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William Aceves

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar Street

San Diego, CA 92101

wja@cwsl.edu

(619) 515-1589

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA School of Law, 1996

Other Graduate School/Year: University of Southern California/1990

Other Graduate School/Year: Harvard University/1994

College/Year: Claremont McKenna College/1986

Bar Admissions

State of California, Southern and Central Districts of California First Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court

Practice Areas

Discrimination and Civil Rights, Immigration and Naturalization, International

Major cases you have participated in

I have served as amicus counsel in the following cases: United States v. John Lindh (E.D. Virginia), Rasul v. Bush (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals), Doe v. Unocal (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals), Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain (U.S. Supreme Court), Reno v. Ma (U.S. Supreme Court), DeMore v. Kim (U.S. Supreme Court), Acree v. Republic of Iraq (U.S. Supreme Court), Medellin v. Drekte (U.S. Supreme Court), Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon (U.S. Supreme Court).

Professional background

I am a professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law. I regularly work with Amnesty International, the Center for Justice and Accountability, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union on projects involving the domestic application of international law. I have represented several human rights and civil liberties organizations as amicus curiae counsel in cases before the federal courts. I have appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Migrants and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Personal affiliations

I am a member of the San Diego board and the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union. I am also a member of the board of the Center for Justice and Accountability. I have previously served on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, and I am presently the ombudsperson for AIUSA. I also serve as a cooperating attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.


Thomas Barton

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar St.

San Diego, Ca 92101

tbarton@cwsl.edu

(619) 525-1687

Education

Law School/Year: Cornell University

Other Graduate School/Year: Cambridge University

College/Year: Tulane University

Bar Admissions

California, New York

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional background

In addition to teaching contracts law and problem solving topics, my interests in professional responsibility and the forms of social control reflect my knowledge of the social, historical and intellectual contexts of law. I have published numerous articles and essays dealing with legal and political philosophy, legal sociology and problem solving. I practiced taxation and antitrust law in New York before studying the common law as a problem-solving institution at Cambridge. I teach civil procedure, contracts, problem solving and preventive law and problem solving skills and theory at California Western.

Professional affiliations

Professor of law, California Western School of Law; director, Louis M. Brown Program in Preventive Law; coordinator, National Center for Preventive Law.


Linda Berger

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2121 San Diego Ave.

San Diego, CA 92110

lberger@tjsl.edu

(619) 374-6933

Education

Law School/Year: Case Western Reserve University/1985

College/Year: University of Colorado/1970

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Appellate, Civil Litigation

Major cases you have participated in

I have not practiced actively in some time.

Professional background

After graduating from law school, I spent four years at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Diego, specializing primarily in media law and First Amendment defense. I have been a law school professor for the last 17 years, teaching legal writing and related classes, media law and First Amendment law. I have been part of Thomas Jefferson's legal writing program since it began; the program was ranked in the top 20 in the country in U.S. News & World Report's first rating of such programs.

Professional affiliations

I am active in journalism and legal writing organizations; I am a founder and current editor of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.


Justin Brooks

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar St.

San Diego, CA 92101

jbrooks@cwsl.edu

(619) 525-7079

Education

Law School/Year: American University

Other Graduate School/Year: Georgetown University Law Center

College/Year: Temple University

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Michigan

Practice Areas

Appellate, Criminal Law

Major cases you have participated in

I am an experienced defense attorney who has worked on a dozen death penalty cases. I am an expert on the use of DNA evidence in criminal trials and have published extensively on the death penalty, corrections and sentencing law and other criminal law issues.

As director of the California Innocence Project at California Western, I work with students to seek any and all ethical and legal avenues for the release of the wrongfully convicted in California. I have worked to free several wrongfully convicted inmates, including Adam Riojas, John Stoll, Jason Kindle and San Diego's Ken Marsh.

Professional background

I taught at Georgetown Law Center and was the assistant director of Georgetown's Street Law Corrections Clinic. I then spent six years teaching at Thomas Cooley Law School, where I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, corrections law, law and literature and ran a death penalty clinical program in which students worked with me on death penalty cases. I have been a visiting professor at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Law School and a visiting scholar at the University of Sheffield in England.

After law school, I practiced as a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C., and continued to practice throughout my teaching career. I have published extensively on the death penalty, corrections and sentencing law and other criminal law issues.

Professional affiliations

Law professor, California Western School of Law; executive director, Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy; director, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy; project director, Innocence Projects


Marjorie Cohn

Professor of Law

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2121 San Diego Ave.

