Full Time Faculty

Adam Abelkop

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

Adam Abelkop teaches legal research, writing, and analysis. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a teaching fellow supervising Stanford Law School's Environmental Law and Policy LLM program. His research focuses on institutional analysis within the realm of public health and environmental protection. Adam has written on chemical risk regulation, international and domestic climate change policy, and the role of tort law in environmental protection. He earned his PhD in Public Policy from Indiana...


PhD, Indiana University, JD, University of Iowa College of Law , BA, Wake Forest University

Lara Bazelon

Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Racial Justice Clinic
(415) 422-6202

Lara Bazelon is a professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. From 2012-2015, she was a visiting associate clinical professor at Loyola Law School and the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent. Professor Bazelon was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry...


BA, Columbia University, JD, New York University


Advanced Legal Writing, Clinical Education, Criminal Procedure, Ethics, Habeas Corpus, Trial Advocacy, Wrongful Convictions

Jonathan Chu

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6360

Jonathan previously served at Golden Gate University School of Law as the director of Bar Exam Services and the director of Graduate Law Programs. He was a former grader for a national bar company and has tutored students and attorneys for over 14 years to pass the California bar exam. He has worked with associates and partners from top 25 law firms and Fortune 500 companies to successfully pass the bar exam. Jonathan worked with the White House under President Bill Clinton in their Advance...


LL.M, Taxation (with Honors), Golden Gate University School of Law, JD, Golden Gate University School of Law, BA, UC Berkeley

Joshua P. Davis

Professor, Director of the Center for Law and Ethics, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-6223

Professor Joshua Paul Davis was the School of Law's associate dean for academic affairs from 2013-2017, during which he oversaw the law school's academic programs and was responsible for curricular and program developments and implementation. Davis focuses his scholarly research on complex litigation, ethics, and the interplay between the two. As director of the Center for Law and Ethics, he leads panels, organizes symposia, and undertakes research exploring these topics. Davis is active in law...


AB, Brown University, JD, New York University, LLM, Georgetown University


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust, Business - Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law, Ethics, Free Speech, Trial Advocacy

Connie de la Vega

Marshall P. Madison Professor and Academic Director of International Programs and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-2296

Professor Connie de la Vega writes extensively on international human rights law and participates in United Nations human rights meetings. She has submitted amicus briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts for juvenile death penalty and affirmative action cases, including Roper v. Simmons and Graham and Sullivan v. Florida, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. De la Vega is the co–author of The American Legal System for Foreign Lawyers (Wolters Kluwer, 2011) and...


BA, Scripps College, JD, UC Berkeley


Application of International Law in the U.S., Death Penalty Law, Discrimination - Race, Human Rights, International Human Rights Law, International Law, Sentencing Practices

Reza Dibadj

(415) 422-5253

Professor Reza Dibadj’s research involves both corporate and securities law as well as administrative law and regulation. His writing focuses on two themes. The first involves the application of new tools, such as network theory, to legal analysis. The second is an exploration of different institutional choices the law has made. For instance, corporate and securities law often try to achieve similar goals, but through very different means; similarly for antitrust and regulation. For their part...


JD, Harvard University, MBA, Harvard Business School, SB, Harvard College


Administrative Law, Antitrust, Business Law, International Law and Arbitration, Regulation, Securities Regulation

Jessica L. Fajfar

Assistant Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney
(415) 422-5371

Assistant Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney Jessica Fajfar works with several law clinics at USF, including the Internet & IP Justice Clinic, where she supervises the USPTO Trademark Program, the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services (EVLS) Program, and the Employment Law Clinic. She has worked on many trademark prosecution matters with students, including filing initial trademark applications, responding to office actions, and defending and enforcing oppositions. She also has...


BA, Ohio Northern University, JD, Cleveland State University, LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology, University of San Francisco

Amy Flynn

Assistant Professor and Director of the Moot Court Program
(415) 422-5369

Assistant Professor Amy Flynn worked as a deputy public defender with the Contra Costa Public Defender's Office until coming to USF to teach.


BA, UC Berkeley, JD, University of San Francisco

Susan Freiwald

Dean, Professor, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-6304

Dean and Professor Susan Freiwald joined the USF School of Law faculty in 1997. A former software developer, Freiwald has published numerous articles on the regulation of online surveillance, including, most recently, in the Harvard Law Review. As amicus curiae, Freiwald has briefed and argued major cases involving the Fourth Amendment protection of new communications technologies and has been recognized for her leadership in securing landmark electronic surveillance legislation in California....


