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Lisa BlasserAssistant Professor of Lawyering Skills &Assistant Director, Academic Support & Bar Services714.firstname.lastname@example.org+
- J.D., Western State University, College of Law
- B.S., California State University, San Diego
- Introduction to Legal Methods
- Basic Bar Studies
In addition to being a solo practitioner with a wide range of experience in civil litigation, Professor Blasser has developed a widely acknowledged expertise in creating and implementing successful bar preparation programs and skills based courses.
While in law school, Professor Blasser externed for the late Honorable Robert M. Takasugi of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and interned for a prominent boutique personal injury law firm in Los Angeles. Since 2005, Professor Blasser has specialized in civil litigation and appeals, representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury matters and defending municipalities and police departments in civil rights, contract and administrative agency disputes. Armed with nearly a decade of practical experience, Professor Blasser is incredibly passionate about teaching new and graduating law students the skills needed to succeed in law school, on the bar exam and as they enter the legal profession. Professor Blasser, a full-time faculty member, is currently an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and has been the law school's Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Services since 2009.
When Telling Them to Just Do It Fails: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study Examining the Lived Experience of Successful Law Students Engaged in the Process of Course Outlining (work in progress)
- Scholarship Matters: A Law Review Article Critique, West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Conference, University of San Diego School of Law (2013)
- How to Teach a Bar Preparation Course that Offers More than Substantive Review, Law School Admission Council Conference of Academic Support for Newcomers, Western State College of Law (2011)
- J.D., Stanford University
- LL.M., Yale University
- A.B., Princeton University
- Constitutional Law
- Employment Discrimination
Professor Brower received his A.B. from Princeton University and subsequently won a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to France to teach and do research. Following graduation from law school, Professor Brower joined a major San Francisco law firm. He became a member of WSU's full-time faculty in 1983. He was co-counsel pro bono in Karahalios v. Defense Language Institute, argued before the United States Supreme Court in the 1988 term. In 2002-2003, Professor Brower was an Academic Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies – University of London. He is the author of two surveys and Reports on Sexual Orientation Fairness in the United Kingdom (2003) and (2005) and several law review articles and academic manuscripts on constitutional law, discrimination law, and sexuality and the law. Professor Brower is the Judicial Education Director of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law and has taught judges and court staff across the US and internationally. He has served on the California Judicial Council – Access and Fairness Committee. Courses taught: Constitutional Law, Property, Sexual Orientation and the Law.
- Book Chapter. Sexuality, Gender and Social Cognition: Lesbian and Gay Identity in Judicial Decision-Making, in ‘Gender, Sexualities and Law,' (Jones, et al. eds.), Routledge Press: London, UK, (February 2011).
- Book Chapter: Using Sexual Orientation Demographics To Predict And Harmonize Family Responsibility Transformation, in 'Taking Responsibility, Law and the Changing Family' (Lind, Bridgeman, Keating, eds.), Ashgate Press: UK (December 2010).
- Twelve Angry – and Sometimes Alienated – Men: The Experiences and Treatment of Lesbians and Gay Men During Jury Service, 59 Drake L. Rev. 669 (2011)
- It's Not Just Shopping, Urban Lofts, and the Lesbian Gay-by Boom: How Sexual Orientation Demographics Can Inform Family Courts, 17 AM. U. J. Gender, Socl Pol. & the L. 1 (2009).
- Social Cognition 'At Work:' Schema Theory and Lesbian and Gay Identity in Title V11, 18 Tul. J. L. & Secuality 1 (2009)
- Multistable Figures: Sexual Orientation Visibility and its Effects on the Experiences of Sexual Minorities in the Courts, 27 Pace L. Rev. 141 (2007)
- Pride & Prejudice: Sexual Orientation Fairness in the Courts of England and Wales, 13 Buff. Women's L. J. 17 (2006)
- Obstacle Courts: Results of Two Empirical Studies on Sexual Orientation Fairness in the California Courts, 11 J. Gender, Soc. Pol. & The L. 39 (2003).
- of Courts and Closets: A Doctrinal and Empirical Analysis of Lesbian and Gay Identity in the Courts, 38 San Diego L. Rev. 565 (2001).
- A Stranger to Its Laws: Homosexuality, Schemas, and the Lessons and Limits of Reasoning By Analogy, 38 Santa Clara L. Rev. 65 (1997).
- Communities Within the Community: Consent, Constitutionalism and Other Failures of Legal Theory in Residential Associations, 17 J. Land Use & Envir. L. 203 (1992).
- Towards a Unified Accommodation of State Law and Collective Bargaining Agreements: Federalism, Public Rights and Liberty of Contract, 26 Hous. L. Rev 389 (1989).
- The Duty of Fair Representation in Farm Labor Legislation: Cultivating the Seeds of Individual Rights, 56 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 239 (1988).
- The Duty of Fair Representation Under the Civil Service Reform Act: Judicial Power to Enforce Employee Rights, 40 Okla. L. Rev. 361 (1987).
- Now You See It, Now You Don't: Title IX as an Alternate Remedy for Sex Discrimination in Employment, 31 N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 485 (1986).
- Book Review, May It Please the Court, 21 W. St. U. L. Rev. 356 (1994).
- Book Review, The Tempting of America, 18 W. St. L. Rev. 485 (1991).
- Book Review, The Concept of Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution & Red, White and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law, 16 W. St. U. L. Rev. 317 (1988).
- Book Review, Collective Bargaining: How It Works and Why, 14 W. St. U. L. Rev. 363 (1986).
- J.D., Temple University
- LL.M., Temple University
- B.A., College of Wooster
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Complex Litigation
- Federal Courts
Dean Easley brings to Western State College of Law over thirty years of experience in legal education. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Washburn University School of Law for thirteen years, and as Dean at William Mitchell College of Law and the University of La Verne College of Law.
Dean Easley has served in numerous leadership positions at the ABA, AALS and LSAC, the three major national organizations that support legal education. At the ABA he was the chair of the Questionnaire Committee (now the Data Policy and Collection Committee) for four years, and served on the Standards Review Committee for four years during its most recent comprehensive review of the accreditation standards. At the AALS Dean Easley chaired two different special committees on faculty recruitment services and practices, chaired the Membership Review Committee, and served a three-year term on the governing board of the AALS, the Executive Committee. At LSAC, Dean Easley chaired a user Advisory Group that helped LSAC to revise and improve Admit-M, the predecessor to ACES 2, the admissions software used by all law schools today.
In addition, Dean Easley has extensive experience in the accreditation process. He has served as a member or chair of over twenty site inspection teams for the ABA, AALS and WASC.
Law Review Articles
- Of Children's Plates, Melting Pots, Tossed Salads and Multiple Consciousness: Tales from a Hapa Haole, 3 UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal 75 (1996).
- The Second Coming of the Eleventh Amendment, 30 Washburn L.J. 197 (1991).
- An Examination of Choice-of-Law Theory and Practice in the Kansas Courts: A Historical Perspective on Rules and Reasons, 27 Washburn L.J. 407 (1988).
- The Supreme Court and the Eleventh Amendment: Mourning the Lost Opportunity to Synthesize Conflicting Precedents, 64 Denver L. Rev. 485 (1988).
- Class Actions—Washington Style: A Look at Washington Superior Court Rule 23, 8 Univ. of Puget Sound L. Rev. 557 (1985).
- Buying Back the First Amendment: Regulation of Disproportionate Corporate Spending in Ballot Issue Campaigns, 17 Georgia L. Rev. 675 (1983).
