Full-Time Faculty

Zief Law Library, Room 14

Adam Abelkop is an expert in environmental law, administrative law, and tort law focusing on the public regulation and private governance of toxic chemicals. Professor Abelkop has written on chemical risk regulation, international and domestic climate change policy, and the role of tort law in environmental and health governance. He earned his PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University and his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a teaching fellow...

  • PhD in Public Policy, Indiana University
  • JD, University of Iowa College of Law
  • BA in Sociology and History, Wake Forest University
Malloy Hall, Room 222

Professor J.P. Allen is a pioneering researcher and educator in the field of online/internet business, specializing in open technologies and the digital transformation of organizations and society. He is the author of Digital Entrepreneurship and Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World.

As founding chair of the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department, Dr. Allen pioneered the development of internet business classes, which guide non-technical...

  • PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1995
  • MS, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1993
  • MA (Cantab), Honorary Degree, University...

Lara Bazelon is a Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she directs the Criminal & Juvenile and Racial Justice Clinics and holds the Philip and Muriel Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy.  Since 2022, she has served as the Law School’s Dean of Scholarship.  She is the author of the nonfictions books Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction (Beacon Press 2018) and Ambitious Like a Mother (Little Brown 2022) as well as numerous essays, op-eds, and...

  • New York University, JD
  • Columbia University, BA
  • Wrongful convictions
  • Trial advocacy
  • Criminal procedure
Zief Library 011B

Charles Belle is the Filecoin Foundation for Decentralized Web’s Teaching Fellow at the Blockchain Law for Social Good Center (Center), at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Professor Belle’s research is in the area of decentralized governance and oracles, and he is teaching a course on DeFi (DeFi: Decentralized Finance Law). In addition, Professor Belle serves as an adjunct professor at USF School of law teaching Corporations.

Prior to joining the Center, Professor Belle served...

  • JD, UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings)
  • MA, University of Chicago (International Relations)
  • BA, University of Chicago (double major: Economics, Political Science)

Jacqueline Brown 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, she dedicated a significant part of her private...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • MA, San Francisco State University
  • BS, Saint Lawrence University
Malloy Hall, Room 316

Associate Professor Zachary C. Burns specializes in managerial and organizational behavior with research in the psychology of morality and ethics, applications in law, and judgment and decision-making. His works surrounds behavioral patterns, intellectual property and intentionality. Dr. Burns previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

He has had articles on his research published in the Journal of...

  • Ph.D. Managerial and Organizational Behavior, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research, 2013
  • Masters Business Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of...
Malloy Hall, Room 233

Professor Mark V. Cannice is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is a Professor with the University of San Francisco, School of Management.

Cannice writes the widely-followed quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report® which is published by ProQuest and EBSCO, indexed globally on Bloomberg Professional Services in 170 countries (Bloomberg ticker symbol: SVVCCI), and has been referenced in the...

  • Ph.D., Indiana University (1997)
  • M.S., Indiana University (1996)
  • MBA, University of San Francisco (1992)
  • B. S., United States Naval Academy (1984)
Malloy Hall, Room 326

Roger Chen brings to USF forward-thinking expertise in the fields of corporate innovation and growth, competition and global strategy - areas he views as entirely interdependent. By developing a balanced approach to his research endeavors - devoting equal time and effort between pure quantitative/academic research and case research methods - Dr. Chen embodies academic rigor, benefiting his students, fellow academics, global corporations and communities with his egalitarian work philosophy.


  • Ph.D., Strategy and International Management, University of Texas at Dallas, 1996
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 1986
  • B.S., Operations Management, Shanghai...

Allegra Chen-Carrel is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management. Additionally, she works as a Project Lead of a  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Antiracism, and Justice consulting team based out of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. She previously has taught courses at Columbia University's Teachers College, worked as a Program Manager for a research program centered around sustaining peace, and in community...

  • Columbia University, PhD in Social-Organizational Psychology, expected 2022
  • Columbia University, MA in Global Thought, 2016
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, MA in Immigration Management, 2015
  • George...
Malloy Hall 227 & SFH Downtown Campus, Room 210

Ludwig B. Chincarini, CFA, PhD, is Professor of Finance in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco as well as an advisor to United States Commodity Fund Investments with over fifteen years of experience in the financial industry specializing in portfolio management, quantitative equity management, and derivatives. He also works with an angel group to help start-up companies. Prior to that he was a member of the academic council of Index IQ which was bought by NY Life in 2015...

  • PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
  • BA in Economics (Summa Cum Laude), University of California at Berkeley, 1991
Zief 008

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 16 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 as a staff aide to Congressman Tom Lantos (SF/San Mateo) and served...

  • LL.M, Taxation (with Honors), Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • BA, UC Berkeley
Malloy Hall, Room 208

Assistant Professor Fernando Comiran brings to USF both an enthusiasm for accounting and a philosophy that attempts to integrate real-world application and leading-edge research in the classroom. His research areas of interest include Earnings Management, Accounting Fraud, Voluntary Disclosure, Financial Statement Analysis, and Security Valuation.

Currently, Professor Comiran is focusing his research on individual investor behavior and company incentives to better understand how disclosure...

  • Ph.D. Business Administration - Accounting, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2014
  • M.Sc. Finance and Accounting, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2009
  • B.S...
Zief Library 014

Elizabeth Fishman is an Associate Professor who teaches in the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program.  Before joining USF,  she was a professor at Golden Gate University Law School, where she taught Legal Writing & Research, Appellate Advocacy, and coached moot court.  At GGU, Professor Fishman also directed the Upper Division Writing Program, including the Appellate Advocacy program and the Moot Court program. 

Prior to her teaching career, she was Corporate Counsel at Genentech...

  • Stanford University Law School, JD, 2003
  • Brown University, BA in Sociology, 1999
  • Legal research and writing
  • Moot court
  • Immigration law
  • Healthcare law

Amy Flynn joined USF Law in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Flynn served as the Assistant Public Defender in Contra Costa County. She is co-author of California Criminal Law: Cases and Problems, 4th Ed. As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Flynn oversees the law school’s academic programs and is responsible for curricular program development and implementation, including the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program. As a member of the faculty, she has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and...

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 213

Professor Tom Grossman likes to see non-technical people harness the power of analytics and technology to lead their organizations. His interests include business analytics, spreadsheet engineering, spreadsheet information systems, managerial communication of analytical work, and analysis-driven process improvement.

