Thomas H. Armstrong

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., California State University, Fresno

Bankruptcy

Thomas H. Armstrong is a sole practitioner, practicing primarily in the area of bankruptcy law. Mr. Armstrong has represented institutional creditors, small and large businesses, Debtors and Creditors, Trustees and Creditors Committees in bankruptcy proceedings. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard T. Ford, United States Bankruptcy Judge Retired, from 1989 through 1994. He has spoken at various seminars on multiple issues arising under the Bankruptcy Code in continuing education courses offered by numerous entities including, Central California Bankruptcy Association, SJCL, the California Bankruptcy Forum and the National Business Institute. He has been a contributing editor to Norton's On Bankruptcy Law. He also was an adjunct professor at SJCL instructing in the area of bankruptcy law in the school's former paralegal program.

Mr. Armstrong is a member of the State Bar of California, the Fresno County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the Eastern, Northern, and Southern District Courts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Armstrong has argued numerous cases before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a past president ofthe Central California Bankruptcy Association and the California Bankruptcy Forum.


Lawrence M. Artenian

J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law
B.A., Harvard University

Contracts I
Contracts II

Professor Artenian returned to private practice in 2010 after 19 years as a member of the full-time faculty at SJCL. He has taught Contracts, Remedies, Real Estate Secured Transactions and a variety of other courses. His current work with the Fresno firm of Wagner & Jones emphasizes employment and class action litigation. Previously, Professor Artenian practiced in civil litigation with the San Francisco firm of Dooley, Anderson, Berg, Pardini, Johnson & Ziegler and in business transactions with McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth in Fresno. He also served a six month internship at the United States Department of Labor in Boston, Massachusetts, adjudicating compensation claims and preparing studies concerning industrial cases of hearing loss, asbestosis and mesothelioma among civilian employees at military shipyards and aircraft facilities.


Arthur G. Baggett, Jr.

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
M.S., Antioch College
B.S., University of Cincinnati

Water Law

Professor Baggett has been the attorney member of the California State Water Resources Control Board since 1999. The Board is charged with protecting, preserving and restoring all California waters while providing for the equitable use of the state’s surface waters. Prior to his appointment by Governor Davis, he practiced law in Mariposa, California. He served two terms as a county supervisor, and as adjunct faculty for the University of California’s Sierra Institute, the Yosemite Institute, and California State University, Fresno.


Barry J. Bennett

J.D., New York University Law School
A.B., University of Rochester

Private Labor Law
Public Labor Law

Professor Bennett is a partner in the law firm of Bennett & Sharpe. In 1975-76 he was Regional Director of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in Fresno. Prior to entering private practice, he was staff attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (1974-75), a member of the New York Office of Labor Relations (1973-74), and staff member and attorney for the International Garment Worker’s Union (1968-73). Professor Bennett has been a contributing editor for A Dictionary of Arbitration (1970) and California Administrative Mandamus for Continuing Education of the California State Bar.


Alyson A. Berg

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law
B.S., University of San Francisco

Advanced Research & Writing

Ms. Berg has almost twenty years of litigation experience, including trying several jury and bench trials to verdict. She has also filed numerous appeals, and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Berg actively managed a variety of civil cases from before joining the United States Attorneys Office in March 2009. Since that time she has continued to manage a variety of civil cases, both in defense of the United States as well as pursuing civil rights claims on behalf of the United States. Ms. Berg has also tried several civil cases, and two criminal cases to verdict while with the United States Attorneys Office. She previously served as the president of the Fresno County Bar Association, and the president of the Federal Bar Association.


Honorable Stanley A. Boone

J.D., McGeorge School of Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Federal Courts and the Federal System
Moot Court

Judge Boone was appointed in December 2012 to the Eastern District of California as a United States Magistrate Judge. Prior to his appointment, Professor Boone was the Chief of the White Collar Crime Unit in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Fresno. From 2009-2010, he served as the White Collar Crime Coordinator for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C and from 1996 to 2009 he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Criminal Division in Fresno. In 1995-96 he served as law clerk to the Hon. Peter A Nowinski, U.S. Magistrate Judge. At McGeorge, Professor Boone served on the Moot Court Honors Board as well as being Valedictorian of his class.