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
- LL.M., Harvard University
- B.S., Stanford University
- Constitutional Law
- Equal Protection and Due Process
- First Amendment
- Asian American Jurisprudence
Professor Gotanda has litigated, taught, and published deeply on discrimination and civil rights; he is one of the nation's foremost scholars on critical race theory.
Professor Gotanda has extensive experience in the classroom and in practice. He taught at California Western, City University of New York, and Duquesne University before coming to Western State in 1986. He has also worked with the Asian Law Caucus, California Rural Legal Assistance and the California Fair Employment Commission. His litigation experience includes trials and appeals involving employment discrimination, civil rights, and constitutional law. Professor Gotanda is presently active in the Society of American Law Teachers, the Association of American Studies, the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. He was awarded the 1997 Clyde Ferguson Award by the Section on Minority Groups of the American Association of Law Schools.
- Critical Race Theory: Key Writings That Formed The Movement, Ed. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, And Kendall Thomas, 1995, The New Press.
- Comparative Racialization: Racial Profiling And The Case Of Wen Ho Lee, 47 UCLA Law Review 1689 (2000).
- Citizenship Nullification: The Impossibility Of Asian American Politics In Asian American In Politics: Perspectives, Experiences, Prospects, Ed. Gordon H. Chang, 2000, Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Stanford University Press.
- Exclusion And Inclusion: Immigration And American Orientalism, In Across The Pacific: Asian Americans And Globalization, Ed. Evelyn Hu Dehart, 1999, Temple University Press.
- Race, Citizenship And The Search For Political Community Among "We The People," 76 Oregon Law Review 233 (1997).
- Tales Of Two Judges: Judge Joyce Karlin And Judge Lance Ito, In The House That Race Built: Black Americans, U.S. Terrain, Ed. Wahneema Lubiano, 1997, Random House.
- Chen The Chosen: Reflections On Unloving, 81 Iowa Law Review 1585 (1996).
- Legal Implications Of Proposition 209 - The California Civil Rights Initiative, 24 Western State Univ. Law Review 1 (1996) (With Jamila Bayati, Susan Berkman, Cherisse Lanier, Heather McMillan, Sharon Tate And Janeen Carlberg Yoshida).
- Failure Of The Color-Blind Vision: Race, Ethnicity, And The California Civil Rights Initiative, 23 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1135 (1996).
- Multiculturalism And Racial Stratification, In Translating Cultures: The Future Of Multiculturalism, Ed. Avery Gordon And Chris Newfield, 1996, University Of Minnesota.
- Towards Repeal Of Asian Exclusion, 1943-1950, In Asian Americans And Congress, Ed. Hyung-Chan Kim, 1996, Greenwood Press.
- Re-Producing The Model Minority Stereotype: Judge Joyce Karlin's Sentencing Colloquy In `People V. Soon Ja Du', In Re-Visioning Asian American: Locating Diversity, Ed. Wendy L. Ng, Soo-Young Chin, James S. Moy, Gary Y. Okihiro, Washington State University, 1995.
- Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race Theory And Asian American Studies 21 Amerasia Journal 127 (1995).
- The Assertion Of Asian-American Rights And The "Miss Saigon Syndrome," In Asian Americans And The Supreme Court, Ed. Hyung-Chan Kim, 1992, Greenwood Press.
- A Critique Of "Our Constitution Is Color-Blind," 44 Stanford Law Review 1 (1991).
- Book Review, 16 W. St. U. L. Rev. 327 (1988) Reviewing H. Schwartz, Packing The Courts.
- Book Review, 15 W. St. U. L. Rev. 861 (1988) Reviewing D. Bell, And We Are Not Saved.
- Book Review, 15 W. St. U. L. Rev. 373 (1987) Reviewing B. Wattenberg, The Birth Dearth.
- Citizenship And Other Non-Whites: The Search For Community Among We The People, Accepted 1987, Black Law Journal, (Published In 1997).
- Other Non-Whites In American Legal History: A Review Of "Justice At War," 85 Columbia Law Review 1186 (1985).
- Origins Of Racial Categorization In Colonial Virginia 1619-1705, (Unpublished Ll.M. Thesis) Harvard Law School (1980).
- J.D., University of Idaho College of Law
- LL.M., University of Washington School of Law
- B.S., University of Idaho
- Estate and Gift Taxation
- Community Property
- Taxation of Business Entities
- Federal Income Tax
- American Indian Law
- Wills & Trusts
Professor Jaffke has served on several government and state bar committees addressing the improvement of legal services to Native Americans. She is an expert on tax and created Western State's award-winning student pro bono community tax program.
While in law school at the University of Idaho, Professor Jaffke was director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a program in which the elderly, the indigent and non-native speakers are taught how to fill out their own income tax forms during tax season. Professor Jaffke served on the National Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, which is a volunteer committee that works to improve customer service at the IRS, for three years. She was appointed by the State Bar of California to serve on the board of directors for California Indian Legal Services. She serves as the chair of the Personnel Committee and is chair of the Audit Committee. She recently served as Chair Pro-Tem of the Board at its March 2008 Meeting. Professor Jaffke's article The "Existing Indian Family" Exception to the Indian Child Welfare Act: The States' Attempt to Slaughter Tribal Interest in Indian Children, 66 Louisiana Law Review 733 was cited by the Kansas Supreme Court when it overturned the existing Indian family exception. Courses taught: Estate and Gift Taxation, Corporations, Community Property, Taxation of Business Entities, Federal Income Tax, American Indian Law, and Wills & Trusts.
- Orange County Lawyer - Law Clerks: Independent Contractor or Employee? 48 Orange County Lawyer 46 (June 2006)
- The "Existing Indian Family" Exception to the Indian Child Welfare Act: The States' Attempt to Slaughter Tribal Interest in Indian Children, 66 Louisiana Law Review 733 (Spring 2006).
- Stock Redemptions in the Marital Corporation: What Happens When The Love Is Gone? RUTGERS LAW JOURNAL 54 Rutgers 487 (Winter 2002).
- Death, Taxes, and Now Divorce: The Unavoidable Dyad Expanded to a Trilogy: ERISA's Social Policy Harms Women's Rights, 35 U.S.F.L. REV. 255 (Winter 2001).
- Sleeping with the Enemy? The IRS' Advanced Notice of Rule Making for Regulations on Capitalization 32 University of Baltimore Law Review 51 (fall 2002)
Elizabeth N. JonesProfessor of Law & Director, Criminal Law Practice Center714.email@example.com+
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Law of Vice
- Juvenile Law
- Criminal Justice Ethics
Professor Jones received her Bachelor’s Degree from U.C.L.A. and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami. Prior to her career in academia, she worked as a criminal defense lawyer, handling misdemeanor and felony cases from arraignment through trial. She also worked extensively with children, representing them in delinquency matters at the juvenile court. Professor Jones was the Vice President of the West Orange County Bar Association and sat on its Board of Directors for nine years. In 2002 she received the President's Award for her service to that organization. Professor Jones teaches a series of courses including Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law of Vice, Juvenile Law, and Criminal Justice Ethics. In 2011 and 2016, Professor Jones was voted “Professor of the Year” by the Western State student body for her enthusiasm and passion for teaching. You can view Professor Jones’ research on her SSRN Author Page: http://ssrn.com/author=1641671.
