Telephone: (714) 628-2500



ABA Approved Since 1998


Founded in 1861, Chapman University is one of the oldest, most prestigious private universities in California. Chapman University traces its roots to Hesperian College, opened at the very hour of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th U.S. president. Chapman University announced the establishment of a new law school in September 1994 and in 1999, a permanent new law school building was completed. Chapman University School of Law was granted full approval by the ABA in August 2002 and The Association of American Law Schools granted membership in January 2006.


The principal building, rising four stories and providing 133,000 square feet of floor space, offers an efficient and pleasant learning environment for students. Classrooms and seminar rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology for enhanced teaching and learning, and are capable of accommodating future changes in electronic, visual and on-site learning. Walk through Chapman University School of Law’s Kennedy Hall and you are likely to hear a 9 buzz 9. This is the sound of a dynamic learning environment, where people are passionately engaged in their work. The law school building is alive with students and faculty debate, collaborative research, cutting edge symposia, and a sense of mutual purpose: to prepare the next generation of legal practitioners and scholars to become ethical and successful attorneys. The law school has two courtrooms, one designed for trials and the other for appellate hearings, provide fully equipped facilities for trial advocacy exercises, mock trial and moot court competitions, and formal hearings by visiting courts.


The beautiful Rinker Law Library features electronic data retrieval and research facilities and provides comfortable, quiet study areas and computer labs. The library is designed to meet the needs of legal education in the twenty-first century. It features over 40,000 square feet of space, seating for 300 with computer access at each seat, contains 295,000 volumes and volume equivalents. The third floor of the library houses one electronic classroom and a computer lab offering students convenient access to research and word processing programs. The library is open over 100 hours per week.


The law school student body numbers approximately 550 with a recent entering class of 170 for the fall 2009 term. The School of Law has a faculty of sixty, four of whom are former clerks to U.S. Supreme Court justices. Students attending Chapman University School of Law have a wide variety of academic options beyond the core required courses, including a range of electives, multiple advanced degrees, joint degree programs, externships, emphasis programs, study abroad opportunities and academic support.


Admission to Chapman University School of Law is based on many factors and gained by committee approval. The applicant’s entire file is considered in the review process. The LSAT and GPA are important factors in the admission process. We also consider additional indicators of potential to succeed in law school such as: nature & rigor of undergrad discipline, upward trend in academic performance, types of courses completed, writing ability, employment record, graduate level courses taken & degrees earned, scholarly achievements, community & volunteer service, research projects, demonstrated leadership ability, fluency in foreign languages, and other maturing experiences.


Dean: John C. Eastman (714) 628-2587

Assistant to the Dean: Gloria L. Davis (714) 628-2526

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Timothy A. Canova (714) 628-2640

Associate Dean for Administration: Richard Redding (714) 628-2592

Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid: Tracy Simmons (714) 628-2594

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: Jayne Taylor Kacer (714) 628-2641

Director of the Law Library: Sheryl Summers Kramer (714) 628-2537

Acting Director of Career Services: Suzanna Adelizi (714) 628-2593

Director of Development: Patricia Economos (714) 628-2689

Director of Financial Aid: Kathleen Clark (714) 628-2510

Director of Academic Achievement: Rick Faulkner (714) 628-2663

Director of Communications & Marketing: David Finley (714) 628-2565

Registrar: Maryam Isles (714) 628-2513




JOHN C. EASTMAN, (Law Professor), born Lincoln, Nebraska, April 21, 1960; admitted to bar, 1997, California. Education: University of Dallas (B.A., 1982); Claremont Graduate School (Ph.D., 1993; M.A., 1989); University of Chicago (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Legal History. Email:jeastman @


DEEPA BADRINARAYANA, (Law Professor), Education: Vijaya Junior College (PUC degree, 1992); National Law School of India University; Pace Law School (LL.M and S.J.D., Environmental Law, 2001 and 2007). COURSES: International Environmental Law, International Trade Law, International Intellectual Property, Environmental Law, Corporate Social Responsibility, Wills and Trusts. Email:badrinar @


RITA BARNETT, (Law Professor), born 1966; admitted to bar, 1998, California. Education: Barnard College of Columbia University (B.A., English); University of Texas at Austin (J.D.). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing.


