Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., California State University, Northridge, Magna cum Laude
J.D., Whittier Law School, Summa cum Laude
Professor Sefton enjoyed a career in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry before entering law school. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry, she held numerous technical and management positions for life science companies including Allergan, Newport Pharmaceutical, Chiron Vision (acquired by Bausch & Lomb), Watson Pharmaceuticals, and IntraLase (acquired by Abbott). Her career progressed from R&D to the legal arena where she directed administration of intellectual property for a number of companies. After graduating law school, she was named Vice President of Legal Affairs for AcuFocus, an ophthalmic medical device company.
During law school, Professor Sefton received the Dean’s Citation of Merit Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Whittier Law School Community. She served as a teaching assistant in Real Property and Legal Skills, and as a research assistant in intellectual property law, providing editorial assistance to Professor Richard Gruner in Intellectual Property in Business Organizations, LexisNexis (2005). Professor Sefton was honored by Whittier Law School as Outstanding Graduate in Legal Writing and Professional Skills. After graduating, she served as an extern for the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Professor Sefton is also an active environmental advocate. She cofounded the Saddleback Canyons Conservancy and served as vice-chair of the Sierra Club’s Saddleback Canyons Task Force to protect the rural canyons in southeast Orange County. Her efforts, including involvement in litigation, have resulted in protection of hundreds of acres of natural open spaces. Professor Sefton was selected by Whittier Law School as a Donald G. Hagman Student Scholar in land-use law and has received environmental leadership awards from the Sierra Club, Orange County League of Conservation Voters, and the California State Senate and Assembly. She is author of California’s Not Dreamin’: Federal Inaction on Greenhouse Gas Regulation Provides an Opening for the State to Regulate, 30 Whittier L. Rev. 101 (2008). She is presently active in the Measure M2 environmental coalition that supports mitigation of transportation projects through acquisition of natural lands in Orange County.