- Elizabeth N. Jones, The Good and (Breaking) Bad of Deceptive Police Practices, 45 N.M. L. Rev. 523 (2015)
- Elizabeth N. Jones, The Ascending Role of Crime Victims in Plea-Bargaining and Beyond, 117 W. Va. L. Rev. 100 (2014)
- Elizabeth N. Jones and Michael L. Fell, Understanding and Utilizing Marsy’s Law, 55 Orange County Lawyer Magazine 11 (2013)
- Elizabeth N. Jones, Judges: Family Law, in Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, 626-629 (Robert E. Emery ed., 2013)
- Elizabeth N. Jones, Questioning a Juvenile’s Capacity for Criminal Liability in Street Gangs Post-J.D.B. v. North Carolina, 32 Child. Legal Rts. J. 1 (2012)
- Elizabeth N. Jones, Disproportionate Representation of Minority Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Lack of Clarity and Too Much Disparity among States ‘Addressing’ the Issue, 16 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol’y 155 (2012)
- Elizabeth N. Jones, School Daze: A Proposal for Education Code Reform in California, 40 Sw. L. Rev. 425 (2011)
- Elizabeth N. Jones and Lori A. Roberts, Developing Students’ Identities as Legal Apprentices Through Interaction with Lawyers and Judges in a First Year Legal Writing Course, 25 Second Draft 10 (2011)
- Elizabeth N. Jones and Wallace Wade, ’Spit and Acquit’: Legal and Practical Ramifications of the DA’s DNA Gathering Program, 51 Orange County Lawyer Magazine 9 (2009)
- Emerging Issues in Restitution for Crime Victims, The National Center for Victims of Crime 2015 National Training Institute, Anaheim, CA (September 2015)
- Teaching in 2015: The Integration of Skills and Social Justice for Modern Lawyering, SALT Teaching Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (October 2014)
- Questioning a Juvenile’s Capacity for Criminal Liability in Street Gangs Post-J.D.B. v. North Carolina, Southwest Criminal Law Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (September 2012)
- Reflections on (Almost) 40 Years of the JJDPA and its Rehabilitative Agenda, Association for the Study of Law, Culture & The Humanities Conference, Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law) (March 2012)
- A Look at the Overrepresentation of Minority Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, Race and Criminal Justice in the West Conference, Gonzaga University School of Law (September 2011)
- Developing Students’ Identities as Legal Apprentices, Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, The John Marshall Law School (September 2011)
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- M.F.A. University of California, Irvine
- A.B., Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges
- Agency and Partnership
- Gender and the Law
- Employment Discrimination
Susan Keller first joined the faculty at Western State University College of Law in 1989 after teaching at the University of Miami and clerking for the Hon. Robert N. Wilentz, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has published extensively in the area of Feminist Legal Theory, exploring the legal treatment of gender and sexuality. In 2002, she received a Masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of California at Irvine. From 2004 to 2007, Professor Keller served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the academic program. After returning to teaching for three years, she resumed the position of Associate Dean in 2010.
- Operations of Legal Rhetoric: Examining Transsexual and Judicial Identity, 34 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 329 (1999).
- Crisis of Authority: Medical Rhetoric and Transsexual Identity, 11 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 51 (1999).
- The Rhetoric of Marriage, Achievement and Power: An Analysis of Judicial Opinions Considering the Treatment of Professional Degrees as Marital Property, 21 Vermont Law Review 409 (1996).
- Viewing and Doing: Complicating Pornography's Meaning, 81 Georgetown Law Journal 2195 (1993).
- Powerless to Please: Candida Royale's Pornography for Women, 26 New England Law Review 1297 (1992).
- Does the Roof Have to Cave In? The Landlord/Tenant Power Relationship and the Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, 9 Cardozo Law Review 1663 (1988).
- January 2001: “Reading Ballots: The United States and Florida Supreme Courts on Writing and Interpretation”, Law and Literature Conference, University of California, Irvine.
- May 1997: “Fetishism and Legal Institutions,” New Approaches to International Law, Harvard Law School.
- February 1997: “Operations of Discourse: Judicial Opinions and Transsexual Identity,” The Letter of the Law: Law, Literature and Culture, University of Southern California.
- October 1996: “Prophecy and Prurience,” New Approaches in Comparative and Foreign Law, University of Utah.
- J.D., Columbia University School of Law
- B.A., Yale University
- Immigration Clinic
- Administrative Law
- Immigration Law
Professor Koh is an expert on immigration law and clinical teaching, and has devoted much of her career to promoting and protecting the rights of immigrants across the country.
Her scholarship focuses on the immigration consequences of crime, the procedural rights of noncitizens facing deportation, and on teaching methodologies throughout the law school curriculum; and has appeared in journals such as the North Carolina Law Review, Florida Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Clinical Law Review, and Nevada Law Journal. The United States Supreme Court cited Professor Koh’s immigration scholarship in its majority opinion (written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in Mellouli v. Lynch, 135 S. Ct. 1980 (2015), a case involving the intersection of immigration and criminal law.
Professor Koh currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Clinical Law Review, and is a member of the blogging team for the Immigration Law Professors’ Blog.
Professor Koh joined Western State in 2010 from Stanford Law School, where she was a Clinical Lecturer and Cooley Godward Kronish Fellow. At Stanford, she supervised students enrolled in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic on cases ranging from the representation of individual noncitizens in immigration matters to policy work, community-based advocacy and litigation on behalf of immigrants.
Before entering law teaching, she was an associate with the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she represented corporate and individual clients in litigation, government investigations, and international arbitration. She was also Director of the Community Liaison Project for Sanctuary for Families' Center for Battered Women's Legal Services in New York City, where she spearheaded a multidisciplinary project aimed at promoting the rights of immigrant survivors of domestic violence through individual representation, collaboration with community-based organizations, and policy advocacy.
Professor Koh received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Columbia, she was a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the late Honorable Eugene Nickerson of the Eastern District of New York. Professor Koh teaches immigration law, administrative law, and directs the immigration law clinic. The Immigration Clinic offers second- and third-year law students the opportunity to develop lawyering skills by working firsthand on real-life cases and advocacy involving immigration issues.
- Removal In the Shadows of Immigration Court, 90 S. CAL. L. REV. __ (forthcoming, 2017)
- Integrating Skills and Collaborating Across Law Schools: An Example from Immigration Law, 16 NEV. L. J. (forthcoming, 2015) (with Anna Welch)
- Rethinking Removability, 65 FLA. L. REV. 1803 (2013)
- Waiving Due Process (Goodbye): Stipulated Orders of Removal and the Crisis in Immigration Adjudication, 91 N.C. L. REV 475 (2013)
- The Whole Better than the Sum: A Case for the Categorical Approach to Determining the Immigration Consequences of Crime, 26 GEO. IMMIGR. L. J. 257 (2012)
- Teaching Individual Representation Alongside Institutional Advocacy: Pedagogical Implications of a Combined Advocacy Clinic, 16 CLINICAL L. REV. 451 (2010) (with Jayashri Srikantiah)
- Recognizing the Interdependence of Rights in the Antidiscrimination Context Through the World Conference Against Racism, 34 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 235 (2002) (with Catherine Powell)
- Jing Fong Restaurant: Unfair Labor Practices in New York City's Chinatown, 7 AS. AM. POL'Y REV. 145 (1997)
- DEPORTATION WITHOUT DUE PROCESS (advocacy report on stipulated order of removal program), available at http://web.stanford.edu/group/irc/Deportation_Without_Due_Process_2011.pdf (with Jayashri Srikantiah and Karen Tumlin)
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- B.A., City College of New York
- Civil Procedure
- Evidence Practice
Professor Koppel is an authority on civil procedure and consults widely on access to justice and court administration issues.
