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Robert E. Talbot

Professor and Director of the Employment, Mediation, Investor Justice, and Internet/Intellectual Property Clinics

Professor 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 Commission (EEOC) mediations for more than 14 years and is a one of a kind program. The clinic is currently the only law school clinic in the country that represents federal employees in U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board hearings. It also represents non-English speaking individuals at wage and hour hearings before the San Francisco labor commissioner and partners with EEOC in a “Youth at Work” program in which the clinic students teach workplace rights to San Francisco high school students. In the Internet and Intellectual Property Clinic, students represent those who cannot afford lawyers in numerous IP and internet issues. The clinic, which has been featured on CNET, has represented college students in Recording Industry Association of America cases and clients in copyright cases against the U.S. Copyright Group. Clinic students are certified to represent clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, participate in the Chilling Effects website, and run a blog on internet legal issues. In Talbot’s Mediation Clinic, students appear as court mediators in San Francisco Small Claims Court, and help conduct mediations as part of the San Francisco District Attorney’s restorative justice Neighborhood Court’s program. Past clinics created by Professor Talbot include the Investigations Clinic, which was featured on the CBS television network and was designated the “coolest” class by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Narcotics Prosecutions Clinic, and a clinic in which the students worked on the economic aspects of divorce.

Talbot has been involved in thousands of family, employment, and other civil mediations both as mediator and representative. He has served as counsel in numerous court and jury trials, as a private attorney and public defender, and represented clients in arbitrations and negotiations. Talbot has taught investigative and courtroom testimony to San Francisco and San Mateo police academies, investigative tips for attorneys to bar associations in the Bay Area, and courtroom procedures and testimony techniques to doctors at UC San Francisco and other hospitals. He has also taught lawyers on the theory and practice of DNA analysis in advanced symposia.

In addition to teaching skills training in clinical settings, Talbot has taught Evidence, Evidence Advocacy, Criminal Law, Trial Practice (featured on CNN for the use of theatrical training), Family Law, Science in Litigation, Fundamentals of Investigations, Psychology and the Lawyer (included a clinical component in which students represented the mentally ill), and other courses.

Talbot often serves as a commentator and legal analyst for media outlets, including CNN, CBS, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

