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                                legal education is a professional education. You will use the
                                substantive legal knowledge and practice skills you develop
                                in law school every day of your life as a lawyer and community
                      leader. Your law school experience is the opportunity of your lifetime to
                      build the foundation of your future successful legal career. Accordingly,
                      you must choose the environment in which you personally will learn the
                      most and grow the most.

                      At SJCL, your personal growth as a legal practitioner is our foremost
                      objective. This is apparent from the study skills course given by faculty
                      the summer preceding first-year classes to the myriad practice skills
                      courses embodied in SJCL’s curriculum. Class sizes are small, averaging 25
                      people per section, providing you an unparalleled opportunity to interact
                      with your professors and classmates. Faculty have an open-door policy,
                      enabling you regularly to obtain assistance or compare ideas. As grading
                      is not on a curve, faculty and students are all motivated to work as a team
Dean Janice Pearson




                      for everyone’s success.

                      Opportunities for real-life experience abound in the San Joaquin Valley
                      area. Internship and clinical placements in federal and state courts, district
                      attorney’s offices, administrative agencies, legal aid, and private firms are
                      readily available. Moreover, employment opportunities in the area have
                      always been available even when scarce in other markets.

                      The San Joaquin Valley is the growth area for California’s future.
                      Outstanding legal practitioners will be needed. San Joaquin College of
                      Law offers you the opportunity to be a part of that future or any future you
                      choose. Come grow with us!
One Degree. A World of Options.                                                                   Accreditation
Individual Attention                             A Unique Student Body                            Western Association
At SJCL, the study of law is an intense          SJCL students don’t fit a particular mold.       of Schools & Colleges
endeavor, but the skills and doctrines           They are simply motivated and ready to           985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100
learned will benefit you professionally on       learn. Our students represent a variety of       Alameda, CA 94501
a daily basis. Our small class sizes allow       ages and backgrounds. If you’re seeking a        (510) 748-9001
students to receive individual attention         legal career, looking for a change of pace, or
from faculty. At SJCL, the competition           wanting to enhance your professional skills      Committee of Bar Examiners
is against one’s self and high professional      – SJCL is for you. Our student body reflects     The State Bar of California
standards – not other students.                  SJCL’s progressive and diverse environment.      180 Howard St.
                                                 • Ages range from 22 to 56, averaging 32         San Francisco, CA 94105
Objectives                                       • Approximately 70 percent are change-of-        (415) 538-2303
SJCL strives to produce skilled legal profes-      career students
sionals who contribute to the development        • Approximately 50 percent are women
of legal and social institutions, provide wise
leadership and zealous representation, and
                                                 • Approximately 33 percent identify with
                                                   a minority group
                                                                                                  Contents
                                                                                                  Curriculum .............................. 2
promote the integrity of the legal system.
                                                                                                  Typical Curriculum................... 4
The Law Program endeavors to:                    Abundant Careers
                                                                                                  Special Programs .................... 5
• Encourage the uninhibited pursuit              The SJCL course of study combines
                                                                                                  Academic Standards................ 6
  of truth                                       theoretical knowledge with practical skills.
                                                                                                  Graduation With Honors ......... 7
• Instill habits of intellectual inquiry and     Our clinical programs place students in a
                                                                                                  Student Organizations ............ 8
  self-education                                 variety of legal settings, providing students
                                                                                                  Career Services ........................ 9
• Engender a commitment to the highest           with the stimulating job experience and
                                                                                                  Financial Aid ........................... 9
  ethical and professional standards             professional contacts to facilitate a natural
                                                                                                  Alumni Association ............... 10
• Teach the fundamental principles and           transition into the legal field. Most SJCL
                                                                                                  Law Library ........................... 12
  processes of the law                           graduates find employment locally, while
                                                                                                  Faculty .................................. 14
• Develop critical thinking and                  some venture into California’s most com-
                                                                                                  Adjunct Faculty ..................... 16
  analysis skills                                petitive markets. As SJCL is the only law
                                                                                                  Required Courses .................. 20
• Refine oral and written                        school in the Central Valley our students
                                                                                                  Elective Courses .................... 22
  communication skills                           benefit from the multitude of internships,
                                                                                                  Admissions ............................ 26
• Develop practical lawyering skills             clerkships and career options.
                                                                                                  Board of Trustees .................. 28
• Foster a sensitivity to the many roles
                                                                                                  Administration ...................... 28
  lawyers perform in society                     Ensuring Success
                                                 The staff at SJCL understands that many
Accreditation                                    students have responsibilities that extend
San Joaquin College of Law is accredited         beyond law school. Every effort is made to
by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the         facilitate each student’s personal academic
State Bar of California, as well as by the Ac-   success. Dedicated faculty members regular-
crediting Commission for Senior Colleges         ly hold study and review sessions. Students
and Universities of the Western Association      are encouraged to organize study groups
of Schools and Colleges, an institutional        – building camaraderie that translates into
accrediting body recognized by the Council       professional contacts after graduation.
for Higher Education Accreditation and the
U.S. Department of Education.

SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
             Juris Doctor Degree Requirements
             San Joaquin College of Law offers a
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             flexible program leading to the Juris
             Doctor degree. The degree can be
             attained in three, four, or five years.
             Attainment of the degree requires:
              • Completion of 86 semester
                 units: 71 units of required
                 courses and 15 units of electives.
                 Not more than four (4) elective
                 units may be in clinical work.
              • A cumulative grade point aver-
                 age of 65 or better. (Although
                 transfer units may be accepted,
                 only work completed at SJCL
                 is credited toward a student’s
                 cumulative GPA).
              • A minimum grade of 55 in all
                 required courses.                     • Completion of graduation              third years and complete a clinical
              • Course attendance totaling               requirements within five (5)          each summer. Taking at least one
                 a minimum of 16 semester                years of enrollment.                  day course in the second year is
                 units per academic year (except                                               necessary. The first-year courses are
                 the first year of the Five-Year       Three-Year Program                      identical in the Three- and Four-Year
                 Program). An academic year            Upon successful completion of the       Programs. In the second and third
                 runs from the beginning of            first year of law study, a student      years of the Three-Year Program,
                 the Summer Session through            may choose to accelerate comple-        thirteen (13) to sixteen (16) class-
                 the conclusion of the Spring          tion of the Juris Doctor degree to      room hours are required each week.
                 Semester. Enrollment in a             two additional years rather than
                 minimum of six (6) units per          three. This requires the student        To be eligible for the Three-Year
                 semester is required (summer          to take an additional six (6) unit      Program a student must be in good
                 sessions excluded).                   substantive course in the second and    standing, with a cumulative GPA of




                                                       Cooperative Degree Program
                                                       SJCL seeks to add a new set of skills to the lawyer’s toolbox for resolving
                                                       conflict by offering a cooperative degree with Fresno Pacific University.
                                                       This new program joins the discipline of law with the humanistic
                                                       approach of peacemaking to create a new breed of professional that
                                                       promises to transform the way our society resolves conflict. Students
                                                       simultaneously enrolled in both degree programs (MA/JD) can complete
                                                       both degrees in four years because of the mutual recognition of elective
                                                       units. Read more about this exciting new program at www.sjcl.edu/
                                                       coopdegree or at http://peace.fresno.edu.
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70 at the Spring Semester. During the second
and third years of the Three-Year Program,
the student must certify each semester that
he or she is not working more than 16 hours
per week in non-law-related employment.
Three-Year Program students MAY work
more than 16 hours per week in law-related
employment. A student who fails to qualify
for and choose the Three-Year Program by
the fall semester of his or her second year
may not thereafter attempt to accelerate his
or her studies.

Four-Year Program
The Four-Year Program is designed for
                                                 Sample First Year Schedule – 2010/2011
                                                 Students pick one day or evening session for each class. Classes are 3 hours.
working adults. Students attend classes four
days per week (evenings 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. or
                                                                                  1:30pm                                     6:30pm
afternoons 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.) for the first two
years. The last two years are completed by             Monday                                                                Torts

attending classes three days per week. The
                                                       Tuesday                    Civil Procedure                            Civil Procedure
typical program requires attendance at two or
                                                                                  Legal Analysis/
three summer sessions.                            Wednesday
                                                                                  Research & Writing
                                                                                                                             Contracts

                                                                                                                             Legal Analysis/
                                                      Thursday                    Torts
The Four-Year Program requires an average                                                                                    Research & Writing
of ten (10) classroom hours each week
throughout the four years. A student should
expect to spend approximately three (3)
hours in preparation time for each hour of
                                                 Required Courses for Graduation
classroom time.                                  COurSe                                                                                      unITS
                                                 Advanced research & Writing .................................................                        3
Some courses have afternoon sessions, giving     Business Organizations ............................................................                  4
students the ability to tailor a study program   Civil Procedure ..........................................................................           6
to individual family and work needs.             Community Property ...............................................................                   3
(See Sample First Year Schedule at right.)       Constitutional Law ...................................................................               6
                                                 Contracts ....................................................................................       6
Five-Year Program                                Criminal Law and Procedure ..................................................                        6
Students who must extend their education         evidence .....................................................................................       6
because of family or work commitments            Legal Analysis/research & Writing ........................................                           2
can reduce the per semester course load and      Moot Court .................................................................................         2
complete the program in five years.              Professional responsibility .....................................................                    2
                                                 real Property .............................................................................          6
The Juris Doctor degree must be                  remedies ....................................................................................        5
completed within a total of five years           Taxation ......................................................................................      3
from the time of admission.                      Torts ............................................................................................   6
                                                 Wills & Trusts ..............................................................................        5
                                                 TOTAL requIreD COurSeS                                                                               71
SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
                     Three-year Accelerated                                                          Four-year Traditional                                                           Five-year Option
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                     Fall/Spring                                                                     Fall/Spring                                                                     Fall/Spring
                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     Civil Procedure .......................................................6        Civil Procedure ......................................................6         Contracts ...............................................................6
                     Contracts ...............................................................6      Contracts ...............................................................6      Legal Analysis/Research & Writing .......................2
                     Legal Analysis/Research & Writing .......................2                      Legal Analysis/Research & Writing .......................2                      Torts.......................................................................6
                     Torts.......................................................................6   Torts.......................................................................6
                                                                                                                                                                                     Summer
                     Summer                                                                          Summer                                                                          COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Elective ..................................................................2
                     Clinical ...................................................................2   Elective ..................................................................2
                     Elective ..................................................................4                                                                                    Fall/Spring
                                                                                                     Fall/Spring                                                                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     Fall/Spring                                                                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Civil Procedure .......................................................6
                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Business Organizations .........................................4               Professional Responsibility ...................................2
                     Business Organizations .........................................4               Criminal Law and Procedure .................................6                   Real Property ........................................................6
                     Constitutional Law.................................................6            Professional Responsibility ...................................2                Elective ..................................................................2
                     Criminal Law and Procedure .................................6                   Real Property ........................................................6
                     Professional Responsibility ...................................2                Elective ..................................................................2    Summer
                     Real Property ........................................................6                                                                                         COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     Taxation .................................................................3     Summer                                                                          moot Court.............................................................2
                     Elective ..................................................................2    COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                                                                                                     moot Court.............................................................2        Fall/Spring
                     Summer                                                                                                                                                          COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Fall/Spring                                                                     Business Organizations ..........................................4
                     moot Court.............................................................2        COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Constitutional Law.................................................6
                     Clinical ...................................................................2   Constitutional Law.................................................6            Criminal Law ..........................................................6
                                                                                                     Evidence ................................................................6      Elective ..................................................................2
                     Fall/Spring                                                                     Wills & Trusts ........................................................5
                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Elective ..................................................................2    Summer
                     Advanced Research & Writing ...............................3                                                                                                    COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     Community Property .............................................3               Summer                                                                          Elective ..................................................................2
                     Evidence ................................................................6      COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     Remedies ...............................................................5       Electives.................................................................4     Fall/Spring
                     Wills & Trusts ........................................................5                                                                                        COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                     Electives.................................................................5     Fall/Spring                                                                     Community Property ............................................3
                                                                                                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS         Evidence ................................................................6
                     TOTAL unITS                                                             86      Advanced Research & Writing................................3                    Taxation ................................................................3
                                                                                                     Community Property ............................................3                Elective ..................................................................3
                                                                                                     Remedies ..............................................................5
                                                                                                     Taxation .................................................................3     Summer
                                                                                                     Electives.................................................................5     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                                                                                                                                                                                     Elective ..................................................................2
                                                                                                     TOTAL unITS                                                             86
                                                                                                                                                                                     Fall/Spring
                                                                                                                                                                                     COurSe TITLe                                                      unITS
                                                                                                                                                                                     Advanced Research & Writing................................3
                                                                                                                                                                                     Remedies ..............................................................5
                                                                                                                                                                                     Wills and Trusts......................................................5
                                                                                                                                                                                     Elective ..................................................................2