He spent the early years of his career at an analytics consulting firm working on large-scale systems for operations and planning in the United States and Scandinavia. His...

  • PhD, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 1994
  • MS, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984
Kendrick Hall 307

Lindsay M. Harris is a professor of law and director of the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Clinic. Before joining USF Law, Professor Harris served as Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law where she directed the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Professor Harris was the recipient of the AILA 2020 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Harris has visited as Acting Director of the...

  • Georgetown Law, LLM in Advocacy, 2015 
  • University of California Berkeley Law, JD, 2009 
  • University of California San Diego, BA in International Studies, BA in Psychology, 2005
  • Asylum law & policy
  • Immigration law 
  • International human rights
  • Trauma and burnout
Kendrick Hall 308

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 Humanizing Immigration: How to Transform Our Racist and Unjust System (Beacon Press 2023), American Presidents, Deportation and Human Rights Violations (Cambridge Univ. Press 2019); Ethical Borders—NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • AB, UC Berkeley
  • 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

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 for many years specializing in insurance coverage and civil litigation with several San Francisco law firms. Ho teaches in the Legal...

  • JD, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Smith College

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
Malloy Hall, Room 319

Keith Hunter's primary research interests revolve around organizational networks, power, and leadership. He is particularly interested in how social networks both influence and reflect active mental models and power dynamics within groups and organizations. His investigations of the patterns of interaction among people and their implications for human behavior and organizational outcomes are of critical significance to tomorrow's business leaders.

His rich background inspires his research and...

  • Carnegie Mellon University, PhD in Organizational Behavior and Management, 2011
  • Carnegie Mellon University, MPhil in Public Policy and Management, 2011
  • University of Central Florida, MS in...
  • Social network analysis
  • Power and influence
  • Community engaged learning

Megan Hutchinson is an Associate Professor of Legal Writing whose courses include Negotiation, Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, Employment Law, and American Legal Studies. 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...

  • JD, UC Los Angeles
  • MA, Stanford University
  • BA, Stanford University
Malloy Hall, Room 320

Professor Stephen J. Huxley is recognized by his fellow colleagues, students and a number of professional organizations for his achievements in academia, having been a teacher and researcher at USF since 1973. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Franz Edelman Outstanding Management Science Award, the highest award given in the profession and the Sarlo Prize, the highest award bestowed to a faculty member for teaching that exemplifies USF's mission and values.

With research...

  • Registered Investment Advisor (Series 65), 2004-Present
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, San Diego, 1975
  • B.S., Business Administration and Statistics, Ohio State University, 1966
Kendrick Hall 315

Professor Ibarra was formerly a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Senior Affiliated Scholar at UC Hastings’ Center for Racial and Economic Justice (CREJ).

In his law teaching, Professor Ibarra helps students develop advanced critical thinking and analytical skills using a student-centered approach. His courses emphasize the intersection between law and racial equity. Professor Ibarra's current courses include Property Law and Wills and Trusts. 


  • Columbia Law School, JD, 2011
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA in History of Public Policy, 2006

Professor 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 policies.

Kaswan is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member scholar for the Center for Progressive Reform, and a past Chair of...

  • Harvard Law School, JD cum laude, 1991
  • UC Berkeley, BS with highest honors in Conservation and Resource Studies, 1984
  • Climate change policy
  • Climate justice
  • Environmental justice

Professor Eugene Kim co-directed USF’s Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence from 2019 to 2021, helping to lead USF's efforts to build community among faculty, present opportunities for faculty to enrich their teaching, and use technology to enhance student learning. He frequently presents on legal writing pedagogy and has been recognized for his innovations in the law school classroom. Professor Kim's video lectures on legal writing and analysis on YouTube have been viewed by law students...

  • Carnegie Mellon University, BS
  • University of San Francisco, JD
Malloy Hall, Room 223

Assistant Professor Ryan Langan’s research area lies in branding and corporate social responsibility with a focus on understanding how consumers perceive and respond to firms who engage in corporate philanthropy.  His current projects explore the potential for corporate giving to elicit feelings of gratitude on the part of consumers. Langan’s research has been published in the Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Business Research and the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public...

  • PhD, Marketing, University of South Florida
  • MBA, Marketing, University of Portland
  • BS, Sports Management, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

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

Sebastian Letheule has been a member of the Academic and Bar Exam Support (ABES) team for the past 5 years, through which they have mentored students throughout their law school careers as well as in preparation for the California Bar Exam.

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2017
  • California State University East Bay, BA in Anthropology, 2013
  • Legal research and writing
  • Academic support
  • Bar exam preparation
Kendrick Hall 311

Tiffany Li is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she teaches intellectual property and technology law courses. She is also a Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. Li is an expert on privacy, artificial intelligence, and technology platform governance. She regularly appears as a legal commentator in national and global news outlets, and she has written for popular publications including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and...

  • University of Cambridge, Master’s in AI Ethics and Society – Expected graduation June 2023
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2014
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA in English, 2010
Kendrick 312

Professor Matthew Liebman joined the USF faculty in 2020 as the endowed Justice for Animals chair and as an associate professor of law. Before coming to USF, Matthew practiced law for 12 years with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, including three years as the organization’s director of litigation. At ALDF, Professor Liebman litigated a wide variety of animal protection issues, including cases to defend the First Amendment rights of activists and to establish fundamental legal rights for nonhuman...

  • Stanford University, JD, 2006 (with distinction)
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA in Plan II and Philosophy, 2001 (with highest honors)
  • Animal law
  • Professional respoonsibility/Legal ethics
  • Law & social movements
Malloy Hall 402

Kevin Lo is a professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Management. He is also a graduate of the USF joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program. His scholarly work and teaching focus on emotional and cultural intelligence.

  • University of Hawaii, PhD in International Management, 2007
  • University of San Francisco, MBA, 2001
  • University of San Francisco, MA in Asia Pacific Studies, 2001
  • Brown University, BA in East...
  • Emotional and Cultural Intelligence
  • Mindfulness and Self-Care
  • Experiential Education
  • Community-Engaged Learning

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...
  • 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
  • Mindfulnes...
Malloy Hall, Room 317

As a faculty member with the University of San Francisco School of Management since 2013, Professor Maier has taught courses including revenue optimization, business modeling and ideation, Agile-project management, management and organizational dynamics, food service, and culinary arts entrepreneurship. He is also the director of executive education at the School of Management and the executive director of the Malloy Center for Organizational Science Consulting at USF.

