September 22, 2015 12:00pm-2:00pm

Whittier Law School Professors David Welkowitz, Peter Reich, Tom Kelch, Stewart Chang and Manoj Mate.

Food and beverages will be served.

Location: Room 1

Info/Contact: Rosalie Robles (714.444.4141 ext. 269) and Lynn Christensen (714.444.4141 ext. 261)



Andrew GildenSeptember 10, 2015 12:00pm-2:00pm

Title: Raw Materials and the Creative Process
Speaker: Andrew Gilden, Stanford
Stanford University, Thomas C. Grey Fellow
Food and beverages will be served.

Location: Room 1

Info/Contact: Faculty Support Services: Rosalie Robles ( and Lynn Christensen (



Whittier Law School to Host Assessment Conference for ABA Accredited Law Schools

Whittier-Law-School-Assessment-Conference-2015Saturday, November 14, 2015

Assessment in law schools is relatively new, and very little information currently exists on how law schools should conduct assessment. What do the terms mean? How do you set up an assessment program? How do you conduct assessment in the classroom? How do you create a culture of assessment at an institution and among the faculty? The purpose of this conference is to provide guidance on all of these questions and to offer a manageable approach to create a sustainable and successful assessment program.

Keynote Speaker

Barry Currier
Managing Director, Accreditation and Legal Education
ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Speakers and Panelists

Andrea A. Curcio
Professor of Law and Co-Director Externship Program
Georgia State University College of Law

Judith Daar
Professor of Law
Whittier Law School

Susan Duncan
Dean and Professor of Law
University of Louisville
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Barbara Glesner Fines
Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Academics
Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law
University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law

Andrea Susnir Funk
Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment
Professor of Lawyering Skills
Whittier Law School

Cassandra L. Hill
Associate Dean and Director of Legal Writing
Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Maryann Jones
Dean Emerita, Western State College of Law
Educational Consultant

Susan Keller
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Western State College of Law

Patricia Leary
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law
Whittier Law School

Kelley M. Mauerman
Assistant Director of Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment
Professor of Lawyering Skills
Whittier Law School

Michael Hunter Schwartz
Dean and Professor of Law
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law

Sandra Simpson
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing
Gonzaga University School of Law

David Thomson
Professor of Practice and John C. Dwan Chair in Online Learning
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Victoria VanZandt
Professor of Lawyering Skills
Coordinator of the Legal Profession Program
University of Dayton School of Law

Judith Wegner
Burton Craige Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law

Whittier Law School to Host Assessment Conference for ABA Accredited Law Schools

The Environmental Law Movement in China

China air pollutionNovember 18, 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm

Activists/Documentarians/Scholars will speak on the topic of the environmental law movement in China.

Gary Marcuse is the producer of the documentary Waking the Green Tiger, which follows the campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Yangtzhe River.

Shi Lihong is an activist/journalist who was also involved in Waking the Green Tiger, as well as other environmental documentaries.

Liu Jianqiang is the Beijing editor of Beijing Dialogue, a website devoted to environmental issues in China.

Location: Room 1

Info/Contact: Professor Jennifer Mertus, 714-444-4141 ext. 243

Image Sourcing: Global Panorama by CC BY-SA 2.0

The Environmental Law Movement in China

Student Social for Incoming Students

July 26, 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm

Welcome incoming students!

The current students would like to get to know you, and they’re throwing a casual, last-minute get-together hosted by the Student Bar Association. You can get acquainted with current students and faculty and ask any questions you may have. Light refreshments will Student Socialbe served. We look forward to seeing you!

Location: The Quad

Info/Contact: RSVP to Eljay Higley,

Student Social for Incoming Students

Professor Rosenblatt Appears at Comic Con

Fandom Poster Comic Con

July 9, 2015 5:00pm-6:00pm

Our own Professor Betsy Rosenblatt will be appearing on a panel at San Diego Comic-Con!

Fandom is My Fandom, or We All Live in a Coffeeshop AU

“Fandom” isn’t just one thing these days, and it never was. But now that fans – and their creativity, content and consumption – are something for media companies to understand, PR people to focus on, social media to thrive on and news organizations to report about – what happens to the “traditional” fan community and the fanboys and fangirls that create their culture and content? Are follow-on works like fanart, vids and fanfic to be mocked, tracked, supported, enjoyed within an organic community, or considered a stepping-stone to a creative career? What if the answer is “sometimes one, sometimes all, and sometimes something more!”?

