USD School of Law Alumna Sharon Spivak ’95 (JD) Selected as San Diego Ethics Commission’s New Executive Director After Nationwide Search

Sharon Spivak ’95 (JD) Selected as San Diego Ethics Commission’s New Executive Director After Nationwide Search

Alumna Sharon Spivak

San Diego (September 21, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna and deputy city attorney Sharon Spivak, ‘95 (JD), was recently selected as the new executive director for the San Diego Ethics Commission after a nationwide search. The position oversees campaign and election laws in the city, something Spivak has focused on since leaving the private sector in 2006. Her experience as the deputy city attorney will prove useful since overseeing election law was one of her primary responsibilities, including the review of legislative proposals submitted by the San Diego Ethics Commission. Spivak will replace longtime director Stacey Fulhorst, who will retire in February after serving the commission for more than 17 years. Spivak will begin the transition period in November.

The San Diego Ethics Commission assesses fines to lobbyists, politicians, and others in the local political scene who break city campaign election laws and related regulations. The commission also recommends changes and updates to city laws based on revisions made to state or federal election laws and regulates new tactics that could be perceived as unethical or problematic.

Click here to read more about the appointment in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research

Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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