He brings more than 20...

  • Gonzaga University, Ph.D in Leadership Philosophy, 2008
  • Salve Regina University, MA in Human Development/International Relations, 2004
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, BS in Hotel and Tourist...
  • Agile project management
  • Design thinking consulting
  • Business modeling
Malloy Hall 305

Dr. Courtney Masterson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including diversity and inclusion; work and well-being; research methods; and community-engaged learning. As a teacher, she strives to create an engaging learning environment that enables students to cultivate knowledge and develop personally and professionally. This includes providing students opportunities to partner in meaningful ways with the University’s surrounding community. 

Courtney is also an active...

  • PhD, Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Master of Business Administration, Management, DePaul University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science...
Malloy Hall 302

Robert Mefford, Professor of Finance, brings a breadth of international experience to USF, with research emphasis on global supply chains, lean production systems, behavioral finance, and the productivity of global enterprises. Professor Mefford's business acumen is founded on senior management positions with leading health care providers including Blue Cross and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

In studying the productivity of off-shore operations, Professor Mefford has explored how management...

  • Ph.D., International Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1981
  • M.B.A., Management, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966
  • ...
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 601

Professor Vijay Mehrotra serves as a professor of Business Analytics at the University of San Francisco, where he has recently developed an innovative module for his MBA students that is focused on Customer Success Management (the first such academic program in the world). He also leads the Business Analytics concentration within USF's MBA program and teaches courses in Business Analytics, Predictive Modeling, and Data Mining.

Since 1992, he has been active in the world of analytics...

  • Ph.D., Operations Research, Stanford University, 1992
  • M.S., Operations Research, Stanford University, 1989
  • B.A. Mathematics, Economics and Statistics, St. Olaf College, 1986
Malloy Hall 110

Michelle Millar researches sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the lodging, meeting, and event management industries. She studies the choices travelers make when choosing sustainable travel products and what factors are most important to them when it comes to sustainable hospitality products and services.

She developed a framework used by hospitality educators and industry professionals to identify the sustainable skills most needed by students when entering the industry.

  • PhD, Hospitality Administration, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2009
  • Masters, Tourism and Hospitality, Administration, Temple University, 2003
  • BA, International Relations, UC Davis, 1988
  • Sustainability in the hospitality and tourism industries

Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Academic and Bar Exam Success (ABES) program Katie Moran is a proud USF School of Law alumna, graduating summa cum laude in 2016. An advocate and deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County for nearly four years, she tried 29 jury trials to verdict. In her final year at that office, Moran worked on the felony domestic violence team, where she handled a caseload of 30 cases from filing to resolution.

While at USF, Moran externed for the Honorable...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mike Muehe (he/him) is a Research Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco’s Zief Law Library, where he teaches 1L legal research and upper-division Advanced Legal Research.

Prior to joining USF School of Law in 2021, he held various positions in law librarianship and brought to USF a range of legal information knowledge. He was an Archives Assistant on the Antonin Scalia Papers Project and an AALL George A. Strait Fellow at Harvard Law School Library’s...

  • Simmons University, MSLIS
  • Roger Williams University, JD
  • University of Connecticut, Dual-BA
  • Legal Research & Legal Information Literacy
  • Critical Legal Research & Studies
  • Social Informatics & Information Inequities
  • Cultural Heritage, Art, & Museum Law
  • LGBTQ+ Legal History

Charlie Nelson Keever graduated from Loyola Law School in 2018 with a concentration in Public Interest Law. During law school, Charlie worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Audrey B. Collins of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, and served as editor-in-chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. As a clinical law student and research assistant for Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent, Charlie worked to secure the release of...

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, JD, 2018  
  • Relay Graduate School of Education, MA, 2014  
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA, 2012
Kendrick Hall 319

Professor Julie Nice joined the USF Law faculty in 2009 as the Herbst Foundation Professor of Law. She was featured as one of the nation's top-25 law teachers in the evidence-based study What the Best Law Teachers Do (Schwartz, Hess & Sparrow, Harvard University Press 2013). As of 2022, she has received 15 awards for law teaching, including being voted six times as the Distinguished Professor of the Year at USF Law. Nice previously served as the Delaney Professor of Law at the University of...

  • JD, Northwestern University
  • BS, Northwestern University
  • Constitutional Law - Individual Rights and Structure 
  • Poverty Law and Economic Justice 
  • Sexuality Law - LGBTQ+ Rights and Reproductive Justice 
  • Equality and Liberty 
  • Comparative Social and Economic Rights
Malloy Hall, Room 203

Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Establishing the USF National Honor Society Chapter of the International Financial Management Association, Ohara continues to serve as faculty advisor for the organization today. With over fifteen years' financial management and administrative experience in the computer manufacturing and financial services industries, he brings extensive...

  • Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida
  • J.D., Santa Clara University, CA
  • B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Malloy Hall, Room 307

Professor Jennifer Parlamis's academic career has centered on pioneering social-psychological research in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, and organization dynamics. Specifically, she studies the impact of technology on negotiation outcomes and the role of anger and incompetency emotions in negotiation and conflict contexts. In addition, she has written on ageism in organizations as well as negotiation pedagogy.

She employs the latest scholarly research to help...

  • PhD, Social and Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001
  • The Moscow Institute of Social and Political Studies, Moscow Russian Language Certificate, Moscow, Russia, 1994...
  • Negotiation and Bargaining
  • Team Dynamics
  • Self-as Instrument
  • Consulting Practices
  • Mindful Leadership
SFH Downtown Campus, Second floor

Anthony Patino is a renowned expert in entertainment, advertising, and promotion, consumer behavior, public policy and marketing analytics. He holds degrees in marketing, business administration, planning and social policy from Duke University, Harvard University, and Temple University. His widely-published research takes him to conferences all over the U.S.

During his career in entertainment, Patino worked in marketing, sales and research at leading entertainment firms like Sony Picture...

  • PhD, Business Administration, Marketing, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006
  • MBA, Marketing, Duke University, North Carolina, 1991
  • MA, Administration, Planning and Social Policy...

Nicole Phillips 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 represents local Bay Area school districts in all aspects of litigation and pre-litigation including issues involving students, staff, and faculty. She received her BA from UCSD in 20th Century History and obtained her JD from USF School of Law.

