San Francisco Law School is proud of its accomplished faculty comprised primarily of practicing attorneys and judges. Our professors are dedicated to teaching and scholarship that bring the law to life in the classroom through application to real-world situations. Faculty is readily available to students outside of the classroom to provide academic support and guidance, and to serve the legal profession and their communities.

Duke Amaniampong
B.S., Bentley College, 1981, MBA in Computer Information Systems, 1998, J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1995. Mr. Amaniampong specializes in intellectual property and technology licensing matters.
Courses: International Business Law, Contracts, Contracts Writing, Torts

Marvin Appelbaum
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 the 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. Adjunct Faculty, Empire College of Law 1997. Faculty of San Francisco Law School since 1996.
Courses: Real Property/Remedies

Michael Aczon
University of San Francisco, J.D. Solo Practitioner since 1983, Specializing in Entertainment Law; Past Member of Hara Grammys Entertainment Law Initiative Advertising Committee; Published Author and Columnist; Taught at JFK Law School, Diablo Valley College, SF State University
Course: Entertainment Law

Louise J. Belle
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
Course: Torts

Jack F. Bonanno
B.S., University of San Francisco, 1960, highest ranking graduate J.D., University of San Francisco, 1963; Honor Society, Moot Court Judges’ Board. Admitted to practice before the California State and Federal Courts, 1964. LLm. 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 in Wills & Trusts. Faculty of San Francisco Law School since 1967.
Course: Wills & Trusts

Hon. Carol Brown
B.A., University of Southern California, 1968. J.D., University of Southern California, 1984. Admitted to practice before the California and Federal Courts, 1985. Currently an administrative law judge with the California Public Utilities Commission.
Course: Remedies

Geoffrey Brown
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1966; J.D, San Francisco Law School. Professor Brown was admitted to the California Bar in 1971.  That same year, entered the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and in 1978 was elected the Public Defender of San Francisco an office he held for five terms.  In 2001 he was appointed as Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission.  He served as Dean of the John F. Kennedy University, School of law for several years.
Courses: Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence

George Butterworth
UC Hastings, JD; Member Hasting Law Journal, Associate Research Editor, Hastings Law Journal, Associate Attorney 2010-Present, Law Offices of Lynn Searle, 1976-2010, Office of the San Francisco District Attorney:  Criminal Prosecutions; 1974-1976, Research Assistant and Editor, Matthew-Bender Publishing; Taught at the following Schools:  Hastings College of Law, University of San Francisco, San Francisco Law School, Lecturer for California District Attorneys Association.
Course: Trial Practice

Malea Chavez
B.S. Arizona State University, 1999, Arizona Regent Scholar, Arizona State University Honors Thesis: “Silent Victims, Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships”, J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2003, Admitted to California Bar in 2006.  Publications include “Queer Families, Queer Politics” (editor), “Ties That Heal: Guatemalan Women’s Networks and Medical Treatment”, “Remedies for Weight-Based Discrimination”.
Courses: Intro to Superior Court; MBE Skills; Elimination of Bias

Thomas Andrew Davis
B.A., Santa Clara University, 2002, J.D. Loyola New Orleans College of Law, 2007, admitted to practice in California 2008.  Certified in Civil Law and International Law.
Course: Applied Legal Reasoning

Harry M. Dorfman
B.A., Harvard University, cum laude, 1979. J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 1984; San Francisco 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.
Course: Criminal Law

Janet Frankel
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1986. J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1992. Admitted to practice in the State of California, 1992.
Course: Community Property

Abe Gupta
B.S., Stanford University, 2003. J.D., University of San Francisco, 2006. Mr. Gupta is a member of the California Bar.
Course: Legal Writing

Michael Habeeb
J.D. San Francisco Law School, B.A. Journalism, San Francisco State University, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Michael E. Habeeb, Law Offices of Gerald L. McVey and Law Offices of McVey & Mullery, 1/86-3/98; Instructor:  Canada College 8/09-Present; Communications Manager/Marketing Project, College of San Mateo, 11/01-8/09; Community Education Director, San Mateo Community College; Community Education Instructor, Sequoia Adult School.
Course: Immigration Law