Professor Koppel worked in the litigation division of a major Wall Street firm for seven years following law school. He then worked in the antitrust division of AT&T before moving to a number of smaller firms. He also taught civil procedure at Adelphi University in New York before coming to Western State in 1982. In spring 2004, Professor Koppel taught Civil Procedure and Evidence at Notre Dame Law School as a visiting professor. Professor Koppel has served as an advisory member to the Civil and Small Claims Committee of the California Judicial Council from 2000 through 2013 and, during fall 2002 through fall 2003, served as consultant to the California Administrative Office of the Courts on civil discovery reform. Professor Koppel is a member of the American Law Institute. Membership in the American Law Institute, limited to 4000 judges, lawyers, and legal scholars from a wide range of practice areas is considered a recognition of professional achievement.
"Standing" in the Shadow of Erie: Federalism in the Balance in Hollingsworth v. Perry, 34 Pace L. Rev. 631 (2014)
The Functional and Dysfunctional Role of Formalism in Federalism: Shady Grove versus Nicastro, 16 Lewis & Clark Law Review 905 (2012)
The Fruits of Shady Grove: Seeing the Forest for the Trees, 44 Akron Law Review 999 (2011)
Reflections on the "Chimera" of a Uniform Code of State Civil Procedure: The Virtue of Vision in Procedural Reform., 58 DePaul Law Review 971 (2009)
Toward a New Federalism in State Civil Justice: Developing a Uniform Code of State Civil Procedure Through a Collaborative Rule-Making Process, 58 Vanderbilt Law Review 1167 (May 2005)
The California Supreme Court Speaks Out on Summary Judgment in Its Own Trilogy of Decisions: Has the Celotex Era Arrived?, 42 Santa Clara L. Rev. 483 (Spring 2002)
A Tale of Two Counties: Divergent Responses in Los Angeles and Orange County Superior Courts to the Ban on Electronic Recording in California Court Reporters Ass’n. v. Judicial Council, 37 San Diego L. Rev. 47 (April 2000)
When Push Comes to Shove between Court Rule and Statute: The Role of Judicial Interpretation in Court Administration, 40 Santa Clara L. Rev. 103 (1999)
Populism, Politics and Procedure: The Saga of Summary Judgment, and the Rulemaking Process, in California, 24 Pepperdine L. Rev. 455 (1997)
Book Review, An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, 16 W. St. L. Rev. 809 (1989)
Article, “In Disarray,” California Law and Business supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, July 14, 1997.
Contributor to Professor Adam Yarmolinsky’s book The Military Establishment based on my Third Year Thesis at the Harvard Law School, Free Speech in the Military (1970).
Report to the Civil & Small Claims Committee of the California Judicial Council On Significant Discovery Reforms in State and Federal Courts and their Implications for Amending California Discovery Rules and Statutes, October 16, 2003
Symposium on State Civil Procedure – Western State University College of Law (April 20th and 21st, 2007): I presented my proposal for drafting a uniform code of state civil procedure based upon empirical data developed through a system of controlled rules experimentation among state jurisdictions.
National Center for State Courts, General Council Committee Meeting – New York City (May 14, 2002): Civil Discovery – How to Reduce Transactional Costs Without Reducing Fairness
National Center for State Courts, Justice Roundtable – Washington, D.C. (November 21, 2003): Civil Discovery: Reducing Costs, Ensuring Fairness, panel member.
- J.D., Western State University, College of Law
- B.A., University of California, Irvine
- Advanced Legal Methods
- Introduction to Legal Methods
- Solving Legal Problems
- Torts I & II
- Professional Skills I & II
Professor Manning is a nationally acclaimed expert on creating programs to integrate legal skills training into law school curricula.
Paula Manning is a Professor of Law and Director of the Law School's S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Academic Support Program. She is currently serving as President of the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE). She has served on the executive board of the American Association of Law Schools, Academic Support Section, as an instructor in the CLEO Attitude is Essential Program, as a Regional Consultant for CLEO, and on a number of LSAC Academic Support Planning Committees. For over a decade she has designed programs, developed curricula and provided instruction in academic support and bar preparation, and she is a recognized expert and frequent presenter on such topics, including at American Bar Association, AALS, Society of American Law Teachers, Legal Writing Institute and Institute for Law Teaching and Learning national conferences. Professor Manning has a passion for helping students to succeed in law school, on the bar exam and in the practice of law.
Prior to her academic career, she served as the Director of Litigation for the Fair Housing Foundation and was in private practice specializing in housing discrimination litigation. She is admitted to the bars of California, the United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
She is the author of Torts, A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press) a text designed to incorporate experiential learning into the traditional law school curriculum. Her research interests include incorporating positive psychology into the classroom and law school environment to improve law student well-being, and her work on using feedback to support student autonomy and develop a growth mindset is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1967280.
- Academic Support in Wonderland: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Western Association of Academic Support Professionals, Invited Keynote Speaker (2015)
- Teaching in 2015: The Integration of Skills and Social Justice for Modern Lawyering, SALT Teaching Conference, UNLV (2014)
- Developing Assessment Rubrics that Foster Student Motivation, Optimism and a Growth Mindset, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stanford Law School (2014)
- Helping Students “See” the Possibilities and the Path to Success: Using Visual Mapping to Develop Critical Thinking and Writing Skills, Marquette Law School Faculty Workshop (2014)
- “But I Understood the Material!” Helping Students Translate Critical Thinking into Legal Writing by Using Visual Thinking Paths to Model the Progression from Novice to Expert (Kris Franklin, co-presenter), LWI Biennial Conference (2014)
- Make it Work! Good Design Isn’t Just for the Runway: Using Instructional Design Principles to Design Curricula and Create Effective Programs, AASE 2014 National Conference (Lisa Young, co-presenter) (2014)
- Teaching Millenial Law Students, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Faculty Workshop (21013)
- Teaching and Reaching Millenial Students, University of Nebraska College of Law, Faculty Workshop (2013)
- Law School and the Millenials, Pacific Law School Advisors Annual Meeting (2013)
- AASE Inaugural Conference Opening Plenary, UNLV (Michael Hunter Schwartz, Kris Franklin and Jennifer Carr, co-presenters) (2013)
- Improving Mindset and Motivation through Feedback and Assessment. Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts Conference (2013)
- Getting to Know the Troops. ABA Associate Dean’s Conference, Invited Plenary Speaker (Anne Enquist and Heather Jarvis, co-presenters) (2012).
- Planning for Student Outcome Measurements: Course Design Theory, Research, and Practice. Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Annual Conference (Olympia Duhart and Michael Hunter Schwartz, co-presenters) (2012).
- Developing a Way with Words: Assessment Rubrics that Foster Student Motivation, Optimism and a Growth Mindset. Legal Writing Institute 2012 Biennial Conference (Corie Rose, co-presenter) (2012).
- Risk is Relative: Who are Our Students? LSAC National Conference Discussion Group, Denver University School of Law (Odessa Alm, co-presenter) (2012).
- Appreciative Inquiry, LSAC Newcomers Conference (2011).
- Focus on Feedback. Legal Writing Institute Workshop, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Invited Speaker (2011).
- Implementing Carnegie and Best Practices: Challenging Students to Develop Practical Skills and Professional Identity. Southeastern Association of law schools, Annual Conference (Sarah Ricks, Ben Madison and David Schwartz, co-presenters) (2011).
