Full Time Faculty

Azin Abedian

Faculty Fellow, Academic and Bar Exam Success Program
(415) 422-2820

Professor Abedian specializes in upper-division and bar support programming. She teaches courses such as Legal Analysis and Early Bar Prep. Both...

Education:

JD, Golden Gate University School of Law

Expertise:

Academic Skills, Legal Analysis, Bar Examinations

Courses:

Legal Analysis

Lara Bazelon

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

Lara Bazelon is an associate professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the...

Education:

BA, Columbia University | JD, New York University

Expertise:

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

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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Immigration Law Clinic, Externship - International

Brian Budds

Assistant Professor; Co-Director, Population Health Leadership DNP Program
(415) 422-6842

Assistant Professor Brian Budds is a practicing attorney and a nurse practitioner. His clinical background includes extensive work in HIV care,...

Education:

BA, Fordham University | BS, Oregon Health Sciences University | MS, UC San Francisco | JD, University of San Francisco

Courses:

Behavioral Health Informatics, Introduction to Population Health, Applied Epidemiology and Data Analysis, Healthcare Informatics, Applied Data Analysis, Healthcare Informatics, Legal and Risk Management in Administrative Practice, Qualifying Project, NP Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development, Qualifying Project, DNP Project, DNP Project, Practicum I: Micro-System, Practicum I: Micro-System, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, DNP Residency, DNP Residency, Special Topics, Directed Study, Writing Requirement, Bioethics, Health Law, Directed Research

Christina Chong

Interim Director of the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program, and Assistant Professor of Law
(415) 422-5958

Professor Chong specializes in first-year, upper-division, and bar support programming, but also teaches classes on legal analysis, logical reasoning...

Education:

BA, University of California, Berkeley | JD, University of California, Berkeley | MFA (IP), Academy of Art University

Expertise:

Academic Skills, Asian American Studies, Bar Examinations, Discrimination, Entertainment Law, Legal Analysis, Logical Reasoning, Race Relations

Cometria Cooper

Assistant Director of the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program, and Assistant Professor of Law
(415) 422-6360

Cometria Cooper is assistant professor and assistant director of the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program. She specializes in first-year, upper-...

Education:

BA, UC Berkeley | JD, University of San Francisco

Joshua 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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Writing Requirement, Law Review Staff, Law Review Editor, Academic Support Tutor, Directed Research

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...

Education:

BA, Scripps College | JD, UC Berkeley

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Writing Requirement, American Legal System I, Int'l Human Rights, Int'l Human Rights Law Clinic, Externship - International, Directed Research

Reza Dibadj

Professor and Dean's Circle Scholar
(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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Writing Requirement, Corporations, Int'l Business Transactions, Securities Regulation, Directed Research

Jessica 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...

Education:

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.

Education:

BA, UC Berkeley | JD, University of San Francisco

Courses:

Criminal Law, Writing Requirement, Appellate Advocacy, Keta Taylor Colby Project, Competition Teams, Moot Court Board, Teaching Assistant, Directed Research

Susan Freiwald

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-6467

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Susan Freiwald joined the USF School of Law faculty in 1997. She publishes and presents widely on...

Education:

BA, Harvard University | JD, Harvard University

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Criminal Procedure, Writing Requirement, Internet Law, Data Privacy Law, Information Privacy Law, Civil Externship, Law Review Staff, Law Review Editor, Academic Support Tutor, Directed Research

Jack Garvey

Professor
(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...

Education:

BA, Harvard University | JD, Harvard University

Expertise:

Business - International, International Law, International Trade and Arbitration

Courses:

Contracts, Contracts II, Writing Requirement, Int'l Civil Dispute Resolution, Int'l Refugee Law &Euro Crisis, Public International Law, Externship - International, Directed Research

Nira Geevargis

Assistant Professor and Director of Externship Programs
(415) 422-4467

Prior to joining the University of San Francisco School of Law, Assistant Professor Nira Geevargis was a staff attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for...

Education:

BA, UC Berkeley | JD, UC Los Angeles

Courses:

Civil Externship, Criminal Externship, Judicial Externship

Tristin Green

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

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Tristin Green specializes in laws affecting inequality, especially employment discrimination law...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Civil Procedure, Property, Writing Requirement, Wills and Trusts, Employment Discrimination

Bill 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...

Education:

AB, UC Berkeley | JD, University of San Francisco

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Intro to Migration Studies, Evidence, Immigration Law, Immigration Law Clinic, Externship - International

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...

