Adjunct Faculty

Deirdre M. Kelly

Director of Externships

  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1986
  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1989

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 307
Building Three, Room 302

Deirdre Kelly is an Adjunct Professor and the Externship Director at Whittier Law School. She currently teaches the Lawyering Skills class, and has taught Introduction to Legal Analysis and Legal Analysis Workshop as a member of the Academic Support faculty. Prior to going to Whittier, she practiced for nearly 20 years as a commercial and real estate litigator. She was Of Counsel and an Associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP from 1996-2007. She was an Associate at Kindel & Anderson from 1993-1996. Ms. Kelly was Vice President and Legal Counsel at American Savings Bank, American Real Estate Group and New West Federal Savings & Loan Assocation from 1991-1993. She was a Litigation Associate at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1989-1991. She graduated from Loyola Law School in 1989 and from the University of Southern California in 1986.


  • Construction Defect Litigation, Lorman Educational Services (2004)


  • Orange County Bar Association Board of Directors
  • Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association President Elect (Board Member 2009-present)
  • Celtic Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Orange County
  • William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court.
  • Orange County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association Mommy Esq. Committee