MICHAEL BAZYLER, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1978, California. Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1974); University of Southern California (J.D., 1978). COURSES:International Law, International Business Litigation, Holocaust & Law of Genocide. Email:bazyler @


TOM W. BELL, (Law Professor), born Greenwood, Missouri, March 3, 1964; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: University of Kansas/Université de Nice (B.A., 1987); University of Southern California (M.A., 1989); University of Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Contracts, Agency, Partnerships & Unincorporated Bus. Assoc., Copyright, Internet Law, Entertainment Law. Email: tbell @


DENIS BINDER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1971, California. Education: University of San Francisco (A.B., 1967; J.D., 1970); University of Michigan (S.J.D., 1973). COURSES: Torts, Toxic Torts, Environmental Law. Email: dbinder @


DANIEL B. BOGART, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia, August 14, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Georgia. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1982; M.A., 1986; J.D., 1986). COURSES:Bankruptcy, Property, Real Estate, Commercial Leasing, Economics. Email:bogart @


HEIDI R. BROWN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, Virginia; 2000, District of Columbia; 2001, New York. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1991); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email:hkbrown @


WILLIAM JAMES BROWN, (Law Professor), born Long Beach, California; admitted to bar, 1997, California. Education: United States Air Force Academy (B.S., 1988); Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: AMVETS Clinic.


TOM CAMPBELL, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, Illinois. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1980); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Anti-trust, Legislation, Separation of Powers Seminar.


TIMOTHY A. CANOVA, (Law Professor), born Freeport, N.Y., May 17, 1960; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1990, District of Columbia. Education: Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 1982); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1988); University of Stockholm Faculty of Law (Masters Diploma in International and Comparative Law). COURSES: Corporations, International Trade and Finance, National Security Law, Animal Welfare Law. Email:canova @


JENNY E. CAREY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, California. Education: University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., 1993); University of California at Los Angeles (M.S.W., 1997); University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:carey @


ANTHONY THOMAS CASO, (Law Professor), born San Diego, California, January 4, 1955; Education: University of La Verne (B.A., 1976); University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1979); Golden Gate University (M.B.A., 1999). COURSES: Administrative Law, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. Email: caso @


MARISA S. CIANCIARULO, (Law Professor), born 1973; Education: Universidad de Valladolid (B.A., 1995); American University School of International Service (M.A., 1998); American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Family Violence Clinic, Gender & the Law, Refugee Law, Remedies. Email: cianciar @


M. KATHERINE B. DARMER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Connecticut; 1990, New York; 2005, California. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1986); Columbia University (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Torts. Email:kdarmer @


BOBBY L. DEXTER, (Law Professor), born 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Georgia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1989); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Federal Tax and Secured Transactions. Email:dexter @


FRANK J. DOTI, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, May 24, 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, Illinois; 1985, California; 1990, California Bar, Certified Tax Specialist; 1992, Colorado. Education: University of Illinois (B.S., 1966; C.P.A., 1966); Chicago-Kent (J.D., 1969). COURSES:Taxation, Contracts. Email:fdoti @


DAVID DOWLING, (Law Professor), Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 2003); Chapman University School of Law (J.D., 2006); Pepperdine University School of Law (M.A., 2009). COURSES:Mediation Clinic.


KURT FREDERICK EGGERT, (Law Professor), born Hays, Kansas, February 21, 1959; admitted to bar, 1984, California. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1981); University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Clinical Education/Elder Law, Remedies, Real Estate Transactions. Email: keggert @


RICHARD FAULKNER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2005, California. Education: California State University (B.A., 2001); Chapman Law School (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Academic Support, Remedies. Email:faulkner @


SAM B. GARKAWE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, California. Education: University of Melbourne (B.Sc.); Monash University (LL.B.); London University (LL.M.). COURSES:International Criminal Law. Email:garkawe @