  • USF School of Law, JD, 2015
  • University of California, San Diego, BA in History, 2012
  • Legal Writing
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law

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...

  • JD, George Washington University
  • PhD, New York University
  • BA, Haverford College
  • Contracts
  • Bankruptcy
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Society
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Secured Transactions
Malloy Hall, Room 401

William (Billy) Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP is a global expert and thought leader in the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, housing, economics and urban development. He has over 100 publications in these areas and has had his work featured in multiple national media outlets — including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic.  He is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, director of strategy and research at Sustinere...

  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2011
  • Master of Urban Planning, Economics and Spatial Analysis, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts...
Kendrick Hall 310

Duane Rudolph works on remedies, legal philosophy, and civil rights. In the 2023-2024 academic year, he will teach two sections of Torts, and Remedies.

  • Harvard Law School, JD, 2011
  • Cornell University, PhD, 2005
  • Cornell University, MA, 2001
  • University of Zimbabwe, BA (Honours) (First Class), 1998
Kendrick Hall 211C

Gabby Sergi is an Assistant Professor and Supervising Attorney with University of San Francisco School of Law's Racial Justice Clinic. During law school, she worked at the Alameda County Public Defender's Office and the ACLU of Northern California. Gabby was also a clinical law student in UC Law SF's Individual Representation Clinic and Mediation Clinic.

  • University of California College of the Law San Francisco, JD 
  • University of San Francisco, BA
Malloy Hall, 219

Shivani Shukla works in the fields of Operations Research, Statistics, and Game Theory. Her research is in security investment issues in the realm of supply chains and logistical networks that examine the financial and strategic implications of cooperation among various entities of the networks. In addition to the applied benefits, her goal is to make methodological contributions to successfully bring together optimization and game theoretic techniques in presence of uncertainty.

Her work has...

  • University of Massachusetts, PhD in Management Science, 2017
  • Gujarat University, MS in Statistics, 2009
Malloy Hall 315

Oscar Jerome Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Management in USF’s School of Management. Professor Stewart considers himself a critical management scholar and is concerned with power within organizations and power of organizations, and how to create more equitable and cooperative power structures that bind members together in a beneficent mutuality. Currently, he is working on projects on corporate misconduct, discrimination in higher education, and critical business pedagogy. Outside of his...

  • UNC Charlotte, PhD in Organizational Science, 2016
  • University of Minnesota, BA in Finance and African American Studies
  • Critical theory
  • Qualitative methods
  • Diversity & inclusion
101 Howard St., Suite 500, Office 608

Dr. Marco Tavanti is a sustainability and leadership international scholar whose experience stretches over 30 years and whose work has taken him to more than 18 countries in Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Tavanti’s teaching in sustainable development, leadership ethics, intercultural diversity, and NGO management is grounded in Jesuit values and his scholarship is an embodiment of the University’s mission to be of service to humankind.

Dr. Tavanti is a systems...

  • PhD, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2001 (with distinction)
  • MA, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1999
  • MA, Cross-Cultural Theology, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL...
  • Sustainable development
  • Social economy
  • Indigenous rights
  • Refugee services
Malloy Hall, Room 229

Professor Nicholas Tay’s research focuses on building theoretical models and conducting empirical studies to understand how human behaviors and market frictions interplay to affect the pricing of financial assets and the stability of financial markets. He uncovers relationships and patterns through financial econometrics and non-economic concepts, including agent-based modeling, social network analysis, cellular automata, genetic programming, fuzzy logic, chaos theory, fractal analysis, wavelet...

  • PhD, Finance, Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • ABD, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • MS, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • BS with...

Professor Michelle Travis is a Dean’s Circle Scholar and Co-Director of USF's Work Law and Justice 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
Malloy Hall, Room 226

Associate Professor Ricardo Villarreal De Silva brings to USF years of experience in consumer behavior research and methodology. He was the lead researcher on two large consumer behavior studies that brought together experts in the advertising industry with his research expertise. That expertise started in multicultural marketing, where his theory of ethnicity provided great insight into understanding U.S. Hispanics’ consumer behavior. Recently, his work has focused on applying sophisticated...

  • PhD, Advertising, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • MBA, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, 1996
  • BA, Business Administration, University of the Incarnate Word at San Antonio, 1992
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Media Behavior
  • Identity and Branding
  • Culture and Marketing
  • Research Methodology
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Monalisa Vu teaches Appellate Advocacy, Domestic Violence Law and Litigation, Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, and American Legal Writing to international LLM students.

As a practicing attorney, Monalisa represented survivors of domestic violence in areas of family and immigration law.  She has worked in both the public interest and private sector spheres.

  • Tufts University, BA in Political Science, 1997
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2001
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Family Law
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Neil's principle area of research is the role of virtue and morality (or the lack thereof) in organizations, specifically the presence of courage and cowardice within organizational life. His work explores the psychological mechanisms and consequences of virtuous behavior as part of expected occupational roles. By focusing on high-risk occupations such as ordnance disposal, private military contracting, and air-traffic control, Neil attempts to develop greater insight into how workers construct...

  • Birkbeck College, University of London, PhD. in Organizational Psychology
  • Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, MSc. Organizational Psychology
  • Queens' University of Belfast, BSc...
  • Ethics & Morality
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Evidence-based Management
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Allison Wang is an associate professor of law, and Director of the Externship Programs at University of San Francisco School of Law. Professor Wang oversees the judicial, civil, externship, tax, and summer international externship programs. She is passionate about giving law students the practical tools they need to become successful lawyers.

Before joining USF, she directed the Pro Bono Program at UC College of the Law San Francisco, and served as Golden Gate University’s Externship Director...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, University of California Los Angeles
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 226

Richard D. Waters is an associate professor in the School of Management, where he teaches strategic communication and communication management courses. His primary research interests are fundraising, stakeholder loyalty and relationship cultivation, and the use of new technologies in organizational communication efforts.

He serves on the editorial review boards at Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Sector Management, Journal of...

  • PhD, Mass Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007
  • MS, Public Relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2000
  • ABJ, Public Relations (Minor in Political Science), University...
  • Public relations and strategic communication

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
Malloy Hall, Room 241

Professor Xiaohua Yang teaches international business and is the founding director of the Center for Business Studies and Innovation in Asia-Pacific in the School of Management at the USF. She specializes in the internationalization of Chinese firms, MNE corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, international R&D strategic alliances, and foreign market entry strategies. She has taught and lectured in the USA, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Europe, and is a recipient of multiple...