San Diego, CA 92110

marjorie@tjsl.edu

(619) 374-6923

Education

Law School/Year: Santa Clara/1975

College/Year: Stanford/1970

Bar Admissions

California State Bar; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Practice Areas

Appellate, Criminal Law, International, Labor

Major cases you have participated in

I am one of the attorneys representing Lawyers Against the War in its lawsuit pending in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against George W. Bush for torture of prisoners in U.S. custody. I testified as an expert on the illegality of the Iraq war at the court-marshal of Pablo Paredes, the sailor who refused orders to board a ship and transport Marines to Iraq. My testimony corroborated the reasonableness of Paredes's belief that he had a duty to disobey unlawful orders, and that he could be complicit in the commission of war crimes. Paredes received no jail time.

Professional background

I was a staff attorney at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, and have been a criminal defense attorney at both the trial and appellate levels for many years. I was a deputy public defender at the Fresno Public Defender, a staff attorney for Appellate Defenders and maintained private practices in Salinas and San Diego. I have taught at Thomas Jefferson since 1991. My courses include criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, international human rights, sentencing and employment discrimination. I frequently lecture and appear in the national and international media about human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

Professional affiliations

I am president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild, co-chair of the Guild's International Committee, and U.S. representative to the executive committee of American Association of Jurists. I am on the Roster of Experts at Institute for Public Accuracy and the Advisory Board of the Haywood Burns Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice. I am a partner at the Centre of Theory and Legal Practice of European Integration at University of Szczecin, Poland. I write a weekly column for Truthout.org and regular columns for the LA Daily Journal, and am a contributing editor to Jurist, MWC News Magazine and Guild Practitioner.

Personal affiliations

I am co-author of the book "Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice," and have published articles in such journals as Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune. I am the official reviewer for Encarta Encyclopedia's Torture and Geneva Conventions listings. I am a news consultant for CBS News, a legal analyst for Court TV and I also provide legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and Pacifica Radio.

Personal background

In 1978, I was a legal observer in Iran on behalf of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL). I chaired the two-day commission on the United Nations, International Relations and International Institutions at the XVI Congress of the IADL in Paris last year. I have participated in delegations to Cuba, China and Yugoslavia. I lived in Mexico and am fluent in Spanish. I am married to appellate criminal defense attorney Jerry Wallingford and have two sons and three stepsons. I was a high school cheerleader and I practice yoga and chi gong.


Barbara Cox

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar St.

San Diego, Ca 92101

bcox@cwsl.edu

(619) 525-1496

Education

Law School/Year: University of Wisconsin

College/Year: Michigan State University

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Discrimination and Civil Rights, Family and Domestic Relations

Professional background

I am a nationally recognized authority on sexual orientation and the law. I have published articles on obtaining recognition for alternative families in journals such as the National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law and the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies. As same-sex marriage laws evolve, my research and scholarship focuses on the interstate recognition of marriage and whether states eventually must recognize the Massachusetts same-sex marriages. I recently testified in front of a New Hampshire state panel about the state's definition of marriage and the benefits same-sex couples are denied by not being able to marry.

Professional affiliations

Law professor (I teach civil procedure, property, comparative issues in gender, family and sexuality and women and the law), California Western School of Law; executive director, Consortium for Innovative Legal Education

Personal affiliations

Cox is past chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Women and the Law and the AALS Section on Gay and Lesbian Issues, and former deputy director of the AALS. She chairs the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee of the national Freedom to Marry organization, and is on the steering committee of San Diegans Against Marriage Discrimination.


Michael Dessent

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar St.

San Diego, Ca 92101

mdessent@cwsl.edu

(619) 525-7070

Education

Law School/Year: Northwestern University

College/Year: Northwestern University

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

I have represented some of the leading businesses in the United States throughout a distinguished legal career and have held several senior executive and directorship positions for publicly traded corporations, typically as executive vice president and general counsel.

Professional background

As chief executive officer of California Western School of Law from 1986-1996, I directed the institution into the forefront of legal education. My expertise focuses on corporate law with an emphasis in business organizations and securities regulation. I have served on a number of boards of charitable entities in San Diego. I teach contracts, business organizations, enterprise law and an internship seminar at California Western.

Professional affiliations

Law professor, California Western School of Law; dean emeritus, California Western School of Law


Julie Greenberg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2121 San Diego Ave.

San Diego, CA 92110

julieg@tjsl.edu

(619) 374-6931

Education

Law School/Year: University of Michigan/1979

College/Year: University of Michigan/1972

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Discrimination and Civil Rights

Major cases you have participated in

My articles have been cited by federal or state courts in the following jurisdictions: Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Wisconsin. Courts outside of the United States have also referred to my scholarship and it has been cited in more than 100 law review articles. I have published more than a dozen articles on issues relating to sexuality and gender and this scholarship has significantly affected how the courts treat the millions of people who are transsex or intersex. In addition, the issues I write about also affect the rights of women, gays and lesbians.