- Almost Paradigm: Working to Define and Categorize Modern Approaches to Teaching Law School. Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Engaging and Assessing Our Students, New York Law School (David Groshoff, co-presenter) (2011).
- Make Someone Happy: Developing Optimistic Learners and Learning Environments. Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Engaging and Assessing Our Students, New York Law School (Corie Rosen and Rebecca Flanagan, co-presenters) (2011).
- In Pursuit of Happiness: Developing Optimistic Learners and Learning Environments. AALS Annual Meeting (Rebecca Flanagan, Russell McClain and Corie Rosen, co-presenters) (2011).
- What Do Autonomy Support and Communication Styles Have To Do With Diverse Learning Communities: Teaching and Mentoring All Law Students in an Increasingly Diverse World. Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching in a Transformative Era Conference (2010).
- Reducing The Effects Of Stereotype Threat on Bar Takers. LSAC Bar Support Conference, Pacific McGeorge School of Law (2010).
- They’re Just Not that Into You(r Feedback): Educating, Encouraging and Inspiring the Millennial Generation. Legal Writing Institute, Annual Conference (2010).
- What on Earth Could They Be Thinking? Using Electronic Surveys to Find Out. Institute for Law Teaching, Washburn School of Law (2010).
- Attracting Students by Singing the Praises of Your Academic Support Program. Invited Speaker, LSAC Annual Conference for Admissions Professionals (Russell McClain, co-presenter) (2010).
- The Importance of Technology to the Millenial Learner. LSAC Teaching 21st Century Students with Technology, Plenary Speaker, Florida Coastal School of Law (2010).
- Using Technology to Assess Student Learning. LSAC Teaching 21st Century Students with Technology, Florida Coastal School of Law (2010).
- What Do Law Schools Do to Provide Academic Support? Invited Speaker, AACRAO Annual Meeting (Michael Hunter Schwartz, co-presenter) (2010).
- Improving Performance on the Bar Examination. Invited Speaker, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (2010).
- Designing, Implementing and Nurturing Student Assisted Programs. Invited Speaker, New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals, Suffolk Law School (Joanne Harvest Koran, co-presenter) (2009).
- Using Feedback to Improve Outlook and Outcomes. Crossroads in Legal Education Conference, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2009).
- Autonomy Support and Law School: Perfect Union or Irreconcilable Differences? Institute for Teaching and Learning, Gonzaga Law School (2009).
- A Day in the Life of an Academic Support Professional. LSAC Academic Assistance Training Conference, St. Louis University (Russell McClain, co-presenter) (2009).
- The What and How of Data Collection and Program Evaluation. LSAC Bar Support, Collaboration and Programs Conference, Southwestern Law School (Emmy Reeves, co-presenter) (2008).
- Academic Support and Bar Preparation. LSAC New Professionals Workshop, University of Maryland (2008).
- Doctrine, Skills and Practical Experiences: Developing an Integrated Law School Curriculum. Crossroads in Legal Education Conference, University of Washington (Ken Agran and Andrea Funk, co-presenters) (2008).
- Preparing for the Bar Exam: Tips and Techniques to Improve Performance. Arizona Bar Examiners 75th Anniversary Speaker Series, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (2007).
- Teaching Students to Pre-Write Essays. LSAC National Academic Assistance Training Conference, University of Miami (2007).
- Understanding the Impact of Inadequate Feedback: A Means to Reduce Law Student Psychological Distress, Increase motivation and Improve Learning Outcomes, available at: http://ssrn.com/author=1758309, 43 Cumberland L. Rev. 225 (2012).
- Learning Centered Education at Western State College of Law, book chapter in Legal Education Reform, D. Moss and D. Moss Curtis, eds., Information Age Publishing (2011).
- Affective, Effective Feedback, The Learning Curve (Winter 2010).
- Baby Needs a New Set of Rules: Using Adoption Doctrine to regulate Embryo Donation. V Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 677 (2004).
- Bar in a Box: Wills and Trusts, Aspen Publishers (2011)
- Torts: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press 2013).
Service & Appointments
- Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE), President (2014-15)
- American Bar Association, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Regional Coordinator (2012)
- Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee, Academic Support National Training Workshop Subcommittee, 2011-2012 Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Board Member
- American Bar Association, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Attitude is Essential Program Instructor (2011)
- American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Academic Assistance Section, Secretary, 2010-2011
- Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee, Academic Support Topical Workshops Subcommittee, 2010-2011
- Law School Academic Success Project Survey Committee.
- American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Academic Assistance Section, Executive Board Member, 2008-2010
- Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) National Academic Assistance Conference Planning Committee, 2009
- Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Regional Academic Assistance Conference Planning Committee, 2008
- J.D., University of Illinois, College of Law
- M.A., University of Virginia
- B.A., University of Illinois, Chicago
- American Legal History
Professor Merkel is published in a remarkably wide range of subjects. His scholarship, along with his extensive experience as a practicing attorney, inform his classroom teaching.
Professor Merkel came to Western State from the University of Virginia School of Law where he co-directed the Legal Research and Writing Program for several years. Earlier he served as managing attorney for the Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office. In this capacity, he directed a large attorney and paralegal staff in providing legal assistance to indigents in an eight-county area in southeast Georgia. In law school, he served as a research assistant for the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture and as managing editor of the Recent Decisions section of the Illinois Bar Journal.
Professor Merkel has tried cases in state and federal courts and has represented clients before appellate courts in California and Georgia. His writings have been cited in appellate court briefs and decisions.
- "California's Role in the Mid-Twentieth Century Controversy over Pain and Suffering Damages: The NACCA, Melvin Belli, and the Crusade for "The Adequate Award"," 5 California Legal History 287 (2010).
- "Pain and Suffering Damages at Mid-Twentieth Century: A Retrospective View of the Problem and the Legal Academy's First Responses," 34 Capital University Law Review 545 (2006).
- "Physicians Policing Physicians: The Development of Medical Staff Peer Review Law at California Hospitals," 38 University of San Francisco Law Review 301 (2004).
- "Railroad Consolidation and Late 19th Century Federalism," 11 Western Legal History 215 (1998).
- "Going National: The Life Insurance Industry's Campaign for Federal Regulation after the Civil War," 65 Business History Review 528 (1991).
- "At the Crossroads of Reform: The First Fifty Years of American Legal Aid, 1876-1926," 27 Houston Law Review 1 (1990).
- "The Origins of an Expanded Federal Question Jurisdiction," 58 Business History Review 336 (1984).
- "Tax Reform with a Political View: The Hyattsville Single Tax Experiment in the Maryland Courts," 79 Maryland Historical Magazine 145 (1984).
- "Case Note, Illinois Innkeeper Lien Laws Violate Due Process," 61 Illinois Bar Journal 262 (1973).
- Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008). (Two attributed submissions.)
- Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2006). (Four attributed submissions.)
- Oxford Companion Guide to the Supreme Court (1992). (Four attributed submissions.)
- Prosecution Planning Concepts (1976) (Principal author of monograph.)
- The Grand Jury Complex (1976) (Principal author of monograph.)
- Review of The Supreme Court under Earl Warren, by Michael R. Belknap, 19 Western Legal History 150 (2006).
- Review of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self, by G.E. White, 2 Western State Consumer Law Journal 89 (1993).
- Review of Federal Justice in California: The Court of Ogden Hoffman, 1851-1891, by Christian G. Fritz, 5 Western Legal History 253 (1992).
