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The CAP·impact podcast is production of the blog, CAP·impact, and the Capital Center for Law & Policy at McGeorge School of Law. We're here to be your resource for better understanding and shaping law and policy.

The CAP·impact podcast is production of the blog, CAP·impact, and the Capital Center for Law & Policy at McGeorge School of Law. We're here to be your resource for better understanding and shaping law and policy.
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The CAP·impact podcast is production of the blog, CAP·impact, and the Capital Center for Law & Policy at McGeorge School of Law. We're here to be your resource for better understanding and shaping law and policy.








Episode 36: How the Oil & Gas Industry Can Help Save the Environment with Prof. Tara Righetti

This week Jon talks with University of Wyoming Law and School of Energy Professor Tara Righetti about her work in oil and gas law and how the oil and gas industry can help address the climate change crisis with existing technology and infrastructure.


Episode 35: Fighting the Ghost of Strom Thurmond with Texas A&M Law Professor Thomas Mitchell

Today with talk with the expert in the field of heirs' property rights, Texas A&M Law Professor Thomas Mitchell. Prof. Mitchell is the primary drafter of a policy crafted through the Uniform Law Commission that is in effect in 12 states and has been introduced in 7 more states and the District of Columbia. We talk about the conversations and research that started Prof. Mitchell down the path to write these laws, some of the biggest challenges that he and his coalition faced getting the...


Episode 34: Improving Juvenile Justice for Tribal Youth with UNLV Law Prof. Addie Rolnick

UNLV Boyd School of Law Professor Addie Rolnick talks with Jon Wainwright about her work to improve the juvenile justice system for tribal youth. Professor Rolnick goes over the biggest issues facing tribal youth who enter the juvenile justice system and offers the solutions she thinks are necessary to fix some of the cracks in the system.


Episode 33: Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors & Enforcing Gun Laws in Texas

I talked with SMU Law Professor, and Director of SMU's Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women, Natalie Nanasi about the work she, and the Hunter Center, are doing in Dallas County to increase awareness and enforcement of a Texas state law that essentially states that if a person is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime, that they must surrender all the guns that they own. We walk through the numerous reasons why enforcement of that law...


Episode 32: Immigration Law & Reform with Professor Jennifer Koh

On today's show we talk with Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Western State College of Law Jennifer Koh about her work at the intersection of immigration law and criminal law, her new nonprofit project - the Orange County Justice Fund - and being cited in a Supreme Court ruling by the Notorious RBG.


Episode 31: Patent Law with Texas A&M Law Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat

New year, new style! We're shifting our focus on The CAP·impact Podcast from exclusively looking under the capitol dome in California to capitol domes - the and sprawls of government buildings that make up state departments and agencies - across the U.S. In today's podcast, I talk with Texas A&m Professor of Law Saurabh Vishnubhakat about his work in the creation and of a new administrative patent review process within the U.S Patent Office called PTAB. Beyond that, we talk about some of the...


Episode 30: On Justice and Constitutional Law - Part 2

Today's show is part two of our conversation on justice and constitutional law with retired US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, international Judge Ann Power-Forde, former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin, and Judge Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Austria.


Episode 29: On Justice and Constitutional Law - Part 1

McGeorge School of Law brought together a panel of judges and justices from across the United States and the world to discuss issues of constitutional law and justice to celebrate a $1 million gift to the school from the Tsakopoulos Family Foundation. The gift created the new Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Endowed Chair at McGeorge School of Law, and the panel features retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, international Judge Ann Power-Forde, former California Supreme Court Justice...