We’ll look from deep inside popular fandoms, the media companies that work with them and the sites that host them with:

  • Betsy Rosenblatt, Legal Committee Chair, Organization for Transformative Works and Whittier Law School Professor/Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law
  • Amanda Brennan, Community & Content Associate Tumblarian, tumblr
  • Flourish Klink,Chaotic Good, Inc., Transmedia Producer for East Los High
  • Meredith Levine, Fanthropologist, ZEFR
  • Aron Levitz, Head of Business Development, Wattpad
  • Elizabeth Minkel, Writer, New Statesman/The Millions
  • Jules Wilkinson, Founder, SuperWiki

Panel moderated by Heidi Tandy, Founder/Essayist, FYeahCopyright

Location: San Diego Comic-Con, Room 14A

Info/Contact: Betsy Rosenblatt,

Professor Rosenblatt Appears at Comic Con



August 10-14, 2015

Schedule details coming soon.

Orientation Resources

Reading Assignments

Please read this assignment PRIOR to Orientation: Garratt v. Dailey

Reading Assignments to be completed PRIOR to your first day of class:

  • Civil Procedure and Torts, Professor Pathak
    Please read the document attached here (Chapters 1 & 2 of Joseph W. Glannon, Andrew M. Perlman, and Peter Raven-Hansen, Civil Procedure: A Coursebook). We will begin to discuss this material in our Torts class on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and we will continue our discussion in Civil Procedure the next day. You should also bring with you the copy of Garratt v. Dailey that you read for Orientation.
  • Contracts, Professor Cohen:
    Read pp. 35-38 of the casebook [Farnsworth, et al, Contracts: Cases and Materials, 8th ed.]. The first part of the course is spent on a well-known case, the decision in Hamer v. Sidway.
  • Contracts, Professor Chang:
    Week 1, Session 1 (8/18): pp. 2-47 – White v. Benkowski, Sullivan v. O’Connor
    Summers and Hillman, Contract and Related Obligation: Theory, Doctrine, and Practice (6th ed.).
  • The Legal Mind, Professors Kelton, Leary, Pritikin and Rosenblatt
    In preparation for our first class, please write briefly (1-5) sentences about what you hope this course will accomplish for you, personally. Please bring this with you to our first class on August 21, 2014.
  • Torts, Professor Patton
    Assignment 1: Read Epstein, pp. 3-21 [top]
    Assignment 2: Read Epstein, pp. 21-44.
  • Torts, Professor Forman
    Assignment 1: Please read the following pages from the text, Dobbs, Hayden & Bublick,Torts and Compensation: Concise Edition (7th ed.): 3-11; 19-26.
    Assignment 2: Please brief Van Camp v. McAfoos (p.8).
  • Torts, Professor Leary
    When we meet for our Class Simulation on Tuesday during Orientation, I will give you the assignment for our first class.
  • Torts, Professor Pathak
    Please see “Civil Procedure and Torts” above.

Health Insurance

All incoming students are eligible to enroll in a new health insurance plan within 60 days of a “qualifying life event.” Qualifying life events are generally defined as:

  • Loss of coverage (due to job loss, job change, losing coverage from your parent’s health plan etc.; not due to nonpayment)
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Permanent move to a new coverage area
  • Birth or adoption of a child

As a reminder, the Financial Aid Office allocates a portion of your student loan cost-of-living expenses for the cost of health insurance. It is in your financial interest to shop around for a plan that meets your health needs and fits your financial budget.

We encourage you to research health insurance options. The following websites can help you start your research:

Tuition Refund Insurance

It is important that you review and understand Whittier Law School’s Withdrawals Policy. We understand that in the event of a medical withdrawal, the non-refunded portion of tuition can be a financial hardship to many students. Therefore, we are pleased to make Tuition Refund Insurance available to help protect your education investment. Tuition Refund Insurance is an optional program that refunds your tuition, fees, and room/board charges, up to the policy limits, if you are unable to complete the semester due to a medical reason such as illness, accident, or mental health issue. This program complements and enhances our school’s refund policy and we believe students will benefit from this added protection.

For more information please go to