Richard B. Hechler
B.A., Boston University, 1976. J.D., Golden Gate University, School of Law, 1981. Admitted to the State Bar of California 1982. Mr. Hechler has practiced for the District Attorney’s Office, City and County of San Francisco for twelve years. He presently heads the Elder Abuse Unit and is a member of the Financial Abuse Specialist Team, the Elder Abuse Investigative Team and the Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention
Course: Elder Law

Paul Lufkin
Paul Lufkin has been an attorney on the staff of the Supreme Court of California (in San Francisco) since 1994.  Mr. Lufkin also teaches Constitutional Law and Immigration Law at the John F. Kennedy University School of Law, in Pleasant Hill, California.  Previously, Mr. Lufkin taught Immigration Law at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.  Prior to entering public service, Mr. Lufkin was for six years an associate in the law offices of Morrison & Foerster (San Francisco), where he specialized in securities litigation.  During that period, he served for two years in Tokyo, Japan, as a legal advisor to the Mori Sogo Law Offices (Otemachi District).  Mr. Lufkin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbra (B.A., 1976), Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley (Harvard Exchange 1988 – 89), and was admitted to the California Bar in 1989.  Mr. Lufkin’s publications include California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute As Tools for Protecting The Rights of Freedom of Speech and Petition: An Evolving Process (John F. Kennedy University Law Review 2007, with J. Partridge), Deconstructing Davis v. United States: Intention and Meaning in Ambiguous Requests For Counsel (Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 2005, with D. Kaiser), and Sisterhood is Global: The Emerging Use of International Human Rights Law (New College of California Law Review 2003)
Course: Constitutional Law

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

Leslie S. Patrick
B.A., Cornell, 1955. J.D., Harvard, 1958. Admitted to practice in California, 1960. Deputy Corporations Counsel, Division of Corporations, State of California to 1962. Private practice since 1962, Professional Law Corporation in San Francisco since 1978. Former instructor, Continuing Education of the Bar. San Francisco Law School Associate Dean since 1983. Faculty of San Francisco Law School since 1962.
Course: Contracts

Christopher Reggie
J.D, The Harvard University; B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Fluent in Spanish; 2003-Present Founder The Reggie Law Firm; 1999-2002, Wild Brain, Inc., Vice President of Business Affairs and General counsel; Unc. Productions, Principal.
Courses: Corporations, Contract Drafting, E-Discovery

Laura Rosenthal
J.D., University of Denver College of Law; B.A. University of Denver; 2013-Present Laura C. Rosenthal, Attorney at Law; 2012-Present, Contract Legal Services, 2008-Present, Assistant Legal Department Head, Empire College School of Business.
Courses: E-Discovery, Law & Motion, Law Practice Management.

Roy Scheingart
B.S., California State University, Hayward, 1974.  J.D., San Francisco Law School, 1979. Currently a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Professor Scheingart has served in the Career Criminal Division prosecuting recidivist criminals, and was responsible for all felony sentencing and prison certifications for the County of Alameda. Faculty of San Francisco Law School since 1995.
Course: Trial Practice

Lois Schwartz
J.D., School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of Chicago, Graduate Library School, M.A. with honors, University of Chicago, Department of English Literature; B.A., University of Chicago; Academic Employment:  Hastings college of Law, Full Time Faculty Member and Senior Lecturer in Law; Boalt Hall; Santa Clara University School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law; San Francisco Law School, Mills College JFK School of Law; Research Attorney’ Office, Contra Costa County, Alternate Defenders Office, Girard & Vinson, of Counsel.
Course: Civil Procedure