- Review of Enterprise and American Law, 1836-1937, by Herbert Hovenkamp, 1 Western State Consumer Law Journal 119 (1992).
- Review of The Guardian Life Insurance Company, 1860-1920, by Anita Rapone, Business History Review (1991).
- Review of Legal Malpractice (3d ed.), by Mallen and Smith, 18 Western State Law Review 513 (1990).
- Review of John Marshall's Achievement, edited by Thomas Shevory, 17 Western State Law Review 517 (1990).
- Review of In Pursuit of Justice, by Joseph R. Grodin, 17 Western State Law Review 239 (1989).
- Review of A Great and Shining Road, by John Hoyt Williams, Business History Review (Fall, 1989).
- Review of Two Jewish Justices, by Robert A. Burt, 16 Western State Law Review 337 (1989).
- Review of Salmon P. Chase: A Life in Politics, by Frederick J. Blue, 16 Western State Law Review (1988).
- Review of The Morgans: Private International Bankers, by Vincent P. Carosso, Virginia Quarterly Review (Winter, 1988).
- Review of The Life and Legend of Jay Gould, by Maury Klein, Virginia Quarterly Review (Spring, 1987).
- Review of Railroads, Reconstruction and the Gospel of Prosperity, by Mark W. Summers, The Public Historian (Fall, 1986).
- Review of Louis D. Brandeis, Justice for the People, by Phillipa Strum, Virginia Quarterly Review (Spring, 1986).
- J.D., Yale Law School
- M.S., University of Wisconsin
- B.A., Harpur College
- Intellectual Property
- Professional Responsibility
Professor Mohr is an authority on legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is a former Chair and Special Advisor to the State Bar of California's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and is currently the Consultant to the State Bar of California's Special Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and the Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court.
After practicing transactional law in Wisconsin, Professor Mohr clerked for the late United States District Judge John S. Rhoades of San Diego. Following his clerkship, Professor Mohr practiced intellectual property law in Los Angeles. He has been teaching law at Western State College of Law for over twenty years. He is a former Chair and Special Advisor to the State Bar's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and was also Chair of the State Bar's Task Force on AB1101, which was responsible for drafting Rule of Professional Conduct 3-100, which provides for a narrow exception to the lawyer's duty of confidentiality when disclosure is necessary to prevent a crime likely to result in death or substantial bodily harm. He is current the Consultant to the State Bar of California's Special Commission for the Revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct and is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. He is a past President, and currently is a Master of the Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court. Professor Mohr was Articles Editor for the Yale International Law Journal Evidence Practice.
- At the Interface of Patent and Trademark Law: Should a Product Configuration Disclosed In a Utility Patent Ever Qualify for Trade Dress Protection? 19 HAST. COMMUN. & ENTER. L.J. 341 (1997).
- Legal Ethics And A Civil Action, 23 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 283 (Fall 1999).
- California's Duty of Confidentiality: Is It Time for a Life-Threatening Criminal Act Exception? 39 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 307 (Spring 2002).
- Confidentiality: A Sacrosanct Duty That Must Be Honored, CAL. BAR J. (August 2003).
- Giving California A Seat At The National Table of Ethics, Cal. Bar J. (October 2006).
- The Work of the State Bar's Rules Revision Commission: A Progress Report, 30 Pub. L.J. (Summer 2007).
- ANNOTATED MODEL RULES of PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (ABA 6th Ed. 2007) (contributing editor for annotations for Rules 1.13 and 5.4).
- Successive Representation Conflicts and The Substantial Relationship Test In California, 35 Western State L.Rev. 305 (2008).
- Legal Ethics and Lawyer Web Sites, Part I, 25 CEB Cal Bus Law Prac 133 (Fall 2010).
- Legal Ethics and Lawyer Web Sites, Part II, 26 CEB Cal Bus Law Prac 25 (Winter 2011).
- LEGAL ETHICS: RULES, STATUTES AND COMPARISONS (Lexis-Nexis 2011) (with Richard Zitrin).
- Unwaivable Conflicts of Interest, L.A. County Bar Update (July 2012).
Robert MolkoAssistant Professor of LawDirector, Criminal Law Externships714.firstname.lastname@example.org+
- J.D., Southwestern School of Law
- M.S.E.E., New York University, New York
- B.S.E.E., City College of New York
- Criminal Externship Seminar
- Trial Practice
- Criminal Justice Ethics
- Criminal Procedure
- Criminal Law
Professor Molko worked as an engineer on unmanned space flights operation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory before he entered the practice of law. He was part of the mission teams that sent the unmanned MVM71 past the planets Mercury, Venus and Mars, the unmanned Pioneer 10 to its close encounter of the planet Jupiter in 1974, and the Viking spacecrafts that eventually made the first safe landing on the planet Mars.
He attended Southwestern University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and received the degree of Juris Doctor cum laude. He then joined the Orange County District Attorney's in 1975 and was a prosecutor in that office for 32 years. During that time, he tried more than 155 jury trials, including 35 homicides and a Death Penalty case. He was the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Economic Crimes Unit for 8 years.
He retired from the Orange County District Attorney's Office and initially joined the Western State Adjunct Faculty starting in January 2007. He has been the Director of the Criminal Law Externship Program since then. He has also taught Advanced and California Evidence,Trial Practice and Criminal Ethics.
- The Drones Are Coming! Will the Fourth Amendment stop their threat to our privacy? 78 Brook. L. Rev. 1279 (2013).
- The Perils of Suspicionless DNA Extraction of Arrestees under California Proposition 69: Liability of the California Prosecutor for Fourth Amendment Violation? The Uncertainty Continues in 2010. 37 W.St.U.L.Rev. 183 (2010).
Eunice ParkAssistant Professor of Lawyering Skills Assistant Director, Legal Writing & Research email@example.com+
- J.D., University of Michigan
- A.B., Smith College
- Legal Writing & Research, I & II
Professor Park has considerable expertise in teaching a wide range of legal skills classes and has developed innovative curricular material in legal research.
Eunice Park received an A.B. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Government from Smith College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Park has also taught Legal Skills and Professional Responsibility Practicum Skills/Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation classes at Whittier School of Law prior to teaching for Western State College of Law.
Publications and Presentations
- “Equitable, Gender-Neutral Language Means More Effective Advocacy,” California Lawyer Magazine, August 2015, at 13.
- “Cultural Competence—A Critical Skill for Modern Lawyering,” Fifteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of New Mexico School of Law, March 2015.
- “Objective: Seem Objective,” California Lawyer Magazine, March 2015, at 12.
- "Not the Golden Gate: Legal Writing Bridges the 'Divide' Between Doctrine and Skill," Legal Writing Institute, The Second Draft, Spring 2015.
- "Avoid Email Memo Pitfalls: Protocols for Style, Substance and Structure Evolve with Technology," California Lawyer Magazine, November 2014, at 11.
- “The Power of Professorial Positivity,” Western Regional Writing Conference, Stanford Law School, September 2014.
- “Advanced Professional Skills Faculty Workshop,” Western State College of Law, August 2014.
- "Legal Education: Integrating Practical Skills Into the Curriculum," Orange County Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 56, No. 6, June 2014.
- “'Plain Language': Practical Tips for How to Make It Not So Plain,” Clarity: Journal of the International Association Promoting Plain Legal Language, Issue No. 70, December 2013.
- “Not Necessarily a Sea Change: Preparing for the State Bar’s Practical Skills Requirement through Assessment,” Third Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Whittier Law School, August 2013.
