Meet the Staff

Mary Basick
Mary Basick
Assistant Dean for Bar Preparation and Academic Support
Contact: 714.444.4141 ×142
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Building One, Room 142

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.

Christine Francis
Christine Francis
Assistant Director of Bar Preparation
Contact: 714.444.4141 ×145
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Building One, Room 145

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

Professor Christine Francis is committed to seeing all Whittier Law Students succeed throughout law school, the Bar exam, and beyond. Prior to joining Whittier, Professor Francis worked extensively with law students preparing for the Bar exam, providing guidance, feedback, and skills practice to guide them to success on the Bar exam. She is a firm believer in pro bono work, having volunteered at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles and the Family Justice Center in San Diego. Professor Francis received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from UCLA and graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she held many leadership positions, including chairing the Diversity Committee.

Reuben Gulledge
Reuben Gulledge, Esq.
Dean’s Fellow in Academic Support and Bar Preparation
Contact: 714-444-4141 ext. 146
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Building One, Room 143

B.A., University of California Irvine
J.D., Whittier Law School, summa cum laude

Reuben Gulledge is a Dean’s Fellow in Academic Support and Bar Preparation dedicated to helping Whittier Law students achieve success academically, professionally and personally. Reuben graduated summa cum laude from Whittier Law School in 2015, and also served as a Senior Staff Editor on the Whittier Law Review. He is the recipient of seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards®, granted to the highest scoring law student, in the subjects of Legal Writing, Legal Analysis Strategies, Professional Skills: Litigation, Professional Responsibility, Wills and Trusts, Criminal Procedure, and White Collar Crime.

Prior to working at Whittier Law School, Reuben had a successful fifteen-year career as a real estate salesperson in the Newport Beach community. Reuben’s accomplishments include serving as a Director of the California Association of Realtors, Director and Treasurer of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors, as well as earning Prudential California Realty’s prestigious “Legend Award.”

Stacey Kim-Jackson
Stacey Kim-Jackson, Esq.
Dean’s Fellow in Academic Support and Bar Preparation
Contact: 714-444-4141 ext.143
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Building One, Room 143

B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., Whittier Law School

Stacey Kim-Jackson came to Whittier Law School in the fall of 2010 to study human rights and international law. During her time at Whittier, she served on various student board organizations and competed in the Jessup International Moot Court competition. She won the award for Outstanding Graduate in International and Comparative Law, the Dean’s Citation Award, and the CALI Award in Comparative and International Law. Prior to returning to Whittier, she served as a policy advocate at Care18LA, a multidisciplinary task force dedicated to combatting human trafficking, and as a board member at Home Forever, a non-profit dedicated to advocating for permanent homes for foster children through adoption. She is dedicated to helping her fellow Whittier Law school students find success in law school, on the Bar exam and in their future endeavors.