Professional background

After graduating, I joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. I then taught at USD as a legal writing professor and adjunct professor. I joined the TJSL faculty in 1990 and served as the associate dean for Faculty Development from 2003-2005. I teach business courses and courses related to sexuality and gender. In addition to my teaching and scholarship, I devote significant time to other educational efforts. At USD, I was the faculty adviser for the Women Law Students Conference. I co-founded the annual Women and the Law Conference at TJSL and I was co-programming chair of the 2005 Lavender Law Conference.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, California Women Lawyers and the Lawyers Club. I am on the board of directors and secretary of the board for Federal Defenders and Appellate Defenders. I am also on the advisory board for a national intersex organization that is in the formation process. I am a current member and former board member of HIGBA's legal committee. I am the former chair of the ABA International Law Section on Gender and Sexual Orientation. I was presented with the 2006 'Friend of the Community' Award by the Tom Homann Association.

Personal affiliations

I have been invited by national and international organizations to present my work. During the past two years, I have given more than a dozen talks. The most noteworthy of these talks include: the keynote address at a conference at Cardozo Law School, a plenary speaker at Lavender Law, a panelist at the annual AALS meeting, a presenter at a UCLA Law School colloquium and a speaker at two international conferences in France.


Marybeth Herald

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2121 San Diego Ave., Third Floor

San Diego, CA 92110

marybeth@tjsl.edu

(619) 374-6917

Education

Law School/Year: Harvard Law School/1980

College/Year: Michigan State University/1977

Bar Admissions

California (inactive), Northern Mariana Islands (inactive)

Practice Areas

Appellate, Civil Litigation, Discrimination and Civil Rights

Major cases you have participated in

My recent work in the area of gender takes an interdisciplinary approach, investigating ways that cognitive bias affects judicial perceptions of the categories of male and female. I have published and spoken on this topic, as well as other areas of constitutional law. In my pre-academic life, I am most proud of the work that I did on behalf of nonresident workers in the Northern Mariana Islands, which included lawsuits against employers, as well as testifying before Congress concerning the abuses. After joining academia, I published articles that explored the legal and political relationship of the United States territories.

Professional background

I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980. After a year as a staff attorney with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I worked as a staff attorney at the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. I began a private law firm in the islands, engaging in a general law practice for six years, emphasizing trial and appellate work. During that time, I served as counsel to several public agencies and corporations. I joined the faculty of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1991 and served as associate dean between 1994 and 2002.

Professional affiliations

My professional affiliation for the past 15 years has been with Thomas Jefferson School of Law. As associate dean for eight of these years, I was extensively involved in improving the quality of the legal education provided to students at Thomas Jefferson during a period of dynamic growth. My classes over the last 10 years have focused on Constitutional law, and I have tried to incorporate new technologies to generate a creative learning environment. In addition, I work with student organizations such as moot court and the public interest law foundation to increase student opportunities.

Personal background

I spent the first 18 years of my life in Tonawanda, New York, which left a lot of the world to explore. I met my husband in law school -- in the back of a class that neither of us liked much so we were open to diversion. We loved scuba diving and traveled extensively. Married 25 years, we have one boy in high school (born in the Northern Mariana Islands) and one in middle school. As the kids have grown, we have taken vacations that provide us with adventures of a different kind and degree than our pre-kid days.


Yale Kamisar

University of San Diego Law School

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92118

ykamisar@umich.edu

(734) 647-4038 (work), (734) 663-3284

Education

Law School/Year: Columbia University Law/1954

College/Year: New York University/1950

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia 1955

Practice Areas

Criminal Law

Major cases you have participated in

Consulted with the lawyers for Clarence Gideon in Gideon v. Wainwright (1963); consulted with the lawyers for Danny Escobedo in Escobedo v. Illinois (1964); consulted with the lawyers for Ernest Miranda and other defendants in Miranda v. Arizona (1966) and three related confession cases.

Professional background

After working at Covington & Burling (in Washington, D.C.) from 1955-57, taught for seven years at Univ. of Minnesota Law School and 39 years at the University of Michigan Law School. Since retiring from Michigan in 2004, I have been a tenured member of the University of San Diego law faculty.

Wrote the essay on constitutional-criminal procedure for collections of essays on the Warren, the Burger and the Rehnquist Courts. Co-authored all 11 editions of a criminal procedure casebook and all 10 editions of a constitutional law casebook. Wrote 55 law review articles and 100 op-ed pieces.

Professional affiliations

Life member of American Law Institute; member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; member, ABA; member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Personal affiliations

Co-author and close friend of Professors Jerold Israel, Wayne LaFave & Nancy King (Criminal Procedure casebook); Co-author and close friend of professors Jesse Choper, Richard Fallon Jr. and Steve Shiffrin (Constitutional Law casebook)

Personal background

Voted best college sportswriter in Metropolitan New York City area in 1948.

