Pacific Coast University School of Law

A law school for working adults. We offer a quality legal education that meets the real life needs of our students, including limited class sizes and evening courses.

Since 1927

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Adjunct Professor Nana Chin

Adjunct Professor Harriet Hawkins earned her B.A. degree from Stanford, her Juris Doctor Degree is from University of California, Hastings.

 

Hawkins has over 25 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, She is currently with the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender's Office. She teaches Criminal Law.

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Faculty Members

Adjunct Professor Robert Bir

Adjunct Professor Robert Bir earned his B.A. Degree from the University of Dayton. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Western State University-College of Law.

 

Bir was a sole practitioner for 12 years before joining State Compensation Insurance Fund as Staff Counsel. Bir taught at several local law schools before joining the faculty at PCU. Bir has been teaching Torts at PCU for over 10 years.

Adjunct Professor Steve Carlson earned his B.A. Degree from California State University, Long Beach. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Western State University College of Law.

 

Professor Carlson is a partner with the Law Offices of Carlson and Johnson. Carlson currently teaches Professional Writing.

Dean of Students/Registrar

Maren Carmona

Dean of Students / Registrar, Maren Carmona earned her B.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach. Her Juris Doctor Degree with Distinction is from Pacific Coast University, School of Law. She has practiced Workers Compensation Law and Criminal Law.

Adjunct Professor Nana Chin earned her B.A. Degree in English and Psychology from Augustana College in Illinois. Her J.D. is from the University of Iowa, College of Law.

 

Currently she is an attorney with the Department of Social Services in Monterey Park, California. Professor Chin teaches Civil Procedure.

Adjunct Professor Rondee Eagle

Professor Rondee Eagle earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Pacific Coast University, School of Law. Eagle was a certified court reporter for 17 years owning her own court reporting firm.

 

Upon becoming a member of the Bar in 2000, she has exclusively practiced as a criminal defense lawyer. Professor Eagle teaches Contracts.

Adjunct Professor Johan A. El-Farra

Adjunct Professor Johan EI-Farra earned his B.A. Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Southwestern University School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude. He has worked for the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office for over ten years.

 

EI-Farra is a skilled trial attorney. Having tried over 70 felony and misdemeanor cases, he currently handles capital cases exclusively. He teaches Trial Techniques and Evidence.

Adjunct Professor Peter Lee

Adjunct Professor Peter Lee earned his B.S. Degree from California State University, Long Beach. His Juris Doctor degree is from Pacific Coast University, School of Law where he was Valedictorian of his class. He has been an attorney for over 15 years.

 

Professor Lee serves as the Faculty Liason with the SBA. He teaches Substantive Review, Remedies, and the IRAC Workshop to lL students.

Adjunct Professor Barbara McDaniel

Adjunct Professor, The Honorable Barbara McDaniel earned her B.S. Degree in Political Science from City University of New York. Her Juris Doctor Degree is from Western State-College of Law. She became a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner in 2015.

 

She teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

Adjunct Professor Richard Rosas

Adjunct Professor Richard Rosas earned his B. A. Degree from the University of California, Irvine. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Western State University College of Law. Rosas was a Specialist with the State Compensation Insurance Fund for 14 years before leaving to enter private practice.

 

He continues to practice in the area of Workers Compensation Law, now working for The Hartford. He teaches Contracts and Constitutional Law.

Adjunct Professor Ron W. Saxman

Adjunct Professor Ron W. Saxman earned his B.A. Degree from California State University, Northridge where he later taught Economics as a graduate student. His Juris Doctor Degree is from the University of West Los Angeles. Professor Saxman has been practicing Family Law exclusively for over 30 years, 25 of which he has been a Family Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

 

He has lectured for the State Bar of California on Family Law and is a member of the Association of Family Law Specialists. He has served as a Family Law Mediator and as Judge Pro Tempore for the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Saxman teaches Community Property.

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Staff:

Dean: Andrea L. Lua

Dean of Academics: Sherry Diamond

Dean of Students/Registrar: Maren Carmona

Associate Dean of Students: Amy Barr

Executive Director: Sonia Gomez

Administrative Assistants: Savannah Tutaj and Andrea Gutierrez

Accounting Dept.: Teresa Berry

Registrar office: registrar@pculaw.org

Dean Andrea Leigh Lua earned her B.A. Degree in History and Social Sciences from the University of Southern California where she was awarded many honors. Her Juris Doctor Degree is from PCU where she was Valedictorian in 1992.

 

Ms. Lua has been a Trial Attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office for over 23 years.

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Adjunct Professor Steve Carlson

Adjunct Professor Kristine Castro-Twomey

Adjunct Professor Kristine Castro-Twomey earned her B.S. Degree and her J.D. from Western State University College of Law. She earned an undergraduate International Certificate in Criminal Justice/Social ScieAces from the University of Coperhagen, Denmark and a Graduate Studies Certificate from Trinity Law School, Cambridge University, London.

 

She was admitted to both the California State and Federal Bar Associations and practiced as a human rights lawyer in Washington, D.C. Twomey is a former deputy public defender for the County of Los Angeles and currently teaches Wills and Trusts.

Adjunct Professor Nima Farhadi

Adjunct Professor Nima Farhadi earned his B.A. with honors from the University of California-Berkeley in Political Science. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Hofstra University School of Law. Farhadi is currently a trial attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender Office.

 

As a Deputy Public Defender, he has earned the 2012 Public Defender Association Gessler Awards Misdemeanor Trial Attorney of the Year and provided MCLE lectures. He teaches Constitutional Law.