Stephanie Hamilton Borchers

J.D., University of California, Davis
B.A., University of California, Davis

Moot Court

Ms. Borchers is a shareholder with Dowling Aaron, Incorporated and chairs Dowling’s Writs and Appeals department. Ms. Borchers has 20 years of experience litigating cases in the state and federal courts, both as a trial attorney and appellate advocate. Prior to joining Dowling she practiced for more than 5 years as a senior research attorney to the Presiding Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, and subsequently served as an Assistant United States Attorney. While in law school Ms. Borchers was a member of the Law Review, a Contributing Editor to the Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy, a moot court national semi-finalist and worked as a teaching assistant in the areas of torts, civil procedure and legal research and writing. She previously served on the board of the Fresno County Bar Association and as president of the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the appellate practice area.


Shawna Braun

J.D., McGeorge School of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis

Moot Court

Shawna Braun is currently the Supervising Attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Prior to her current position she held the position of Senior Research Attorney and has worked for several Justices during her eight year tenure with the court. Professor Braun was also a Fresno County Deputy District Attorney for eight years. As a prosecutor she handled all aspects of the prosecution of major felony cases.


David M. Camenson

J.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
M.B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Basic Individual Income Taxation
Law Practice Management
Secured Transactions

Professor Camenson is a solo practitioner, emphasizing retirement plans, tax-free exchanges, employee benefits, and general business practices.


Daniel E. Casas

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.S., California State University, Fresno

Tribal Sovereign Immunity

Daniel E. Casas is the Chief Legal Counsel to Table Mountain Rancheria’s Tribal Government, Table Mountain Casino and Table Mountain Rancheria Tribal Gaming Commission. Mr. Casas has developed a level of expertise in the area of Federal Indian Law and Tribal Sovereign Immunity in his ten plus years at Table Mountain Rancheria. His opinions and advice are frequently sought by members of our state and federal legislators who desire an unbiased assessment of the current state and trends in the field Federal Indian Law. Mr. Casas also frequently participates in panel discussions with local and state officials in topics that affect or pertains to the development and implementation of successful Government-to-Government communication and programs.


Phillip H. Cherney

J.D., Lincoln Law School, San Jose
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Evidence I
Evidence II

Professor Cherney has four decades of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts in civil and criminal litigation. Over the past twenty-eight years he has focused his practice on criminal defense representation; he has tried twenty murder cases, including six capital cases, and has been appointed by the California Supreme Court as lead counsel in six death penalty appeals and habeas corpus proceedings. Professor Cherney has acted as a consultant to public defender agencies and private counsel, testified as an expert witness on professional standards and practices for defense counsel in death penalty trials, and he has published scholarly articles on selected topics in the criminal law.


Lisa B. Coffman

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
A.B., Harvard/Radcliffe College

Legal Process
Species Protection Policy and Law

Professor Coffman specializes in environmental and water supply issues. She has experience in the non-profit public policy arena and has served as a law clerk to three federal district court judges: Lawrence J. O'Neill and Oliver W. Wanger in Fresno; and James Robertson in Washington DC. Prior to pursuing her legal education, Professor Coffman spent several years working for the United States Attorney¹s Office for the Southern District of New York within the Securities Fraud Task Force.


Honorable Jonathan B. Conklin

J.D., McGeorge School of Law
B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Moot Court
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure

Professor Conklin was appointed to the Fresno County Superior Court in October of 2005. Prior thereto, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Fresno. From 1985 – 1990, he served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.


Hon. Mark E. Cullers

J.D., George Washington University Law School
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Criminal Trial Practice

Mark is the former Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno, where he supervised 22 federal prosecutors and oversaw office operations. He has tried over 30 federal criminal jury trials to verdict. He is an Adjunct Professor at San Joaquin College of Law, teaching a class every Spring semester on Criminal Trial Practice. He is also a member of the Law School Faculty Committee.

In November, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mark to the Fresno County Superior Court. Mark assumed his role as a Judge in Superior Court in January, 2016, and is currently assigned to Department 1, hearing misdemeanor cases.