BA, Harvard University, JD, Harvard University


Cyberlaw, Information Privacy Law, Internet Law, Privacy Law, Criminal Procedure

Jack I Garvey

(415) 422-6158

Professor Jack I. Garvey has taught at the law school since 1976, and specializes in public and private international law. His work can be found in numerous domestic and foreign law journals including The Yale Law Journal and the Oxford Journal of Conflict and Security Law, and principal peer–reviewed international law journals, such as the American Journal of International Law and the American Journal of Comparative Law. Garvey’s book, A New Grand Bargain for the Counter–Proliferation of...


BA, Harvard University, JD, Harvard University


Business - International, International Law, International Trade and Arbitration

Tristin Green

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-6583

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Tristin Green specializes in laws affecting inequality, especially employment discrimination law. She brings to her teaching and her scholarship a background in journalism and sociology, and an interest in human relations and in the ways in which laws and contexts shape those relations. She often draws on the social sciences in her work to better understand how discrimination operates and how laws can be better framed and implemented to reduce...


BS, UC Los Angeles, MSJ, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, JD, UC Berkeley


Employment Discrimination, Equality - Race, Sex, Disability, Labor and Employment Law

Bill O Hing

Professor, Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-4475

Throughout his career, Professor Bill Ong Hing pursued social justice through a combination of community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice–oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations, including American Presidents, Deportation and Human Rights Violations (Cambridge Univ. Press 2019); Ethical Borders—NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration (Temple University Press, 2010), Deporting Our Souls–Morality, Values, and...


AB, UC Berkeley, JD, University of San Francisco


Asian American Legal History, Immigration Law and Policy, Migration Theory, Public Interest Lawyering, Race, Racism and U.S Law, Racial Justice, Affirmative Action and Diversity, Rules of Evidence, Modern Policing

Edith Ho

Professor of Legal Writing, Director of the Legal Research, Writing & Analysis Program and Program Coordinator of the First Year Moot Court Program
(415) 422-6049

Professor of Legal Writing Edith Ho received her bachelor of arts from Smith College and her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health care and social service matters in federal court and administrative hearings. After public service, she was in private practice specializing in insurance coverage and civil litigation with several San Francisco law firms. Ho teaches and directs the Legal Research,...


BA, Smith College, JD, University of Pennsylvania

Heidi Ho

Assistant Professor And Co-Director Of The Academic Support Program
(415) 422-5852

Heidi Ho is an assistant professor and the co-director of the Academic Support Program. She previously served as the Asian Battered Women’s project attorney and managing attorney of the Asian Outreach Unit at Great Boston Legal Services. As a student at the University of San Francisco School of Law, she participated in the Academic Support Program and was the Public Interest Scholar. She is admitted in the Bar in California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. She graduated from UC Irvine having majored...


BA, University of California, Irvine, JD, University of San Francisco


Immigration Law, Family Law

Peter Jan Honigsberg

(415) 422-6478

Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg’s current research focuses on the rule of law and human rights violations that occurred in the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and on the study of terrorism and other post–9/11 issues. Honigsberg is the founder and director of Witness to Guantanamo, which began in fall 2008. He has filmed over 158 full–length and in–depth interviews in twenty countries of former detainees and others who have worked in or are associated with the prison in Guantánamo,...


BA, City University of New York, JD, New York University


Administrative Law, Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, National Security, Terrorism

Megan Roberts Hutchinson

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
(415) 422-2652

Megan Hutchinson is a legal research, writing, and analysis assistant professor at USF. As an attorney she represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, with a focus on employment discrimination claims. In her practice, she also advises employers with respect to compliance issues arising under local, California, and federal labor and employment laws, including handbook policies, terminations, reductions in force, meal and rest periods, reimbursement of business expenses, leaves...


JD, UC Los Angeles, MA, Stanford University, BA, Stanford University

Tim Iglesias

(415) 422-5870

Professor Tim Iglesias, an expert in housing and property law, has served on the USF law faculty since 2001. He co–edited The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development Law (American Bar Association, 2011). He has published several articles on affordable housing and fair housing law, including “Our Pluralist Housing Ethics and the Struggle for Affordability” (Wake Forest Law Review, 2007), “Beyond Two–Persons–Per–Bedroom: Revitalizing Application of the Federal Fair Housing Act to Private...