Adjunct Professor Gemma George

Adjunct Professor Gemma George earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from State University of New York. George has her Master of Arts in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from California State University Dominguez Hills, and her Doctorate in Philosophy, Organization and Management from Capella University.

 

Professor George has an extensive background in teaching and mediation, serving as the Chair of the State Bar of California ADR Committee for 2012-2013. She currently teaches Alternate Dispute Resolution.

Adjunct Professor Harriet Hawkins

Adjunct Professor Judge James Horan

Adjunct Professor, Judge James Horan earned his B.S. Degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Georgetown University Law Center. As an attorney, Judge Horan worked for the California Employment Development Department, the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, and the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender's Office.

 

He was appointed to the State of California Los Angeles Superior Court in 2010. Judge Horan teaches Evidence.

Adjunct Professor Alan Riffel

Adjunct Professor Alan Riffel earned his B.S. Degree From the University of Southern California. His Juris Doctor Degree is from Southwestern University School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude.

 

At Southwestern, Riffel earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Business Associations, the Exceptional Achievement Award in Antitrust Law, and Law Review.

 

He has worked as an attorney and lectured in both the United States and Argentina. Riffel is a partner with Rose, Klein and Marias practicing Workers Compensation Law. He teaches Business Associations.

Adjunct Professor Carolyn J. Olson

Adjunct Professor Carolyn J. Olson earned her Bachelor of Science Degree In "Realth Science (BSRS) from Chapman University.

 

She earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with honors from The College of William and Mary. Her Juris Doctor (JD) degree is from Pacific Coast University, School of Law where she was the Eugene Levitan Memorial Scholarship recipient; SBA President and SDK Law Fraternity  Chancellor. Prior to receiving her law degree, she had a proven and highly successful track record managing large-scale specialized services and construction contracting programs worth over $600 million for the U.S.Customs Service.

 

She led a negotiation team that successfully reduced a series of contractor claims and disputes from $20 million down to $1.3 million for the U. S. Customs Service. She is currently in private practice specializing in Special Education Law, Social Security Law, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning. Professor Olson currently teaches Property Law.

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Adjunct Professor Nana Chin

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Amy Barr

Associate Dean of Students, Amy Barr earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University Long Beach. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Pacific Coast University, School of Law. She currently teaches an MBE review course at P.C.U.

Sherry Diamond

Dean of Academic Standards Sherry Diamond earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills, her M.A. in Drama Therapy from California State University, Los

Angeles, and her Juris Doctor with Distinction from Pacific Coast University School of Law.

 

Dean Diamond has worked as a nonprofit executive/administrator for over 25 years, and was both a graduate school professor and a credentialed therapists and before joining PCU . Having chaired both

national and international associations in her discipline, she is considered expert in her field in the areas of ethics in clinical practice, and cross-cultural competence. She consults in the nonprofit sector in the areas of executive leadership, diversity training, and organizational change management. She is published, and presents often on the topics diversity and cross-cultural awareness, as well as nonprofit board development and service. Dean Diamond practices nonprofit law.

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Adjunct Professor Juan Carlos Pallares

Adjunct Professor Juan Carlos Pallares earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern California. He operated his own income tax preparation business before attending Pacific Coast University; School of Law where he earned his J.D He specializes in Immigration, Criminal Law and Taxation. He teaches Criminal Procedure.

Adjunct Professor Jason Harper

Adjunct Professor Jason Harper is the founder of Harper Conflict Resolution, LLC. Utilizing a collabora-tive approach, Professor Harper mediates an assortment of disputes including Education, Employment, Landlord/Tenant, and Homeowner/HOA. His passion, however, is teaching peer mediation and conflict resolution to students and faculty at the middle school and high school levels as well as assisting in the creation and coordination of peer mediation programs. In addition to mediation, he is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) consultant, professor, and trainer.

 

Most notably, Professor Harper is the ADR Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, providing mediation and conflict resolution services to 12 school districts and 22 charter schools. He has also provided mediation and conflict resolution trainings for the Western Justice Center and the International Visitors Council, training adults from over twenty different countries.

 

Professor Harper is the President of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the SCMA Education Foundation. He received his Masters degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills and his mediation training from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Adjunct Professor Michael Lindley

Earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University and his Masters in Education from. Temple University. He earned his J.D. with Distinction from Pacific Coast University, School of Law. He taught at California State University, Long Beach for ten years. He is a general practioner based in Long Beach. Professor Lindley teaches Wills & Trust.

 

Adjunct Professor, The Honorable Barbara McDaniel earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from City University of New York. Her Juris Doctor Degree is from Western State College of Law. She became a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner in 2015. She teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

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Adjunct Professor Dr. Robert Kasamatsu

Earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from University of California at Los Angeles. He graduated with distinction from Pacific Coast University, School of Law. He earned a Masters Degree in Education as well as a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University. He currently practices podiatry and law, specializing in Serious Injuries and Medical Mal¬practice. He teaches Pleadings and Practice.

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Adjunct Professor Paul Nguyen

Adjunct Professor Paul Nguyen earned his Juris Doctor with Distinction from Pacific Coast University, School of Law and was Valedictorian of his graduating class. He is a private Criminal Defense Attorney practicing in Los Angeles and Orange County. He currently teaches the Multi-State Bar Examination Boot Camp Program and consults for all of the lab courses.