Niki Cunningham

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
B.S., California State University, Fresno

Pre-Trial Civil Litigation

Ms. Cunningham joined the Litigation Practice Group at McCormick Barstow LLP in 2011. She is an experienced attorney whose practice focuses on defending clients in business litigation, employment litigation, probate litigation and general torts. Before joining the firm, Ms. Cunningham clerked for Judge Ernest J. LiCalsi at the Madera County Superior Court. Ms. Cunningham is a board member of the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.


Daniel A. Danziger

J.D., Loyola Law School
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

Legal Methods I 
Legal Methods II

Professor Danziger has his own practice (DanzigerLaw) providing representation for all phases of litigation including the areas of product liability, personal injury, patent and intellectual property. As a Mechanical Engineer and consultant, he has provided research and development services, as well as information technology support, to private industry and government. He has lectured in the areas of legal ethics and application of technology in legal practice. He is a judge in the annual American Association of Justice Student Advocacy Competition. Professor Danziger currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.


Matthew R. Dardenne

J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
M.P.A, California State University, Dominguez Hills
B.S., United States Air Force Academy

Business Organizations I
Business Organizations II

Professor Dardenne is an attorney in the Fresno office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. and practices in the areas of employment, labor law, and commercial litigation. Professor Dardenne also advises corporations on international legal issues. Before practicing in Fresno, Professor Dardenne practiced law in Denver, Colorado representing large commercial entities. He also taught classes in international law at the University Of Denver Sturm College of Law, and was an assistant coach for Denver's award winning Jessup International Moot Court competition team.


Matthew Farmer

J.D., Univiersity of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
B.A., California State University, Sacramento

Administrative Law
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning I
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning II

Professor Farmer is an attorney with Littler Mendelson. His practice consists solely of representation of employers in various civil and agency matters, including suits for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination.


David J. Guy

J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
B.S., San Diego State University

Water Law

Professor Guy is the President of the Northern California Water Association, where he represents numerous water districts and local governments in the Sacramento Valley. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer for the Yosemite Association, a non-profit association dedicated to connecting people to Yosemite National Park. He has represented public, private and nonprofit clients on all aspect of natural resources law and policy, including water, land use, and real property, including serving Of Counsel to Somach, Simmons and Dunn, a natural resources law firm with offices in Sacramento and Fresno, and the California Farm Bureau Federation. He has advised the last three Governors on California water policy and he has been appointed to serve on numerous commissions and boards. He has written two dozen articles on water and natural resources law and policy in various law reviews and other professional journals.


Jason P. Hamm

J.D., University of Southern California
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Employment Law

Professor Hamm is the General Counsel of Valley Yellow Pages. Prior to this he was an associate with Lang, Richert & Patch (2000-2005) where he specialized in employment and business litigation. He was a staff member of the Southern California Law Review.


Rachel Hill

J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Criminal Law
Juvenile Justice

Professor Hill began her practice in civil litigation at the McCormick Barstow firm from 1990-1994. Since 1994 her practice has mainly been criminal. In 2000 she became certified with the State Bar of California as a Criminal Law Specialist. She was a prosecutor for over 10 years, a representative for law enforcement officers and agencies, and a criminal defense attorney in both state and federal government practice. Professor Hill previously taught courses in Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics at Fresno City College.


Ray Horng

J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.A., Yale University

Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II

Ray Horng has served as a law clerk to the Honorables Anthony W. Ishii and Oliver W. Wanger, United States District Judges for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division.


Paul Kerkorian

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Advanced Research & Writing
California Energy Law & Practice

Paul Kerkorian has practiced law since 1990, with the last 18 years devoted exclusively to matters related to electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste utility rates, charges, service, and policy. Paul has practiced extensively before the California Public Utilities Commission in ratesetting, rulemaking, and complaint proceedings. He also has expertise in matters relating to local agency water, wastewater and solid waste utility rates, charges, and service, as well as local agency fees, assessments, and taxes generally.