  • Ph.D., International Business/Strategic Management, School of Business, University of Kansas
  • M.S., College of Business Administration, Iowa State University
  • B.A., Shanghai University of...
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Dana Zartner, JD, PhD is a Full Professor in the International Studies Department and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on the intersection of environmental justice and human rights. Professor Zartner’s first book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was released by Oxford University Press (2014)...

  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • JD, Concentration in International Law, Boston University
  • BA, International Relations, Hamline University

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Adjunct Professor Robert S. Arns has practiced trial and appellate law in San Francisco since 1975, specializing in serious injury or death arising out of product failure cases, Federal Employers Liability Act actions, Jones Act actions, construction site incidents, mass torts, medical negligence and other tortuous conduct, as well as class action suits. He founded The Arns Law Firm with offices in San Francisco and Reno in 1996. He was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2004 by San Francisco...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, UC Santa Barbara

Luke Boso is a Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School where he teaches Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, and Criminal Law. Professor Boso began his legal career by clerking for a state court judge in West Virginia, followed by a year in private practice during which he litigated issues of police brutality and misconduct in Southern California. Professor Boso then began his career in legal academia as a Law Teaching Fellow from 2011-13 with the Williams Institute at the UCLA...

  • LLM, UC Los Angeles
  • JD, West Virginia University
  • BA, West Virginia University

Thomas J. Brandi has tried cases to verdict in 18 jurisdictions and has obtained numerous jury verdicts ranging from $1 million to $1 billion. A lawyer for more than 35 years, in 1993 Brandi started his own firm, The Brandi Law Firm, representing plaintiffs in serious injury and mass tort cases. He was Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyer of the year in 2004 (also nominated in 2002 and 2012), a five–time nominee for Trial Lawyer of the Year for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers...

  • BA, San Jose State University
  • JD, University of San Francisco

Carol Brown has litigation experience in both the private and public sector and recently retired as an administrative law judge (ALJ) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As an ALJ, she was primarily assigned to energy procurement proceedings for the California gas and electric utilities, with the responsibility for cases authorizing the electric utilities to acquire electricity following the failed deregulation experiment. Ms. Brown was also appointed to matters that drove...

  • JD, University of Southern California
  • MA, California State University, Fullerton
  • BA, University of Southern California
  • Administrative Law

Professor Carroll is president of the Law Offices of Carroll & Scully, Inc., San Francisco, representing unions and workers for some 55 years. The firm also represents trustees of Taft-Hartley trusts for pension, health, apprenticeship, and other types of plans providing employee benefits.

  • BA, St. Patrick's College
  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • LLM, Georgetown University

Doris Cheng is a shareholder at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger and co-director of USF School of Law's Intensive Advocacy Program. As the current president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, she is focused on bringing more women into trial law.

Cheng has been ranked as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Northern California. She is listed among the Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, and San Francisco Best Lawyers. Specializing in complex injuries caused by third-party...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, University of California, Davis

Angela Chuang has been an Assistant Federal Public Defender (Trial) with the Federal Public Defender's Office in the Northern District of California since 2019. Prior to that, she was a trial attorney with New York County Defender Services, a public defender's office in New York City, for 5 1/2 years. She has also previously worked with an access-to-justice NGO in Sierra Leone, migrant workers in China, and Burmese refugees in Thailand.

  • Harvard Law School, JD cum laude, 2013
  • Cornell University, BS with Honors in Industrial and Labor Relations, 2009

Jerry Coleman retired July 1, 2014, after 35 years as an assistant district attorney in the City and County of San Francisco. His most recent position was as chief of the Brady, Appellate, and Training Division, which he held since 2011. In that post he supervised all SFDA’s appellate litigation, trained the entire office, and developed advocacy programs for all trial lawyers and new hires, and managed the Trial Integrity Unit, which handled all prosecution discovery and defense notice...

  • AB, Stanford University
  • JD, UC Davis

Sasha M. Cummings is a Circuit Mediator at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit specializing in federal appellate mediation.

Prior to her appointment as a Circuit Mediator, Ms. Cummings was a partner at a national law firm, where her trial practice focused on complex litigated matters, including catastrophic injury, products liability, and premises liability.

Ms. Cummings has volunteered extensively as a Judge Pro Tem, Settlement Conference Officer, and Mandatory Settlement...

  • JD, UC Hastings
  • BA, Wesleyan University

Judge Davis began his legal career serving as the Executive Director of the California Commission for the Revision of the Juvenile Court Law while completing his JD degree at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Judge Davis served as Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for nearly seven years where his last assignment was to prosecute homicide and other high-profile cases. He next served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the...

  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, JD, 1981
  • Clark University, BA with Honors in Philosophy, 1970
  • Philosophy of punishment
  • Evidence — Admission of uncharged other acts evidence

Since 1993, Mr. Dergosits has taught patent law as an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2005, he was honored as the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year. He frequently speaks and authors publications on intellectual property topics. Mr. Dergosits possesses more than 25 years of legal experience and focuses on handling trials, trial preparation, and counseling (including litigation avoidance) regarding patent matters. He founded Dergosits...

  • BA, Cornell University
  • JD, University of San Francisco

Adjunct Professor Adrian Driscoll is a senior counsel in the San Francisco office of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney. In his over 30 years of practice, he has litigated a variety of civil cases and appeals in state and federal courts. Driscoll is a past member of the USF Law Society's Board of Governors and the State Bar's Committee on the Administration of Justice (Litigation Section) and Committee on the History of Law in California, as well as a past president of the St. Thomas More Society...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BS, UC Davis

Horacio Enriquez is a dynamic and innovative Operations Management expert, inventor, entrepreneur, speaker, advisor, and executive with over 25 years of semiconductor, telecommunications, consumer electronics, life sciences, and integrated facilities management industry experience, including roles of progressive and increasing leadership in supply chain management, supplier quality & compliance management, and business systems integration organizations.

He’s passionate about building, leading...

  • Santa Clara University, MS Engineering Management and Leadership, 2004
  • Santa Clara University, BS Mechanical Engineering, 1997

Hon. Eric R. Fleming is a San Francisco Superior Court judge and was the chief trial attorney of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He also managed the homicide and gang units during his tenure with the District Attorney's office.