As infantry lieutenant, commanded assault platoon in attack on T-Bone Hill, Friday, June, 13, 1952, which earned our battalion the Presidential Unit Citation.

Awarded honorary degree of doctor of laws from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, in 1978 in part because my legal scholarship made me "a teacher of teachers."

Won Silver Gavel Awards in 1985 and 1991.


Frank Partnoy

University of San Diego School of Law

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

fpartnoy@SanDiego.edu

(619) 260-2352

Education

Law School/Year: Yale University/1992

College/Year: University of Kansas/1989

Bar Admissions

New York, Washington, D.C.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

As a lawyer at Covington & Burling during the 1990s, I worked on several major white-collar cases and corporate deals, including a seven-week environmental criminal trial and the Union Pacific-Southern Pacific railroad merger. Since I came to the University of San Diego in 1997, I have testified as an expert on various corporate and securities issues in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before both houses of Congress. I testified before the first Senate committee to hold hearings about Enron, and my research has been cited in both the Enron and WorldCom cases, among others.

Professional background

I graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the Southern District of New York. I then worked as an investment banker at CS First Boston and Morgan Stanley, where I structured and sold financial derivatives. After that I practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and then came to the University of San Diego. My research is primarily in law and finance, and I have written several books and book chapters and several dozen articles in these areas. I was named the San Diego Union-Tribune Author of the Year in 1997.

Professional affiliations

I am co-chair of the American Bar Association, Futures and Derivatives Litigation Subcommittee. I also am a board member of the Association of American Law Schools, Business Law Committee and the Futures and Derivatives Law Report. I am an advisory board member of the Financial Services Policy Institute. I have served on several committees at the University of San Diego and have been a director of the Law Alumni board of directors. I have done hundreds of media interviews, including several appearances on the NewsHour and NPR, and I write frequently for the Financial Times.

Personal background

I grew up in Kansas, and attended public schools there until I left for law school. I remain an avid (albeit disappointed) fan of University of Kansas basketball.


Ken Vandevelde

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2121 San Diego Ave.

San Diego, CA 92110

kennethv@tjsl.edu

(619) 374-6916

Education

Law School/Year: Harvard Law School/1979

College/Year: University of Louisville/1975

Bar Admissions

California (inactive); formerly D.C., but I resigned that membership a few years ago when it became clear that I was staying in California; International

Major cases you have participated in

The best-known case in which I was involved was the suit filed against the United States by Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in 1984. I was part of a team representing the United States and wrote the argument on the Vandenberg Amendment, the only issue on which the United States prevailed. I also represented 4,000 private citizens before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague seeking compensation for wrongs committed during the Islamic Revolution. In private practice, my biggest case was a $30 million claim against a defendant represented by David Boies.

Professional background

I spent four years in private practice, three at the Washington, D.C., office of a major New York firm and one at a San Diego firm. I was a litigator and served as counsel for American Indian tribes. I spent six years practicing international law at the U.S. Department of State, including international arbitration and litigation and treaty negotiations. I have been in academia since 1989 and from 1994-2005 I served as dean of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. I have served as a pro bono consultant on international law to the United Nations and various developing countries.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Society of International Law. I am only moderately active in these organizations, however. As noted above, my public service activities focus on providing pro bono assistance to developing countries and the United Nations on international economic law.

Personal affiliations

I am active as a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Most recently, my daughter and I participated in a bike ride through Death Valley to raise funds for the foundation. We biked 58 miles and raised well over $10,000.

Personal background

I am a native Kentuckian and lived there until at the age of 22 I moved to Boston to attend law school. After graduation, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I met my wife, Lidia, who had moved there from Mexico four years before. By 1988, we were ready to start a family and decided to move to San Diego as a short adventure before the kids started school. We have now lived in San Diego for 18 years and have two daughters, Jenny, 17, and Shelly, 14, a Shetland sheepdog and a border collie.


Mark Weinstein

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar St.

San Diego, CA 92101

mweinstein@cwsl.edu

(619) 525-1410

Education

Law School/Year: George Washington University

College/Year: Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, Missouri

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation

Professional background

During the first five years of my career, I provided civil legal services to the indigent, first as staff attorney for Central Pennsylvania Legal Services in Reading, Penn., and then as managing attorney for the Lehigh Valley Legal Services in Allentown, Penn. I began my teaching career as a clinical law teacher first at Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, Mo.), and then at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in Philadelphia. After leaving the University of Pennsylvania, I was partner in a law firm in Allentown for more than 10 years before I came to California Western.

Professional affiliations

Law professor (I teach civil procedure, negotiation and client counseling and support students in California Western's Clinical Internship Program), California Western School of Law; associate dean for administration, California Western School of Law

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