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Well-respected for their contributions to understanding of the law and to legal education, California Western School of Law associate deans William Aceves and Laura Padilla lend their considerable expertise and acumen to the day-to-day operations of San Diego’s oldest law school.

As associate dean for academic affairs, Aceves serves as a liaison among the faculty, the administration and the students, and he helps develop and implement policies that allow for innovation in the curriculum and the discovery of best outcomes for students.

Aceves joined the faculty of California Western in 1998. He is a nationally recognized scholar on international human rights and torture and has represented human rights agencies in numerous amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. He served on the National Boards of Amnesty International USA and the American Civil Liberties Union and currently serves on the boards of the Center for Justice and Accountability and the International Law Students Association. He is an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for American Progress and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Padilla serves as associate dean for administration, utilizing her foresight, discretion and decisiveness to protect the law school, its employees and students from risk and to implement the kind of best business practices that keep the school on solid financial footing.

Padilla joined the California Western School of Law faculty in 1992. Her research interests lie in the area of property rights, race, gender and spirituality. She has served on numerous committees and site teams for the Association of American Law Schools, has served on boards for Stanford University and its law school, and was selected as a Kellogg Fellow. She was recognized by the San Diego County Bar Association with its 2008 Service to Legal Education Award, and by Stanford University with a Governor's Award in 2009.

Aceves and Padilla were named the school’s associate deans in 2007. In 2010, both were elected into the American Law Institute in recognition of their work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

California Western School of Law congratulates Aceves and Padilla on being among San Diego’s "Top Attorneys."


-Submitted by California Western School of Law.

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