Kathi Kesselman

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., City University of New York

Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning I
Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning II

Professor Kesselman has maintained a solo practice, emphasizing family law, wills, and probate since 1980. She was a partner in the firm of Lusk and Kesselman and also worked for Bennett and Ostroff. Professor Kesselman has taught in the Department of Education at California State University, Fresno.


Stefanie J. Krause

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., California State University, Fresno

Advanced Research & Writing
Legal Process

Professor Krause-Cota is a solo practitioner focusing on estate planning, probate, and conservatorships. She previously worked at the Law Office of Sarah A. Schmidt, where she focused on insurance defense and animal law. She is Co-Founder and Treasurer of the Central Valley Coalition for Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation.


Andrew S. Kucera

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
M.B.A., California State University, Fresno
B.A., San Diego State University

Practice 99
Real Property I
Real Property II
Real Property Drafting
Remedies I
Remedies II

Professor Kucera is a partner at Palmer Kucera LLP in Clovis, CA, where he practices civil litigation, real estate/business law, and estate planning. He is also a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney and a member of Elder Counsel, a national association of elder law attorneys. Mr. Kucera also presents to bar associations around the country on the topic of “paperless” law offices.

In 2005, Mr. Kucera obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. At CSUF, he published a thesis entitled “Effects of Mediators and Cases on Mandatory Settlement Conferences.” In 2004, Mr. Kucera co-founded Valley Vista Properties, a real estate sales and property management company in Clovis, CA, where he remains a Shareholder and Director. He has been a licensed California Real Estate Broker since 2001 and obtained the GRI designation in 2009. In 1997, Mr. Kucera obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, with Distinction in Economics, and a minor in Real Estate, from San Diego State University.


Michael R. Linden

J.D., John F. Kennedy University School of Law
B.A., California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Land Use
Public Entity Liability

Professor Linden is a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Merced, where he advises the Planning, Community and Economic Development, and Public Works departments. From 2010-2015, Professor Linden was employed at Fresno County Counsel, where he was assigned to the Litigation and General Law units. From 2002-2010, Professor Linden was an attorney at Weakley, Arendt & McGuire in Fresno, where he represented numerous public entities and employees in civil litigation. From 2001-2002, Professor Linden was an attorney at Roger, Scott & Helmer in Redwood City, where he represented land developers and contractors in construction defect litigation.


Jared C. Marshall

J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis

Moot Court

Professor Marshall is a shareholder at Dowling Aaron Incorporated. He is an experienced litigator whose practice primarily involves trust and estate litigation and intellectual property matters. Before joining Dowling Aaron, Professor Marshall clerked for the Honorable Lawrence J. O’Neill in the United States District Court for the Eastern District. He is a board member of the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association and a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. In addition to teaching at San Joaquin College of Law, Professor Marshall is also an instructor of Legal Research and Writing in the paralegal program at Fresno City College.


Mark Masters

M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II

Mark Masters is the reference librarian at the Fresno County Public Law Library. Before becoming a librarian, he practiced as a civil litigator in Ventura County for five years. His areas of practice were first party insurance policy issues, common development law, education law, and neighbor disputes.


Steven McQuillan

J.D., University of Santa Clara
B.A., California State University, Chico

Civil Trial Practice

Professor McQuillan has been a member of the California State Bar since 1982. He has been a partner with Jacobsen, Hansen, Najarian and McQuillan since 1999 and before then had been a partner with Parichan, Renberg, Crossman and Harvey for 14 years. He has extensive civil jury trial experience and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is currently on the Board of the San Joaquin Chapter of ABOTA. His practice emphasizes general insurance defense, insurance coverage, trade secrets/unfair competition and ERISA (life, health and disability) litigation. He is also teaching mock trial at California State University, Fresno which he has been doing now for the last 7 years.


Devon McTeer

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.S., California State University, Fresno

Pre-Trial Civil Litigation

Devon McTeer began her legal practice with McCormick Barstow in 2003. She has tried cases at both the state court and federal court levels. Ms. McTeer has extensive experience in the defense of complex business litigation matters, particularly contractual disputes, partnership disputes and disputes based upon negligent and/or fraudulent misrepresentations. She has represented large business entities and family owned businesses in these types of matters. Ms. McTeer also has experience defending hospitals and medical groups in contractual disputes. She has been retained on multiple occasions to assist employers in obtaining restraining orders, when necessary, to protect their employees against workplace harassment and violence.