                                                                                                                                                                                     TOTAL unITS                                                             86




     4
Clinical Studies




                                                                                                                                              SPECiAL PROGRAmS
SJCL offers clinical studies (externships)
where students can experience the
actual practice of law under an attorney’s
supervision. Students earn academic
credit (up to four units) toward gradua-
tion, and students are eligible for clinical
programs upon completion of their first
year of study. Students may extern in
governmental agencies, judicial settings,
or private law practices, subject to the ap-
proval of the Dean for Academic Affairs.             2008 George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition
                                                     Back Row (L-R) Professor Stanley Boone, Carey Hartsock, Honorable Steven Vartabedian,
As part of the clinical experience, students         Adam Rodriguez, Lisa Horton, and Professor Honorable Jon Conklin.
may be certified to appear in court under
                                                     Middle Row (L-R) Dr. David Margolin, Rhea Ikemiya, Hulya Reshad, Pamela Elliott,
the supervision of a licensed attorney under         Beth Waldow, and Karen Ray
the Rules Governing the Practical Training
                                                     Front Row (L-R) Carmen Ramirez, Bryce Hatakeyama, Alexia Kirkland, and Vernon Reynolds
of Law Students of the California State Bar
which are available from the Registrar.
                                                     (SJALR) is a legal periodical produced by the                   SJALR
Family Law Mediation Clinic                          Law Review students of SJCL. The SJALR                          Sally A. Perring, J.D.
Since 1994 SJCL’s Regional Family Law                provides an objective, national forum for ana-                  Faculty Advisor
                                                                                                                     sperring@sjcl.edu
and Mediation Center has provided conflict           lyzing legal issues affecting our nation’s most
resolution services to hundreds of disputants        vital industry – agriculture. The Law Review
by providing several thousand hours of               publishes articles written by legal scholars                    Mediation
mediation to resolve complex family law              and practitioners, as well as comments and                      Denise M. Kerner, J.D.
disputes. Under attorney supervision and             casenotes written by law review staff.                          Director
training, students in this program act as                                                                            dkerner@sjcl.edu
mediators in family law property division            Invitations to write for the Law Review
settlements as a cost-effective and less stressful   are extended to the top students who have
alternative to litigation. Participating students    successfully completed their first year of
must complete elective courses in family law         law study. Students who are invited to join
and mediation to be eligible.                        Law Review or who succeed in the write-on
                                                     competition become Law Review candidates.
Moot Court
The award-winning Moot Court program
is designed to further the skills of legal re-
search and writing, brief writing, and oral
argument. Students research legal issues
and prepare an appellate brief from either the
appellant’s or respondent’s side. They orally
argue both sides of the case before panels
of judges selected from members of the local
bar.

San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review
The San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review
SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW                                                                                                                        5
ACADEmiC STANDARDS


                     Grading Standards                       Numerical Grading                                  Satisfactory Progress
                     San Joaquin College of Law employs      All courses are graded numerically,                First year students must have a
                     a rigorous, objective grading policy.   with the exception of Law Review,                  cumulative grade point average of
                     Grading is NOT on a curve. Strict       clinical programs, independent study,              50 at the end of the Fall Semester
                     academic standards assure students      and some skills courses for which a                to advance to Spring semester of
                     that they possess the training and      grade of PASS or FAIL will be entered.             their first year. A cumulative grade
                     discipline necessary for the legal                                                         point average of 65 thereafter is
                     profession.                             Grading Scale                                      required for advancement to each
                                                             85 – 100 ............................ Excellent    subsequent year in law school and
                     Course grades are based primarily       75 – 84................................... Good    for graduation. Each student’s GPA
                     upon midterm and final examina-         65 – 74 .................................Passing   is calculated annually, at the end of
                     tions. These are administered under     55 – 64....... Inadequate, But Passing             the Spring Semester, for purposes of
                     a system that ensures the student’s     Below 55 .......................Not Passing        advancement to the next year in law
                     anonymity.                                                                                 school. Academic disqualifications
                                                             A grade of 55 is the minimum                       are determined at that time.
                     Some professors also consider out-      passing grade. No credit is given for
                     side assignments, class attendance,     courses in which the student has                   Academically disqualified
                     and class preparation in grading.       earned a grade of FAIL (a grade lower              students may petition the Faculty
                     The standards used by each profes-      than 55), or has failed to sit for any             Committee for reinstatement on
                     sor are announced at the beginning      required examination. A student who                probation. In considering the
                     of the course.                          fails a required course is required to             petition, the Committee reviews all
                                                             repeat the course. The Law School                  factors indicative of the student’s
                                                             does not permit any course to be                   performance and ability. The
                                                             challenged by examination.                         granting or denial of probationary
                                                                                                                status is at the discretion of the
                                                                                                                Faculty Committee, but probation
                                                                                                                is granted only in extraordinary
                                                                                                                circumstances. Students receiving
                                                                                                                veterans’ benefits are not eligible for
                                                                                                                benefits while on probation.

                                                                                                                Upon reinstatement on probation,
                                                                                                                the student has one academic year
                                                                                                                (normally until the end of the
                                                                                                                Spring Semester of the next academ-
                                                                                                                ic year) to raise his/her cumulative
                                                                                                                GPA to 65 or above. If the student
                                                                                                                fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of
                                                                                                                65 or above by the end of the next
                                                                                                                academic year, the student will be
                                                                                                                disqualified. Except under extraor-
                                                                                                                dinary circumstances, a student will
                                                                                                                not be granted probationary status
                                                                                                                more than once in his or her studies
                                                                                                                at SJCL. An affirmative vote of two-
                                                                                                                thirds (2/3) of the entire Faculty
     6                                                                                                                   SAN is required before a
                                                                                                                Committee JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
                                       1. Completion of the degree                Attendance and
                                          requirements with a cumulative          Preparedness Policy
                                          GPA of 85 or better,                    Class attendance and preparation
                                          OR                                      are crucial for success in law school.
                                       2. Completion of the degree                The California Committee of Bar
                                          requirements with a cumulative          Examiners requires that a student
                                          GPA of 82 or better, and:               must attend at least 80% of the
                                          A) Preparation, with no more            scheduled sessions of a course to
                                               than two (2) other students,       receive credit.
                                               of at least one moot court
                                               brief for any national or          Students are permitted the following
                                               regional competition,              number of absences per course per
                                               provided that the Dean and         semester or summer session, regard-
                                               Faculty Chairperson deem           less of the reason for the absence:
                                               such student’s contribution to
                                               the brief to be of high quality.   Number of Permitted Course
                                               OR                                 Session Absences
second probationary period can be         B) Preparation of a Law Review          1 - 3 sessions ...........................None
granted.                                       article which satisfies the        4 - 7 sessions ................................ 1
                                               requirements for candidacy         8 - 11 sessions ................................ 2
Analytical Process                             on the SJALR or a scholarly        12+ sessions ................................... 3
First year students, who at the end            article accepted for publica-
of the Spring Semester, have a GPA             tion by any other recognized       Upon exceeding the permitted
of less than 65 must take Analytical           law journal.                       number of absences, the student
Process in the Spring Semester of      And, for all who satisfy 1 or 2.           will be automatically dropped from
their forst year, in lieu of Legal     3. Demonstration, in the                   the course. The student will receive
Research & Writing.                       judgment of the faculty, of             a refund of the unearned tuition
                                          exceptional and consistent legal        consistent with SJCL’s dropping a
Graduation with Distinction               scholarship.                            class refund policy. For more details,
The degree of Juris Doctor “With                                                  see the SJCL Student Handbook.
Distinction” will be awarded to any
student who completes the degree
requirements with a cumulative
GPA of 78 or better.

Graduation with Honors
The degree of Juris Doctor “With
Honors” will be awarded to any
student who completes the degree
requirements with a cumulative
GPA of 82 or better.

Graduation with High Honors
The degree of Juris Doctor “With
High Honors” will be awarded
to any student who satisfies the
following requirements:
SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
STuDENT ORGANizATiONS


                              Student Bar Association
                              All students are members of the San
                              Joaquin College of Law Student Bar
                              Association (SBA). The SBA is an elected
                              body, funded by student fees, whose goal
                              is to represent the interests of all students
                              on issues of concern to the student body.
                              The SBA helps new students adjust to SJCL by coordinat-              Student Bar Association (2008-09 Officers)
                              ing student activities and events. The SBA President is a            (L-R) Beth Waldow, 4th Year Representative; Steven J. Graham,
                              voting member of the SJCL Board of Trustees.                         SBA President; Michael Culver, 1st Year Representative; Leann
                                                                                                   Nowlin-Bourdon, 1st Year Representative; Pauline Seiler, 2nd Year
                                                                                                   Representative; Brande Gustafson, Treasurer; Lisa Horton, Secretary;
                              The SBA also sponsors annual events to encourage a
                                                                                                   Valerie Velasco, 4th Year Representative; David Ibarra, 2nd Year
                              sense of community at SJCL, including the new stu-                   Representative; Ann Stokes, Vice-President; and Oliver Larrivee,
                              dents’ reception, the spring banquet, and Race Judicata.             3rd Year Representative. Not Pictured: Carey Hartsock, 3rd Year
                              The SBA funds annual scholarships every spring.                      Representative




                                                                                                   Delta Theta Phi
                                                                                                   Delta Theta Phi is a professional law fraternity whose
                                                                                                   national membership includes some 80,000 lawyers.
                                                                                                   The Hollis G. Best Senate of Delta Theta Phi was
                                                                                                   founded at SJCL in 1980.

                                                                                                   Membership is open to all students enrolled in the
                                                                                                   law program. As members, students participate in
                                                                                                   professional seminars and social events, are eligible for
                                                                                                   scholarships, and have an opportunity to interact with
                        Delta Theta Phi (2008-09 Officers)                                         the legal community.
                        (L-R) Alicia Wrest, Clerk of the Rolls; Erick Rhoan, Master of the Web &
                        Master of the Ritual; Brande Gustafson, Tribune; Bryan Tellalian, Dean;
                        Ashley Allred, Scribe; Janet Ballelos, Vice Dean; and Elizabeth Waldow
                        Clerk of the Exchequer. Not Pictured: Justin Loyear, Sergeant at Arms




                              Law SuiT
                              Law Students United in Tolerance (Law SUIT) exists to
                              build a sense of unity between members and to promote
                              appreciation of diversity issues within the student body
                              and the community through our pursuit of academic
                              excellence and service to our school.