  • BA, Columbia University
  • JD, Columbia University
Prior Experience
  • Associate, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley
  • Instructor, University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • Trial Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
    "California Consumers Can Collect Up To $600 If Repair Person Doesn’t Show"CBS San Francisco04/24/15
    Broadcast on McDonald Court PapersKPIX 5 News12/22/14
    "How to choose a school for IP and Technology Law"PreLaw Magazine02/03/14
    Broadcast on the George Zimmerman caseKCBS Radio07/14/13
    "USF School of Law's Investor Justice Clinic"KPIX-TV (CBS San Francisco)03/15/13
    "ConsumerWatch: What Are Your Rights For Service Call No-Shows?"CBS 5 Eyewitness News01/08/13
    "A Man and His Papers Claims Two in Carpool Dispute"NBC Bay Area News01/05/13
    "ETFs - Why So Complicated?"Money09/01/12
    ConsumerWatch: Taking On Big Companies In Small Claims CourtCBS Los Angeles, CBS New York06/08/12
    Robert Talbot in broadcast about unusual rulingNBC Bay Area News at 1105/15/12
    "Cyclist will Face Charges in Connection with Hitting Pedestrian"San Francisco Examiner04/25/12
    "Conviction Rates: Meaningful Number or Political Weapon?"The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)01/29/12
    "Mirkarimi Will Learn Monday When His Domestic Violence Trial Will Begin"KTVU News at 501/20/12
    "District Attorney to Decide on Mirkarimi Charges This Week"The Bay Citizen01/11/12
    "Barry Bonds: Debate Over Beverly Hills House Arrest"L.A. Now (Los Angeles Times blog)12/19/11
    "Bonds Avoids Prison Time for Giving Evasive Testimony"The New York Times12/19/11
    "Barry Bonds' Sentence Engenders Debate"UPI NewsTrack Sports (United Press International)12/19/11
    "Barry Bonds is Sentenced in Enduring BALCO Saga"USA Today12/19/11
    "Barry Bonds Avoids Prison, Gets House Arrest and Probation" Los Angeles Times12/17/11
    "Barry Bonds Likely to Avoid Jail Time at Friday Sentencing"USA Today, Tucson Citizen12/15/11
    Broadcast with Robert Talbot on Bart station protestsKTVU Channel 2 News08/23/11
    Broadcast on new video relating to Bryan Stow caseNBC Bay Area News06/27/11
    Interview with CBS radio on California prison population ruling by the U.S. Supreme CourtKCBS Radio05/23/11
    Broadcast on Giant fan critically beaten at Dodgers StadiumKTVU Channel 2 News05/23/11
    Broadcast with Mad Dog Radio on Barry Bonds caseMad Dog Radio (Sirius XM Radio station)04/14/11
    "Barry Bonds is Convicted of Obstruction of Justice"Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, Denver Post, among others04/13/11
    "Verdict In: Barry Bonds Found Guilty, But Case Not Closed Yet"USA Today04/13/11
    "Extended Deliberations Bad News for Bonds?"Fox Sports News04/12/11
    Radio broadcast on the potential conflict within jury in Bonds' caseKCBS Radio04/12/11
    Radio broadcast on jury in Barry Bonds' caseKCBS Radio04/12/11
    "Barry Bonds Jurors End Third Day of Deliberations Without Verdict"L.A. Now (Los Angeles Times blog)04/12/11
    "Jury to Continue Deliberating in Bonds Perjury Case"New York Times04/12/11
    "Bonds Jurors End Third Day Without Verdict"UPI NewsTrack Sports (United Press International)04/12/11
    "Barry Bonds Jury Has Plenty to Consider"San Francisco Chronicle04/09/11
    "Bonds' Jury Asks for Transcript of Ex-Partner’s Secret Tape"Bloomberg Businessweek04/08/11
    "No Verdict Reached in Barry Bonds Perjury Trial as Former Trainer Greg Anderson Released from Prison"New York Daily News04/08/11
    "Experts: Bonds' Perjury Trial 'Too Close to Call'"California Watch04/07/11
    "Barry Bonds' Defense Attorneys Rest Without Calling One Witness"USA Today04/07/11
    "Bonds' Lawyers Rest Their Case Without Calling Witnesses"Bloomberg Businessweek04/06/11
    Broadcast on Barry Bonds' caseKCBS Radio04/06/11
    "Barry Bonds Rest His Case Without Taking a Swing"San Jose Mercury News04/06/11
    "Experts Say Prosecutors Have Scored Only One Direct Hit on Barry Bonds"Los Angeles Times04/04/11
    "Lost Tape is Found in Trial of Bonds"New York Times04/04/11
    "Bonds has Momentum Headed into Critical Trial Week"Associated Press04/03/11
    "Prosecutors Tweak Witness List"USA Today, American Chronicle, among others03/31/11
    "Pair's Testimony Aids Case vs. Barry Bonds, Expert Says"USA Today03/29/11
    "Ex-Mistress: Bonds Blamed Steroids for Injury"Associated Press, National Post (Canada), etc.03/28/11
    Broadcast on jury of Barry Bonds trialWCBS Newsradio (National Programming)03/23/11
    Broadcast on Barry Bonds perjury trialWCBS Newsradio (National Programming)03/23/11
    Broadcast on testimony of Steve Hoskins in Barry Bonds trialWCBS Newsradio (National Programming)03/23/11
    "At the Witness Stand, Two Parallel Paths Diverge"The New York Times03/22/11
    "Barry Bonds Steroid Case Goes to Trial"Los Angeles Times03/21/11
    "In U.S. vs. Bonds, a Tawdry Turn"The Bay Citizen, New York Times03/20/11
    "Meet John Doe: Picking Up the Music Industry's Club, A Group of Lawyers Revive the Mass Copyright Suit"American Lawyer02/01/11
    "John Does Under Fire for File Sharing"Internet Law & Strategy02/01/11
    "Meet John Doe: Picking Up the Music Industry's Baton, a Group of Lawyers Revive the Mass Copyright Suit"Corporate Counsel01/01/11
