In May 2020, McGeorge alumnus Aaron Brieno, ‘14 joined Professor Cathy Christian as Co-Director of the McGeorge Legislative and Public Policy Clinic. “One of the biggest reasons why I teach is to ensure that students of all backgrounds have access to public policy making tools,” says Brieno, who currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for California State Senator Ben Hueso. “Ideally the Clinic provides students with tools they can bring back to their community as social impact leaders.”

Despite the challenges of COVID, Legislative and Public Policy students are thriving. “I am so proud that all of our students groups were able to either introduce a bill or work on a bill this year,” says Brieno. “No small feat since the California Legislature has limited the introduction of bills during COVID.” Continue Reading Meet Alumnus Aaron Brieno, ’14

The Elder and Health Law (EHL) clinic, a civil practice clinic serving those age 60 and older, offers clients legal representation on matters including protection from physical and financial abuse, estate and end-of-life planning, contract disputes and more. In 2020 alone, the clinic recovered and/or protected $1,424,190 in assets for elders and fine/fees forgiveness.

Ten students joined the Elder & Health Law Clinic (ELHC) in the fall, which expanded to twelve this spring. Lacey Mickleburgh our fearless staff attorney and clinical fellow, Kendell Bennet, rounded out the team. Although COVID-19 presented significant access to the courts, student attorneys were able to assist and represent elders in a variety of legal matters. Cases included estate planning and powers of attorney to give peace of mind to their clients, consumer protection from suspect businesses, elder abuse restraining orders and elder financial abuse litigation. Continue Reading Elder and Health Law

During 2020-2021, McGeorge Legal Clinics continued to represent individual clients in spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing essential services to vulnerable members of our community who have no place else to turn. There is no way our clients would have had access to the courts without the advocacy provided by our Legal Clinics. The grit, dedication, creativity, and resourcefulness of our Student Attorneys has been remarkable.

On campus, Community Legal Services, McGeorge’s year-round legal clinic, provides pro bono legal services to the greater Sacramento community in the areas of Immigration, Bankruptcy, and Elder & Health Law. This March, we celebrated one full year at our new home, on 2925 34th Street. Last year, CLS closed 236 cases for 586 low-income clients in the Sacramento area. Since 2019, CLS has recovered 2.75 million for financially exploited elders and 1.7 million in discharged consumer debt. Off campus, our Legislative & Public Policy Clinic, Prisoner Civil Rights Medication Clinic and Federal Defender Clinic students continue to show equally impressive results. Continue Reading Welcome from Legal Clinics Director Melissa Brown