                                                                                                    LawSUIT (2008-09 Officers)
                                                                                                    (L-R) Erick Regalado, Treasurer; David Ibarra, President; Ann Stokes,
      8                                                                                             Secretary; and Janet Ballelos, Vice President.
                                                                                                                                SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
Career Services                                    and unsubsidized (non-need based with
Career Services assists students and alumni        a maximum of $20,500 per year, less any
by informing them of career options and job        subsidized loans received.) Effective 7/01/07,
search strategies, and connecting them with        the maximum annual combined loan limit
potential employers. Career Services provides      will be the lesser of $20,500 or the cost of
career counseling, résumé reviews, and mock        attendance minus other financial aid. Most
interviews along with an extensive resource        students are eligible for the maximum.
library and programs throughout the year
designed to help students narrow their areas       Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans – Ef-
of interest. Additionally, Career Services         fective 7/1/2006, graduate students are
maintains an on-line listing of employment         eligible to borrow under the PLUS loan
opportunities.                                     program up to their cost of attendance
                                                   minus other estimated financial assistance.
Students are encouraged to participate in          Federal Direct subsidized/unsubsidized
clinical study which heightens a student’s         loans must be applied for first. These loans
understanding of class content, enhances           will be helpful for those students in the
practical skills and introduces the student to     3-year program or others who must rely on
the “real world” of law. Career Services assists   private or alternative loans to cover their
in the placement of students in a wide variety     educational expenses.
of positions ranging from judicial clerkships
to misdemeanor prosecutorial teams. Students       Federal Work-Study jobs are available on
are also encouraged to participate in uncom-       a limited basis to students with need. Most
pensated work, beginning their professional        positions require the completion of the first
obligation to engage in pro bono work.             year of law school to qualify. Contact the
                                                   Financial Aid Department for further details.
Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to qualifying           Scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,500,
students seeking help in meeting the cost          are awarded each spring to about 35 re-
of their educational endeavors. A Financial        cipients. Private groups outside San Joaquin
Aid Administrator is on staff to provide           College of Law also offer scholarships to
detailed information and assistance.               SJCL students. All scholarship information
                                                   is emailed and/or posted on the Financial
Financial aid application instructions and         Aid bulletin board. Announcements provide
forms are updated each January at the school       specific information about provisions,
website, www.sjcl.edu/finaid, for the upcom-       qualifications, and deadlines. Application
ing academic year. For continuing students,        forms are emailed when available in that           Financial Aid
the deadline for submission of required            format or are available at the front desk.         Jeannie Lewis
financial aid forms is April 15 of each year.                                                         Director of Financial Aid
                                                   For further information about scholarships,
                                                                                                      jlewis@sjcl.edu
New students should complete the forms as          contact the Financial Aid Department. For
early as possible, but no later than June 30       outside scholarships and grants, go to the         Mia Moore
(exceptions can be made for late admits).          SJCL website at www.sjcl.edu/finaid, click         Financial Aid Assistant
                                                   on “Search Outside Scholarships.”                  mmoore@sjcl.edu
Types of Financial Aid Available
Federal Direct Loans are the major form            Veteran’s Educational Benefits are available
of financial air for law students. Any             to eligible students. Contact the Financial
regularly eligible student enrolled at least       Aid Office or local Veteran’s Administration
half-time may borrow loans. There are two          Office to ascertain eligibility and amount of
types of loans available: subsidized (need-        assistance. Members of the Selected Reserve
based with a maximum of $8,500 per year)           may also be eligible for educational assistance.
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ALumNi




         Alumni Association
         The San Joaquin College of Law Alumni
         Association enthusiastically supports current
         students, school development, our alumni, and
         the greater community. It is our joy to give back
         to those that enrich our lives with knowledge
         and friendship.

         We support current students through mentoring
         and scholarships. Through supporting our
         students, we support the school.

         We support our Alumni with continuing
         education programs and fun events!                  SJCL Alumni Association (2008 Officers) at the Judy Wiseman
                                                             Memorial Golf Tournament
         We support the community by hosting free legal
                                                             (L-R) Sherrie Flynn, Board Member; Kimberly J. Mayhew, SJCL
         programs for seniors and a Christmas party for      Board of Trustees Representative; Joan Lassley, SJCL Alumni
         the families of the Marjaree Mason Center.          Liaison; Brenda Linder, Secretary; and Marcella Downing,
                                                             President.
         As alumni, we know the quality of education
         that is received from SJCL and recognize that       Not pictured: Jeremy Lusk, Vice President; Tamara Smith ,
                                                             Treasurer; Kevin Hansen, Board Member; Crissi Jelladian, Board
         those who graduate have been provided not only
                                                             Member; Judy Rogers , Board Member
         with the knowledge to pass the bar but many
         practical skills which allow them to understand
         the legal world beyond the books.

 10                                                                                        SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
SJCL’s Alumni are in all areas of the legal profession...
Judges                                   Administrative Law Judges                 Private Sector
Honorable Gary Austin                    Honorable Jose Banuelos                   Steve Alfieris
United States Magistrate                 Honorable Catherine Benko                 Special Counsel & Vice President,
                                                                                        Pappas Telecasting
Honorable eric Helgesen                  Honorable Diane Lushbough
By Assignment                            Honorable elizabeth Parker                randy Ataide
                                                                                   Director/Faculty, Fermanian Business Center,
Honorable efren n. Iglesia               Honorable nancy Smith                          Point Loma Nazarene University
Monterey County Superior Court
                                         Honorable Georgia York
                                                                                   Allen Bennett
Honorable W. richard Lee
                                                                                   In-house Counsel, Centex Homes, Visalia
United States Bankruptcy Court           District Attorneys
                                         ronald Calhoun                            Michel Bryant
Honorable Kimberly                       Kings County                              Court TV Correspondent, New York
  nystrom-Geist
Fresno County Superior Court             Phillip Cline                             richard Caglia
                                         Tulare County                             Counsel, Electric Motor Shop
Honorable Don Penner
Fresno County Superior Court             elizabeth egan                            Kristine Cerro
                                         Fresno County                             Legal Counsel, St Agnes Medical Center
Honorable James Petrucelli
Fresno County Superior Court                                                       Diana Dooley
                                         Public Sector                             President/CEO, California Children’s Hospital
Honorable ralph Putnam                   Ivan Altamura                                  Association, Sacramento
Retired - Fresno County Superior Court   Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman
                                                                                   Jay Felkins
Honorable Angus Saint-evens                   Michael Villines
                                                                                   Honeywell Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona
Glenn County Superior Court              Susan Anderson
                                                                                   richard Heatter
Honorable Houry Sanderson                Fresno County Board of Supervisors
                                                                                   Assistant General Counsel,
Fresno County Superior Court             Arthur Baggett, Jr.                            Telepacific Communications Corp.,
Honorable Alan Simpson                   Board Member, California State Water           Las Vegas, Nevada
Fresno County Superior Court                 Resources Control Board
                                                                                   Lance Hennesay
Honorable Charles Wieland                Brian Haddix                              West Coast Counsel Principal Financial Group
Madera County Superior Court             Former Deputy Director, California
                                             Environmental Protection Agency       Todd Meek
                                                                                   Counsel & CEO, Nevada Care,
Commissioners                            Dennis Marshall                               Las Vegas, Nevada
robert Broughton                         County Counsel, Fresno
                                                                                   Albert ramirez
Contra Costa County                      Peter Moock                               In-House Counsel, Ramirez Bail Bonds
nancy Cisneros                           County Counsel, Kings
                                                                                   Dianna Setoodeh
Fresno County                            Alex Peltzer                              Counsel, Setoodeh Enterprises
Jeremias DeMelo, Jr.                     City Attorney, Visalia
                                                                                   David Weiland
Kings County                             Victor Salazar                            President, Dowling Aaron & Keeler, LLP
ronda Duncan                             Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters
                                                                                   rick Wolf
Fresno County                            James Sanchez                             General Counsel, Children’s Hospital
Stephen Sefton                           City Attorney, Fresno                         of Central California
San Luis Obispo County                   John Sheehan
Charlotte Wittig                         U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Tulare County
                                                                    ...and this is just a sample.
                                                 The San Joaquin College of Law
LAW LiBRARy




                                                 Library is a member of several

                                                 state and national interlibrary

                                                 loan networks. Virtually any

                                                 journal, law review, manuscript or

                                                 treatise can be accessed through

                                                 our library. In addition, hundreds

                                                 of thousands of volumes are

                                                 available to our students and

                                                 alumni through online resources.




              Library Hours
              Except during holidays, and
              examination weeks library
              hours are as follows:

              Monday – Thursday
              9:00am – 10:00pm
              Friday
              9:00am – 5:00pm
              Saturday – Sunday
              8:30am – 6:00pm

              The Library is available only to
              faculty, students, and alumni
              of SJCL.



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San Joaquin College
of Law Library
SJCL’s Law Library holds more than 80,000
volumes, including law reviews, annotated
codes, appellate court reports of all jurisdic-
tions, and complete Federal and California
collections. The resources available include
the principal secondary sources and a
growing collection of practice materials.

The SJCL Library is a member of several
state and national interlibrary loan net-
works. Virtually any journal, law review,
manuscript or treatise can be accessed
through our library.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of
volumes are available through subscriptions
to Lexis-Nexis, Hein Online, The Making
of Modern Law Collection, ebrary.com, and
WestLaw, to which students have unlimited
access for academic projects. Many students
access these systems from their homes or
from SJCL’s Wi-Fi network.                        resolution. Titles include the subjects of
                                                  religion, philosophy, sociology, history,     Law Library
                                                                                                Pete rooney
Study carrels are available for individual        psychology, negotiation, mediation and law.
                                                                                                Law Librarian
studying. Two rooms are available for study       The Peace Collection is housed in the same
group meetings on the second floor.               room as the Rule of Law Collection.           Kerry Prindiville
                                                                                                Head of Public Services

The “Rule of Law” Collection                      The Winton Collection                         Cynthia robinson
The “Rule of Law” collection is a gift from       The J. Martin Winton Collection on Land       Head of Library Technical Services
James K. and Carol Sellers Herbert. It in-        Development, Water Use, and the Public
cludes works on jurisprudence, philosophy,        Trust Doctrine was donated to San Joaquin
and history. It is designed to enable students    College of Law in 1988. The Collection
to explore the classic writings on the crucial    represents Winton’s lifelong interest and
role of law in a civilized society.               commitment to preserving the natural
                                                  resources of the San Joaquin Valley and
The Peace Collection                              includes books, reports, records, maps,
The Peace Collection was donated to the           photographs, and personal papers on San
SJCL Library by Doug Noll, the Chair              Joaquin wildlife and water development.
of SJCL’s Board of Trustees. The original         The Collection, which has been archived
collection consisted of 165 titles, covering      and indexed, is housed in our Winton
a range of subjects and all have a common         Special Collections Room and is available
thread of Peace and/or non-violent conflict       by appointment only.

SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW                                                                                                  13
          Janice L. Pearson                                              Justin B. Atkinson
          B.A., 1971, University of California, Berkeley                 B.A., 2000 University of Utah
          J.D., 1975, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)    M.A., 2002 University of Utah
FACuLTy




                                                                         J.D., 2007 University of Utah
                                              Prior to her 1985                                                 Professor Atkinson
                                              appointment as                                                    currently teaches
                                              Dean of San Joaquin                                               Remedies. Prior to
                                              College of Law,                                                   joining the SJCL
                                              Dean Pearson served                                               faculty in 2010, he
                                              as Staff Attorney,                                                practiced general liti-
                                              Managing Attorney                                                 gation with the Fresno
                                              and Interim Director                                              firm of McCormick,
                                              of Fresno-Merced                                                  Barstow, Sheppard,
                                              Counties Legal                                                    Wayte and Carruth
                                              Services, Inc. (1976-                                             LLP. Later, Professor
                                              1984). Dean Pearson                                               Atkinson joined the
                                              teaches Torts. During                                             Office of the Fresno
                                              her tenure as dean,                                               County Counsel. At
                                              she was a finalist in                                             County Counsel, his
          the YWCA/Fresno Bee Outstanding Business/Professional          focus was civil litigation with an emphasis in public entity
          Woman of the Year Competition (1990) and received the          liability. His practice included extensive motion and trial
          Fresno Women Lawyers’ Justice Pauline Hanson Award             work, as well as appellate work, at both the state and federal
          (1992) and the Fresno County Bar Association Liberty           level. In law school he was an executive editor of the Utah
          Bell Award (1993). She also was awarded the Soroptimist        Journal of International Law, and published work on topics
          Women Helping Women Award (2001).                              related to international law and literature. Before attending
                                                                         law school, Professor Atkinson taught Spanish and Latin-
                                                                         American literature at the University of Utah.



