J. Clark Kelso, Professor of Law & Senior Counsel to the Capital Center for Government Law and Policy, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

J. Clark Kelso Professor J. Clark Kelso is a Professor of Law and Senior Counsel to the Capital Center for Government Law and Policy at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1986. Over the last two decades, Professor Kelso has worked closely with the leadership in the California Senate and Assembly and within the Judicial and Executive Branches on constitutional amendments, legislation, and rules of court to improve and reform the California Judiciary and the administration of justice. Professor Kelso lectures and writes regularly on constitutional law, election law issues, judicial remedies, and appellate practice and procedure.

In January 2008, Professor Kelso was appointed as the federal receiver in charge of medical care within California's prison system. In that role, he leads over 9,000 employees and manages a billion-dollar-plus budget which provides medical care services to over 160,000 prisoners. He is responsible for raising the level of medical care to meet constitutional levels as ordered by the federal district court in San Francisco. During his tenure, death rates for prisoners have steadily dropped, thousands of new clinicians have been recruited to provide services, and basic management and information technology improvements are taking hold.

Professor Kelso has held numerous leadership positions in all three branches of state government, and been praised as a "thoughtful analyst of legal and public policy matters." At the national level, Professor Kelso has worked with the United States Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs to promote coordinated planning and development of integrated criminal justice system information technologies. In recognition of his service to the administration of justice, the California Judicial Council selected Professor Kelso to receive the prestigious 1998 Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae award.

A graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, Professor Kelso clerked for the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.