Monday, March 30, 2020

Michael Wiseman, longtime APPAM member, passes away

APPAM mourns the loss of distinguished member Prof. Michael Wiseman, a Research Professor of Public Policy, Public Administration, and Economics at the GW Institute of Public Policy.


Institutional Member Spotlight: McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific

The Mission

The McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Sacramento campus, offers three distinctive professional degrees, which join knowledge of the law, competencies in analyses, and skills in action. The Public Policy and Administration degrees emphasize deep engagement of students with consequential public policy issues, consistent with the commitment to experiential learning that is the hallmark of the University. Particular focus is given to analysis and action in context of high complexity, conflict, and uncertainty.

The Program

The McGeorge School of Law, established in 1924, is the only law school in the nation to provide opportunities for students to earn professional degrees for those committed to public service or change through public action.

  • The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares professionals for careers capably making and effectively implementing public policy decisions. Graduates of the two-year, full time 48-unit program will be well-prepared for professional careers in government, non-profit and private sectors. Consequential public policy issues are characterized by conflict, complexity and uncertainty. Successfully addressing such issues is the mission of this program. Learn More.
  • The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) builds on working professionals' experience to become more effective executives, leaders and advocates for change in making and implementing public policies. A 30 unit curriculum provides skills required for sustained, professional leadership resulting in consequential effects. To offer maximum flexibility, students are admitted and may begin studies in fall, spring or summer semester. Learn More.
  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares professionals for successful careers in managing organizations and as advocates for change in making and implementing public policies. A 36 unit curriculum provides analytic skills, develops personal competencies required for success and includes an area of concentration as a basis for launching a career.  Learn More.

Students Engage in Real World Experiences

McGeorge School of Law offers a strong academic program on a beautiful 13-acre campus, located in California’s capital city. A distinguishing characteristic of our academic program is commitment to providing students with real world experiences. In addition, due to our strong connections to government agencies, nonprofits, advocacy organizations and primate firms, we offer more than 100 public service externships. Students have placement opportunities in water, health, environmental, sustainability, banking, labor law, public finance, state or local government, and policy change and institutional reform, among others.

McGeorge takes advantage of its proximity to the California State Capitol as well as its deep relationships with generations of alumni working in varied capacities. These relationships provide exceptional opportunities for students who wish to effectively engage complex and consequential public issues.

Graduates are Prepared for Success

Our programs prepare students to capably make and effectively implement public policy decisions. Graduates will be ready to embark on a successful career in a wide range of public service organizations, including government agencies, non-profit and other nongovernmental organizations, private sector firms, and advocacy groups. A strong foundation in the law and the experiences available in the California’s State Capitol offer unparalleled opportunities to confront the most pressing public issues. Graduates will understand and develop the skills to master various aspects of governance, including the use of formal authority and competencies of governments, roles of non-profits and businesses, and citizen engagement, while acknowledging the demographic, economic and cultural factors which shape possible actions.

Faculty with Practical Experience


Professor John J. Kirlin, Founding Director of the Public Policy Programs, has decades of experience in policy analysis, administration and financing directed at complex public problems, especially in California. His expertise includes state-local fiscal relationships, regional governance, land use, and environmental and species protection policies. As an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Professor Kirlin has served as an environmental policy advisor to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He held faculty positions at the University of Southern California for nearly 30 years and at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He was the founding editor of California Policy Choices (1984-94) and is author of dozens of articles, book chapters and monographs and books. He served as Executive Director of California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative and of Delta Vision.



Pacific_Pic_2Senior Professor Chester A. Newland joined the McGeorge Law School's Public Policy and Administration faculty, following many years as Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Southern California. Dr. Newland has been an active Fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) since 1975 and, in 2014, he was the recipient of the highest honor for Academy service. He is a past national president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Dr. Newland has been an honorary member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) since 1980, and he is currently a member of the ICMA Credentialing Advisory Board and a member of the Board of the Cal-ICMA. He was editor in chief of the leading journal in the field: the Public Administration Review (PAR), 1984-1990. He was the initial director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and he served twice as director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI).

General Information

McGeorge is the only law school in the nation to offer three distinctive professional degrees (MPP, MPA, and Executive MPA), which join knowledge of the law, competencies in analyses, and skills in action. Find out more at:


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