Education:

BA, Smith College | JD, University of Pennsylvania

Courses:

Legal Research & Writing I, Legal Research & Writing II, Writing Requirement, Legal Drafting, Advocate of the Year Competition, Moot Court Case Counsel

Heidi Ho

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

Heidi Ho is an assistant professor and the assistant director of the Academic Support Program. She previously served as the Asian Battered Women’s...

Education:

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

Expertise:

Immigration Law, Family Law

Courses:

Academic Support Tutor

Peter Jan Honigsberg

Professor
(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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Writing Requirement, Legal Drafting, Administrative Law, Legal Issues of Terrorism, Directed Research

Megan 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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Legal Research & Writing I, Legal Research & Writing II, Writing Requirement, American Legal System I, Legal Drafting, Negotiation

Tim Iglesias

Professor
(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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Property, Writing Requirement, Community Property, Contemplative Lawyering, Eviction Defense, Litigation Skills & Ethics, Academic Support Tutor, Directed Research

Alice Kaswan

Professor, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-5053

Professor Alice Kaswan is an expert on climate change and on environmental justice. She has written and spoken widely about climate federalism,...

Education:

BS, UC Berkeley | JD, Harvard University

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Property, Property II, Writing Requirement, Climate Change Seminar, Environmental Law, Directed Research

Eugene Kim

Assistant 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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Advanced Legal Analysis, Legal Research & Writing I, Legal Research & Writing II, Writing Requirement, Legal Analysis, Legal Analys:Prob in Evidence, Legal Drafting, Logic For Lawyers

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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

Taxation

Courses:

Federal Tax Accounting & Tax Timing, Foreign Taxation I, Federal Taxation of Property Dispositions, Writing Requirement, Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, Teaching Assistant

Richard 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 Chair in Law and Social Psychology and professor and Dean’s Circle Research Scholar 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.

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Writing Requirement, Wrongful Convictions, Directed Research

Jiarui Liu

Assistant Professor of Law and Director of International Relations for LLM Programs
(415) 422-6842

Assistant Professor Jiarui Liu focuses his research on intellectual property law, in particular the interactions between intellectual property...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Rhonda Magee

Professor
(415) 422-5055

Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Torts, Writing Requirement, Contemplative Lawyering, Introduction to Race Law: Policy, Professionalism & Practices, Racism & Justice in American Legal History, Directed Research

Maya Manian

Professor
(415) 422-5170

Professor Maya Manian’s scholarship investigates the relationship between constitutional law, family law, and health care law, with a particular...

Education:

BA, University of Michigan | JD, Harvard University

Expertise:

Abortion, Birth Control, Contraception, Constitutional Law, Community Property , Discrimination - Gender, Family Law, Reproductive Healthcare , U.S. Supreme Court

Courses:

Constitutional Law, Family Law, Directed Research

Julie 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,...

Education:

BS, Northwestern University | JD, Northwestern University

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Constitutional Law, Writing Requirement, Advanced Constitutional Law, Poverty Law, Sexuality Law, Directed Research

Maria 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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Torts, Writing Requirement, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law Seminar, Labor & Emp Law Seminar, Mediation & ADR Techniques, Negotiation, Course Assistant

Bruce Price

Professor
(415) 422-5198

Professor Bruce M. Price primarily focuses his research on empirical studies involving consumer bankruptcy issues. During his years of practice,...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Contracts, Contracts II, Writing Requirement, Bankruptcy, Contracts Drafting, Feminist Legal Theory Seminar, Secured Transactions, Directed Research

Joshua Rosenberg

Professor
(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–...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Legal Principles Fed Inc Tax, Writing Requirement, Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, Interpersonal Dynamics, Partnership Tax, Directed Research

Robert 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...

Education:

BA, Columbia University | JD, Columbia University

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Internet & IP Justice Clinic, Investor Justice Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Employment Law Clinic, Directed Research

John Trasviña

Dean of the School of Law
(415) 422-6304

John Trasviña is the 18th dean of the USF School of Law. Dean Trasviña received his AB from Harvard University in 1980 and his JD from Stanford Law...

Education:

AB, Harvard University | JD, Stanford University

Expertise:

Affirmative Action, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Employment Law, Housing Law, Immigration Law, Legal Education

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...

Education:

BA, Cornell University | JD, Stanford University

Expertise:

Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Work/Family Law

Courses:

Torts, Writing Requirement, Remedies, Employment Law, Directed Research

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...

Education:

BA, Tufts University | JD, University of San Francisco

Courses:

Legal Research & Writing I, Legal Research & Writing II, Writing Requirement, American Legal System II, Domestic Violence Litigation and Ethics, Directed Research

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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Academic Support Tutor

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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Advanced Legal Research