Adjunct Professor of Law
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 246
Building Two, Room 246
Professor Gentry began her legal career teaching legal research, writing, and appellate advocacy for two years at California Western School of Law. She then practiced appellate law for four years at a firm in the Bay Area, where she successfully argued Spann v. Irwin Memorial Blood Centers, 34 Cal. App. 4th 644, 40 Cal. Rptr. 2d 360 (1995) in the First District Court of Appeal and performed a variety of other legal work for the firm.
Professor Gentry has taught legal writing courses at Whittier Law School since 1998 and was the first to teach Law and Literature at the law school. In addition to teaching, she served as the Writing Advisor for the law school from 2003 to 2009 and during that time taught regular English Refresher workshops each semester. She has also consistently assisted with moot court coaching and other campus activities. In 2007, she became the Director of the Center for Children’s Rights, which includes supervising the academic program for the Fellows in the program, creating the problem and judging in Whittier Law School’s annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, planning an annual symposium related to juvenile law, and serving as advisor for the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.
In 1997, Professor Gentry was accepted for the panel of Appellate Defenders, Inc., and since then she has been appointed as appellate counsel by the California Court of Appeal in more than two hundred juvenile dependency appeals. In that capacity, in addition to the scores of unpublished cases in which she represented abused and neglected children on appeal, she represented children in the published cases of In re Joy M. (2002), In re T.R. (2005), and In re C.J.W. (2007). She continues to focus on her three main fields of interest: legal writing, children’s advocacy, and law and literature.