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San Francisco Law School - San Diego Law School is proud of its adjunct faculty which is comprised primarily of practicing attorneys and judges. Our professors are dedicated to teaching and scholarship and bring the law alive in the classroom with its application to real-world situations. They are readily available to students outside of the classroom to provide academic support and guidance and serve the legal profession and their communities.

Duke Amaniampong
Course: Academic Support , Bar Strategies, Contracts

B.S., Bentley College, 1981, MBA in Computer Information Systems, 1998, J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1995. Founder of Duke & Associates, Mr. Amaniampong specializes in intellectual property and technology licensing matters.

Elaine Andersson
Course: Elimination of Bias
J.D. University of California, School of Law Berkeley.  Bricta Media, LLC. CEO & Publisher of The Commercial Real Estate Diversity Report San Francisco.  Former:, Boston Properties, VP, Regional Counsel ,2000-2009; Golden Gate University, School of Law, Associate Dean, Law Professor, 1988-1997.

Marvin Appelbaum
Course: Real Property

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1970, with Honors, J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law, 1988, Magna Cum Laude. Admitted to practice before California State and Federal Courts, 1988. Student Extern with California Supreme Court, Justice Mosk, 1988. Worked as independent researcher and writer serving Bay Area attorneys, 1990-present.

 Louise J. Belle
Course: Torts
B. S. California State University, Sacramento; M.B.A. California State University Sacramento; J.D., Hastings College of Law, Trial Court Research Attorney, Private Practice, Adjunct Professor Empire College School of Law, GGU, JFK University, California State University, Hayward, Lincoln Law School, San Jose

Hon. Carol Brown
Course: Remedies
B.A., University of Southern California, 1968. J.D., University of Southern California, 1984. Admitted to practice before the California and Federal Courts, 1985.  Administrative Judge with the California Public Utilities Commission (on leave to serve as Chief of Staff for the President of the CPUC)

Jack F. Bonanno - Chair in Wills & Trusts
Course: Wills & Trusts

B.S., University of San Francisco, 1960, top graduate. J.D., University of San Francisco, 1963: Honor Society, Moot Court Judges' Board, Admitted to practice before California State and Federal Courts, 1964. LL.M. Georgetown University, 1964: Judge Advocate General's Corps. U.S. Army, 1964-1967. Professor, University of San Francisco Law School, 1967-1973. Private Practice, 1973 to present. Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of Law, 1973-present. Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1989-present. Mr. Bonanno holds the John Jay Ferdon Chair of Wills & Trusts.

Malea Chavez
Course: Introduction to Superior Court; MBE; Access Clinical Fieldwork
J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 2003; B.S., Arizona State University, 1999.   Alameda Superior Court, Access Center, Director, Attorney

Jerry P. Coleman
Course: Identity Theft
J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, 1977; A.B., Stanford University. Assistant District Attorney and Director of Training, San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

T. Andrew Davies
Courses: Moot Court; Advanced Legal Reasoning
J.D. Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, LA., Common Law Division, Civil Law Certificate; International Law Certificate. B.S. Santa Clara College, Santa Clara, CA. Mr. Davies is an Associate Attorney for the Law Firm of Carter M. Zinn in San Francisco, a firm practicing civil litigation.  Mr. Davies received third-place overall to advance to the Semi-Finals of the Federal Bar Moot Court Competition.  He has also tutored the Emerson’s Tutorial Bar Review since 2008.

Hon. Harry M. Dorfman
Course: Criminal Law

J.D. Hastings College of the Law, 1984.B.A. Harvard University, Cum Laude, 1979. San Francisco. Appointed Judge by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012, Superior Court of California, San Francisco, Civil Division ; Superior Court of California, San Francisco, Criminal Division ; District Attorney's Office, Sexual Assault Trial Unit.; California State Assembly, Chief Counsel, Committee on Public Safety. San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Head Attorney, Misdemeanor Trial Unit; Assistant Head Attorney, Special Prosecutions; Head Attorney, Career Criminal Unit, and General Felony Litigation Prosecutor.

George Dezes
Course: Contract, Evidence (SD)
J.D. Pepperdine School of Law;  BA University of Maryland.  Attorney practice areas: complex business litigation, including insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and class-action litigation.

Steve Feller
Course: Legal Research; Legal Writing; Moot Court
J.D., John F. Kennedy University, School of Law, 1996; MLIS, San Jose State University; B.A., University of California, Berkeley. Currently, Branch Librarian, Contra Costa County Law Library and Alameda County Law Library. Formerly, Law Library Director & Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, School of Law 2005-2010; Reference Librarian, Golden Gate University, School of Law 2002-2005.