Rebecca Medina

J.D., McGeorge School of Law
B.A., Fresno State

Community Property

Rebecca Medina is a sole practitioner focusing on family law litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including family law mediation services. Ms. Medina attended undergraduate school at California State University, Fresno and majored in Philosophy Pre-Law with a minor in Criminology. Ms. Medina attended law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Since becoming an attorney, Ms. Medina has been involved in pro bono community service and has been listed as Super Lawyers Rising Star two years in a row.


Mark D. Miller

J.D., Santa Clara University
B.S., Louisiana State University

Copyright/Trademark Law
Patent Law

Professor Miller is the owner of Sierra IP Law, PC which specializes in patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and related matters. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and the Patent, Trademark & Copyright section of the and State Bar of California.


David Mugridge

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
M.A., University of Santa Clara
B.A., University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico

Advanced Research & Writing

Attorney Mugridge is a solo practitioner certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist with a pending certification in “Appellate Law.” Mr. Mugridge has been listed as a 'Northern California Super Lawyer' by Thomson Reuters for 2010 and 2011. He worked for 2 years as a personal research attorney for the Presiding Justice of the California State Fifth District Court of Appeal, Honorable George A. Brown. He is a contributing author to a book titled “Practical Real Estate Law, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions. He has been on the panel of Fresno County Attorneys who are qualified to accept special circumstance cases when a conflict arises in the Public Defender’s Office since 1996. His practice has included criminal writs and appeals in various State Appellate Courts, Federal District Court and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.


James Mugridge

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., University of California, San Diego

Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II

James Mugridge serves as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Anthony Ishii, Senior District Judge in the Eastern District of California. Prior to and during his legal education he spent several years working in a criminal defense office where he wrote motions, writs, and appeals. In law school, he was a member of SJCL’s 2013 Traynor Moot Court team which took the Roger J. Traynor Trophy for best oral advocacy.


John M. O'Connor

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law
M.A., University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communications
B.A., Pomona College

Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Evidence I
Evidence II

Mr. O'Connor has been the Research Attorney for the Madera Superior Court for the last seven years. Prior to that he was in private practice in Los Angeles, California, where his practice involved civil litigation (covering real estate, commercial lease, intellectual property, and employment disputes, among other areas) in state and federal courts.


Paul M. Parvanian

J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Secured Transactions

Paul Parvanian is a partner at Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, practicing primarily in the litigation department and handling a wide variety of business, construction, and real property matters. Mr. Parvanian also assists clients in real property transactions and business transactions. In addition, Mr. Parvanian works with numerous lender and business clients in the area of consumer defense litigation. During law school, Mr. Parvanian served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Oliver W. Wanger, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California. In 2006, following law school, he joined the firm Dowling Aaron Incorporated (formerly Dowling, Aaron & Keeler) where he practiced in transactions, public agency law, and litigation.

Mr. Parvanian is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association and the Primerus Society of Law Firms’ Young Lawyers Executive Committee. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and has spoken on real property title issues and consumer defense matters. From 2014-2016, Mr. Parvanian also served as an adjunct instructor teaching civil litigation in the Fresno City College Paralegal program.


Conlin Reis

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.S., University of California, Davis

Legal Methods I 
Legal Methods II

Conlin Reis has worked in public health mosquito and vector control for the last ten years as a biologist and manager. He plays an active role in legislative advocacy for both the state and national mosquito control associations. During law school, he published a comment for the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review in 2012, served as Notes and Comments Editor for the 2012-13 academic year, and as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the 2013-14 academic year.


Christina A. Roberson

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Legal Process

Christina Roberson is an associate with Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, practicing criminal defense. She graduated from San Joaquin College of Law with high honors. During law school, Professor Roberson published a comment for the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review in 2011, and served as Managing Editor for the Law Review during the 2011-2012 academic year. Professor Roberson was also a member of the 2012 Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition that placed third overall. She is active in the Fresno County Women Lawyers, and will serve as the organization's President during the 2015 term.