    "'Skyscraperman' Dan Goodwin Climbs Into Court"SF Weekly12/20/10
    "Mass Antipiracy Suits Look Less Certain"CNET News12/14/10
    "Three Guilty of Abusing Shackled Teen to be Sentenced"San Jose Mercury News12/04/10
    "Law School Prof Looking to Challenge Lawsuits in Cases of Weak Evidence"Techdirt11/11/10
    "Did Jammie Thomas Case Backfire on File Sharers?"CNET News11/07/10
    Broadcast on Mehserle verdict and responseKCBS Radio11/07/10
    "Giants Win Sparks High-Tech 'Riots' in San Francisco"CNN Tech11/02/10
    "Law Professor Defends Alleged Hurt Locker Pirates"Torrent Freak11/02/10
    "Accused 'Hurt Locker' Pirates Turn to Law School"CNET News11/01/10
    Broadcast on Proposition 19 Dutch National Radio10/01/10
    "'Skyscraperman' Dan Goodwin May Climb Over Trespassing Charges, Too" SF Weekly09/08/10
    "Arizona Enacts Tough Illegal Immigration Law"
    CBS 5 Eyewitness News
    "Iranian Comedian Wins Case Against Schwab"ABC 7 News: 7 On Your Side with Michael Finney
    "Professor Talbot Discusses BART Shooting Case With KCBS Radio"KCBS Radio03/30/10
    "Alumni in the News"Columbia College Today11/01/09
    "Broadcast on Michael Jackson featuring Bob Talbot"The Drive with Steve Jaxon KSRO 135009/24/09
    Newscast on Richard Allen DavisKRON 4 News Daybreak, KRON 4 News at 4:30 a.m., KRON 4 News at 1105/31/09
    "Frustrated Investors Get Surprising Assistance"NBC Nightly News05/30/09
    Newscast on Sandra Cantu caseKRON 4 News Weekend04/24/09
    "Bob Talbot on the Cantu Case"KRON 4 Morning News, Early News, News at 1103/14/09
    "Bob Talbot on the Cantu Case"NBC11 News: The Bay Area at 1103/14/09
    "Did He Lie? Barry Bonds on Trial"The Examiner02/26/09
    "Lawyer Says BART Officer Meant to Fire Taser""TNT - Truth … Not Tasers"01/31/09
    "Lawyer Says BART Officer Meant to Fire Taser"Oakland Tribune01/30/09
    BART Shooting Disrupts OaklandLaney Tower (Oakland community college online paper)01/29/09
    "Second Officer in BART Shooting Under Investigation"Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury 01/25/09
    "BART Shooting Update"KQED's Forum01/16/09
    "Bart Shooting Draws Rodney King Case Parallels"San Francisco Chronicle01/15/09
    "Law Professor Offers Perspective on BART Station Killing"San Francisco Examiner01/15/09
    Radio broadcast on the BART shooting caseKCBS Radio01/14/09
    "Schools that Offer Students a Chance to Help Investors File Claims Against Their Brokers Expect an Onslaught of Calls"The Miami Daily Business Review, The Broward Daily Business Review, Palm Beach Daily Business Review10/17/08
    "Small investors get help from law school clinics"The National Law Journal10/13/08
    "Jailed leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery launches Web site"Oakland Tribune08/11/08
    "Special 7 On Your Side report: Download Lawsuits""ABC 7 News at 11PM KGO (ABC) San Francisco"04/30/08
    "Broadcast on Hans Reiser case/ murder conviction with no body and no murder weapon""Ten O'Clock News KTVU (Fox) San Francisco"04/30/08
    "Both 'Jane Does' testify, immunity deals criticized"The Eureka Reporter04/22/08
    "Law students help peers for a song"San Mateo Daily News04/17/08
    "Reducing the risk for elder abuse in finance"Daily Journal04/16/08
    "USF law students help investors through downturn"The Recorder, WestLaw04/14/08
    "The University of San Francisco starts filesharing legal aid clinic"Fastcase Law Blog04/03/08
    "Law students joust with record industry"The Daily Record04/01/08
    "Law Students Providing Legal Advice for Suspects Charged for Downloading Music Illegally"CBS National Radio (picked up by Ernie and Jay Mid-Day/ Dallas, FortWorth; News on the Hour/ National; WTOP-AM 820/ Washington, D.C.; Business Hour/ Los Angeles; Newsradio 780/ Chicago; Colin and Friends/ Hartford, New Haven; KNX 1070 Newsradio/ Los Angeles)03/31/08
    "Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Project"KGO Radio03/31/08
    "USF Law Students Assist Fellow Students"KTVU Channel 2 News at 6, KTVU (Fox) San Francisco03/31/08
    "Legal Aid for Downloaders"CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 10 pm, KBHK (MNT) San Francisco, CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 5am, KPIX (CBS) San Francisco03/30/08
    USF Law Clinic for Threatened StudentsUSF Law Clinic for Threatened Students03/30/08
    "A 'peer to peer' legal clinic"Nuts & Boalts03/30/08
    "Legal aid for music downloaders"San Jose Mercury News03/30/08
    "Comparing the RIAA to 'The Sopranos'"Slashdot03/20/08
      Law Review and Journal Articles
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                Court Citation of Research
                  • Presenter, "Use of Mediation in DA's Restorative Justice Neighborhood Court Program," District Attorney Training for the Neighborhood Court Program, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2011).
                  • Presenter, "Beyond The Bailout, Risk, Responsibility and The Road Ahead," UC Hastings College of the Law "UC Hastings College of the Law," San Francisco, Calif. (April 2009).
                  • Presenter, "Beyond The Bailout, Risk, Responsibility and The Road Ahead," UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2009).
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