Meet the Staff

Mary Basick
Mary Basick
Assistant Dean for Bar Preparation and Academic Support
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B.S., California State University Long Beach, with great distinction
J.D., Western State College of Law, summa cum laude

Mary Basick is passionate about preparing students for success on the bar examination and is a nationally recognized expert on all three testing methodologies employed by the California Bar Exam. For over a decade, she has designed programs, developed innovative curricula, and taught in bar preparation and academic support. She is energized by the challenge of condensing vast amounts of substantive material into manageable concepts presented in an easily understandable format. To that end, she has created comprehensive course materials and programs which focus on teaching students analytical skills and strategies, within the context of the substantive knowledge necessary for students to succeed on the bar exam. Mary Basick is the author of the popular Multistate Bar Exam flashcard set in the Emanuel Law in a Flash series. Along with co-author Tina Schindler, Basick co-authored, the books Essay Exam Writing for the California Bar Exam, and California Performance Test Workbook, Preparation for the Bar Exam. Basick has also prepared content and lectured for a national commercial bar review.

William MacDonald
William MacDonald
Director of Academic Support
Adjunct Professor of Law
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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 first year Academic Skills Practicum and Legal Methods courses, 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
Maysa Eissa Nichter
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Adjunct Professor of Law
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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.