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McGeorge welcomes three new faculty members

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(From left) Adrian McKinney, Nadia Banteka and Ron Hochbaum recently joined the faculty at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Three new faculty members have joined the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law community.

“I am thrilled to welcome these new additions to the McGeorge faculty,” said Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz. “Our community will benefit from their exceptional teaching skills and wealth of legal expertise.”

Adrian McKinney, who previously worked for McGeorge as an adjunct professor, is joining the full-time faculty as its newest Global Lawyering Skills professor. She will teach Global Lawyering Skills I and II.  

McKinney joined McGeorge’s adjunct faculty in January 2020 and taught courses on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. She also teaches effective writing for appeals at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

In 2020, McKinney received a Woman of the Year Award from U.S. Congressman John Garamendi. In 2019, she received the Erica J. Murray Young Alumnus Award from Occidental College and a 40 Under 40 Award from the Sacramento Business Journal.

McKinney previously served as senior staff counsel at the California Department of Corrections, an appeal panel judge at the California Cannabis Control Appeal Panel, deputy legal affairs secretary officer for former California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Sacramento. She was also the deputy district attorney for the County of Sacramento.

McKinney clerked for the Honorable Sandra B. Armstrong of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Nadia Banteka joined the faculty as an assistant professor of law in August. She will teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Artificial Intelligence and the Law.

Banteka previously taught Criminal Law; Artificial Intelligence & Law; and International Criminal Law courses as a visiting assistant professor at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor of law at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands, and served as a fellow at the Yale Law School,  Columbia Law School, and Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Before entering academia, Banteka was a public defender and has practiced as a defense counsel before the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia.

Banteka’s scholarship has appeared or is scheduled to appear in legal publications, including the Vanderbilt Law Review, Houston Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law; Cornell International Law Journal; Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law; Michigan Journal of International Law, and University of Pennsylvania Law Journal of International Law.

Banteka has also written four book chapters on topics pertaining to criminal law; international criminal law; artificial intelligence and the law; and public international law.

Banteka received a LL.B. from Democritus University of Thrace School of Law in Greece; a LL.M in International Criminal Justice from the University of Nottingham School of Law in the U.K.; and a LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating first in her class.

Ron S. Hochbaum joined the faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law and director of the school’s Homeless Advocacy Clinic in July. He will supervise students in their casework and teach the classroom component of the Homeless Advocacy Clinic, as well as Poverty Law.

Hochbaum previously was an assistant professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, where he directed the Housing and Consumer Law Clinic. Hochbaum also taught at Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Health Justice Project and Cornell Law School’s Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic as a clinical teaching fellow.

He also worked at the Homeless Action Center in Berkeley, California for six years. As the supervising attorney and intern program coordinator, Hochbaum conducted outreach campaigns to local homeless encampments, trained attorneys and worked to address the systemic criminalization of homelessness.

Hochbaum has also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Terrence R. Cook of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

His scholarship has appeared in legal publications, including the North Carolina Law Review and the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

Hochbaum holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.