Michael J. Fox
Course: Professional Responsibility

A.B., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1973, with Honors. J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1977. Admitted to practice before California State and Federal Courts, 1978. Law Clerk to the Honorable William T. Sweigert, U.S. District Court, San Francisco, 1977-1979. Disciplinary prosecutor with Office of Trial Counsel, State Bar of California, 1981-1983. Practiced law with Long & Levit, 1983-1988, Morrison & Foerster, 1988-1992 and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, 1992-1993; Judge Pro Tem, Marin County Superior Court, 1987; Probation Monitor Referee, State Bar of California, 1993-1994; lecturer, Sack-Erickson Bar Review, 1989-1990; Adjunct Faculty, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1993-1994.

Janet Frankel
Course: Community Property
J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1992; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles. Founder of the Law Offices of Janet L. Frankel, she is a certified as a Family Law Specialist, and serves as a Judge pro tem for the law and motion departments of the San Francisco Superior Court Unified Family Court, and the Small Claims department. 1997, 1998 recipient State Bar Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 recipient State Bar Board of Legal Specialization Certificate of Appreciation for participation as guest on "Call a Lawyer" segment of Chuck Finney's "Your Legal Rights" radio program.

Richard B. Hechler
Course: Elder Law
J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1981; B.A., Boston University. Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Head Elder Abuse Unit; Financial Abuse Specialist Team, the Elder Abuse Investigative Team. Adjunct Professor Golden Gate University School of Law, 2002-2003; University of San Francisco School of Law, 2003; member Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention.

Alex Landon.
Course: Criminal Law (SD)
JD from University of San Diego School of Law; BA California State University, Northridge. Certified egal specialist in Criminal Law. Former executive director of the Defenders Program of San Diego, the chair of the Commission of Legal Services to the Indigent Accused (State Bar).  Prof Landon has taught Corrections and Sentencing at the University Of San Diego School Of Law.

Paul Lufkin
Course: Constitutional Law

J.D. 1989 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.    Mr. Lufkin is presently a staff attorney at the Supreme Court of California (in San Francisco).  He has taught Constitutional Law and Immigration Law at various law schools in the Bay Area.

Geraldine McGrath
Course: Advanced Legal Writing
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1972. J.D., San Francisco Law School, 1983. Admitted to practice in California, 1982.

Christopher Reggie
Course: Corporations

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D. The Harvard University School of Law.  Served as an Adjunct Professor at GGU, Monterey College of Law.  Attorney with over 15 years of experience advising business entities on a wide range of matters.  Specializes in corporate formations and closures; drafting, negotiating and administering commercial agreements involving the Internet, digital media, software development, and domestic and international transactions, intellectual property licensing and compliance, trademark, copyright and intellectual property.

Roy Scheingart
Course: Trial Practice

B.S., California State University, Hayward, 1974. J.D., San Francisco Law School, 1979. Mr. Sheingart is currently a prosecutor for the highly regarded Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Mr. Scheingart has served in the prestigious Career Criminal Division prosecuting recidivist criminals and was responsible for all felony sentencing and prison certifications for the County of Alameda.

Lois Schwartz
Course: Civil Procedure
B.A. University of Chicago; M.A. University of Chicago; J.D., School of Law Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley.  Faculty Member:  Hastings College of Law; Boalt Hall School of Law; Santa Clara University School of Law; Golden Gate University of Law.  Other academic experience includes University of San Francisco School of Law, California State Bar Accredited Law Schools in the Bay Area, Mills College, JFK University.  Practice of Law; Research Attorney, Contra Costa Superior Court, Public Defender Special Assignment, Girard & Vinson.  Author of Numerous Articles and Publications.

San Diego Law School

Basil George Dezes
Professor, and Associate Dean, George Dezes received his JD from Pepperdine School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. Prof Dezes teaches Contracts, Evidence, Trial Practice, and Pre-Trial Litigation. As a legal practitioner, Prof. Dezes specialized in complex business litigation, including insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and class-action litigation.

Leslie Culver
Professor Culver teaches Legal Writing. She received her JD from Saint Louis University School of Law and her BS from Truman State University. She clerked for Chief Justice Mary Hoff. Prof Culver is a former litigator in the areas of medical malpractice, real estate law, product liability and business.

Maurice Dyson
Professor Dyson teaches Torts. He received his JD from Columbia University School of Law and received his undergraduate AB at Columbia as well. Prof Dyson practiced law specializing in mergers and acquisitions; He is a member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court and has served as national Association of American Law Schools, Section on Education Law. His latest book, Our Promise, analyzes educational policy.

Alex Landon
Professor Landon teaches Criminal Law. Prof. Landon received his JD from University of San Diego School of Law and his undergraduate degree was from California State University, Northridge. Prof Landon is a certified legal specialist in Criminal Law and is a prominent criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He is a former executive director of the Defenders Program of San Diego, the chair of the Commission of Legal Services to the Indigent Accused (State Bar). Prof Landon has taught Corrections and Sentencing at the University Of San Diego School Of Law.