- “Outcomes Assessment and Adjunct Faculty,” Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and Western State College of Law, April 2013.
- "Introducing Students to Free On-line Legal Research Resources: An Interactive Class,” Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, The Law Teacher, Spring 2013.
- “Preparing Practice-Ready Students: Teaching with New Research Platforms & Technology,” Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of San Diego, December 2012.
- "Traffic Ticket Reasonable, Cell Phone Search Not: Applying the Search-Incident-to-Arrest Exception to the Cell Phone as Hybrid," 60:2 Drake L. Rev. 429 (Winter 2012).
- "The Information Age: Introducing Students To Free On-line Legal Research Resources and Assessing the Effectiveness of Teaching this Learning Outcome,” National Legal Writing Institute 15th Biennial Conference, Palm Desert, Spring 2012.
- “Practical Skills, Doctrinal Courses, and the Role of LWR,” Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, UNLV Boyd School of Law, March 2014.
- J.D., Drake University Law School
- B.A., Cornell College
- Business Associations
- Property II
Professor Porter has taught widely at law schools throughout the Midwest and overseas; she is an authority on real estate and probate matters. Professor Porter earned her J.D. from Drake University Law School, where she was an NAACP Earl Warren Scholar and a Sadie T.M. Alexander Law Scholar. Before arriving at Western State, she was on the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Law and has had extensive law faculty experience in the Midwest and in China.
Professor Porter's previous professional experiences included positions in both government and private sector settings. She was the principal of the Law Offices of Tracie R. Porter, LLC, a practice focused on diverse areas of real estate and business law, including transactional and litigation cases, corporate law, and probate proceedings. Before starting her own law firm, she was a litigator with the United States Department of Labor in Chicago and an associate with the Chicago firms Barnes & Thornburg and Brown Udell & Pomerantz.
Professor Porter has held numerous leadership positions in national and local bar associations, including the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and the Young Lawyers Division, the Cook County Bar Association of Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago, the Illinois State Bar Association's Real Estate Law Section Council, and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association.
Law Review Articles
- Tracie R. Porter, The Field Between Lions and Zebras . . . Evening the Playing Field Between Lenders and Borrowers: Conflicts of Interest and Legal Obligations in the Residential Mortgage Transaction, 30 QUINNIPIAC L. REV. 623 (2011).
- Tracie R. Porter, Real Estate Survey, 33 SIU L. REV. 669 (2009).
- Tracie R. Porter and Michael Van Zalinger, Negotiating Loan Modifications for Clients, Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section (June 2009).
- Tracie R. Porter, Essentials of a Smooth Real Estate Closing, Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section (August 2008).
- Family Legal Guide, American Bar Association 3d edition, Chapter 6 - Renting Residential Property, Reviewer (2004).
- Tracie R. Porter, The Anatomy of a Real Estate Contract, CBA Record, The Chicago Bar Association (September 2003).
- Stein, Fisher and Stern, A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions, From Contract to Closing, Books Editor (2001).
- Sidney Saltz, Allocation of Insurable Risk in Commercial Leases, 37 Real Property Probate & Trust Journal 479, Contributor (Fall 2002).
Presentations & Lectures
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Industry Control and Consumer Participation, (Work-In-Progress), 2012 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, August 2012.
- Pawns for a Higher Greed, (Work-In-Progress), 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Sociolegal Conversations Across a Sea of Islands, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2012.
- The Have and the Have-Nots . . . The Tax Burden on Short Sales in Lieu of Foreclosures (Work-in-Progress), Albany Law School, Albany, New York, February 2012.
- Creating an Even Playing Field: Conflicts of Interest in Residential Real Estate Mortgage Transactions, (Work-In-Progress), Midwestern People of Color Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2010; Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, Houston, Texas, June 2011; Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), July 2011.
- Foreclosure and Race, American Bar Association, Mid-Year Meeting, Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice, Atlanta, Georgia, February 12, 2011.
- Mortgage Consumer Disclosure Laws, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Faculty Workshop, October 29, 2008.
- Intra-Family Loans: Forgiveness or Forgetfulness, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Spring Symposium, Washington, D.C., 2007.
- Representing Clients Buying and Selling Residential Real Estate, American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Community Outreach Residential Real Estate Session Spring Symposium, Washington, D.C., 2007.
- Residential Real Estate Primer, The Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Chicago, Illinois, 2007.
- Landlord Tenant Law: The Eviction Process, Community Investment Corporation of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2006-2007.
- Beginner's Guide to Surviving Residential Closings: Negotiating the Residential Real Estate Contract and Related Riders, The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2006.
- Real Estate Primer, Everything You Need to Know to Get the Deal Closed, Cook County Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2006.
- Commercial Real Estate Law, National Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2005.4
- Navigating a Real Estate Closing, Cook County Bar Association and Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund, The Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois, 2004.
- Making Sense of Real Estate Financing Options, American Bar Association, ABA Journal, Center for Continuing Legal Education, ABA Connection, Teleconference, 2003.
- Commercial Real Estate Closings, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2003.
- To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected, First Annual Chicago-Area Black Law Student Association, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2003.
- The Paralegal's Role in the Real Estate Transaction, Title Law, Basics of a Real Estate Transaction, and Advanced Title Issues, Continuing Legal Education, Seminar Lecturer, National Business Institute and Institute for Paralegal Education, Chicago, Illinois, 2002-2007.
- Attributes of Inclusion: Diversity in the Profession, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2001.
- Identity Theft and Real Estate Closings, The Chicago Bar Association's Speakers' Bureau, Chicago, Illinois, 1998-2006.
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law
- B.A., University of Washington
- Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Contracts, Legal Writing & Research, I & II
Lori Roberts received her Bachelor's Degree from The University of Washington and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. She was a litigation associate in the labor and employment practice groups at Snell & Wilmer and Preston, Gates & Ellis for several years following law school. Professor Roberts teaches Legal Writing I and II is the Director of Legal Writing & Research. Professor Roberts also currently serves as the Director of Moot Court Competitions, and teaches Advanced Appellate Advocacy, a course designed to prepare Moot Court students to participate and succeed in external Moot Court Competitions.
Publications & Presentations
- Rhetoric, Reality, and the Wrongful Abrogation of the Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Cases, 31 Rev. of Lit. 1 (2012)
- Assessing Ourselves: Confirming Assumptions and Improving Students Learning by Efficiently and Fearlessly Assessing Student Learning Outcomes, 3 Drexel L. Rev. 457 (2011)
- Topping Palm Trees in the Name of CC&R Enforcement: A Proposal to Temper CC&R Enforcement with Common Sense, 51 South Texas 413 (2009)
- Developing Students' Identities as Legal Apprentices, Central States Legal Writing Conference, John Marshall School of Law (September, 2011)
- Leading By Example: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes, Association of Legal Writing Directors Conferences, Pacific McGeorge University School of Law (June 2011)
- Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in a Legal Writing Course: A Simple, Efficient and Valuable Process, Empire State Legal Writing Conference, St. John's University School of Law (May 2011)
- Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in a Legal Writing Course: A Simple, Efficient and Valuable Process, The Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, The George Washington University Law School (February 2011)
- Brawling With The Consumer Review Site Bully, ___U. Cin. L.Rev. ___ (2016)
- The Information Age at the Legal Writing Institute’s, Bi-annual Conference in Palm Springs (June 2012)
- Teaching in 2015: The Integration of Skills and Social Justice for Modern Lawyering, Society of American Law Teachers Conference, Las Vegas, NV (October 2014)
- Cultural Competence – A Critical Skill for Modern Lawyering, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in University of New Mexico School of Law (April 2015)
- J.D., Loyola University School of Law
- B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
- Secured Land Transactions
- Real Estate Transactions
A veteran of several high-level in-house counsel positions with a number of title insurance companies, Professor Sheppard is an authority on business and real estate transaction matters, as well as student life issues.
