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Pacific media sources on the Orlando shooting

Jun 13, 2016

The following University of the Pacific faculty are available as media sources on the Orlando nightclub shooting:

National security
John Cary Sims, professor at University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, has written extensively on terrorism and national security, and has actively participated in the recent debates over such controversial issues as marriage equality. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, a peer-reviewed publication focusing on national defense issues. His primary research areas cover constitutional law, including the Second Amendment and he can comment on the growing debate over the right to keep and bear arms. Contact: John Cary Sims, 916.739.7017, jsims@pacific.edu

Same-sex marriage, LGBT rights
Lawrence C. Levine, a law professor at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, has written extensively on same-sex marriage and gay rights, and can comment on the discrimination suffered by members of the LBGT community. He has also written commentary on the Supreme Court's decision extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. He has served on numerous national boards focusing on the legal rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Contact: Lawrence C. Levine, 916.739.7155, llevine@pacific.edu

President, candidates react to shooting
Jeffrey Becker, associate professor of political science at University of the Pacific, is the author of "Ambition in America: Political Power and the Collapse of Citizenship." He can discuss the reaction of President Obama and the presidential candidates to the Orlando shooting and whether they were "presidential." He can also comment on political ambitions, abuses of political power, political judgment, moral activism and statesmanship. Contact: Jeffrey Becker, 209.946.3986, jbecker@pacific.edu

"Presidential" reaction?
Keith Smith, associate professor of political science at University of the Pacific, has been teaching and writing about elections, Congress and the presidency for more than a decade. He can discuss the reaction of President Obama and the presidential candidates to the Orlando shooting, and whether they were "presidential" in their reaction. He can also comment on voting behavior, institutions and electoral reform. He is working on a book about the top-two system, recently adopted by California and Washington state, which changed how voters pick their candidates. Contact: Keith Smith, 209.946.7712, ksmith4@pacific.edu 

Explaining traumatic events to children
Scott Jensen, an associate professor and chair of University of the Pacific's Department of Psychology, has written extensively on child mental health and parenting. He is available to provide tips to parents on how to discuss with their children traumatic incidents in the news, such as the Orlando shooting. He can also comment on how adults can best process these events, especially when they seem to occur with growing frequency. Contact: Keith Michaud, 209.946.3275, kmichaud@pacific.edu

Media contact:
Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (cell) | kmichaud@pacific.edu

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