  • USF School of Law, JD, 1995
  • Tulane, BS in Engineering, 1989
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 604

Adjunct Professor John Gonzales is internationally recognized for his service work as an economist focusing on transition economies, emerging market economics, and monetary policy. With the aim of helping his students develop a more comprehensive understanding of the intricate and interdependent network of variables that affect our global economy, Gonzales teaches courses in capital market theory, corporate finance, investment and analysis, micro and macroeconomics, monetary economics, equity...

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1983
  • M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980
  • B.A., Economics, California State University, Fullerton, 1978

David Greene is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts and is one of the country’s leading advocates for and commentators on freedom of expression in the arts. David was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, and serves on the the steering committee of the Free Expression Network, the governing committee of the ABA Forum on Communications...

  • BS, Lehigh University
  • JD, Duke University

Adjunct Professor Jerome A. Hawkins is a trial lawyer and civil litigator at Hawkins Injury Law based in Solano County, California. His firm works with the seriously injured and those who have had their civil rights violated to help them successfully obtain justice for the harms they have endured.

Prior to law school, Jerome spent a number of years studying and working as a professional theater and film actor. During this phase of his life, he learned the power and importance of storytelling...

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2016
  • Loyola Marymount University, BBA in Finance, 2002

For nearly a decade, Scott served as a public defender in Brooklyn, representing thousands of people charged with crimes who couldn’t afford an attorney, but also long shared his perspective as a public defender outside of court in a variety of media to shift the narrative and drive systemic change. 

While practicing, Scott co-founded the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, which freed thousands of people caged pretrial solely because they couldn’t afford to buy their freedom. After years of...

  • NYU School of Law, JD
  • Duke University, BA

Justice Teri L. Jackson was first appointed to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, in November 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed her appointment in January 2020. In August 2021, Justice Jackson was elevated to Presiding Justice of the First Appellate District, Division Five.

Before joining the First Appellate District, Justice Jackson served as a Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. She is the first...

  • JD, Georgetown University
  • BA, UC Santa Cruz
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Seth Jaffe is Adjunct Professor of Law at Berkeley Law and at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Through May of 2023, Seth Jaffe was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Levi Strauss & Co., leading the global legal department in its support of businesses operating in over 110 countries. He was responsible for all aspects of legal, ethics and compliance, global security and resilience, including enterprise risk management, and governance matters. Seth acted as counselor...

  • University of Michigan Law School, JD, 1980
  • Brown University, AB in History and Political Science, 1977
  • Governance
  • Corporate law
  • Intellectual property

Asia Johnson is a writer, storyteller, and filmmaker who has worked with several organizations in the criminal justice reform space, including The Bail Project, cut50, Shakespeare in Prison, Prison Creative Arts Program, Hamtramck Free School, and the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative. Asia is a 2019 Right of Return Fellow, 2019 Room Project Fellow, 2021 Brennan Center for Justice Fellow, and an Art for Justice grantee.

Asia studied Criminal Justice and Film and is the Manager of Storytelling...

  • University of Michigan - Dearborn, Film & Criminal Justice

Melissa R. Karlsten is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, and has been practicing in the area of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law since 2002. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Karlsten as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. She has also trained as a mediator.

Ms. Karlsten is a native of the Bay Area. She attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. After high school, she earned a B.A. in...

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2002
  • Santa Clara University, BA in English, 1997

Professor Kinyon is the director of the Office of Academic & Bar Success at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he teaches Legal Analysis, Advanced Legal Writing: The Bar Exam, Property, and Community Property.

  • University of San Francisco, JD, 2011
  • University of San Francisco School of Education, MA, 2004
  • UC Berkeley, BA, 2000
  • California bar exam
  • Labor and employment law
  • Law school exam writing
  • Public interest lawyering

Judge Victoria Kolakowski became the first openly transgender trial court judge of general jurisdiction when she was elected in Alameda County, California in 2010. She is passionate about ensuring access to justice and is the California Council of Churches' appointee to the California Access to Justice Commission. She is a former president of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges (2015-2017), and she has spoken widely internationally on LGBT issues, especially transgender legal issues.

  • Pacific School of Religion, M.Div., 1997
  • University of New Orleans, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1990
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1989
  • Louisiana State University, M.P.A., 1989
  • Tulane...

Carol M. Langford is a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in giving advice on legal ethics and discipline to attorneys, judges, law firms, and corporations, and in representing lawyers and law students before the California State Bar in disciplinary and admissions matters. She serves as a national expert witness in the ethics area. She was formerly a partner in the Walnut Creek office of the international law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, where she was ethics advisor...

  • BA, San Diego State University
  • JD, University of San Francisco
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Stephen Lanza is the Principal at Tri-Valley Advising LLC, focused on developing and driving strategies and organizational leadership for start-up and mid-size companies. He is also a Group Leader for Vistage International Peer Advisory Group for CEOs and Business Leaders, and has been a lecturer for the last twenty years on Business Strategy for MBA programs.

Stephen has over 20 years at the VP+ level, including: Functional Global Leadership experience for teams in operations, finance, sales...

  • MBA, Golden Gate University
  • BS, Business Cal Poly SLO
  • Certified Management Accountant (IMA)
  • Certified Leadership Development and Succession Strategist (HCI)
  • Certified Change Management (ProSci...
  • Business strategy
  • Business operations and planning
  • Finance

Elinor Leary is the team leader of the Leary Trial Team at The Veen Firm. She and her team represent plaintiffs in civil cases--people who have been seriously injured due to unsafe worksite conditions, defective products, dangerous property conditions, negligent security, and vehicle collisions. Elinor has tried many cases to verdict. Several of her other cases have been listed in The Recorder's "Top Settlements" publications.

Since 2011, Elinor has been listed continuously on various Super...

  • BA, American University
  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law,

Ellen V. Leonida is the forensic staff attorney for the Northern District of California Federal Public Defender’s Office. She received her BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her JD from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Leonida worked for the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office for nine years before going into private practice in San Francisco. She has been an assistant federal public defender in the Northern District of California since 2010. 


