Jodi Wood Jewell Joins La Verne Law Team

La Verne Law welcomed Jodi Wood Jewell this year as an Assistant Professor of Law, teaching and writing in the area of Legal Analysis and Writing.

She came to La Verne Law from Whittier Law School, where she taught Legal Analysis. She has taught at Utah Valley State University, Western State University College of Law, and at California State University, Fullerton.

While at Cal State Fullerton, she was the recipient of a community engagement grant for her work in incorporating experiential learning through teaming up with non-profit organizations. She has lectured in the Southern California area on the impact of free speech on workplace dress codes and is known for her unique philosophy of enhancing critical thinking skills in her students through classroom interaction.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Brigham Young University and her J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Jon A. Baumunk Named Interim Director of Academic and Bar Support

Jon A. Baumunk has joined La Verne Law as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Interim Director of Academic and Bar Support. He comes to La Verne Law from Whittier Law School, where he directed the bar preparation and academic support programs as Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services. Previously, he taught and directed the bar preparation program at California Western School of Law as an adjunct professor and Director of Bar Programs, and taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law as an adjunct professor and bar preparation tutor. Prior to his work in academia, Professor Baumunk practiced business and insurance law in Las Vegas.

Professor Baumunk earned his law degree from California Western School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned a master’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he graduated cum laude.

Before entering the legal profession, Professor Baumunk was an investment analyst and portfolio manager at a state pension fund, a mutual fund, a bank, and the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. He is originally from Princeton, New Jersey.

Charles Doskow Moderates Panel on Corporate Influence

University of La Verne College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles Doskow joined other experts in a Sept. 30 forum addressing the influence of corporations on American politics.

The forum, “Corporations in the American Electoral Process: The Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court Decision,” was sponsored by The American Institute for Progressive Democracy, Claremont Graduate University and Common Cause. The panel, presented at Claremont Graduate University, included U.C. Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Common Cause President Bob Edgar. Doskow, a professor of constitutional law, acted as the discussant for the panel, which addressed the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission U.S. Supreme Court Decision of 2010. In that decision, bitterly divided Justices ruled 5-4 that the government may not limit corporations, unions and other groups from spending as much as they like on independent messages to support or attack political candidates.

Supporters of the ruling said the decision was vindication of the First Amendment protection of political speech. Opponents criticized the Court for giving corporations the same rights as individuals and claimed that unrestricted corporate money would corrupt the democratic process.

“This is a free speech decision, but a hot-button issue among people concerned about the integrity of elections,” Doskow said.

Diane Klein Participates in Transgender/LBGT Rights Awareness

Professor Diane Klein was an invited participant in the Transgender Law Institute at Lavender Law, attended by Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye, the first transgender judge in U.S. history, and Michael Kantaras, the defendant in Kantaras v. Kantaras, 884 So. 2d 155 (Fla.App.2004), a case that established the parental rights of transmen. Also at Lavender Law, she met actress Jane Lynch of “Glee” and her wife, Lara Embry, at the National LBGT Bar Association Conference held Sept. 8 in Los Angeles.

Professor Klein teaches Wills and Trusts, including the legal dimensions of adoption for nontraditional families. Last year, she visited at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, where she taught the case of Embry v. Ryan, 11 So.2d 408 (Fla. App. 2009). Lara Embry was the plaintiff in this important case, which established the rights of out-of-state adoptive parents under the Full Faith and Credit Clause, at a time when gay adoption was illegal in Florida.

Kevin Marshall Speaks at Texas State Bar Assn. Event

Professor Kevin S. Marshall spoke on “Expert Witnesses and New and Emerging Damage Models in Business Tort Cases” at the Texas State Bar Association’s Annual Business Tort Institute on Oct. 14.

His presentation addressed several methodological issues involved in the valuation of nonmonetary class action relief, as well as the relevancy of such valuations in class action fairness hearings.

Professors to Publish Article in Law and Psychology Review Journal

Professors Kevin S. Marshall, Kathy Garcia and former La Verne Law Professor Irving Prager’s recently completed article titled: “The Habit Evidence Rule and Its Misguided Judicial Legacy–A Statistical and Psychological Analysis” was accepted for publication as the lead article in Volume 36 of the University of Alabama’s Law and Psychology Review.