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People of Pacific: Associate Dean Larry Levine


Larry Levine is an esteemed leader in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and a beloved McGeorge School of Law professor. Levine has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McGeorge School of Law since June 2021 and the Gordon D. Schaber Health Law & Policy Professor of Law since 2020. He joined the law faculty in 1985. 

He established McGeorge’s Jeffrey K. Poilé Memorial Civil Rights Endowed Scholarship in 2002, an LGBTQ+ civil rights scholarship that helps law students with a passion for civil rights minimize their student loan debt. The scholarship is named after Levine’s life partner who passed away in 1992. The law school has raised more than $1,100,000 for this endowment since its creation 20 years ago. 

“Receiving the Poilé Scholarship bolstered my confidence not only as a law student but also as a community leader within the LGBTQ+ community,” said Maya Alexandria, a first-year law student and Poilé scholarship recipient. “It is truly an honor to learn from a tenacious LGBTQ+ advocate like Associate Dean Larry Levine.”

Levine helped launch SacLEGAL, Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association. He advised McGeorge’s Black Law Students Association for 14 years and has advised the Lambda Law Students Association, a student organization for LGBTQ+ students and allies, since 1996.  

At McGeorge, Levine teaches Torts, Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and the Law, and Bioethics. Levine has authored several books and articles on the subject of torts. He is the co-author of “A Torts Anthology” and is a co-author of the torts treatise, “Understanding Torts,” and a torts casebook, “Tort Law and Practice.” He has been a frequent panelist, lecturer, and speaker on legal issues involving torts and sexual orientation. 


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