Faculty

California Desert Trial Academy College Of Law
John Patrick Dolan, Dean and Professor of Criminal Law, Evidence and Trial Advocacy
JOHN PATRICK DOLAN PHOTO
  • President, CEO  and Dean of the California Desert Trial Academy, College of Law
  • California State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, practicing criminal defense for over 40 years
  • J.D., Western State University, College of Law, 1977 & B.A., California State University at Fullerton, 1971
Irene Garcia Dolan, Registrar and Director of Admissions
IRENE DOLAN PHOTO
  • Co-founder of  The California Desert Trial Academy, College of Law with John Patrick Dolan
  • Manages all aspects of the law school including admissions, eligibility, State Bar compliance and certifications
  • President of LawTalk, MCLE, a provider of continuing legal education for over 22 years
Sue Steding, Dean of Students and Professor of Criminal Law
SUE STEDING PHOTO
  • Served the Office of the District Attorney of Riverside County for over 34 years and tried over 100 cases
  • Licensed to practice in California since 1975
  • J.D., The University of San Diego, 1975 & B.A., cum laude, The University of Washington, 1972
Philip Drucker, Dean of Academic Excellence and Professor of Constitutional Law, Legal Memorandum & Brief Writing, Real Property Law and Remedies
PHILIP DRUCKER PHOTO
  • Practiced law since 1999 with an emphasis on the protection of Intellectual Property rights
  • Former Dean of Abraham Lincoln University School of Law
  • J.D., The University of La Verne College of Law, 1999 &  B.A., UCLA 1980
Andrea Dolan Bouchard, Professor of Real Property Law
ANREA DOLAN BOUCHARD PHOTO
  • Criminal Defense Attorney with Dolan Law Offices in Indio since 2012
  • Obtained her Level III P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Certification from the College of the Desert Public Safety Academy, graduating first in her class academically
  • B.A., California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, 2008 & J.D., Trinity Law School, 2011
Julia Burt, Professor of Wills & Trusts
  • Principal at Julia Burt & Associates in Palm Desert, specializing in Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate
  • Certified Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Specialist
  • J.D., Western State University School of Law, 1999 &  B.A., The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
Graham Davies, Barrister at Law
  • Studied law at St. John’s College, Cambridge, England and the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the English Bar in 1986
  • Practiced criminal and family law in London for 12 years
  • Currently a professional speaker as well as a presentation coach to lawyers, law students, politicians and CEO’s
Jenny L. Doling, Professor of Bankruptcy Law
JENNY DOLING PHOTO
  • Partner, Doling, Shaw & Hanover, Palm Desert since 2001, specializing in Bankruptcy Law
  • Certified Bankruptcy Specialist. Professional speaker nationwide on Bankruptcy Matters
  • J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1999 and B.A, California State University, San Bernardino, 1996
Hon. John G. Evans, Judge of the Superior Court, Professor of Tort Law
JOHN EVANS PHOTO
  • Judge of the Riverside County Superior Court from his appointment in 2008 to present
  • Practiced Civil Litigation in Private Practice 1979 to 2008
  • J.D., Citrus Belt Law School, 1979 & B.S., University of California, Riverside
Hon. Harold Hopp, Judge of the Superior Court, Professor of Business Associations
HAROLD HOPP PHOTO
  • Judge of the Superior Court of Riverside County from his appointment in 2005 to present
  • Practiced civil litigation for nearly 20 years before becoming a judge, the bulk of that with Quinn Emanuel, the nation’s largest business litigation firm
  • J.D., The University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 1986 & B.A., Pacific Union College, 1983
Natalie Keller, Professor of Community Property Law
NATALIE KELLER PHOTO
  • Family Law Facilitator, Superior Court of Riverside County, 2015 to Present
  • Officer of the Desert Bar Association
  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 2002 and B.A., University of California San Diego, 1997
Steve Moyer, Professor of Civil Procedure
STEVE MOYER PHOTO
  • Practices as a mediator and arbitrator in litigated case
  • Previously a trial attorney with Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP in Santa Monica and the LA County Public Defender’s Office.
  • J.D., UCLA in 1969 &  B.A., cum laude, UCLA, 1966.
Peter Nolan, Professor of Evidence Law and Trial Advocacy
PETE NOLAN PHOTO
  • Of Counsel with Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy & Pinkney in the areas of civil litigation, public agency and municipal law.
  • Former Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Prosecutor 1999 to 2018. 2013 Statewide Prosecutor of the Year.
  • J.D., Loyola Law School in 1999 & B.A., Fresno State in 1992
Charles Roby, Professor of Criminal Procedure
  • Deputy Public Defender, Riverside County Public Defender’s Office, Indio, 2013 to present
  • Former Criminal Defense Attorney, Dolan Law Offices, Indio 2011-2013
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2011 & B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2007
Alex Reed, Professor of Contract Law
ALEX REED PHOTO
  • Principal, The Reed Firm, Indio, with a focus on employment law and criminal defense, 2018 to present
  • Practiced Civil Litigation relating to employment law, including employment and service agreements & harassment and discrimination disputes
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 2006 & J.D., David A. Clarke School of Law, the University of the District of Columbia, magna cum laude, 2015
Charles Roby, Professor of Criminal Procedure
  • Deputy Public Defender, Riverside County Public Defender’s Office, Indio, 2013 to present
  • Former Criminal Defense Attorney, Dolan Law Offices, Indio 2011-2013
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2011 & B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2007
Rosa Elena Sahagun, Professor of Immigration Law
ROSA ELENA SAHAGUN PHOTO
  • Managing Partner, Sahagun Law, Specializing in Immigration Law, since 2006
  • Dedicated Community Volunteer Helping Residents Combat Immigration Fraud & Scams
  • J.D., Chapman University School of Law, 2002 and B.A., Chapman University, 1999
C.J. Sherman, Professor of Legal Research and Writing & Professional Responsibility
CJ SHERMAN PHOTO
  • Director of Outreach & Communications, California Desert Trial Academy, College of Law since 2017
  • Former Deputy Managing Attorney and Pro Bono Director at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Clinical Coordinator & Adjunct Professor, Villanova Law School Clinical Program
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA 1990 & B.A., Binghamton University, State University of New York 1986
Samuel Trussell, Professor of Tort Law
SAM TRUSSELL PHOTO
  • Practicing Personal Injury Law since 1986
  • Sole Practitioner at The Law Offices of Samuel F. Trussell
  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1985 and B.A. and M.A., San Francisco State University
Andrew Verblow, Professor of Legal Research & Writing
ANDREW VERBLOW PHOTO
  • Associate attorney, Kawel PLLC; Attorney for special projects, The Aleph Institute
  • Clerked at the Staff Attorney’s Office, US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 2016-2017; Judicial Intern, Hon. Barry S. Seltzer, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2013; B.A., Columbia University, University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, 2010
Francine Ward, Professor of Intellectual Property Law
FRANCINE WARD PHOTO
  • Of Counsel, Monty White, LLP, Palm Desert, with a focus on copyrights, trademarks, publishing, and business law contracts
  • Active Member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1989 and B.A., City University of New York, Hunter College, 1986

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.