Dan Rogers

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.S., San Diego State University

Interactive Media

Professor Rogers practices interactive entertainment, transactional, and intellectual property law, primarily within the video game and social media industries. His writing, research, and lectures have helped many understand the dynamics of the video game and interactive media industries. Prior, Professor Rogers served as a senior partner with Interactive Studio Management, general manager with Sierra On-Line (now Vivendi Universal), and director of entertainment software for IBM.


Peter Rooney

J.D., John F. Kennedy University
M.L.I.S., San Jose State University

Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II

Professor Rooney is the Library Director for the Fresno County Public Law Library. Before becoming a librarian, he practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco Bay Area for several years. His practice area included public entity defence, insurance defence, business entity formation, and intellectual property.


Babak “Bobby” Shakoory

S.J.D., Candidate, Emory University School of Law
LL.M., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
LL.B., School of Law in Tehran

Real Property Development & Finance
Business Organizations I
Business Organizations II

Bobby Shakoory is currently an In-house Counsel for the Granville family of companies, including Granville Homes, where his practice involves real estate investment, development, and finance. The youngest in his class, he received his first law degree at the age of 20. Prior to coming to the U.S., he spent two years in Italy studying International Law and Legal Practice and completed his LL.M. with Highest Honors. Mr. Shakoory has also developed an expertise in international business law with a focus on commercial transactions and alternative dispute resolution (particularly arbitration.) He is a member of the State Bar of California and is in the process of qualifying as a Solicitor in the United Kingdom. He enjoys practicing archery in his spare time.


Honorable Michael Sheltzer

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
B.A., Tulane University

Advanced Criminal Law

Professor Sheltzer is a Judge of the Tulare County Superior Court. Prior to his appointment to the Bench in 2013, he worked as a public defender for nearly 29 years both in San Francisco and Tulare counties. He was appointed Chief Public Defender for Tulare County in 2002, managing an office of 45 attorneys. He has tried countless criminal cases including many murder and capital murder cases. Professor Sheltzer has taught at the annual California Public Defenders Association Trial Skills Institute and has taught a variety of law related courses at the undergraduate level. Prior to attending law school he was a probation officer in New Orleans.


Leah Tuisavalalo

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.A, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

New American Legal Clinic

Leah Tuisavalalo is a Partner at Pasifika Immigration Law Group, LLP and has been practicing primarily immigration law since 2009. She specializes in all areas of immigration and nationality law, including deportation and removal defense, asylum, citizenship and naturalization, family-based immigration, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, consular processing, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals. She also practices criminal, probate and family law as they relate to immigration matters.

Ms. Tuisavalalo is a Member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves on the Norther California AILA Advisory Board as the co-liaison to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Fresno, California.


Anastasya Uskov

J.D., McGeorge School of Law
B.F.A., University of the Pacific

Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II

Anastasya Uskov is an Appellate Attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeal. She is a graduate of University of the Pacific, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is an avid world traveler, has spent time in Japan, worked on cultural preservation in rural China, and has taken classes from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan in Salzburg, Austria. She graduated Order of the Coif from McGeorge School of Law in 2014.


George J. Vasquez

J.D., San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., Pepperdine University

Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II

Professor Vasquez is a public agency attorney who primarily represents municipalities. He works for the law firm Lozano Smith LLP and serves as a deputy city attorney for the cities of Clovis and Sanger. Professor Vasquez advises law enforcement on a variety of matters including code enforcement and issues arising under the Public Records Act.


Kaycie Wall

J.D., Stanford University Law School
B.S., Texas A & M University

Professional Responsibility

Ms. Wall is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie LLP. For over ten years, Ms. Wall has represented commercial litigants in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States. She has extensive experience in federal and state courts and expertise in diverse areas of the law, including securities and corporate governance, partnership disputes, unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and breach of contract claims. In addition to her complex commercial litigation practice, Ms. Wall has wide-ranging experience in electronic discovery. Ms. Wall is also active in pro bono litigation, and has been listed as a "Northern California Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine for the last three years.