Research

Legislating Higher Education: Applying the Lessons of No Child Left Behind to Post-Secondary Education Reformation Proposals.50 Idaho L. Rev. 53 (2013).

Work in Progress 2014: The Impact of IDEA on 20 years of Special Education Decisions—an Empirical Study.

“From Confusion to Concision: Tips and Techniques to Improve Student Writing,” Presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in March 2013.

“Using SoftChalk to Create Supplemental Online Lessons and Increase Student Engagement.” Presented at the Third Colonial Legal Writing Conference at Duquesne University in March 2013.

“Modifying the Business Case Method for Use in the Law School Classroom to Improve Learning Outcomes and Increase Student Engagement.” Presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in March 2012.

Teaching

Assistant Professor of Law and Interim Director of Legal Analysis and Writing, University of La Verne, College of Law, 2011-Present.

Direct Legal Analysis and Writing Program. Work with full-time professors and adjuncts. Prepare lesson plans and create major writing assignments used in all legal writing classes. Oversee the “Writing for Success” grammar program. Coordinate the research portion of the course with the Law Library Director and Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis representatives. Stay current with evolving legal writing trends and incorporate them into the legal writing curriculum.

Teach Introduction to Legal Skills to first-year law students. Introduce students to professionalism and legal methods. Develop teaching materials which focus on active case reading, effective case briefing, accurate rule synthesis from statutes and court decisions, thorough rule structure, and practiced rule application in specific factual situations.

Teach Torts to first-year law students. Help them learn the law of imposed liability for personal, property, and economic harm Doctrinal topics include negligence (including professional malpractice); strict liability (including products liability) and intentional torts; causation and elements of damages; and affirmative defenses and limitations of duties including: assumption of the risk, contributory negligence, comparative negligence, immunity, and limited liability of property owners.

Teach Criminal Law to first-year law students. Doctrinal topics include larceny, burglary, robbery, arson, and rape; murder, manslaughter, and self-defense; attempts and inchoate crime; principles in the first and second degree; sanity and competency; and conspiracy.

Provide students with basic content knowledge about legal reasoning and the legal process. Assist students as they develop analytical, research and writing skills and help them learn to reason by analogy. Instruct the students on improving their writing skills to demonstrate critical thinking.

Demonstrate how to draft legal analysis clearly and concisely and how to write a variety of legal documents. Provide writing guidance on format, mechanics, organization, and writing style to help students produce professional writing free of grammatical and structural errors.

Help students navigate the Bluebook and learn the importance of correct citation.

Provide formative assessment and timely feedback to students to aid them in improving their written and analytical skills.

Mentor students through frequent individual meetings. Provide personal guidance at each stage of the writing process to aid student success.

Assistant Professor of Academic Support at Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa

Taught Legal Analysis to first-year law students. Showed them how to read cases and understand and analyze complex legal problems. Helped students develop critical thinking and writing skills.

Developed Introduction to Legal Analysis curriculum for first year students. Included generating original teaching material for use by other professors and the use of the CPS e-instruction system for instant feedback and assessment.

Taught Legal Analysis Writing Workshop seminars to 3L students on Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Partnership, Corporations, Agency, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.

Provided service through participation in L.L.M Committee and Law School Rankings Committee.

Collected data and published a monthly newsletter for students which provided information on building professional skills.

Improved student writing through one-on-one counseling, lectures and a series of intensive essay workshops.

Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at University of La Verne, College of Law

Taught Legal Analysis and Writing I & II to first-year law students.

Instructed the students on improving their writing skills to demonstrate critical thinking. Aided students as they learned to write rule synthesis and analysis. Taught both objective and persuasive writing and oral advocacy.

Met with students individually to encourage them to develop their individual talents and provided timely feedback so that students were able to improve their written and analytical skills.

Adjunct Professor at California State University, Fullerton

Contributed to program which received the CSUF Advancement in Assessment Award in 2010.

2007-2008 grant recipient for CSUF Community Engagement and Service Learning. Developed coursework which partnered students with non-profit organizations to maximize learning potential.

Taught Business Administration 301 to undergraduate students. Helped students learn how to organize and write for the professional world.

Promoted analytical thinking and problem-solving skills in analyzing case studies and writing follow-up reports. Taught students how to evaluate colleagues and provided positive feedback. Discussed legal issues that shape business writing in today’s market.

Met with other faculty regularly to discuss consistency across the curriculum and to align content in similar courses.

Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at Western State University School of Law

Taught Professional Skills and Advocacy to first-year law students.

Showed students how the judicial branch makes decisions which become law, including the effects of economic and social policies.

Instructed the students in research and writing methods and helped them understand the basic principles of oral advocacy, including preparation and strategy. Provided feedback to students to improve presentation skills. Built persuasive argument skills through a series of in-class oral arguments, culminating in a written appeal and moot court competition.

English Lecturer at Utah Valley State College

Maintained a course load of 5 classes per semester (approx. 125 students). Taught English rhetoric and introduced students to critical reasoning and logic.

Helped students gain an understanding of grammar and punctuation through quizzes and in-class writing. Worked with remedial English students to improve their skills.

Developed course work to meet the needs of a variety of students. Showed students how to craft position papers and write argument while paying attention to audience.

Education

Juris Doctor, J. Reuben Clark Law School

Bachelor of Arts in English, Brigham Young University