          Sally A. Perring                                               richard M. Cartier
          B.A., 1970, University of California, Santa Barbara            B.A., 1972, St. John’s College
          J.D., 1983, University of San Diego School of Law; cum laude   J.D., 1981, Humphreys College School of Law


                                                Professor Perring                                               Professor Cartier
                                                serves as Dean of                                               teaches Civil Proce-
                                                Academic Affairs                                                dure, Community
                                                and Professor of Law.                                           Property, Family Law,
                                                In addition to her                                              Children and the
                                                administrative duties,                                          Law, and Family Law
                                                she teaches Real                                                Mediation. Prior to
                                                Property, Professional                                          joining the SJCL
                                                Responsibility, and                                             faculty, he practiced
                                                Research and Writing.                                           law with Register and
                                                While in law school,                                            Cartier, engaging in a
                                                Professor Perring                                               general legal practice
                                                worked as a research                                            with an emphasis
                                                assistant to Professor                                          on family law. After
                                                Kenneth Culp Davis                                              serving as an adjunct
          and externed one semester at the Ninth Circuit Federal         faculty member for seven years, he joined the full-time
          Court of Appeals for Judge J. Clifford Wallace. Just a few     faculty in 1992. Professor Cartier is a Senior Associate of
          months after moving to Fresno in 1983 to work full-time        the California School Leadership Academy and has an
          at the Fifth District Court of Appeal, she began teaching at   extensive background in education both as teacher and as
          SJCL. Professor Perring joined the Law School full time in     an administrator. He lectures and writes on topics related to
          1991.                                                          family law, children and the law and mediation. Professor
                                                                         Cartier is the Director of the SJCL Regional Family Law
                                                                         and Mediation Center.
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Christine A. Goodrich                                            Jeffrey G. Purvis
B.A., 1980, University of California, Berkeley                   B.A., 1976, University of California at Davis; With Honors
J.D., 1983, University of California, Los Angeles                J.D., 1980, University of California at Davis; Order of the Coif


                                        Professor Goodrich,                                             In August, 1993,
                                        joining the Full-Time                                           Professor Purvis was
                                        Faculty in 2010, is                                             selected as the James
                                        currently teaching                                              K. and Carol Sellers
                                        Torts. Since 1989, she                                          Herbert Professor
                                        has taught courses as                                           of Constitutional
                                        an Adjunct Fac-                                                 Law. In addition to
                                        ulty member in Legal                                            Constitutional Law,
                                        Process, Advanced                                               he teaches courses in
                                        Research and Writing                                            Business Organiza-
                                        and Research and                                                tions and various
                                        Writing. Professor                                              constitutional law
                                        Goodrich has for over                                           electives. He served
                                        20 years practiced law                                          as a senior research
                                        with Lozano Smith,                                              attorney for the Court
and is currently Of Counsel in the Fresno office assisting       of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District of the State of California
with public construction law matters. Before practicing          from 1983-1985, and served as a research attorney for
with Lozano Smith, Professor Goodrich represented private        the Superior Courts of Fresno (1982-1983) and Sonoma
clients in business litigation and creditor bankruptcy           (1980-1981) Counties.
proceedings at Jory, Peterson and Sagaser and during law
school externed with the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher at
the Federal District Court, Central District of California.




Denise M. Kerner                                                 Pete rooney
B.A., 1977, California State University, Fresno                  B.A., 1990, California State University – East Bay
M.A., 1979, California State University, Fresno                  J.D., 1996, John F. Kennedy University, School of Law
J.D., 1983, San Joaquin College of Law                           M.L.I.S., 2004, San Jose State University

                                       Professor Kerner                                             Professor Rooney is
                                       served as a Deputy                                           the Director of the
                                       Fresno City At-                                              Law Library at SJCL.
                                       torney from 1985-89                                          Prior to coming to
                                       drafting, negotiating,                                       San Joaquin College
                                       reviewing and                                                of Law, he served as
                                       interpreting contracts                                       a reference librarian
                                       for all city depart-                                         and later as Library
                                       ments. She served as                                         Director at John F.
                                       a Research Attorney                                          Kennedy University
                                       for the Fifth District                                       School of Law. Before
                                       Court of Appeal                                              becoming a librarian,
                                       (1983-85). Professor                                         he practiced law with
                                       Kerner has been a                                            the entity defense
                                       full-time faculty                                            firm of Edrington,
member at SJCL since March of 1990, teaching Legal               Schirmer, and Murphy in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Analysis, Research & Writing and Professional Responsibil-
ity. She is also Director of Legal Analysis, Research and
Writing at the Law School and Small Claims Supervisor for
the Fresno County Small Claims Advisor’s Office.



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                  Lawrence M. Artenian                                     Barry J. Bennett                                  raquel Birch
                  B.A., 1977, Harvard University                           A.B., 1965, University of Rochester (Cum Laude)   BS 1980 University of Utah
ADJuNCT FACuLTy



                  J.D., 1981, University of San Francisco, School of Law   J.D., 1968, New York University Law School        MS 1982 University of Utah
                  Professor Artenian served a six month in-                Labor Law                                         JD 1991 McGeorge School of Law
                  ternship at the United States Department                 Professor Bennett is a partner in the law         Civil Trial Practice
                  of Labor in Boston, Massachusetts, adju-                 firm of Bennett & Sharpe. In 1975-76 he           Professor Birch practices in the principal
                  dicating compensation claims and prepar-                 was Regional Director of the Agricultural         area of insurance law and litigation. Since
                  ing studies concerning industrial cases of               Labor Relations Board in Fresno. Prior to         1996 she has been staff counsel for Allstate
                  hearing loss, asbestosis and mesothelioma                entering private practice, he was staff at-       Insurance Company operating as the The
                  among civilian employees at military ship-               torney for the Equal Employment Oppor-            Law Offices of Raquel Birch. Prior to this
                  yards and aircraft facilities.                           tunities Commission (1974-75), a member           she was an associate with the McCormick
                                                                           of the New York Office of Labor Relations         Barstow law firm as an associate in insur-
                  Professor Artenian has recently returned to              (1973-74), and staff member and attorney          ance defense.
                  private practice after 19 years as a member              for the International Garment Worker’s
                  of the full-time faculty at SJCL. He has                 Union (1968-73). Professor Bennett has            Hal Bolen
                  taught Contracts, Remedies, Real Estate                  been a contributing editor for A Diction-         B.S., 1971, California State University Fresno
                  Secured Transactions and a variety of other              ary of Arbitration (1970) and California          M.B.A., 1973, California State University, Fresno
                  courses. In 2010 he joined the Fresno firm               Administrative Mandamus for Continuing            J.D., 1976, University of California, Davis
                  of Wagner & Jones, where his practice                    Education of the California State Bar.            Environmental Law
                  emphasizes employment and class action                                                                     Professor Bolen is a founding partner of Bo-
                  litigation.                                              Alyson A. Berg                                    len, Fransen & Russell, LLP, a regional firm
                                                                           B.S., 1993, University of San Francisco           that limits its practice to business, transac-
                  Jesse J. Avila                                           J.D., 1996, Hastings College of the Law           tional and estate planning matters. Profes-
                  B.A., 1974, University of California, Berkeley           Advanced Legal Research & Writing                 sor Bolen began private practice in 1976
                  J.D., 1977, University of California, Los Angeles        Ms. Berg has over thirteen years of experi-       with Baker, Manock & Jensen, then worked
                  Non-Profit Corporations                                  ence in civil litigation. Ms. Berg actively       with The Prudential Realty Group for one
                  Professor Avila currently serves as Chancel-             managed a variety of civil cases from draft-      year before opening his firm in 1987.
                  lor of the Catholic Diocese of Fresno. He                ing complaints to conducting trial in
                  served for many years as an Assistant Fresno             private practice before joining the United        Stanley A. Boone
                  City Attorney, handling eminent domain,                  States Attorneys Office in March 2009. She        B.A., 1988, University of California, Berkeley
                  land used, environmental, and special proj-              was the president of the Fresno County Bar        J.D., 1995, McGeorge School of Law
                  ects cases. Previously, he was in solo prac-             Association in 2007 after serving on the          Evidence
                  tice with emphasis in criminal defense and               Executive Board of this organization and          Moot Court
                  immigration law, civil trial work, and elec-             as an officer of the Fresno County Women          Professor Boone is an Assistant United
                  tion and political rights litigation. Professor          Lawyers.                                          States Attorney in the Criminal Division
                  Avila also has served as a Deputy Public                                                                   of the United States Attorney’s Office in
                  Defender for Tulare County.                                                                                Fresno. In 1995-96 he served as law clerk
                                                                           Hristo K. Bijev                                   to the Hon. Peter A Nowinski, U.S. Magis-
                  Art Baggett                                              M.A., 1991, St. Kliment Ohridski                  trate Judge. At McGeorge, Professor Boone
                  B.S., 1973, University of Cincinnati                       University, Sofia, Bulgaria                     served on the Moot Court Honors Board as
                  M.S., 1979, Antioch College                              M.A., 2001, University of California, Davis       well as being Valedictorian of his class.
                  J.D., 1993, San Joaquin College of Law                   MICL, 2001, University of California, Davis
                  Environmental Law                                        International Commercial Law                      Andreas Borgeas
                  Professor Baggett has been the attorney                  Introduction to International Law                 At SJCL, Prof. Borgeas specializes in In-
                  member of the California State Water                     A native of Bulgaria, Professor Bijev is          ternational and National Security Law in
                  Resources Control Board since 1999. The                  a solo practitioner with an emphasis in           the War on Terror. In private practice he
                  Board is charged with protecting, preserv-               international business law, international         focused on business litigation, and once
                  ing and restoring all California waters while            transactions, E-commerce, and private in-         served as an in-house counsel for the Na-
                  providing for the equitable use of the state’s           ternational law. He is the author of Practi-      tional Association of Securities Dealers
                  surface waters. Prior to his appointment by              cal Guidance in Private International Law,        where he dealt with securities litigation
                  Governor Davis, he practiced law in Mari-                a bilingual book (Bulgarian and English).         throughout California. (NASD is now
                  posa, California. He served two terms as a                                                                 FINRA: the Financial Industry Regula-
                  county supervisor, and as adjunct faculty                                                                  tory Authority.) Prof. Borgeas received his
                  for the University of California’s Sierra                                                                  Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School,
                  Institute, the Yosemite Institute, and Cali-                                                               Master’s from Harvard University, and
                  fornia State University, Fresno.                                                                           Bachelor’s from Northern Arizona Univer-
                                                                                                                             sity. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fel-

                                                                                                                                       SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
lowship, and served as a judicial law clerk         served as the Presiding Judge of the Su-       psychiatric defenses. He served as Super-
to the Honorable Oliver W. Wanger at the            perior Court in 2007-2008. Prior to her        vising District Attorney for Tulare County
U.S. District Court in Fresno. In addition          appointment, from 1989-2002, Judge             from 1978 to 1979. Professor Cronin then
to his role at SJCL, he is a Contributing           Chittick was a member of the law firm of       served as Assistant United States Attorney
Scholar to the Woodrow Wilson Interna-              Gilmore, Wood, Vinnard, Chittick and           in the Fresno Office from 1979 to 1983 do-
tional Center for Scholars; and in 2008, pri-       Magness, where she handled a wide range        ing criminal prosecutions and appeals. He
vate citizen Andreas Borgeas will be a candi-       of business litigation in Federal and State    entered private practice in 1983 in the Visa-
date for Fresno City Council District #2.           courts, and Federal criminal defense. From     lia firm of Isham, Macias, Lynch, Cronin
                                                    1980 to 1989 Judge Chittick was an attor-      and Rodriguez. From 1985 to 1992 he was a
David M. Camenson                                   ney at the Fresno County Public Defenders      senior litigator with the Bakersfield firm of
B.A., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles   Office handling exclusively state criminal     Young, Woodridge, Paulden, Self, Farr and
J.D., 1985, Indiana University, Bloomington         defense, including defense of homicides and    Griffin. He served as Fresno County Coun-
M.B.A., 1985, Indiana University, Bloomington       major felonies.                                sel from 1992 until his retirement in 2004.
Basic Taxation
Professor Camenson is a solo practitioner,          Lisa B. Coffman                                Mark e. Cullers
emphasizing retirement plans, tax-free              A.B., 1997, Harvard/Radcliffe College          B.A., 1981, University of California, Los Angeles
exchanges, employee benefits, and general           J.D., 2003, Georgetown University Law Center   J.D., 1984, George Washington University
business practices.                                 Legal Process                                     Law School
                                                    Professor Coffman specializes in environ-      Criminal Trial Practice
Chrystine D. Carvalho                               mental and water supply issues. She has        Professor Cullers is Assistant United States
B.S. 2002 California State University, Fresno       experience in the non-profit public policy     Attorney Chief, Fresno Branch Office.
J.D. 2006 San Joaquin College of Law                arena and has served as a law clerk to two     Prior to this he was Assistant United States
Professor Carvalho is currently a Deputy            federal district court judges: Oliver W.       Attorney Deputy Chief, Fresno Branch Of-
District Attorney for Tulare County                 Wanger, in Fresno, and James Robertson,        fice (1988-2002), an attorney for Kronick,
District Attorney’s Office. Previously she          in Washington DC. Prior to pursuing her        Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard (1984-
worked as a law clerk in the same office            legal education, Professor Coffman spent       88), and Koonz, McKenney and Johnson
beginning the summer after my first year of         several years working for the United States    (1982-84).
law school.                                         Attorney¹s Office for the Southern District
                                                    of New York within the Securities Fraud        Matthew Farmer
Daniel e. Casas                                     Task Force.                                    B.A., 1993 California State University, Sacramento
B.S., 1982, California State University, Fresno                                                    J.D., 1997 Univiersity of the Pacific,
J.D., 1985, University of California, Los Angeles   Hon. Jonathan B. Conklin                          McGeorge School of Law
Tribal Sovereign Immunity                           B.A., 1982, California State Polytechnic       Administrative Law
Daniel E. Casas is the Chief Legal Coun-               University, Pomona                          Wills & Trusts
sel to Table Mountain Rancheria’s Tribal            J.D., 1985, McGeorge School of Law             Professor Farmer is an attorney with Littler
Government, Table Mountain Casino and               Moot Court Director                            Mendelson. His practice consists solely of
Table Mountain Rancheria Tribal Gam-                Criminal Law and Procedure                     representation of employers in various civil
ing Commission. Mr. Casas has developed             Professor Conklin was appointed to the         and agency matters, including suits for
a level of expertise in the area of Federal         Fresno County Superior Court in October        wrongful termination, sexual harassment,
Indian Law and Tribal Sovereign Immunity            of 2005. Prior thereto, he was an Assistant    and discrimination.
in his ten plus years at Table Mountain             United States Attorney in the Criminal
Rancheria. His opinions and advice are fre-         Division of the United States Attorney’s Of-   Gregory Francisco Gillett
quently sought by members of our state and          fice in Fresno. From 1985 – 1990, he served    B.A. University of California, San Diego
federal legislators who desire an unbiased          as a Deputy District Attorney in the Kern      J.D. University of California, Davis
assessment of the current state and trends          County District Attorney’s Office.             Business Organizations
in the field Federal Indian Law. Mr. Casas                                                         Professor Gillett is a general practitioner
also frequently participates in panel discus-       Phillip S. Cronin                              and mediator with the Gillett Law Office.
sions with local and state officials in topics      B.A., 1962, Seattle University                 He currently serves on the governing board
that affect or pertains to the development and      J.D., 1972, University of California,          of the Porterville Unified School District
implementation of successful Government-to-            Hastings College of the Law                 and was the President of the Board of El
Government communication and programs.              Criminal Law & Procedure                       Futuro Credit Union. He is in his final
                                                    Jurisprudence                                  stages of his doctoral candidacy in educa-
Honorable Hilary A. Chittick                        Professor Cronin served as Deputy Attor-       tional leadership at USC. In law school,
J.D., 1979, Hastings College of the Law             ney General from 1972 to 1973 in criminal      Professor Gillett served as the vice presi-
B.A., 1975, University of California San Diego      appeals. He then served as Deputy District     dent of the Law School Association and
Judge Chittick was appointed to the Fresno          Attorney for San Mateo County from 1973        was the Managing Editor of the UC Davis
Superior Court in September 2002, and               until 1978, specializing in cases involving    Journal of International Law and Policy.

SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW                                                                                                                              17
                  David J. Guy                                        Abigail r. Leaf                                  Deanna L. Martinez
                  B.S., 1986, San Diego State University              B.A., 1995, University of California, Davis      B.A., 1989, University of Pacific, Davis
ADJuNCT FACuLTy



                  J.D., 1990, University of Colorado School of Law    J.D., 2000, University of California, Davis      J.D., 1992, University of California,
                  Water and Environmental Law                         Professor Leaf is a partner at the firm and         Hastings College of the Law
                  Professor Guy is the President of the North-        serves on the management committee.              Federal Courts and the Federal System
                  ern California Water Association, where             Ms. Leaf’s practice areas include personal       Law Practice Management
                  he represents numerous water districts and          injury litigation, medical malpractice litiga-   While at University of Pacific, Deanna was
                  local governments in the Sacramento Val-            tion, employment law, and family law. She        a member of the Debate team with state
                  ley. He was previously the Chief Executive          is admitted before all the courts of the State   level recognition. She practiced civil litiga-
                  Officer for the Yosemite Association, a non-        of California and the U.S. District Court        tion for several years before going to work
                  profit association dedicated to connecting          for the Eastern District of California.          for the United States District Court, where
                  people to Yosemite National Park. He has                                                             she is currently a staff attorney.
                  represented public, private and nonprofit           Ms. Leaf is a member of the State Bar of
                  clients on all aspect of natural resources law      California, the American Bar Association,        William T. McLaughlin II
                  and policy, including water, land use, and          the Association of Defense Counsel of            B.S., 1981, California Baptist College, Riverside
                  real property, including serving Of Counsel         Northern California, California Women            J.D., 1984, University of California,
                  to Somach, Simmons and Dunn, a natural              Lawyers, and the Fresno County Bar As-              Hastings College of the Law
                  resources law firm with offices in Sacra-           sociation.                                       Insurance Law
                  mento and Fresno, and the California Farm                                                            Professor McLaughlin’s principal area of ex-
                  Bureau Federation. He has advised the               Jeremy K. Lusk                                   pertise is insurance law and litigation, with
                  last three Governors on California water            B.A., 2000, University of Phoenix                particular emphasis in coverage and bad
                  policy and he has been appointed to serve           J.D., 2003, San Joaquin College of Law           faith litigation. His practice also extends to
                  on numerous commissions and boards. He              Legal Analysis                                   the defense of casualty and property claims,
                  has written two dozen articles on water and         Legal Research & Writing                         as well as professional liability claims in-
                  natural resources law and policy in various         Professor Lusk was a member of the San           volving insurance agents and brokers.
                  law reviews and other professional journals.        Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, publish-
                                                                      ing an article on the Westlands Water            Mark D. Miller
                  Jason P. Hamm                                       District. His primary area of practice is        B.S., 1979, Louisiana State University
                  B.A., 1997, University of California, Los Angeles   workers’ compensation defense.                   J.D., 1984, Santa Clara University
                  J.D., 2000, University of Southern California                                                        Intellectual Property
                  Employment Law                                      Mr. Lusk now owns The Law Offices of Jer-        Professor Miller is a member of the law firm
                  Professor Hamm is the General Counsel               emy K. Lusk, a Fresno defense firm with an       of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton. He is a
                  of Valley Yellow Pages. Prior to this he was        emphasis in workers’ compensation defense,       patent attorney and specializes in patent,
                  an associate with Lang, Richert & Patch             subrogation, as well as the defense of 132a      trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair
                  (2000-2005) where he specialized in em-             and Serious and Willful Petitions. Prof.         competition, and related matters. He is a
                  ployment and business litigation. He was            Lusk serves on the Board of Directors for        member of the Patent, Trademark & Copy-
                  a staff member of the Southern California           the Fresno Industrial Claims Association.        right sections of the American Bar Associa-
                  Law Review.                                                                                          tion and State Bar of California.
                                                                      Jeff Manning-Cartwright
                  Kathi Kesselman                                     B.A., 1989, Oberlin College                      David Mugridge
                  B.A., 1972, City University of New York             M.A., 1996, San Francisco State University       B.A., 1970, Spanish, University of the Americas,
                  J.D., 1978, San Joaquin College of Law              J.D., 1999, University of California, Berkeley      Puebla, Mexico
                  Wills and Trusts                                    Constitutional Law                               M.A., 1973, Education & Spanish,
                  Professor Kesselman has maintained a solo           Professor Manning-Cartwright is a re-               University of Santa Clara
                  practice, emphasizing family law, wills, and        search attorney for Justice Rebecca Wise-        J.D., 1985, San Joaquin College of Law
                  probate since 1980. She was a partner in the        man at the Fifth District Court of Appeal.       Advanced Research and Writing
                  firm of Lusk and Kesselman and also worked          Previously, he was with the firm of              Attorney Mugridge is a solo practitioner
                  for Bennett and Ostroff. Professor Kessel-          Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles,           certified by the California State Bar as a
                  man has taught in the Department of Edu-            practicing business litigation (2001-2003).      Criminal Law Specialist. He worked for
                  cation at California State University, Fresno.      He also clerked for a year each for Judge        2 years as a personal research attorney for
                                                                      Irma Raker of the Court of Appeals of            the Presiding Justice of the California State
                                                                      Maryland (Maryland’s highest court)              Fifth District Court of Appeal, Honorable
                                                                      (1999-2000) and Judge Christina Snyder           George A. Brown. He is a contributing au-
                                                                      of the United States District Court for the      thor to a book titled “Practical Real Estate
                                                                      Central District of California (2000-2001).      Law, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions. He has
                                                                                                                       been on the panel of Fresno County At-
                                                                                                                       torneys who are qualified to accept special

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circumstance cases when a conflict arises           ian. She specialized in the areas of civil ap-      a variety of law related courses at the under-
in the Public Defender’s Office since 1996.         peals and business litigation. She served as        graduate level. Prior to attending law school
His practice has included criminal writs            a research attorney for Justice Pauline Davis       he was a probation officer in New Orleans.
and appeals in various State Appellate              Hanson at the Fifth District Court of
Courts, Federal District Court and the U.S.         Appeal from 1985-1988.                              Michael P. Slater
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.                                                                          B.A., 1986, University of California, Davis
                                                    Gary W. Sawyers                                     J.D., 1990, University of San Diego
Douglas e. noll                                     B.A., 1977, University of California, San Diego     Land Use
B.A., 1973 Dartmouth College                        J.D., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles   Professor Slater is a solo practitioner serv-
J.D., 1977, University of the Pacific               Environmental Law                                   ing the public and private sector in the
   McGeorge School of Law                           Since October of 1994, Professor Sawyers            area land use planning and municipal law.
M.A., 2001, Fresno Pacific University,              has been a sole practitioner specializing in        Before opening his own practice, Professor
   Peacemaking & Conflict Studies                   water law, public agency representation,            Slater was Assistant City Attorney to the
Peacemaking and the Law                             and issues involving farm programs, busi-           City of Fresno, Vice President of Business
Restorative Justice                                 ness, and real estate matters. From 1989 to         Development with Lennar Inc., and Gen-
Professor Noll is a full-time peacemaker,           1994 he was a partner with Bolen, Fransen,          eral Counsel to Friant Development Corpo-
mediator, arbitrator and consultant. He was a       Boostrom & Sawyers, practicing in those             ration. Practice areas encompass municipal,
principal shareholder in the law firm of Lang,      same areas. Prior thereto he worked with            real estate and land use matters, including
Richert & Patch, P.C. for 22 years, where           the Law Offices of A.B. Ewell, Jr. in Fresno        the California Environmental Quality Act,
he specialized in complex civil litigation in       and Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in            Endangered Species Act, Subdivision Map
federal and state courts. He was law clerk to       San Diego.                                          Act, planning, entitlement, zoning, land
the Honorable George A. Hopper of the Fifth                                                             acquisition, easements, and leases.
District Court of Appeal from 1977 to 1978.         Michael Sheltzer
Professor Noll has published numerous arti-         B.A., 1978, Tulane University                       M. Jacqueline Yates
cles. He recently published a textbook entitled     J.D., 1984, Golden Gate University School of Law    B.A., 1987, California State University, Fresno
Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of      Advanced Criminal Law                               J.D., 1992, San Joaquin College of Law
Law and Human Conflict.                             Professor Sheltzer has worked as a public           Civil Litigation
                                                    defender for nearly 20 years both in San            Professor Yates is a partner with Stammer,
Hon. Kimberly                                       Francisco and Tulare counties. He was ap-           McKnight, Barnum & Bailey in Fresno.
nystrom-Geist                                       pointed Public Defender for Tulare County           Her practice areas include personal injury
B.A., 1982, California State University, Fresno     in 2002, managing an office of 34 attor-            litigation, family law, medical malpractice,
J.D., 1992, San Joaquin College of Law              neys. He has tried countless criminal cases         employment law, and conservatorship
Family Law                                          including many murder and capital murder            and trust matters for the developmentally
Advanced Research and Writing                       cases. Professor Sheltzer has taught at the         disabled. She also serves as a family law
Professor Nystrom-Geist is a Judge of the           annual California Public Defenders Asso-            mediator.
Fresno Superior Court. From 1992 through            ciation Trial Skills Institute and has taught
early 2005, she was an associate, then a
shareholder, in the law firm of Leslie-Soley
& Nystrom-Geist. Professor Nystrom-
Geist was a Certified Family Law Specialist
before assuming the bench. She served as
chair of the Fresno County Bar Association
Family Law Section in 2000. She has served
on the Executive Committee of the Family
Law Section of the State Bar, the Executive
Committee of the Conference of Delegates
of the State Bar and the Resolutions Com-
mittee of the Conference of Delegates.

rose Safarian
B.A., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., 1984, McGeorge School of Law
Advanced Research and Writing
Analytical Process
Professional Responsibility
Professor Safarian previously was in private
practice with the firm of Rowley & Safar-

SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
                   L105 Business Organizations                      L125 Constitutional Law                         against the person, habitation and property,
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                   The study of business organizations includes     Areas to be covered in this course include      imputability and responsibility, modifying
                   partnerships, nature, formation, capacity,       the theory and practice of judicial interpre-   circumstances negating responsibility,
                   and authority of corporations, problems of       tation and review, the separation of federal    and limitations on criminal capacity. The
                   management, liabilities of officers, directors   powers, the relation of the state to the        criminal procedure course reviews the con-
                   and shareholders, issuance of shares and         federal government, specific governmental       stitutional principles regulating and limiting
                   distribution of earnings, consolidation,         powers, including the tax, treaty, war and      criminal procedures of arrest, investigation,
                   merger, and dissolution. (4 units)               commercial powers with particular empha-        discovery, accusation, trial, sentencing,
                                                                    sis upon the various limitations imposed on     punishment, and appeal. (6 units)
                   L111 Civil Procedure                             the exercise of governmental power and the
                   This course involves the study of civil          protection of individual liberties under the    L140 Evidence
                   litigation from the commencement of an           due process and equal protection clauses.       Topics covered include relevancy and
                   action through trial and appeal. Emphasis        (6 units)                                       materiality, privileged communications, the
                   is placed upon: jurisdiction, venue, parties,                                                    hearsay rule and its exceptions, the opinion
                   pleadings, joinder, discovery, pre-trial         L130 Contracts                                  rule, authentication and the best evidence
                   motions, motions after trial, and appellate      This course is a general survey of the          rule, impeachment and rehabilitation,
                   review. State and federal rules of civil         common law of contracts and Articles 1          presumptions and burden of proof, parole
                   procedure are considered. (6 units)              and 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.           evidence rule, and the conduct of the trial
                                                                    Principles of fairness, public policy, and      from opening statement to final argument.
                   L115 Community Property                          economic utility are examined through           (6 units)
                   This course is an overview of marital            traditional case studies, with emphasis
                   property systems. It covers the community        on the formation and enforcement of             L145 Basic Individual
                   property system in California – character-       contracts. (6 units)                            Income Taxation
                   ization of assets, rights to management and                                                      This course is designed to introduce
                   control, resolution of disputes involving        L135 Criminal Law & Procedure                   students to the fundamental concepts with
                   community assets, creditors’ rights, and         The criminal law course provides an             regard to income taxation under federal
                   distribution of the community property on        overview of the purpose of criminal law,        law, with primary emphasis on individuals.
                   death or dissolution. (3 units)                  the procedures by which it is enforced, and     The course more specifically examines
                                                                    its substantive content, including offenses     identification of income subject to taxation,
                                                                                                                    identification of the proper taxpayer,
                                                                                                                    deductions allowable in computing taxable
                                                                                                                    income, the proper year of inclusion of
                                                                                                                    deductions, characterizations of income
                                                                                                                    and deductions (capital gains and losses),
                                                                                                                    deferral and non-recognition of income
                                                                                                                    deductions, computation of taxable income
                                                                                                                    and tax liabilities, and basic federal tax
                                                                                                                    procedures. (3 units)

                                                                                                                    L150A Legal Analysis
                                                                                                                    This course is an introduction to legal
                                                                                                                    methods, including case briefing, the
                                                                                                                    impact of precedent, factual analysis,
                                                                                                                    the importance of policy and the use of
                                                                                                                    analogy. Distinguishing and synthesizing
                                                                                                                    cases are also topics. Also covered are the
                                                                                                                    purposes and sources of the law, court
                                                                                                                    structures, and study techniques. (1 unit)

                                                                                                                    L150B Legal Research & Writing
                                                                                                                    Students are taught how to locate, use,
                                                                                                                    and cite all the major types of research
                                                                                                                    materials available to the legal practitioner.
                                                                                                                    The emphasis is on developing practical
                                                                                                                    research skills. Writing skills are developed
                                                                                                                    through briefs and exercises, and drafting
                                                                                                                    of memoranda, complaints, and points and
                                                                                                                    authorities. (1 unit)
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L155 Moot Court                                    L165 Remedies                                      L180 Professional Responsibility
This program is designed to further the            This course analyzes the development and           This course explores the organization of the
skills of legal research, brief writing, and       application of substitutionary, equitable,         bar and regulation of the legal profession.
oral advocacy. Students are given a mock           declaratory, and restitutionary remedies           Students will be guided in the recogni-
appellate case. Students research and write a      available in civil law. The course also            tion of, and response to, the varying and
brief for either the appellant or respondent.      explores the relationship between evidence,        sometimes conflicting duties of an attorney
They are then coached for and participate          procedure, trial tactics, and civil remedies.      to client, court, and society. (2 units)
in oral argument of their case before panels       A substantial portion of the course grade is
of judges selected from members of the             based on writing assignments. (5 units)            L200 Advanced Legal Writing
bar and bench. The course culminates                                                                  This advanced program of legal analysis
in the annual George A. Hopper Moot                L170 Torts                                         and legal writing will focus on writing proj-
Court Competition. Selected students who           This course involves the study and analysis        ects beyond those covered in the beginning
demonstrate exceptional skills are invited         of legal rules which determine whether             writing courses. Subject to the preference of
to participate in state and/or national moot       civil liability should attach to conduct           the instructor, students may draft contracts,
court competitions. (2 units)                      resulting in harm to others. Intentional           motions, pleadings, complex memoranda,
                                                   torts, negligence, causation, strict liability,    statutes, wills and/or other types of legal
L160 Real Property                                 nuisance, misrepresentation, defamation,           documents. Professional writing style and
Following an introduction to the general           invasion of privacy, interference with             the methods of powerful written communi-
concepts of property and possession, the           economic relations, and product liability          cation are covered. (3 units)
course examines adverse possession, estates        are considered. (6 units)
in land, and future interests. The course                                                             L204 Analytical Process
also explores individual and societal rights       L175 Wills, Trusts, and Estates                    In this one-unit, pass/no pass, class,
to water, air, and natural resources. The          This course provides an introduction to the        students will explore how to enhance their
relation, rights, and duties of the landlord and   law of succession. Topics to be covered include    understanding of the analytical process
tenant will also be discussed. Conveyanc-          transfers of property at death or by inter vivos   through a variety of practical exercises.
ing, easements, covenants, and servitudes          trust, intestate succession, drafting and execu-   These exercises will illustrate how the same
are covered. Finally, the State’s ability to       tion of wills, limitations upon testamentary       basic analytical structure can be found in
control land use or to take property is            power, and contests of wills. The study of         opinions, exam answers, memos, and even
presented. (6 units)                               trusts will include creation, modification and     in more complicated legal documents. This
                                                   termination of private as well as charitable       class is required for students who have a
                                                   trusts. The course will include practice in        GPA of less than 65 at the end of their first
                                                   drafting documents to accomplish inter vivos       year. (1 units)
                                                   and testamentary transfers, including wills,
                                                   trusts, and related documents. The course          The School reserves the right to modify or withdraw
                                                   will also include an introduction to estate and    courses of instruction, or to change instructors at anytime.
                                                   gift taxation. (5 units)

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                   L156 Moot Court Competition                        L207 Tribal Sovereign Immunity                     L216 Labor Law
                   Upon recommendation of the Moot Court                                                                 This course covers federal, state, and local
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                                                                      This course explores the origin of tribal
                   Director, students participating in external       sovereign immunity, its evolution through          legislation, regulations, and interpretations
                   moot court competitions may receive                the courts, and the effect that tribal sover-      thereof regarding organization and collec-
                   academic credit. (2 units)                         eignty has had on the societal and business        tive bargaining from the National Labor
                                                                      relationships with federally recognized            Relations Act through recent California
                   L203 Legal Process                                 tribes and their businesses. The course will       legislation. (3 units)
                   The course will focus on skills and                examine and discuss some of the issues
                   knowledge useful for the practice of law           and concerns that a practitioner will have         L217 Civil Rights Litigation
                   which are tested on the California Bar             to address when representing clients who           This course is a study of constitutionally
                   Examination. Enrollment will be limited            interact with federally recognized tribal          protected rights, causes of action arising
                   to graduating students. Enrolled students          governments. (2 units)                             under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and other statutes,
                   will be assigned to a small-section profes-                                                           defenses and immunities of individuals
                   sor. Small sections will meet periodically         L212 Private Labor Law                             and government, damages, and equitable
                   during the semester, and will administer a         The course focuses primarily on the rights         relief. Prerequisite: 125 Constitutional
                   final examination. The focus of the small          of employees, employers, and labor organi-         Law. (2 units)
                   sections will be on the skills tested by           zations under the National Labor Relations
                   the Performance Examination section of             Act and related statutes, primarily in the         L219 Family Law Mediation
                   the California Bar Examination through             areas of organizing and representation. The        This course is an overview of the law,
                   lectures, graded in-class and take-home            curriculum includes both a general study of        policies, and practices of mediation in
                   assignments, and individual conferences.           the Act and specific decisions of the courts       family law matters, the roles of attorneys
                   On the weeks when small sections do                and NLRB interpreting the Act, as well as          in mediation, confidentiality, conflicts of
                   not meet, lectures will be given by other          in-depth case studies of certain key areas of      interests, and mediation standards. Class
                   faculty on relevant topics. (3 units)              law developed under the Act. (2 units)             attendance and completion of a research
                                                                                                                         project are required. (1 unit)
                   L205 Administrative Law                            L213 Public Labor Law
                   This course is a study of the practices            The course will examine Constitutional             L220 Law Practice Management
                   and procedures by which administrative             and statutory considerations pertaining            This course covers the skills of managing a
                   agencies act to implement governmental             to employment relations issues concern-            law practice and provides a basic under-
                   policies as well as the rights citizens have to    ing public employees, unionized and                standing of the skills needed to succeed in
                   seek judicial review of agency actions. The        non-union, with particular emphasis on             the practice of law. The course will cover
                   course includes a review of the constitu-          California law, and particularly the right         the organization and management of legal
                   tional principles of separation of powers          to organize, bargaining rights, and the            work as well as practical knowledge about
                   which determine the roles of the President,        administration of finalized agreements             how law firms really work. The class will
                   Congress, and Judiciary in overseeing              containing terms and conditions of employ-         divide into “law firms” and produce proj-
                   administrative agencies. A particular focus is     ment applicable to state, county, and other        ects in various areas. The course will cover
                   on federal administrative law and the opera-       governmental employees. (2 units)                  a number of topics involving the business
                   tion of the Administrative Procedure Act                                                              side of law practice, such as management
                   which governs the promulgation of rules and        L214 Bankruptcy                                    and planning skills, as well as legal issues
                   orders by federal administrative agencies as       This course covers the rights and respon-          that impact law firms, such as partnership
                   well as the rights of citizens to challenge such   sibilities of debtors and creditors under          law, labor and employment law, leasing,
                   agency action in court and seek monetary           chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy           pension law and malpractice. The course
                   and injunctive relief. (2 units)                   Reform Act. (3 units)                              will also explore financial issues, marketing
                                                                                                                         and technology, as well as principles of
                   L206 Tribal Sovereign Immunity                     L215 Employment Law                                professional responsibility in these areas. (2
                   This course explores the origin of tribal          This course provides an overview of various        units)
                   sovereign immunity, its evolution through          legal issues arising out of the employment rela-
                   the courts, and the effect that tribal sover-      tionship and the termination of the employ-        L221 Peacemaking and the Law
                   eignty has had on the societal and business        ment relationship. There will be an emphasis       Lawyers deal with conflict every day, but
                   relationships with federally recognized            on employment discrimination, wrongful             have little understanding of it. In addi-
                   tribes and their businesses. The course will       termination and related torts. (2 units)           tion, lawyers are trained in an adversary
                   examine and discuss some of the issues                                                                ideology that may not be appropriate
                   and concerns that a practitioner will have                                                            for every conflict. This class introduces
                   to address when representing clients who                                                              students to theories of human conflict,
                   interact with federally recognized tribal                                                             conflict analysis, theories of media-
                   governments.                                                                                          tion, and theories of justice, including


