Doris Cheng ’98 and Elinor Leary ’03 are co-program directors. Doris Cheng is a Shareholder at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. She is an active leader in the legal community, currently serving as the President of the San Francisco Bar Association and a seasoned instructor of trial advocacy, teaching lawyers and judges nationally and internationally. A USF law school alum and former Alameda County Deputy Public Defender, Elinor Leary is a Trial Team Leader at The Veen Firm. She has also been the assistant clinical director of the USF School of Law Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic. Both are alumnae of USF’s Intensive Advocacy Program and are committed providing the invaluable experience they were given as law students.
IAP recruits a diverse and distinguished volunteer faculty with extensive trial experience. Several are members of ABOTA and some are NITA trained and travel to the program from cities across the country, including: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York, San Diego, Washington DC.
Public Defenders and District Attorneys from Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties are also well represented in the IAP faculty. For the bench and jury trials the program brings in acting and retired judges from county Superior Courts, California Courts of Appeal, and US District Courts, among others.
Represented area law firms sending faculty include: Alioto Law, Hanson Bridgett, LLP, Littler Mendelson, Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney, The Veen Firm, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. Also included are public defenders from San Francisco, Alameda and San Diego Counties, as well as district attorneys from San Francisco and Oakland.
Since its inception almost 30 years ago, many volunteer faculty seek to return year after year due to the positive experience they have. They enjoy working with students, desire to give back to the legal community, and also state that participation allows them to brush up their own skills.
In total, more than 60 faculty attorneys and judges join the two week program each year, giving students small group as well as one-on-one attention and critiques. This interaction affords students opportunities to talk with these professionals about their practice experience and build relationships for future contact.