Emeriti Faculty


John M Adler

Professor Emeritus

Professor John M. Adler teaches on constitutional law and legal negotiation. His current research involves a study on the impact of immigration law and policy on individuals living in the Bay Area. He also volunteers with Canal Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides multiple services to an underserved immigrant community in San Rafael, Calif. Adler began teaching at the USF School of Law in 1983, has served as associate dean, and has received the Distinguished Professor Award numerous...

Education:

AB, Harvard University, JD, University of New Mexico

Expertise:

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bio-Ethics, Constitutional Law, Ethics, U.S. Supreme Court

William W Bassett

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus William W. Bassett, who was scholar in residence at the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Munich, is the author of many articles and books on property, legal history, and ecclesiastical law. His book Religious Organizations and the Law (Thomson West, 2005–2009) was supported by a major grant from the Lilly Foundation.

Education:

AB, St. Mary of the Lake College, MA, St. Mary of the Lake College, STL, St. Mary of the Lake College, JCD, Gregorian University, JD, Catholic University of America

Expertise:

Religion and the Law

Jeffrey S Brand

Professor Emeritus

Jeffrey S. Brand joined the faculty at USF School of Law in 1986 and was the 17th dean of the USF School of Law from 1999-2013. Brand received his AB from UC Berkeley in 1966 and his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1969. His scholarly and professional work has focused on human rights, global justice, constitutional law, and various civil procedure and evidence issues, including recovering statutory attorney's fees in civil rights actions. As a teacher, Brand received the USF School of Law...

Education:

AB, UC Berkeley, JD, UC Berkeley

Expertise:

Affirmative Action and Diversity, Human Rights, Legal Education

John Denvir

Professor Emeritus

Research Professor of Law and the Humanities John Denvir received his JD degree from New York University School of Law where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School where he was a CLEPR Fellow. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with California Rural Legal Assistance where he worked to secure decent health care for farmworkers. Before becoming a research professor, he taught constitutional law at the University of San Francisco School of Law for more than 30...

Education:

BA, Holy Cross College, LLB, New York University, LLM, Harvard University

Expertise:

Popular Culture and Law

Peter J Donnici

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Peter J. Donnici has served on the USF School of Law Board of Counselors since 1993. He taught Federal Litigation, Constitutional Law, Privacy Rights, and Criminal Procedure at the USF School of Law. He is presently chairman of the board and president of the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation.

Education:

BA, University of Missouri (Kansas City), JD, University of Missouri (Kansas City), LLM, Yale University

Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Privacy Law, Business Litigation

Dolores A Donovan

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Dolores A. Donovan specializes in constitutional and comparative law. Her publications deal with the legal systems of developing nations and criminal justice systems. Her articles can be found in domestic and foreign law journals, ranging from peer–reviewed publications such as the American Journal of Comparative Law to the Ethiopian Law Review. Donovan is a consultant to foundations and government international development agencies. She was the South Asia regional senior...

Education:

BA, Stanford University, JD, Stanford University

Expertise:

Asian Legal Systems, Comparative Law, Human Rights, International Development Law

H. Jay Folberg

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus H. Jay Folberg has authored many articles and books on dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, and family law. Folberg was the dean of the USF School of Law from 1989 to 1999. He has served as chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, chairman of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, and president of the Academy of Family Mediators. In 1998, Folberg was...

Education:

BA, San Francisco State University, JD, UC Berkeley

Expertise:

Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Family Business, Family Law

Joseph T Henke

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Joseph T. Henke served as acting dean of the USF School of Law from 1980 to 1982.

Education:

BA, Amherst College, JD, University of Washington, LLM, New York University

Expertise:

Community Property, Estate Planning

Virginia Kelsh

Professor Emerita and Director Emerita of the Dorraine Zief Law Library

Professor Emerita Virginia Kelsh served the USF School of Law as law librarian from 1983 to 2005. She envisioned, programmed, and served as the law school's project manager for the construction of the Dorraine Zief Law Library. She was instrumental in introducing a technology infrastructure into both the USF law library and the law school and chaired the law school’s technology advisory group between 1997 and 2000. Kelsh co-taught one of the first ADR courses at USF with Professor Emeritus C....

Education:

BA, Marylhurst College, MSLS, Catholic University of America, JD, Lewis and Clark College

Expertise:

Art Law, Dispute Resolution

Paul L McKaskle

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Paul L. McKaskle, who served as dean of the law school from 1975 to 1980, twice served on the staff of the California Supreme Court as chief counsel for the Special Masters on Reapportionment. He has been a visiting professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and a visiting fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University.

Education:

BA, UC Berkeley, JD, UC Berkeley

Sharon A Meadows

Professor Emerita

Professor Sharon A. Meadows was the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinics. She was appointed by Chief Judge Robert Peckham of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as the compliance monitor for a Title VII Consent Decree in the construction industry. In 1994, she assisted in the establishment of a Criminal/Juvenile Law Clinic at the University of the West Cape in South Africa, and returned to South Africa in 1998 and 2002 to assist in the...

Education:

BA, Cornell University, MA, Cornell University, JD, University of Michigan

Expertise:

Access to Justice, Clinical Education, Criminal Procedure, Indigent Defense, Juvenile Law

Ronald H Micon

Professor Emeritus

Professor Ronald H. Micon was the founding director of USF's Criminal Law Clinic, the law school's first in-house clinical program, which later became a part of the USF Law Clinic. He has served as a consultant and expert on contract law matters and was a consultant to the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. Micon served as associate dean for academic affairs at the USF School of Law for 20 years before stepping down in 2013 to return to the faculty.

Education:

BA, UC Los Angeles, JD, UC Los Angeles

Expertise:

Commercial Law, Contracts, Secured Transactions

Suzanne E Mounts

Professor Emerita

Professor Emerita Suzanne E. Mounts was the founding director of the law school's Intensive Advocacy Program and was a co–director of the Criminal Law Clinic. While on leave she was a senior trial attorney in the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mounts has served as the law school's associate dean and as a visiting professor at UC Berkeley.

Education:

BA, UC Berkeley, JD, UC Berkeley

Expertise:

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Sentencing Law and Policy

C. Delos Putz

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus C. Delos Putz served as dean of the law school from 1971 to 1975. His courses included Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Civil Litigation, and Administrative Law. He has served as a mediator, evaluator, and arbitrator for the U.S. District Court in San Francisco since 1988. He also served as an accreditation inspector for the American Bar Association for many years. He has been a member of the State Bar of California Committee on Continuing Legal Education, vice chair of the...

Education:

BA, Gonzaga University, JD, New York University

Expertise:

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Remedies, Mediation

Eldon H Reiley

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Eldon H. Reiley retired in 2006 after 47 years of teaching law, including 35 years at the USF School of Law where he taught courses in constitutional law, contracts, commercial law, and international law. He was the founding director of the law school's LLM program for foreign lawyers. He negotiated the establishment of a faculty exchange agreement with East China Institute for Politics and Law (1989) and USF summer abroad programs in London (University of Warwick, 1978),...

Education:

BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, JD, Harvard University

Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Contracts, International Law, Secured Transactions

Steven F Shatz

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Steven F. Shatz taught at USF from 1972 until his retirement in 2015. During that time, he was also a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, a visiting professor at Hastings College of Law, and a visiting professor the East China Institute of Politics and Law, in Shanghai, China. Shatz created, and for 12 years directed, USF’s Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project, whose goal is to involve law students in the interim reform, and ultimate abolition, of the death penalty in...

Education:

AB, UC Berkeley, JD, Harvard University

Expertise:

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty Law