                                                                                                                                  SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
                                                                                                   Electives
                                                                                                   San Joaquin College of Law offers between eight
                                                                                                   and fourteen different elective classes each year,
restorative justice. In
addition, subjects covered
                                                                                                   the bulk being offered during summer sessions.
will include theories                                                                              Regularly offered electives are augmented by
of human nature, the
sociology of conflict, the
                                                                                                   other electives.
psychology of conflict,
the neurophysiology of                                                                             The regularly offered electives, offered at least
conflict, religion and                                                                             once every two years, include: Administrative
conflict, and conflict
resolution models. (2                                                                              Law, Family law, Bankruptcy, Civil Trial Practice,
units)                                                                                             Civil Litigation (Pre-Trial) and Advanced Criminal
L222                                                                                               Procedure.
Restorative Justice
Topics will include Fun-                                                                           Other electives are offered based upon student
damentals of Restorative
Justice, Assumptions
                                                                                                   need and interest as well as legal trends. The
of Restorative Justice                                                                             electives listed below have all been taught within
and Retributive Justice,
Comparative Criminal
                                                                                                   the last four years.
Justice Paradigms and
Critiques of Restorative
and Retributive Justice.
                                                   L237 First Amendment – Speech                    L241 Land Use
Students will be asked to attend Victim-
                                                   This course focuses in depth upon the con-       This course considers the relative rights
Offender mediation training, which will
                                                   stitutional issues surrounding government        of the state and the individual concerning
take a Friday evening and a full Saturday.
                                                   regulation of speech. While developing an        the use and regulation of land. Course
Students will have the option, but will not
                                                   analytical framework for resolving freedom       topics include nuisance, eminent domain,
be required, to mediate a victim-offender
                                                   of speech problems, the class expands upon       community planning, zoning, local
case. (2 units)
                                                   the scope of free speech issues covered,         land use entitlements, subdivision maps,
                                                   the complexity and sophistication of the         environmental regulations, development
L225 Civil Trial Practice                          legal principles involved, and the depth of      fees, inverse condemnation, and judicial
This course will present a detailed analysis
                                                   examination of the policy considerations         review. (2 units)
of the elements of each stage of a civil trial,
                                                   underlying those legal principles. Consti-
jury and non-jury. There will be extensive
                                                   tutional Law is NOT a prerequisite: to the       L242 Environmental Law Seminar
class participation, including mock trial
                                                   extent general elements of constitutional        Environmental law has become a maze of
sessions for each stage of a trial. All classes
                                                   law are relevant, they will be included in       regulations, case law, legislative history,
will be held in our own courtroom. Trial
                                                   class discussion. (3 units)                      and counter-intuitive interpretation. The
preparation and post-trial issues will also be
                                                                                                    goal of this course is to help the student
addressed. (3 units)
                                                   L238 Rule of Law in                              develop the skills necessary to navigate

L230 Federal Courts and                            Constitutional Interpretation                    this maze and be able to advise a client
                                                   Law has been described as the enterprise         with speed, accuracy and sound judgment.
the Federal System                                 of subjecting human conduct to the               This is a seminar course with students be-
This course is an advanced seminar
                                                   governance of rules. This seminar examines       ing divided into teams to approach specific
analyzing select issues relating to federal
                                                   various theories on the characteristics and      problems from different perspectives – the
court jurisprudence. Topics will include
                                                   necessary elements of law, and how these         government lawyer, the public interest
the authority of Congress to restrict the
                                                   theories affect the interpretation of law,       bar, and the private attorney. There is no
jurisdiction of the federal courts, justiciabil-
                                                   specifically in the context of constitutional    formal text. Students will be required to
ity (standing, mootness, ripeness, etc.),
                                                   adjudication. Pass/fail grading is optional.     write memos, opening arguments, and a
subject matter jurisdiction of federal courts,
                                                   Grading is based upon class discussion and       closing brief. (2 units)
the Eleventh Amendment, federal common
                                                   an analytical paper. (3 units)
law, abstention and federal civil rights
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Completion of
this course will give the student a greater
sense of confidence in practicing before
federal courts. (2 units)




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                   L243 Environmental Law                          L251 Criminal Trial Practice                    L264 Insurance Law
                   This course is an introduction to the           This course will present a detailed analysis    This course covers the basics of insurance
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                   National Environmental Policy Act, the          of the elements of each stage of a criminal     law including the types of insurance poli-
                   California Environmental Quality Act,           trial. The conduct of a complete trial will     cies used by individuals, corporations, and
                   and other topics to be designated by the        be emphasized; however, trial preparation,      partnerships, how courts interpret insur-
                   instructor. (3 units)                           sentencing, and post-trial responsi-            ance contracts, the insurer’s duty of good
                                                                   bilities of counsel will be included. Class     faith and fair dealing, and the insurer’s duty
                   L244 Water Law                                  participation is required. Pass/Fail Grade      to defend and indemnify policyholders.
                   This course examines the development of         Only (3 units)                                  This course addresses practical issues facing
                   water law from English and Eastern riparian                                                     attorneys as they defend or litigate against
                   theory, through the California and Western      L256 Children and the Law                       insurance companies. (2 units)
                   prior appropriation doctrine, and then to       This course explores how the law allocates
                   present day institutional, statutory, and       power and responsibility for children           L268 Non-Profit Corporations
                   judicial water resource governance. (2 units)   in our society. Who decides on behalf           Introduction to nonprofit business entities,
                                                                   of a child? Who should have the power           focusing on mutual benefit, public benefit,
                   L245 Family Law                                 to decide? A systematic review of laws          and religious corporations. Overview of
                   This course is an introduction to the laws      relating to children provides a base for        incorporation, establishing and maintain-
                   and procedures relating to marriage and         analyzing contemporary legal issues             ing tax exempt (501 (c) (3)) status, rights
                   family relations, including the rights and      affecting children – in the home, in the        and obligations of incorporators, directors,
                   obligations of spouses, terminating the         school, and in society. To what extent          officials and employees, raising and
                   marital relationship, parent and child          should our laws protect children? Specific      managing funds, tax exemptions, lobbying
                   relations, child and spousal support,           topics include the judicial allocation of       and political activities, unrelated business
                   non-marital relationships, and adoptions,       power between parents and the state,            income tax, dissolution and winding-up,
                   with an emphasis on practice under the          state-enforced limitations on the liberty       and piercing the corporate veil. Review of
                   California Family Code. (2 units)               interests of minors, and society’s interest     the processing requirements for nonprofit
                                                                   in holding children accountable. (2 units)      incorporation, including articles of incorpo-
                   L247 Comparative Family Law                                                                     ration, bylaws, and applying for tax exempt
                   This course surveys selected family law         L260 Pre-Trial Civil Litigation                 status. (2 units)
                   topics through a comparative analysis of        This course involves an analysis of pre-trial
                   the laws of various jurisdictions, historic     skills and tactics, including fact gathering,   L269 Jurisprudence 2 - Modern
                   and modern. By understanding the various        investigation, preparation of witnesses,        This seminar explores the relationship
                   legal approaches taken by courts in regard      deposition purposes and skills and other        of nature, reason, justice, law, virtue
                   to specific legal issues, the students will     discovery devices, negotiations, arbitration,   and power as reflected in the writings of
                   consider and evaluate the strengths and         and theory of the case. (3 units)               Machiavelli’s The Prince, Hobbes’ Levia-
                   weaknesses of the various approaches in                                                         than, Rousseau’s Social Contract, Locke’s
                   light of important public policy consider-      L262 Enforcement of Judgments                   Second Treatise on Government, and The
                   ations. (2 units)                               This course covers the California law of        Anti-Federalists and Federalists Papers.
                                                                   procedures available to pursue the assets of    These writings represent a displacement
                   L250 Advanced Criminal Law                      a judgment debtor. Areas addressed include      of the teleological and theological view of
                   This advanced criminal procedure course         liens, levy and attachment, fraudulent          man, nature and society of the ancient and
                   will explore current and practical pretrial     conveyances, and other topics. (3 units)        medieval world with a radically different
                   issues in the criminal arena. Topics will                                                       view, which became the foundation of our
                   include charging discretion, arraignment        L263 Jurisprudence I                            modern world. (2 units)
                   and bail hearings, preliminary hearings,        This seminar is an exploration of the
                   discovery practice, pleas, plea bargains,       relationship of reason, justice and law as      L275 Law and the War on Terror
                   case negotiation and sentencing consid-         analyzed in the writings of ancient and         This course is an in depth analysis of federal
                   erations, pretrial case preparation and         medieval thinkers. (2 units)                    and state law as they pertain to the study
                   investigation strategies, motion practice                                                       of terrorism. Topics include search and
                   and pretrial writs and appellate rem-                                                           seizure issues, privacy laws, the U.S. Patriot
                   edies. Course methodology will include                                                          Act, Constitutional debates in reference to
                   traditional casebook learning coupled with                                                      terrorism investigation and prevention, and
                   regular in-class mock adversarial exercises.                                                    criminal procedure. An added component
                   Pre-requisite: completion of criminal law/                                                      to this course is an examination of the
                   criminal procedure or extensive criminal                                                        historical, political, and ideological motiva-
                   law work background. (3 units)                                                                  tions behind terrorism for a more insightful
                                                                                                                   understanding of the legal responses to the
                                                                                                                   war on terror. (2 units)

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L280 Intellectual Property                        L284 International Commerce Law                   L355 Clinical Program – Small Claims
This course provides an overview and              This course is designed to provide a general      Under the supervision of an attorney,
introduction to the substantive law of            understanding of the international law            trained SJCL students provide free legal
patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade            system (the nature, sources, subjects, and        assistance to residents filing or defend-
secrets, and related matters. The course          objects in international law and the basic        ing actions in the Small Claims Court.
examines methods of obtaining protection,         treaties). In addition, the course will discuss   Students explain procedures and clarify
what constitutes infringement, and what           with more detail the biggest factors and          options for potential litigants. (1 unit)
remedies are available in each of these           conventions in international commerce (in-
substantive areas. (2 units)                      cluding but not limited to WTO, GAAT,             L360 Clinical Program –
                                                  and NAFTA; export/import issues; letters          Family Law Mediation
282 Introduction to                               of credit in international transactions;          Under attorney supervision and training,
International Law                                 Incoterms and CISG as well as the US law          students in this program act as mediators in
This course is designed to provide a general      impacting the international Trade-E-Sign          family law property division settlements as
understanding of the international law            Act, FCPA, and MLC Act). Additionally,            a cost-effective and less stressful alternative
system (the nature, sources, subjects, and        the course will discuss conflict-of-law issues    to litigation. We provide mediation services
objects in international law and the basic        and actual international law issues such          both in-court and at San Joaquin College of
treaties). In addition, the course will discuss   as European constitutions, international          Law. (1 – 4 units)
with more detail the biggest factors and          criminal court, etc. (3 units)
conventions in international commerce (in-                                                          L381 Directed Research
cluding but not limited to WTO, GAAT,             L293 Real Estate Secured                          in Legal Problems
and NAFTA; export/import issues; letters          Transactions                                      Students may undertake in-depth research
of credit in international transactions;          This course covers California Law                 in particular fields of the law with the
Incoterms and CISG as well as the US law          affecting mortgages, deeds of trust and           consent and direction of an instructor. The
impacting the international Trade-E-Sign          other methods of using real property to           results of the research are embodied in a
Act, FCPA, and MLC Act). Additionally,            secure loans. It includes explanation and         paper. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)
the course will discuss conflict-of-law issues    comparison of rules governing judicial
and actual international law issues such          and non-judicial foreclosures, deficiency         L420 Law Review Editorial Board
as European constitutions, international          judgments and antideficiency legislation.         Students serving on the San Joaquin
criminal court, etc. (3 units)                    Completion of the general Real Property           Agricultural Law Review Editorial Board
                                                  Course 160 is a prerequisite; however,            may earn units for successful discharge of
L283 International Public Law                     exceptions may be permitted with the              their editorial duties. (3 units)
This course is designed to provide a general      instructor’s approval. (3 units)
understanding of the international law                                                              L421 Law Review
system (the nature, sources, subjects and         L350, L351 Clinical Program                       Law Review provides academic credit to
objects in international law and the basic        Students work under the direction of an           students who have successfully completed
treaties). In addition, the course will discuss   attorney in a variety of established settings,    a publishable piece for the San Joaquin
with more details the Law of Treaties             including: the District Attorney’s Offices        Agricultural Law Review and satisfactorily
(Vienna Convention ) , how the Treaties           in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, and Merced             performed all duties assigned by the Law
are made; the relationship between In-            counties; the Public Defender’s Offices           Review Editorial Board. (3 units)
ternational Law sand Municipal Law;               of Fresno, Tulare, and Merced counties;
International Courts and International            the Superior Courts of Fresno and Tulare
Organizations and Regimes. Additionally,          counties; the California Court of Appeal
the course will discuss conflict of law issues    for the Fifth District; the Federal District
and actual hot international law topics such      Court, Eastern Division; the U.S. Attorney
as the Law of War, International Criminal         General’s Office; the Federal Defender;
Court and Darfur. (3 units)                       the California Attorney General’s Office;
                                                  County Counsel of Fresno County; Fresno
                                                  City Attorney’s Office; Central California
                                                  Legal Services; California Rural Legal
                                                  Assistance. Students may also work in an
                                                  arranged private legal setting with approval
                                                  of the Associate Dean. (1 – 4 units)