POD SPECIAL - CA Initiative Review: California Props 8, 10, 11 & 12

Today is our final special edition featuring analysis of California's ballot initiatives. We cover Proposition 8, 10, 11, and 12 on this episode. Most importantly, since Election Day is tomorrow, remember to vote! If you don't know where your polling place is, please visit this link on the California Secretary of State's website:


POD SPECIAL - CA Initiative Review: Taxes & Time

In part 2 of 3 of our series on California ballot initiatives, students in McGeorge's California Initiative Review break down Proposition 5, 6, and 7, on the November 6 ballot in California. Listen in for non-partisan, objective analysis of Prop 5 - changes to Prop 13 - Prop 6 - repeal the gas tax and then some - and Prop 7 - let the Legislature change daylight saving time in California. Check back in with us on Monday for the last four ballot measures. Go vote!


Episode 28: California Craft Beer Law

On today's podcast we sit down with Tom McCormick of the California Craft Brewers Association and McGeorge's very own Craft Beer Law Prof Dan Croxall to talk about craft beer, and craft beer law, in California.


POD SPECIAL - CA Initiative Review Part 1 of 3

With Election Day just around the corner, we're providing you with non-partisan, objective analysis of all 11 ballot measures facing Californians next week. Part 1 is today, and we focus on the four bond measures. Friday will be part 2, covering the tax measures and daylight saving time, and Part 3 will come out on Monday with the remaining ballot initiatives.


Episode 27: Lobbying: Year One - Into the Fire and the Frying Pan

On today's show, we talk with Sosan Madanat - a Director at Lighthouse Public Affairs - about her first year of lobbying.


Episode 26: End of Session Roundtable

The 2017-18 legislative session was a lively one, as well as the last one ever to overseen by Governor Jerry Brown. To discuss the end of session and some of the historic legislation that came out of it, we talk with Aaron Brieno - Leg. Director to Sen. Ben Hueso - now former lobbyist Lexi Howard - she was a contract lobbyist at the time of recording - and lobbyist and friend of the show Chris Micheli.


Episode 25: Sonoma Councilmember Rachel Hundley

In August 2018, Sonoma City Councilmember Rachel Hundley was attacked by an anonymous group of internet trolls. Their tactic? Take pictures that Rachel had posted on her own Instagram account from Burning Man and combine those with some inflammatory accusations on a website. Their goal? Blackmail Rachel into not running for re-election by threatening to take that website public. In a bold move, Rachel countered their move by taking them on head on, calling them out for slut shaming her and...


Episode 24: Lobbying: Year One - Reflections

Laura Curtis, who just finished her first year as a lobbyist, sits down with McGeorge alum and adjunct professor Chris Micheli, to talk about her experience as a lobbyist and being a part of the advocacy at the California Chamber of Commerce.


Episode 23: Lobbying: Year One - The Switch

On today's podcast, lobbyist and McGeorge alum and adjunct professor Chris Micheli talks with his colleague Laura Curtis. Laura recently switched careers - from working in a legal career in the San Francisco Bay Area to lobbying for the California Chamber of Commerce in California's capital. The two talk about her experience switching careers and the biggest differences between being a practicing attorney and a lobbyist.


Episode 22: Killing AB 638

On this episode, we talk with Lexi Howard and Erinn Ryberg - two McGeorge alumna - who worked to kill AB 638, a bill that would have outlawed immigration consultants in California. We go over what immigration consultants do, where they fit in the immigration law ecosystem, the actual problem that AB 638 was trying to fix, and why ultimately the bill needed to be killed.


Episode 21: Dynamex Decoded

On today's episode of The CAP·impact Podcast, I sit down with McGeorge adjunct professor, and very good friend of the podcast, Chris Micheli, to talk about recent California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court. For those unfamiliar with the case, it, in essence, drastically changed how independent contractors are classified in California. Chris and I talk about what the old rules were, how the Dynamex decision will effect employers in the traditional...


Episode 20: Kennedy, Kavanaugh, and Access to Healthcare

On today's show we talk with Maggy Krell, Chief Legal Counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California about the impact of US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the potential impact of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, the numerous attempted and proposed changes to healthcare policy at the federal level, and what all of that means for Californians. We also talk with McGeorge Professor Ederlina Co about SB 320 by State Senator Connie Leyva...