BA, Loyola-Marymount University, BA/MA, Oxford University, JD, Stanford University


Housing Law/Affordable Housing, Discrimination - Housing, Humanizing Legal Education, Land Use Law, Legal Education

Alice Kaswan

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-5053

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Alice Kaswan is an expert on climate change and on environmental justice. She has written and spoken widely about climate federalism, addressing the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Her work also explores the intersection between environmental justice and climate change policy, with special emphasis on the environmental justice implications of climate adaptation...


BS, UC Berkeley, JD, Harvard University


Administrative Law, Climate Change Policy, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Regulation

Eugene Kim

Professor of Legal Writing
(415) 422-6611

Assistant Professor Eugene Kim received his undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from the University of San Francisco. He previously worked as a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Nixon Peabody LLP and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Donna M. Ryu of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In January 2019, he became co-director of USF’s Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence, where he leads USF's efforts to build...


BS, Carnegie Mellon University, JD, University of San Francisco

Daniel Lathrope

E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor in Tax and Academic Director of the Graduate Tax Program
(415) 422-4109

Professor Daniel Lathrope's teaching and research focus is taxation. He is the co–author of several casebooks on individual, corporate, and partnership taxation, including Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation, Fundamentals of Corporate Taxation, and Fundamentals of Partnership Taxation. He is the author of The Alternative Minimum Tax—Compliance and Planning with Analysis, a treatise on the alternative minimum tax, and a book on comparative income taxation titled Global Issues in Income...


BSBA, University of Denver, JD, Northwestern University, LLM, New York University



Richard A. Leo

Hamill Family Chair Professor of Law and Social Psychology and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-6513

Richard A. Leo, PhD, JD, is the Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology at the University San Francisco School of Law, and a Fellow in the Institute for Legal Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He was previously a tenured professor of psychology and criminology at U.C. Irvine for a decade (1997-2006), and a professor of sociology and adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1994-1997). Dr. Leo is one of the leading experts in the...


AB, UC Berkeley, MA, University of Chicago, PhD, UC Berkeley, JD, UC Berkeley


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, False Confessions, Investigations, Police Interrogation, Police Investigations, Wrongful Convictions

Jiarui Liu

Assistant Professor of Law, Academic Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Programs, and Director of International Relations for LLM Programs
(415) 422-6842

Professor Jiarui Liu is the academic director of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and also a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society of Stanford Law School. He focuses his research on intellectual property law, in particular the interactions between intellectual property protection, technological innovation, and the development of cultural industries. He has published 32 academic articles in U.S., European, and Chinese law...


J.S.D., Stanford Law School, Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Intellectual Property (Patent, Copyright and Trademark), Law and Society, Law and Economics, Communications Law, Internet Law

Rhonda Magee

(415) 422-5055

Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Torts; Race, Law...


BA, University of Virginia, MA, University of Virginia, JD, University of Virginia, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Practicum and Teacher Development Intensive, Oasis Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical Center


Contemplative Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Humanizing Legal Education , Identity-Sensitive Pedagogy, Immigration , Legal Education , Mindfulness and Social Justice, Race Law, Race, Racism, and U.S. Law

Julie A Nice

Herbst Foundation Professor of Law, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-4474

Professor Julie A. Nice joined the USF faculty in 2009 as the Herbst Foundation Professor of Law. She has received 12 awards for her law teaching, including the 2012 Distinguished Professor Award at USF. Nice focuses her scholarly work on constitutional law, poverty law, and sexuality law. She is the lead author of Poverty Law: Theory and Practice, and has written numerous articles. Nice previously served as the Delaney Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where she received numerous...


BS, Northwestern University, JD, Northwestern University


Comparative Social Economic Rights, Constitutional Law - Individual Rights, Equality and Liberty, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Welfare and Poverty Law

Maria L Ontiveros

Professor and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-5365

Professor Maria Linda Ontiveros focuses her scholarly work on employment law with an emphasis on immigrant workers' rights. She publishes and presents regularly on a variety of related topics, including the history of immigrant workers, workplace harassment of women of color, organized labor, immigrants and the Thirteenth Amendment, and access to education for children of undocumented workers. Ontiveros is co–author of Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the...


AB, UC Berkeley, MILR, Cornell University, JD, Harvard University, JSD, Stanford University


Discrimination - Race, Employment Law, Immigration, Labor and Employment Law, Latino Issues

Bruce M Price

(415) 422-5198

Professor Bruce M. Price primarily focuses his research on empirical studies involving consumer bankruptcy issues. During his years of practice, Professor Price concentrated on bankruptcy, contracts, and corporate law. He joined the faculty at Denver University in 2004, where he received the Mentorship Award and was nominated for Most Outstanding Faculty Member and Most Engaging Professor in 2006. A graduate of Haverford College, Price earned his juris doctor with honors from George Washington...