JOHN ALEXANDER HALL, (Law Professor), born Southend, Essex, England, March 6, 1960; admitted to bar, 2001, California. Education: Sussex University (B.A., 1983); Oxford University (D.Phil., 1990); Stanford University (J.D., 2000). COURSES: International Law, Torts, Human Rights, Labor and Employment Law, Legal History. Email:jhall @


STEPHANIE A. HARTLEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, California. Education: University of Southern California (B.A., 1999); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: hartley @


KATHY Z. HELLER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Wisconsin; 1990, California. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S.; J.D.). COURSES: Entertainment Law, New Media Law. Email:kjzheller @


ERNESTO ADOLFO HERNANDEZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, New York. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1994); Georgetown University (M.A., 1996); George Washington University (J.D., 2001). COURSES:Contracts, Immigration, Corporations. Email:ehernand @


HUGH HEWITT, (Law Professor), born Warren, Ohio, February 22, 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, District of Columbia; 1989, California. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1978); University of Michigan (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Administrative Law. Email:hhewitt @


SCOTT W. HOWE, (Law Professor), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia; 1990, Massachusetts. Education: University of Missouri (A.B., 1977); University of Michigan (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Criminal, Criminal Procedure, Capital Punishment, Evidence. Email:swhowe @


HARRY JAFFA, (Law Professor), Education: Yale University (B.A., English, 1939); New School for Social Research (Ph.D.). COURSES:The Constitution of Lincoln.


JAYNE TAYLOR KACER, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1985, California. Education: San Jose State University (B.A., 1974); Loyola Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Writing and Research, Retrial Civil Litigation. Email: kacer @


W. H. (JOE) KNIGHT, (Law Professor), born Beckley, West Virginia; admitted to bar, 1980, New York. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1976); Columbia University (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Critical Race Theory, Advanced Topics Course.


DONALD J. KOCHAN, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, 1974; admitted to bar, 2002, New York; 2003, District of Columbia. Education: Western Michigan University (B.A. 1995); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Property, Federal Courts, Natural Resources, Law and Economics. Email:kochan @


SHERYL HEATHER SUMMERS KRAMER, (Law Professor), Education: Wayne State University (B.S., 1977; M.S.L.S, 1978); Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research. Email:skramer @


STEVEN KRONE, (Law Professor), born Winter Park, Florida, February 21, 1964; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: University of Southern California (A.B., 1988); University of Chicago (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Entertainment Law, Law, Lawyers and the Legal System in Film. Email:krone @


MICHAEL B. LANG, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., September 17, 1951; admitted to bar, 1975, Pennsylvania; 1981, Illinois. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1972); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Taxation. Email: mlang @


FRANCINE J. LIPMAN, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, 1959; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., 1981); San Diego State University (M.B.A., 1989); University of California, Davis (J.D., 1993); New York University (LL.M., Taxation, 1994). COURSES: Taxation. Email: lipman @


LISA LITWILLER, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, October 20, 1962; admitted to bar, 1991, California, All Federal Districts in California. Education: University of Southern California (B.A., 1985; J.D., 1991). COURSES:Civil Procedures II, Professional Responsibility, California Civil Procedure. Email: llitwill @


DAVID LLEWELLYN, (Law Professor), born Glen Ridge, New Jersey, July 10, 1945; admitted to bar, 1976, California. Education: William Jennings Bryan College (B.A.); University of Tennessee (M.A.); University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D.); International Institute of Human Rights (Diplome). COURSES:Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. Email: llewelly @


ELIZABETH MACDOWELL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, California. Education: California State University, Hayward (B.A.); University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Family Violence Clinic, Community Property, Advanced Family Law. Email:macdowel @


MARIO W. MAINERO, (Law Professor), born Youngstown, Ohio, January 10, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, California. Education: Claremont McKenna College (B.A., 1975); University of New Mexico (M.A.; J.D., 1980). COURSES:Selected Topics in American Law, Bar Preparation.


CELESTINE RICHARDS MCCONVILLE, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, October 16, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Illinois; 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1988); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Courts, Wills & Trusts. Email: mcconvil @


HENRY S. NOYES, (Law Professor), born Ithaca, New York, June 10, 1968; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1990); Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Theory, Conflict of Laws. Email:noyes @


AMY PEIKOFF, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, California. Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., 1992); University of California, Los Angeles Law School (J.D., 1998); University of Southern California (Ph.D., Philosophy, 2003). COURSES:Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics.