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             Admissions                             staff can be scheduled to explore        to correspond to full-year courses
             Several academic factors influ-        admission criteria, procedures,          (6 semester hours each) or four
ADmiSSiONS




             ence the admission decision:           finances, and career options. Also,      other examinations, each designed
             undergraduate grade point average      meetings can be arranged with            to correspond to semester courses
             (GPA), Law School Admission Test       current students or faculty who can      (3 semester hours each) that can be
             (LSAT) score, a record of improve-     share insight into the rewards and       selected from any of the following
             ment in undergraduate study,           demands of law school.                   subjects: composition and litereature
             graduate education, additional                                                  (Humanities examination only),
             training, and continuing education.    Admission Categories                     foreign language, history and social
             Honors, publications, and com-         ReguLAR STudenTS                         sciences, science and mathematics,
             munity service are also relevant.      Individuals who hold a minimum of        or business.
                                                    a two-year degree, or the equivalent,
             SJCL attempts to discover students     from an approved college or uni-         Upon completion of their first year,
             who show the capacity to succeed       versity, or who will complete such a     “Special Students” must successfully
             in law. The School’s broad policy      degree prior to entering law school,     pass the First-Year Law Student’s
             includes consideration of com-         qualify as Regular Students. Under       Examination administered by the
             munity involvement, life experi-       the rules of the California Committee    Committee of Bar Examiners in
             ence, employment history and           of Bar Examiners, Regular Student        order to proceed.
             accomplishments, motivation, and       status also may be achieved with 60
             maturity – factors which indicate      qualifying units of college credit.      TRAnSFeR STudenTS
             the applicant will add a unique                                                 Students who are in good stand-
             perspective to the student body.       SpeciAL STudenTS                         ing at either a state-accredited or
                                                    Exceptional men and women who            ABA-accredited law school and
             The Law School prefers applicants      do not have a baccalaureate degree,      are applying for admission with
             who hold a bachelor’s degree or        associate degree or 60 qualifying        advanced standing are considered
             the equivalent from an accred-         units of college credit are classified   Transfer Students. Transfer Students
             ited college or university. In some    as Special Students. A limited           are required to submit official
             instances, particularly outstanding    number of Special Students are           transcripts for all law school work
             individuals without a four-year        accepted each year.                      and a letter of good standing from
             degree will be considered for admis-                                            the dean of the law school previ-
             sion, provided other requirements      When reviewing Special Student ap-       ously attended. Credit for specific
             are met. (See Special Students.)       plications, the Admissions Commit-       course requirements is established
                                                    tee stresses a solid LSAT score (50th    on an individual basis.
             Preparation for Law School             percentile or better), a GPA of 3.0,
             Because strong analytical and com-     or above, on any college coursework      Application Procedures
             munication skills are vital to the     completed, maturity, and a record of     All applicants are required to take
             practice of law, students are urged    personal accomplishment.                 the Law School Admission Test
             to incorporate writing, logic, phi-                                             (LSAT) and register with CAS.
             losophy, and research courses into     All Special Students must take           Both are coordinated by Law
             their pre-law curriculum. Please       three College Level Examination          Services. LSAT registration packets
             contact the Director of Admissions     Program (CLEP) tests. Pursuant           are available at the Law School or
             for additional guidance.               to Committee of Bar Examiners’           at www.lsac.org. Other application
                                                    rules, an applicant must take the        procedures are completed through
             Pre-Admission Counseling               English Composition or English           SJCL or online at www.sjcl.edu.
             Interviews with the Director of        Composition with Essay and two
             Student Services, Dean, and other      other examinations, each designed
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Law School Admission Test (LSAT)          For more information about LSAT/        Admission Checklist
The LSAT is a standardized test           CAS, visit their website at www.lsac.
of reading comprehension, writing         org or call 215/968-1001.               n Completed application form with
ability, and analytical skills. It is                                               $50 non-refundable application fee
given four times annually at testing      Transcripts
                                                                                  n Personal statement
centers throughout the United             Official transcripts also must be
States. San Joaquin College of Law        sent directly to SJCL from the          n Successful completion of the Law
is designated as Test Center #9521.       issuing schools. Transcripts must         School Admission Test (LSAT)
                                          be received from all colleges or
                                                                                  n registration with CAS
The LSAT may be taken more than           universities attended whether or not
once. LSAT scores are valid for           a degree was received.                  n Official transcripts from all colleges
three (3) years.                                                                    and universities attended (sent both
                                          Your Personal Statement                   to SJCL and CAS directly from the
A sample LSAT test is included in         A personal statement is required          issuing schools)
the test registration packet. Ad-         from all applicants. The statement      n Three (3) letters of recommendation
ditional sample tests are available for   serves as an example of your              (sent to either SJCL or CAS)
a fee on-line at www.lsac.org. There      ability to express yourself clearly
are preparation books available at        and concisely – skills essential to     Personal interviews are not required
most large bookstores. There are          the practice of law. Your statement     but may be requested under special
also preparation courses that the         should focus on: why you have           circumstances. If you are applying for
applicant may wish to explore.            chosen to study law, why you believe    admission under a category other than
                                          you will be successful in your          regular Student, please contact the
Cedential Assembly Service (CAS)          studies and in the legal profession.    Director of Admissions for other specific
All applicants must register with         Your statement is your opportunity      instructions.
CAS. Law Services provides a              to call attention to particular areas
uniform analysis of applicant             of your background, such as work
biographical and academic informa-        experience or community activities.     Application Deadline
tion to law schools.                                                              The application deadline is June 30; however,
                                          Letters of Recommendation               it is to your advantage to apply early. The Law
CAS requires official transcripts         Applicants to SJCL are required to      School operates on a “rolling” admissions
from each college or university           submit three (3) letters of recom-      process – that is, accepting qualified individu-
attended. Transcripts must be sent        mendation. Letters should come          als as their applications are completed. Because
to SJCL and directly from the             from individuals who know you           there are a limited number of spaces, the class
issuing schools to CAS. It is advis-      well, excluding family members.         could fill prior to the deadline.
able to register with CAS as early as     These individuals should be
possible to allow time for mailing        able to describe your academic
and processing of transcripts.            qualifications, analytical ability,
                                          communication skills, character         Admissions
                                                                                  Joyce Morodomi
Once SJCL receives your applica-          and/or accomplishments. Special
                                                                                  Director of Student Services
tion we will contact CAS to order         emphasis is given to letters from       jmorodomi@sjcl.edu
your report. When your CAS file           persons who have taught or worked
is complete and without financial         with the applicant.                     Diane Steel
                                                                                  Director of Admissions
holds, your report will be sent to                                                dsteel@sjcl.edu
SJCL. If you reapply to SJCL in a
subsequent admission year, you will                                               Lonzetta Hightower
                                                                                  Student Services Assistant
need to purchase a new report.                                                    lhightower@sjcl.edu
SAN JOAQUIN COLLEGE OF LAW
BOARD OF TRuSTEES


                    cHAiRpeRSOn                                     Deborah Ann Coe, J.D.                           Dennis Veeh, CPA
                    Douglas noll, J.D.                              Partner                                         Baker, Peterson & Franklin
                    Peacemaker                                      Baker, Manock & Jensen
                                                                                                                    David Weiland, J.D.
                    Vice-cHAiRpeRSOn                                Greg Durbin, J.D.                               President
                    ross Borba, Jr.                                 McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard,                   Dowling, Aaron & Keeler
                    Borba Farms                                      Wayte & Carruth
                                                                                                                    Bob Whalen, J.D.
                    SecReTARY/TReASuReR                             Jan Kahn, J.D.                                  Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County
                                                                    Partner                                         Mayor, City of Clovis
                    John e. Loomis, J.D.
                                                                    Kahn, Soares & Conway
                    Founder
                    San Joaquin College of Law                                                                      ALuMni RepReSenTATiVe
                                                                    Hon. robert Oliver
                                                                    Judge                                           erik S. Peterson, J.D.
                    richard Caglia, J.D.
                                                                    Fresno County Superior Court
                    Attorney at Law
                                                                                                                    FAcuLTY RepReSenTATiVe
                                                                    Harold Parichan, J.D.
                    Hon. Jane Cardoza                                                                               richard M. Cartier, J.D.
                                                                    Parichan Farms
                    Judge
                    Fresno Superior Court                           Dianna r. Setoodeh, J.D.                        STudenT BAR ASSOciATiOn
                                                                    Attorney at Law                                 RepReSenTATiVe
                                                                                                                    Michael Varin


                    The Board of Trustees of San Joaquin College of Law is the legally constituted policy-making body of the institution. Members
                    are selected on the basis of their integrity and concern for the community, as well as their ability and desire to work unselfishly
                    for the good of the College.




                    AdMiniSTRATiOn                                  Derron Wilkinson                                AdVAnceMenT
ADmiNiSTRATiON




                    Janice Pearson                                  Manager of Information Systems                  robin Leppo
                    Dean                                                                                            Director of Institutional Advancement
                                                                    AdMiSSiOnS
                    Sally Perring                                   Joyce Morodomi                                  Mark enns
                    Dean of Academic Affairs                        Director of Student Services &                  Marketing Manager
                                                                      Special Events Coordinator
                    Matthew Dillard                                                                                 Kasi Welte
                    Maintenance Assistant                           Diane Steel                                     Prospect Research Analyst &
                                                                    Director of Admissions                            Continuing Legal Education Coordinator
                    Joan Lassley
                    Facilities Administrator & Alumni Liaison       Lonzetta Hightower                              FinAnciAL Aid
                                                                    Student Services Assistant                      Jeannie Lewis
                    Missy Mckai Cartier                                                                             Director of Financial Aid
                    Public Information Officer                      AccOunTing
                                                                    Jill Waller-randles                             Mia Moore
                    Carlyn robbins                                  Chief Financial Officer                         Financial Aid Assistant
                    Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist
                                                                    Debbi Chacon                                    LAw LiBRARY
                    rick rodriguez                                  Accounting Assistant                            Pete rooney
                    Maintenance Supervisor                                                                          Law Librarian
                                                                    Maureen Hayes
                    Patricia Smith                                  Assistant to Chief Financial Officer            Kerry Prindiville
                    Law Coordinator                                                                                 Head of Public Services
                                                                    Lisa nilmeier
                    Gwen Watt                                       Accounting Assistant                            Cynthia robinson
                    Human Resources &                                                                               Head of Library Technical Services
                     Regulatory Compliance Officer

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Policy of Non-Discrimination
San Joaquin College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including
faculty, employees, applicants for admission, enrolled students and alumni, without discrimination on
the basis of race/color, religious creed, national origin/ancestry, age, gender, mental or physical dis-
ability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or any other basis protected by
federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. SJCL does not discriminate on the basis of any of the
above characteristics in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and
loan programs, and any other school administered programs.

Reservation of Rights
This publication is intended to serve as a general source of information for prospective students. This
catalog does not create a contract between SJCL and any applicants, students, or graduates. The School
reserves the right to change any of its policies, without prior notice, as it deems necessary or desirable.
The School further reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant at the discretion of the Dean or
the Admissions Committee and to disqualify, discontinue, or exclude any student at the discretion of the
Dean, faculty, administration or Honor Board.

This catalog supersedes all previous catalogs. This catalog is supplemented by the rules and regulations
stated in The Student Handbook and by posted notices. Where conflict exists between any of these sources,
the most recent rule or policy is controlling. Upon acceptance and registration, it is the responsibility of the
student to familiarize himself or herself with all the rules, regulations, and policies of the Law School and
the rules of the California Committee of Bar Examiners as to admission to the practice of law.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
San Joaquin College of Law complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Congress
passed this act to protect the privacy of student records and establish a method for student inspection
of their own files and records. San Joaquin College of Law will release transcripts only upon written
authorization. Students who wish to inspect their records must visit the Records Office. Students have
the right, in the event of alleged noncompliance with the act, to file a complaint with the Dean.

Practice Outside California
“The State Bar of California’s website (www.calbar.ca.gov) contains information on the passage rates of
graduates of this law school and other California law schools on the California Bar Examination.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or
to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student
intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the
admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in
that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

SJCL Bar Pass Rate
Cumulatively 84% of SJCL graduates who have taken the Bar Examination have passed. Statistics for each
administration of the Bar Exam can be found at the State Bar’s website: www.calbar.ca.gov/admissions.




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