BA, Haverford College, PhD, New York University, JD, George Washington University


Contracts, Bankruptcy, Jurisprudence, Law and Society, Commercial Transactions, Secured Transactions

Joshua D Rosenberg

(415) 422-6413

Professor Joshua D. Rosenberg has two main areas of expertise: (1) tax law, and (2) psychology of lawyers and laws. Professor Rosenberg is the co–author of leading treatises in federal income tax and in corporate tax, as well as co-author of the nation’s leading casebooks in corporate tax, partnership tax, and taxation of business enterprises. His many scholarly tax articles have been published in journals including the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and...


BA, Case Western Reserve University, Ed. D, University of San Francisco, JD, New York University, LLM, New York University


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Humanizing Legal Education, Mediation, Negotiation, Taxation, Trial Advocacy

Jacqueline Brown Scott

Assistant Professor and Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic Supervising Attorney
(415) 422-3330

Jacqueline Brown Scott is an immigration attorney with experience solving a wide array of immigration issues pertaining to asylum, deportation defense, and family-based immigration. Jacqueline began her career in immigration law at the San Francisco Immigration Court as an attorney advisor through the Department of Justice Honors Program. There, she wrote hundreds of orders and written decisions for the Immigration Judges. When working at her firm, Law Office of Jacqueline Brown Scott, she...


JD, University of San Francisco, MA, San Francisco State University, BS, Saint Lawrence University

Anne M. Sidwell

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4469

Since receiving her undergraduate degree in international relations from Brigham Young University, Professor Anne Sidwell has dedicated her professional and academic life to social justice. Professor Sidwell graduated from the George Washington University Law School in May 2011. After graduation, Professor Sidwell worked for the Honorable Zoe Bush in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as a court advocate for DC SAFE, a domestic violence prevention organization, before joining...


BA, Brigham Young University, JD, The George Washington University Law School

Robert E Talbot

Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy and Director of the Employment, Mediation, Investor Justice, and Internet/Intellectual Property Law Clinics
(415) 422-6218

Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy Robert E. Talbot has been creating and directing law clinics at USF for 20 years. The Investor Justice Clinic fights for small investors against misconduct by brokers and brokerages. This clinic, which has recovered more than a million dollars for small investors, has been featured on NBC, CBS, and NPR, and in all major newspapers. The Employment Law Clinic, created by Professor Talbot, has represented clients in Equal Employment Opportunity...


BA, Columbia University, JD, Columbia University


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Evidence, Internet Law, Investigations, Mediation, Securities Arbitration, Trial Advocacy, Startups

Michelle Travis

Professor and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-5869

Professor Michelle Travis is a Dean’s Circle Scholar and co–director of USF’s Labor and Employment Law Program. She specializes in employment law with a focus on disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and work/family balance. Her interdisciplinary scholarship uses social cognition and sociology research to reveal how antidiscrimination law could be used to eliminate structural, organizational, and cognitive biases in the workplace. She regularly speaks on these topics around the country...


BA, Cornell University, JD, Stanford University


Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Work/Family Law

Monalisa Vu

Professor of Legal Writing
(415) 422-2608

Professor Monalisa Vu received a post-graduate fellowship from Boalt Hall School of Law's Berkeley Law Foundation. She subsequently worked as a staff attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. Vu is currently a partner at Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee LLP, a firm practicing in the areas of family, domestic violence, immigration, and estate planning law.


BA, Tufts University, JD, University of San Francisco

Carol Wilson

Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Academic Support Program
(415) 422-2985

Assistant Professor Carol Wilson is co–director of the Academic Support Program (ASP) and has contributed to USF's Center for Law and Global Justice programs. As ASP co–director, she helps students prepare for the study of law and enhance academic performance throughout law school. With Professor Sharon Meadows, Wilson revised the Martindale–Hubbell Law Digest: California (Martindale–Hubbell, 2007).


BA, University of Oregon, MA, School for International Training, JD, University of San Francisco

Amy Wright

Director of the Dorraine Zief Law Library and Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5112

Assistant Professor Amy Wright is Director of the USF School of Law Library. She oversees general library operations, the library budget, and represents the law library on law school committees and with external constituencies. Prior to joining USF, she practiced health law for over five years with two Bay Area law firms and served as in-house counsel with Dignity Health. Amy is a member of the California bar, the Northern California Association of Law Libraries, and the American Association of...


BA, Dartmouth College, JD, UC Hastings, MLIS, San Jose State University