RICHARD REDDING, (Law Professor), born Miami, Florida, September 17, 1964; Education: Hampden-Sydney College (B.A., 1984); University of Virginia (Ph.D., Psychology, 1997); Washington and Lee University (J.D., 1992); Vanderbilt University (M.S., 1986). COURSES:Criminal Law and Psychiatry, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Law and Social Science, Mental Health Law.


SUSANNA RIPKEN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1991); UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Corporations, Securities Regulation, Agency and Partnership, Legal Ethics. Email: ripken @


LAWRENCE E. ROSENTHAL, (Law Professor), born 1958; admitted to bar, 1981, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1978); Harvard (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Criminal Procedure and Police Practices, Criminal Law, Local Government, First Amendment Law, Advanced Topics in Constitutional Law. Email: rosentha @


KYNDRA ROTUNDA, (Law Professor), born 1973; admitted to bar, 1993, Wyoming; 2006, District of Columbia. Education: University of Wyoming (B.A., 1996; J.D., 1999). COURSES:Military Personnel & Disability Law, Law of War.


RONALD D. ROTUNDA, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, New York and District of Columbia; 1975, Illinois. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1967); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics.


NANCY LYNN SCHULTZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1978); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Negotiations, Client Interviewing, Mediation, Civil Procedures, Legal Writing, Advocacy. Email:nschultz @


ROBIN SLOCUM, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1982, Illinois; 1983, Missouri. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1975); Washington University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Client Counseling, Legal Writing, ADR, Professional Responsibility. Email:slocum @


VERNON L. SMITH, (Law Professor), Education: California Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., 1949); University of Kansas (M.A., 1952); Harvard University (Ph. D., 1955). COURSES:Spontaneous Order and the Law. Email:vsmith @


KENNETH STAHL, (Law Professor), born New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 18, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, District of Columbia. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1997); Yale Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Property Law, Environmental Law, Civil Procedure, Torts.


RONALD L. STEINER, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1998, California. Education: Lafayette College (B.A., English, 1982); University of Delaware (M.A., Political Science, 1985); University of Minnesota (Ph.D., Political Science, 1993); University of Southern California Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Legislation, American Legal History, Advanced Tort Seminar on Private Law as Public Policy, Advanced Seminar - Jurisprudence. Email:steiner @


JOHN TEHRANIAN, (Law Professor), born September 16, 1973; admitted to bar, 2000, California. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1995); Yale Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Entertainment Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Internet/Cyber Law, Law and Literature.


MARGARET THOMAS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, Illinois. Education: Clemson University (B.S., 1999); California Western School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES:AMVETS Clinic.


PETER M. VAN ZANTE, (Law Professor), born Rolla, Missouri, July 1, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Colorado. Education: Colorado College (B.A., 1968); University of Chicago (J.D., 1971); University of the Pacific (Diploma, Advanced Int’l Legal Studies, 1983). COURSES:ERISA, Pensions & Deferred Compensation, Federal Estate & Gift Tax, Business Taxation. Email:vanzante @


MOUJAN WALKOW, (Law Professor), born London, England, October 28, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Massachusetts; 2000, California. Education: University of California, Irvine (B.A., 1992); Suffolk University School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Writing and Research. Email:walkow @


PARHAM H. WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), born 1931; admitted to bar, 1954, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1953; LL.B., 1954); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1965).


GEORGE WILLIS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, California. Education: California State University-Long Beach (B.S., 1991); Chapman University School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Tax Clinic. Email:gwillis @


BART J. WILSON, (Law Professor), Education: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (B.S., 1992); University of Arizona (M.A., 1993; Ph.D., 1997). COURSES:Spontaneous Order and the Law. Email:bjwilson @


CAROLYN R. YOUNG, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, July 20, 1972; admitted to bar, 1997, California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1999, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1994); UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Externships, Legal Research and Writing. Email: cayoung @