Sondra Solovay
BA, Brown University, 1992., with Honors, J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1996. Best Brief, 1994. Admitted to California Bar in 2001.  Ms. Solvay is also a member the Bar of the Sixth Circuit, the Author’s Guild, and a former member of the Advisory Board, Emergency Care Project, World Institute on Disabilities in 2001 and 2003. She has received five Achievement/Recognition Awards from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, as well as Certificates of Appreciation from WomanCare Plus Research Project and Emergency Care Research Project, World Institute on Disabilities in 2001. She is the Director of the Fat Legal Advocacy, Rights and Education Project (FLARE!). Her writings and publications include: The Fat Studies Reader, 2009, with E. Rothblum; “Remedies for Weight-Based Discrimination.” In Weight Bias: Nature, Consequences, and Remedies, Ed. Brownell, Puhl, and Schwartz, 2005; “Fat Chance.” Harvard Business Review. 2005, “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t.” in Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology.  Ed. Donna Jarrell and Ira Sukrungruang. 2005. Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based Discrimination, 2000 as well as numerous interviews, workshops and other presentations.
Course: Torts

Basil George Dezes, JD
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.
Courses: Contract, Evidence

Michael Egenthal, JD
BA. University of Maryland, 2001; JD University of California, San Diego, 2008. Law Offices of Michael Egenthal. Ink Forms Rivers, Inc, Founder, law tutoring company; University of California, San Diego, instructor in Contracts and Business Law.
Courses: Academic Support, Legal Writing

Isabel Eustaquio, JD
BA Northwestern University, 1987, JD ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1994; San Diego County Public Law Library, Reference Librarian; West Group, San Diego, Account Representative; University of San Diego Law School, Instructor.
Course: Legal Writing

Pamela Kleinkauf, JD
BA. San Diego State University, MA International Relations, University of San Diego, JD National University 1992. Law Offices of Pamela Kleinkauf, specializing in Business, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy; University of California, San Diego, adjunct paralegal professor in Bankruptcy, Business and Civil Law; San Diego State University, Professor, paralegal courses in Business Law, Corporations and Real Estate litigation; Palomar College, professor, Paralegal and Political Science courses, served on Paralegal Program Advisory Board.
Course: Civil Procedure

Gary LaFleur, JD
BA University of Minnesota, 1973; JD William Mitchell College of Law, 1979. Law Office of Gary LaFleur; Federal Bar Association, past president; FAB Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, present member, standing committee on discipline; US District Court, current; University of San Diego School of Law, former adjunct professor; Kaplan College, instructor Criminal Justice Program – Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Ethics, Criminology, Composition.
Course: Constitutional Law

Alex Landon, JD
JD from University of San Diego School of Law; BA California State University, Northridge. Certified legal 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.
Course: Criminal Law

Debra Morse, JD
BS Nursing, University of Southern Maine,1976; MA Human Behavior, National University 1992; JD University of San Diego, 1996. Law Offices of Debra Morse; San Diego County Public Law Library, reference librarian; Professional and Paralegal Programs, guest lecturer; Nursefinders, director of nursing/administrator of San Diego branches; Kimberly Quality Care, director of nursing; La Jolla Surgery Center, director of surgical services. Assisted San Diego US Attorney General in pursing Medicare Fraud (US v Rutgard).
Course: Legal Research

D. Patrick O’Laughlin, JD
BS University of Maine, 1987; JD Hamline University School of Law, 1996. Law Office of Kimball, Tirey and St, John, partner (1997-present); University of San Diego, adjunct professor, Civil Litigation, Introduction to Business Entities, Contracts, Real Property, Corporations, Creditor’s Remedies, Bankruptcy; Cayamaca College, adjunct professor, Legal Aspects of Real Estate; Judge Pro Temp, San Diego Superior Court, Small Claims, 2003-present.
Course: Real Property

Scott Pearce, JD
BA Pacific University, 1980; Oxford Institute of International & Comparative Law, 1982; JD University of Southern California, 1984. Law Offices of Scott Pearce, 1984-present, Civil Litigation, Business, Criminal and Entertainment Law; Catherine College of Business, Bar Exam review lecturer; University of West Los Angeles and University of San Diego, former adjunct professor, Legal Research & Writing Litigation; National University, former adjunct professor/online course design consultant, Paralegal Studies; Kaplan University School of Legal Studies, adjunct professor, 2008-present.
Course: Torts

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