  • JD, UC Berkeley
  • BA, UC Santa Cruz

Adjunct Professor Frank R. Lindh is the retired general counsel of the California Public Utilities Commission and currently a solo practitioner. Mr. Lindh has been a practicing lawyer in the field of energy law for 33 years, initially in Washington, D.C., and since 1991 in San Francisco. Lindh is former president of the Western Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, and is a past member of the Energy Bar Association's national board of directors. He also has been a member of the board of...

  • JD, Georgetown University
  • MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Pennsylvania State University

Zachary T. McCoy is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of G. Franchesca Callejo. His areas of practice include Conservatorships, Guardianships, Probate and Trust administration, and Estate Planning. Zach is also a member of the Court Appointments Panel in San Francisco County, Marin County, and Alameda County, where he provides representation to those who are subject to a conservatorship and need an attorney but cannot afford, or ask for one. Zach is also currently a tutor for the...

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2020
  • UC Santa Cruz, BA in History, 2013
  • Conservatorship law
  • Guardianship law
  • Probate and trust administration

Candis Mitchell serves as Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California. She has worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District since 2012, and held the same role in the Southern District of California beginning in 2005. She represents indigent clients in all stages of federal criminal prosecution, from arraignment through petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a career public defender who has tried over 20 federal jury...

  • J.D., Tulane University (2005)
  • M.A., The George Washington University (2002)
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1998)

Stephen Murphy is the associate director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Oakland. The center provides wrap-around services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, elder abuse, and child abuse.

Prior to his work with the Family Justice Center, Stephen was the founder and managing partner of Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth and Chatterjee, LLP. Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee is a community-based boutique law firm offering high quality legal representation in...

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • BA, UC Berkeley
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Erin O'Donnell has been a private criminal defense attorney since graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2000. She started her career at Pier 5 Law Offices working with the notable J. Tony Serra. After honing her skills at Pier 5, she opened her own office and continued her work as a criminal defense warrior. She has almost two decades of criminal defense work in state and federal courts.

Erin works with Professor Lara Bazelon in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law...

  • California State University, Long Beach, BA
  • USF School of Law, JD
  • Criminal procedure
  • Criminal defense investigation
  • Plea negotiations
  • Motion work
  • Criminal trial practice

Matthew M. O’Toole is senior special counsel (regulatory counsel) for the national examination program in the San Francisco Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and has worked for the Commission for over 15 years. He received his BBA (1986 summa cum laude) in finance and economics from the University of Notre Dame, and his JD (1991) from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review. Prior to rejoining the SEC, he...

  • BBA, University of Notre Dame
  • JD, Northwestern University

Adjunct Professor Joseph A. Piasta II has had his own private practice, the Law Offices of Joseph A. Piasta II, since August 2014. He has been a trial lawyer since 1977, practicing in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (both active and reserve components, attaining the rank of Colonel), and several Santa Rosa civil litigation firms. He specializes in civil litigation and trial practice, and has been lead counsel in several lengthy trials exceeding 50 days in length. He has tried cases on...

  • LLM, George Washington University
  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, University of San Francisco

Lorenzo is the Legal Director, Head of Privacy, at DoorDash where he leads the company’s global privacy team. The team’s responsibilities include incorporating privacy into new business initiatives, developing controls that align with domestic and international privacy laws, and partnering with the company’s cybersecurity team.

He was previously Privacy Counsel Senior Manager reporting to the SVP of Worldwide Privacy (former FTC Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour) at Herbalife, where he...

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2014

Adjunct Professor Richard Roos-Collins is the principal in the Water and Power Law Group PC, based in Berkeley. Since 1991, he has represented conservation and fishing groups, public agencies, and property owners in cases to restore aquatic ecosystems in a manner that contributes to sustainability of our power supplies and economy. He emphasizes settlements and other collaborative solutions. He was a lead drafter and negotiator of the Klamath Agreements (February 2010), and he represents...

  • BA, Princeton University
  • JD, Harvard University
  • Water Resources Law and Policy

Professor Rosidi comes to USF School of Management with a broad and deep experience in analytics and information systems. His career has given him experience across consulting, startups, and large organizations, but has always focused on building and leveraging technology and analytics to drive strategic decision-making.

In classes, Professor Rosidi uses real-world examples and problems found in industry. He applies business and analytical theory and concepts to problems found in the industry...

  • B.S., Biosystems Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2011

Lois Schwartz is senior lecturer in law and a member of the full-time faculty at UC Hastings College of the Law. In addition to teaching, she completed a judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 2001-2002 and has served as a staff attorney and deputy public defender in Contra Costa County.

  • BA, University of Chicago
  • JD, UC Berkeley
  • MA, University of Chicago, Department of English Literature
  • MLS, University of Chicago, Graduate Library School
  • California Law and Practice Skills
  • Education Law

Koren Stevenson is an adjunct professor at USF Law. Her professional experiences have included work as a federal regulator, a New York City prosecutor, solo practitioner, and corporate counsel.

Ms. Stevenson received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown she served as President of the Black Law Students Association and received the Dean’s Certificate of Service for her commitment to the law center community. She lives in the East Bay with her family and is...

  • Georgetown University, JD, 2007
  • Florida A&M University, BS in Sociology, 2001

Steve Varholik is senior counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission where he works in the Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit. In addition to his work there, Steve has served as special counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets. Prior to joining the Commission, Steve practiced in law firms in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. In private practice, Steve represented clients in securities regulatory enforcement matters, securities arbitrations and mediations, antitrust...

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, 2008
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2002
  • UC Santa Barbara, BA in Business Economics, 1997

The Honorable Kandis A. Westmore was appointed as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 2012. She is assigned to the Oakland Division.

Judge Westmore served as a law clerk with the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office before beginning her legal career at an Oakland-based boutique law firm specializing in plaintiffs’ civil rights litigation.

Judge Westmore joined the Oakland City Attorney’s Office in 1999 as a Deputy City...

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 1997
  • UC Berkeley, BA, 1989
  • Trial practice
  • Evidence

Adjunct Professor Matt White is a partner of Monty White LLP, a civil litigation law firm in San Rafael, California. He lectures and writes extensively for lawyers and law students on mediation, trial practice, ethics, and settlement skills. For each of the past 12 years, he has been recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer.” As a panelist with Resolution Remedies, he is frequently appointed by the courts and by lawyers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to serve as a mediator...

