin J. Jenkins, California Supreme Court  

When: June 30-July 19, 2024

August 2024

Centennial Speaker Series: “Leadership and Antiracism in Legal Education”

Speaker: Danielle Conway, Dean, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law

When: August 13, 2024 from 5-6 p.m.

Where: Classroom C

September 2024

Centennial Speaker Series: "What Great Trial Lawyers Do"

Speaker: Robert T. Eglet, ‘88, Lead Trial Counsel, Eglet Adams 

When: September 2024

Centennial Speaker Series: “McGeorge and Marriage Equality”

Speaker: William Eskridge Jr., Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Public Law, Yale Law School

When: September 2024

October 2024

Tiger Tasting: Craft Beer Fest

When: October 11, 2024

Where: University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211

Centennial Speaker Series: “The Crime of Sex”

Speaker: Aya Gruber, Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

When: October 24, 2024

 

McGeorge School of Law Centennial Gala

When: October 26, 2024

Where: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814