Professor Sheppard has served Western State since 1980, as an adjunct faculty member before becoming associate professor. He has taught at several colleges and universities. Professor Sheppard was vice president and counsel to several title companies before opening his own practice. Professor Sheppard is a past chairperson of the legislative committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association and prior member of the Legislative and Forms and Practices Committee of the California Land Title Association. Professor Sheppard is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the Secretary of the San Diego-Imperial Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
- California Code of Civil Procedure Section 580b, Anti-Deficiency Protection Regarding Purchase Money Debts: Arguments For The Inclusion of Refinanced Purchase Money Obligations Within The Anti-Deficiency Protection of Section 580b, 6 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERDISCIPLINARY LAW JOURNAL, 245 (1997).
- Eminent Domain – Condemnation of Private Property for a Private Use: Legitimate or a Land Grab?, 44 ORANGE COUNTY LAWYER 30 (September 2002).
- The Grading Process: Taking A Multi-Dimensional, “Non-Curved” Approach To The Measurement Of A First-Year Law Student's Level Of Proficiency. 30 WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 177 (2002-2003).
- Types Of Title Assurances Available In The United States With A Focus On The Question Of Whether A Person Who Assures A Quality Of Title Is Or Is Not Liable For A Defect In The Title That Is The Result Of Conduct On The Part Of The Assured, No. 2, 79 NORTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 311 (2003, No. 2); reprinted in two parts in 17 MINNESOTA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL Number 6 (November/December 2004) and 18 MINNESOTA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL Number 1 (January/February 2005).
- Land Use Covenants: A Summary of Aspects of California Law Regarding Land Use Covenants with Comparisons to the Restatement (Third) of Property, 37 WESTRN STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 27 (Fall 2009).
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School
- B.A., University of Albany, State University of New York
- Constitutional Law I and II
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law
Professor Sobel was Executive Director of Equality Advocates when that organization advanced noteworthy state and national legislative successes; she is an award winning teacher who has written and lectured on legal issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Professor Sobel joined Western State's faculty in the fall of 2009. She teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Sexual Orientation, Gender identity and the Law.
Before coming to WSCL, she was a lecturer of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she taught lawyering in the Public Interest and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law. Professor Sobel taught at Penn Law for five years and received its Adjunct Teaching Award in 2007. She was also a lecturer at Rutgers University School of Law – Camden in 2009 and an assistant professorial lecturer at law at the George Washington University Law School from 1992 to 1996.
Professor Sobel served as Equality Advocates Pennsylvania's (formerly the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights) executive director from 2001 to 2008. While at Equality Advocates, she was part of the leadership teams that defeated legislation attempting to prohibit relationship recognition for non-married couples in the Pennsylvania Constitution in 2006 and 2008, and amended the state's hate crimes law to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, among other groups in 2002. She drafted the hate crimes legislation's text, which was one of the most comprehensive in the country and the first Pennsylvania law to recognize the LGBT community. Under her leadership, Equality Advocates successfully advocated before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as co-council for the amici curiae for second parent adoption and custody rights for LGBT parents, and as co-council with the City of Philadelphia to uphold its domestic partnership benefits. Prior to joining Equality Advocates, she was the legal director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), where she assisted military members who were harmed by “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and monitored its implementation.
Professor Sobel has provided legal and government affairs services for clients including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Women's Law Project among others. Her pro bono work includes serving on the Clinton/Gore transition team and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in 1992 and 1993. Before she attended law school, she worked for the New York State Assembly House Operations Committee and the New York State Governor's Office of Employee Relations.
- Stacey L. Sobel, Culture Shifting at Warp Speed: How the Law, Public Engagement and Will & Grace Led to Social Change for LGBT People, 88 St. John’s L. Rev (forthcoming 2015).
- Stacey L. Sobel, When Windsor Isn’t Enough: Why the Court Must Clarify Equal Protection Analysis for Sexual Orientation Classifications, 24 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y (2015).
- Stacey L. Sobel, The Tsunami of Legal Uncertainty: What's a Court to do Post-McDonald?, 21 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 489 (2012).
- Stacey L. Sobel & Edwin J. Greenlee, Marriage Equality, in WHOSE GOD RULES?: IS THE UNITED STATES A SECULAR NATION OR A THEOLEGAL DEMOCRACY?, (Nathan C. Walker & Edwin J. Greenlee eds., 2011).
- Stacey L. Sobel, The Mythology of a Human Rights Leader: How the United States has Failed Sexual Minorities at Home and Abroad, 21 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 197 (2008).
- John G. Culhane and Stacey L. Sobel, The Gay Marriage Backlash and Its Spillover Effects: Lessons from a (Slightly) "Blue State", 40 Tulsa L. Rev. 443 (2005).
- Stacey L. Sobel, Sexual Orientation and the Military, 3 Geo. J of Gender & Law 135 (2001).
- J.D. University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
- M.A. University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology
- B.A. University of California, Irvine, Environmental Analysis
- B.A. University of California, Irvine, Psychology & Social Behavior
- Legal Writing and Research I & II
- Professional Skills I & II
Monica Todd is an Orange County native. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California at Irvine, double majoring in Psychology & Social Behavior and Environmental Analysis and Design./p>
Ms. Todd attended graduate school at the University of California at Irvine, completing both a Master's Degree in Social Ecology (with an emphasis on Human Development studies) and the Elementary Education Teaching Internship Program. Ms. Todd was employed as an elementary school teacher for several years before attending law school.
Ms. Todd earned her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2007. During law school Ms. Todd was named a Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow and was copyright editor for the Women's Law Journal. Ms. Todd completed internships at both the Los Angeles Superior Court, Family Law Division and the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles. Ms. Todd was admitted to the state bar of California in 2008 and has practiced Family Law exclusively since then.
Ms. Todd is interested in Family Systems Theory and Child Welfare law.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- B.A., Yale University
- Civil Procedure I and II
- National Security Law
Professor Williams has distinguished himself in the evolving law related to national security and terrorism. Professor Williams has extensive practical and teaching experience. Prior to teaching, Professor Williams worked in Washington D.C. at the Lawyers Alliance For World Security, a non-profit organization designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons worldwide. He worked at Cravath Swaine and Moore in New York, and was a senior associate in the civil litigation department at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, CA. Before becoming a member of the tenure tack faculty at Western State, Professor Williams previously taught law at the California Western School of Law, including courses in National Security Law and Ethics. He specializes in national security law and international terrorism. Professor Williams has appeared on television numerous times to discuss national security issues and has authored several news articles on terrorism.
- Ryan T. Williams, Dangerous Precedent: America's Illegal War in Afghanistan, 33 U. Pa.J. Int'l L. 563 (2011)
- Ryan T. Williams, Stop Taking the Bait: The Dilution of Miranda Does Not Make America Safer From Terrorism, 56 Loy. L. Rev. 907 (2010)
- Ryan T. Williams and David Smith, Sexual Harassment, Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Vol. IV, No.1 (2002).
- Ryan T. Williams, "Did bin Laden's death really make America safer?," SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, May 5, 2011.
- Ryan T. Williams, "Would They Make Us Safer?," SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, May 16, 2010.