  • BA, UC Santa Cruz
  • JD, UC Hastings
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Mediation

For the past 15 years, Jacque has worked with or mentored USF law students in the Criminal and Racial Justice Clinics. A senior trial lawyer at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, he serves as the growth and development training director, working with new attorneys, running the intern program, coordinating office training, and handling post-conviction cases.

As a trial attorney, Jacque helped reform California’s felony murder rule though the passage of SB 1437. SB 1437 significantly...

  • Golden Gate University School Of Law, JD, 2000
  • California State University Stanislaus, BA in Criminal Justice, 1997
  • Felony Murder
  • Covid 19 in Jails
  • Criminal Discovery Litigation

Professor Wylie comes to the School of Management with over ten years of business and finance experience. He’s worked for both Fortune 100 organizations and small startups helping to drive P&L efficiencies through data and business analytics. Currently, Professor Wylie works for Amazon Web Services as a Finance Manager.

Professor Wylie loves to incorporate his professional experience with course content and lectures combining both the theoretical and practical application of data and data...

  • University of San Francisco, MBA, 2016
  • Gonzaga University, BA in Economics, 2006

Calla Yee focuses her practice on global portfolio management, including domestic and foreign trademark clearance, global trademark prosecution, international and domestic trademark protection strategies, global portfolio audits, and comprehensive re-branding initiatives. In addition to her prosecution and global portfolio management practice, Ms. Yee handles global registry disputes and enforcement efforts. Ms. Yee works with clients of all sizes and in a broad range of businesses, including...

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2015
  • Colgate University, 2009
  • Intellectual property

Mark S. Zemelman is a respected general counsel and executive with extensive legal and operational expertise at the leading edge of healthcare transformation. A member of the leadership team at Kaiser Permanente (KP) for two decades, Mark has deep knowledge of healthcare systems and structures and evidence-based insights on how to improve the quality-cost equation. He is known for building high-performance teams, including one of the most effective and diverse corporate legal departments in the...

  • UC Law San Francisco, JD, 1983
  • UC Santa Cruz, BA
  • Administrative law
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Contract and commercial law
  • Health law and policy

Faculty Emeritus

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Linda Henderson, Ph.D. has been a leader in departmental and program development at USF in her roles as department chair and director in project management and organizational behavior. She continues her programmatic leadership for the undergraduate management major. Her work as a senior level consultant for clients including Visa International, Hewlett-Packard, Dell Computers, Blue Shield of California, and Genentech informs her teaching and research on...

  • PhD, Organizational Communication, Florida State University, FL
  • MS, Communications, Texas Christian University, TX
  • BS, Education, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

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

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.

  • BA, UC Berkeley
  • JD, UC Berkeley

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...

  • BA, Cornell University
  • MA, Cornell University
  • JD, University of Michigan
  • Access to Justice
  • Clinical Education
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Indigent Defense
  • Juvenile Law

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.

  • BA, UC Los Angeles
  • JD, UC Los Angeles
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Secured Transactions

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.

  • BA, UC Berkeley
  • JD, UC Berkeley
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Sentencing Law and Policy

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...

  • BA, Gonzaga University
  • JD, New York University
  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Remedies
  • Mediation

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)...

  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • JD, Harvard University
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • International Law
  • Secured Transactions

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 the...

  • AB, UC Berkeley
  • JD, Harvard University
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Death Penalty Law

Visiting Faculty

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George Bach is a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, teaching Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure. He is visiting from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before becoming a full-time faculty member, Bach practiced in civil rights, union-side labor law, and employment law. In 2005, he became the first staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, where he litigated a wide variety of civil rights cases in state and federal courts...

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, JD, 2002
  • Centre College of Kentucky, BA in Government and Dramatic Arts, 1992

Visiting Professor Judge Lynn Duryee teaches Evidence and Civil Procedure. She is a neutral at JAMS where she serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master. Judge Duryee served as a Superior Court judge in Marin County for 21 years (1993-2014), where she specialized in managing civil cases and conducting settlement conferences. She successfully implemented settlement programs and processes in the civil, criminal, and family law assignments. Outside of her duties at court, Judge Duryee has...

  • BA, UC Berkeley
  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • Ethics
  • Evidence
  • Mediation
  • Civil Procedure
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Andrew Lah is a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He brings years of experience as a supervising criminal civil rights prosecutor, a federal public defender, and as private counsel litigating complex civil and criminal cases into the classroom. 

An experienced trial attorney, he has been called on to train public defenders, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and civil litigators on investigations and trial practice, including at multinational forums...

  • UCLA School of Law, JD 
  • Cornell University, BS
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Policing
  • Evidence

Mohammad Amin Mamnoon joined the USF Law community as a Visiting Scholar in December 2022. He previously served as a Senior Legal Specialist in the Administrative Office of the President of Afghanistan, working on policies related to private investment in the country. Prior to that, Mamnoon worked in the Afghanistan Ministry of Finance, where he developed the rules of procedure for public-private partnerships. An expert in juvenile justice and international human rights law, Mamnoon worked for...

  • Kabul University, LLB
  • Ohio Northern University, LLM
  • Juvenile Justice
  • International Human Rights Law

Michele Benedetto Neitz is a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the Founding Director of the Blockchain Law for Social Good Center, the first of its kind in the United States. She teaches Blockchain and the Law, Business Associations, Legal Ethics, and other classes. Prior to joining USF Law, Professor Neitz was voted “Most Outstanding Professor” by the graduating class of GGU Law six times, most recently in 2022.

Professor Neitz was appointed to advise...

  • New York University School of Law, JD (Honors: Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar)
  • Santa Clara University, BA (Honors: Valedictorian Finalist)
  • Blockchain/Web 3 Law and Regulation
  • Ethics in Technology
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Implicit Bias
  • Judicial Ethics

Dr. T. Anansi Wilson is an award-winning scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, a racial-justice strategist, and an author of creative nonfiction. Their legal research is situated in legal philosophy, critical theory, political economy, and constitutional law. Their writing and scholarship primarily focuses on the history of Black thought, art, and imagination crafted in response to, and resistance against, the social, political, and legal realities of domination in the West. They seek...

  • University of Texas - Austin PhD in African and African Diaspora Studies 2021
  • Howard University School of Law, JD in Law 2017
  • Tufts University, BA in American Studies 2013
  • Slavery and the law
  • AntiBlackness and law
  • Law and humanities
  • LGBTQ studies
  • Civil rights