Other graduate programs offered 100% online:
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 experts in their field. Several work in the field of government law and policy and bring their expertise back to their students. Their insights appear in top law reviews, journals, and books, as well as 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 at McGeorge.
- 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 Andrew Majeske: Adjunct Professor of Law and Professor of English,
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.
- Professor Jennifer Harder: Professor of Law, Water Resources Law, and Environmental Law
Professor Harder joined the McGeorge faculty in 2015 after a decade of practice as an attorney and partner with Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, and seven years of teaching water law and practice as an adjunct professor. At Downey Brand, Jennifer represented local governments and private entities on water, environmental, and public agency issues. She represented clients at the State Water Resources Control Board and acted as lead counsel in transactions and litigation related to the California Environmental Quality Act, the federal Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, water financing, public trust, and constitutional water issues, among others. Prior to private practice, Jennifer served as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court and for the Office of the Chief Counsel, California Department of Water Resources. These experiences inform the design of Professor Harder's courses in water resources and environmental practice, which focus on policy implications of legal rules and skills needed for real world practice. Professor Harder also brings these experiences to her work in developing online graduate programming as McGeorge's Faculty Director for Online Learning. In 2018 Professor Harder was honored to receive the Hether C. McFarlane Teaching Innovation Award.
- Professor Jessica Gosney: Legislatures & Lawmaking
Jessica Gosney is a deputy legislative counsel with California’s Office of Legislative Counsel. Professor Gosney primarily drafts legislation in the areas of taxation, public retirement, cannabis, and professions and vocations for Assembly Members and Senators in the California Legislature. Prior to joining the Office of Legislative Counsel, she worked in political campaigning and advocacy for various national PACs and nonprofits. Gosney received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she graduated valedictorian and was editor-in-chief of the University of the Pacific Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the California State Bar.
- Professor Matthew Brandstetter: Leadership in Organizations
As a multidimensional, entrepreneurial educator, I possess 23 years of tenured teaching and administrative experiences at independent schools and universities across the country. My servant leadership path includes participation as a founding faculty member for The Harker Upper School in 1998; additionally, with dedicated colleagues, I have led school-wide technology programs, accreditation and charter school renewals, and developed communication studies programs within secondary and postsecondary communities. I currently work at Milton Academy in Massachusetts as well as at Azusa Pacific University as an adjunct professor in the School of Education. I am currently a professor at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.
- Professor Nicole Kuenzi: The Executive Branch & the Administrative State
Nicole L. Kuenzi is senior staff counsel with the California State Water Resources Control Board where she advises the Division of Water Rights and the Groundwater Management Unit. In her role, Professor Kuenzi frequently advises the Board regarding matters of administrative law such as rule-making and adjudicatory proceedings. Prior to entering state service in 2012, she was an associate at law firms in San Francisco, California, and Denver, Colorado. Professor Kuenzi is a graduate of Yale Law School and clerked on the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a frequent speaker on water rights law and is an adviser for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property.
- Professor Brian Landsberg: Election Law
Professor Emeritus Brian K. Landsberg began teaching at McGeorge in 1986 and has continued to teach since taking emeritus status. His teaching is grounded in his experience as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, beginning in the tumultuous 1960s. His career in the Civil Rights Division began with trial work to vindicate the right of African-Americans in Alabama to vote, notably including the case the recognized the right to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest racial discrimination in voter registration. That work also became the basis for his book Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the Voting Rights Act. Professor Landsberg also worked on some of the first cases to desegregate public accommodations and on fair employment and fair housing cases. As Chief of the Education Section, he helped litigate the cases that transformed the schools of the Deep South from the most segregated to the most integrated schools in the nation by the mid-1970's. He then became Chief of the Appellate Section, arguing cases in United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country, as well as working on Supreme Court briefs in seminal civil rights cases. Professor Landsberg's teaching has covered a wide range of public law and advocacy topics, including Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Federal Courts, Federal Anti-discrimination Law, Civil Rights Law, Critical Race Theory, Appellate Advocacy, as well as courses for students in advanced degree programs.
- Professor Clark Kelso: Government Law & Policy
Professor Kelso is one of the leading public sector administrators in California. Generally recognized as “Mr. Fix-It” for California state government, Professor Kelso has held a number of high-level positions in California's Executive Branch, including service as California's insurance commissioner, Director of the Department of Information Technology, Director of the California Performance Review, Director of the Department of General Services, Chair of the California Earthquake Authority, and, for six years, as the state’s Chief Information Officer. Professor Kelso’s service in these various positions garnered state and national attention. He received a “Top 25 Award for ‘2004 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers’” from Government Technology, was named as one of the “Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007” by Computerworld, and was inducted into the California Information Technology Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also named by California Lawyer as one of the top “34 Lawyers Who Made A Profound Impact on the Law in 2007” and was listed by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2007.” In 2008, Professor Kelso was appointed by federal District Judge Thelton E. Henderson as the federal receiver for California’s prison medical care system, charged with making changes in that system to bring it into conformity with constitutional minimums. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Professor Kelso received the “2014 Elizabeth G. Hill Public Official of the Year” award from the American Society for Public Administration – Sacramento Chapter.
- Clemence Kucera, Director, Graduate & International Programs & Adjunct Law Faculty
- Katjana Wurschum: Graduate Admission Counselor
- Mary Econome, Coordinator, Graduate & International Programs