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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LAW, GOVERNMENT LAW & POLICY

Faculty & Program Team

The McGeorge Online Graduate Programs are taught and led by our distinguished faculty and program team, many of whom are considered experts in their field. Our work appears in top law reviews, journals and books, and in blogs, op-eds, magazines and white papers. Many of our faculty members have also authored leading casebooks that are used in hundreds of law schools across the nation and internationally.

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  • Professor Robert Binning: Deputy Legislative Counsel, State of CA, Introduction to Legal Analysis
    Professor Binning has been teaching this introductory course for the last three years. As a member of the Office of Legislative Counsel, he is uniquely positioned to teach the importance of legal writing, analysis, and research to non-lawyers. Mr. Binning, as part of his duties, offers nonpartisan legal services relating to the legislative process to the Legislature, the Governor, and other state officers.
  • Professor Adrienne Brungess: Professor of Law, Negotiation & Settlements
    Because of her extensive background in ADR and negotiation, Professor Brungess' students gain comprehensive skills in processes and techniques in a simulation- focused curriculum. Professor Brungess credits her time in practice for giving her significant experience in client interviewing and counseling, dispute resolution, discovery, litigation, complex project management, and development of professional identity. This professional experience also contributes to the skills and techniques she is able to impart to her students, and to the success of the students she coaches in the law school's top ranking moot court program where she has coached top performing McGeorge advocacy teams for three years.
  • Professor Jay Leach: Professor of Law, Persuasive Public Speaking
    Professor Jay Leach teaches in the law school’s award-winning trial advocacy program. Professor Leach has significant experience in courts and in various alternative dispute resolution settings. His scholarly interests are focused on evidence, advocacy in comparative perspective, and the teaching of advocacy. He is a frequent lecturer for programs sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has also lectured in several Chinese law schools.
  • Professor Chris Micheli: Principal, Aprea & Micheli, Inc., Lobbying and Politics
    Prior to forming Aprea & Micheli, Chris owned his own lobbying and consulting firm, Snodgrass & Micheli, LLC. He has substantial legislative and regulatory experience in the areas of state and local taxation, transportation, civil liability, privacy, insurance, labor and employment, health care, and procurement. He has represented a number of major clients including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mercury Insurance, Mattel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron/Texaco, the California Ambulance Association, and the California Grocers Association. As a legislative advocate, Chris regularly testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments, and boards. He regularly drafts legislative and regulatory language, and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments and California's knife laws. The Wall Street Journal (July 1998) called him "one of the top three business tax lobbyists in the state." The Los Angeles Times (May 2005) described him as an "elite lobbyist," and Capitol Weekly (August 2006) described him as a "prominent lobbyist."
  • Professor Mary-Beth Moylan: Professor of Law, Election Law
    Professor Moylan has a long-standing passion for and expertise in politics and government. Since 2003, she has supervised the publication of the California Initiative Review, an online journal providing objective and neutral analysis of each statewide ballot proposition. Her expertise in politics and government is not limited to the initiative process, and Professor Moylan is often looked to by local news media for expert advice on state constitutional issues, conflicts of interest, and other election related topics. Although Professor Moylan was raised in New England, and attended college and law school in the Midwest, she launched her legal career in Sacramento as a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. She then practiced election law with Olson, Hagel, & Fishburn, and general civil litigation with Downey Brand LLP, both highly regarded Sacramento-based law firms.
  • Professor Tom Nussbaum: Adjunct Professor of Law, Government Law & Policymaking
    Professor Nussbaum has taught as an adjunct faculty member at McGeorge School of Law since 2006. Prior to that time he worked for three decades with the California Community Colleges, a state agency that oversees California’s system of public community colleges. He served as Chancellor of the system from 1996 to 2004. Prior to that time he was an attorney for the agency, serving in a variety of capacities, including Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, and Vice Chancellor for Governmental Affairs. He has extensive experience working in state government with the Legislature, the Governor, and the many executive branch agencies. He has drafted, negotiated, and advocated community college reform legislation; and he has overseen the development of numerous regulations governing the community colleges.
  • Professor Andrew Majeske: Adjunct Professor of Law and Professor of English, Contracts
    Andrew Majeske received his doctorate from the University of California Davis, where he worked at the intersection of law, literature & political philosophy, and studied under Margaret Ferguson and Larry Peterman. He also holds a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago, where he studied under George Anastaplo. He was a practicing attorney from 1986 to 1997, and is uniquely placed to teach this foundational course on Contracts.


  • Clemence Kucera, Director, Graduate & International Programs & Adjunct Law Faculty
  • Katjana Wurschum: Graduate Admission Counselor
  • Mary Econome, Coordinator, Graduate & International Programs


“As we continue to recruit and develop future leaders, McGeorge graduates are one of the first groups we reach out to."

— Chris Micheli, Principal at Aprea & Micheli, Inc.