Sara J. Berman
Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Bar Support
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 143
Building One, Room 143
B.A., University of California Santa Barbara
J.D., University of California Los Angeles
Professor Berman has lectured nationwide for a number of commercial bar reviews for more than two decades, preparing students for both substantive and skills portions of the bar exam. Along with UCLA Law Professor Paul Bergman, Berman co-authored The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, and Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case, both published by http://www.nolo.com – and both of which are excellent introductory resources for law students who want to learn more about civil litigation and about the criminal justice system. Berman has also published numerous articles and study guides, and she blogs regularly about law school and bar exam success. This Fall, the ABA will publish a bar exam preparation text Professor Berman has recently authored, along with a companion teacher’s edition manual.
Director of Academic Support
Adjunct Professor of Law
Building One, Room 142
As Director of Academic Support, Professor MacDonald is committed to providing all Whittier Law students with the guidance and resources they need to perform their best academically. Law school is like another country, with a new language, new customs, and new expectations, and many people do well when they make use of a guide to the territory. Professor MacDonald presents workshops open to all students, teaches the Legal Methods course, and meets individually with students to address their specific concerns about class preparation, time management, substantive legal questions, exam preparation, and any other issues that affect their academic performance.
Professor MacDonald graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught legal research and writing as a Law Fellow and Senior Writing Fellow, and later as an Adjunct Professor while practicing as a tax attorney at the oldest tax law firm in the United States. He practiced for more than ten years in taxation and estate planning, earning his LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami, before returning to Georgetown as Assistant Director of Graduate Career and Professional Development. Professor MacDonald also has a degree in Biology from Harvard University.
Maysa Eissa Nichter
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Adjunct Professor of Law
Building One, Room 145
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Professor Nichter aspires to instill the skills necessary to succeed in law school, and to support each student’s growth as a legal professional through workshop presentations, lectures, and individual counseling sessions. Prior to entering academia, Professor Nichter practiced law in both the private and public service sectors. As an associate in the Los Angeles office of McDermott Will and Emery LLP, she focused on corporate and intellectual property matters. In addition, she served extensively on the firm’s pro bono committee, representing asylum applicants alongside the U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants, as well as advising local public interest organizations. Professor Nichter also served as an attorney with ChangeLab Solutions, frequently negotiating with funders, institutional partners and consultants working towards improved public health awareness and policies. Immediately prior to joining Whittier, Professor Nichter taught Legal Writing and guided students in career development at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She is a graduate of UCLA and UC Berkeley School of Law, where she served as editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law, participated in the International Human Rights Clinic, and externed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Professor Nichter currently serves on the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works, one of the nation’s largest funders for new attorneys focused on equity and public service.