Full-Time Faculty

Kelley M. Mauerman

Assistant Director of Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment
Professor of Lawyering Skills

Contact Information

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 230
Building Two, Room 230

Professor Mauerman received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, Remedies, and Criminal Procedure, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She also received the honors of Best Appellate Brief and Best Oralist, and completed an externship with Judge Gordon Thompson, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. After graduation from law school, Professor Mauerman clerked for Magistrate Judge Cynthia G. Aaron in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Professor Mauerman taught Professional Skills I as an adjunct faculty member of the law school beginning in 2000. Before joining the law faculty as a full-time member in 2008, she practiced law in the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning. Within the law school, Professor Mauerman teaches first-year Lawyering Skills, Professional Responsibility, Pretrial Litigation, International Sports Law, and E-Discovery. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Lawyering Skills Institute and as a competition coach for the Moot Court Honors Board. Professor Mauerman has focused her recent scholarship on assessment in legal education, and has contributed to the law school’s assessment efforts on both the program and institutional levels.


  • Starting from the Top: Using a Capstone Course to Begin Program Assessment in Legal Education, 37 Okla. City U.L. Rev. 477 (2012), with Andrea Susnir Funk.
  • Using Formative Writing Assignments to Assess Student Learning Outcomes Across the Curriculum, The Law Teacher, Spring 2012.
  • Effective Summary Judgment Motions, co-author (Dewey Publications 2002).

Works In Progress

  • Presenter, Teaching Workshop: Challenges and Strategies for Changing Times, Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Portland, Oregon, July 2016 (with Heather Baxter, Jacqueline Kutnik-Bauder, and Karen Sneddon).
  • Presenter, The Language, Process, and Cycle of Assessment, Law School Assessment Conference, Whittier Law School, November 2015 (with Vicki VanZandt).
  • Strategies for Teaching Professional Skills in Professional Responsibility Courses, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Loyola Law School, August 2015.
  • Inspirational “Real World” Assignments for Legal Writing Classes, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stanford Law School, September 2014.
  • Bringing the “Real World” Into the First Year: Designing an Effective and Engaging Memo Problem, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, March 2014.
  • A Tale of Two Accreditors: Satisfying the ABA and a Regional Accrediting Agency, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Oregon, August 2012.
  • Measuring Student Outcomes in a Capstone Writing Course: An Empirical Study, Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, The John Marshall Law School, September 2011.
  • Measuring Student Learning Objectives in a Capstone Writing Course, ALWD Conference, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, June 2011.
  • Legal Communication in the New Millennium: Ethics and Professionalism in Cyberspace, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, March 2011.
  • The Ethics Bee: Teaching Professionalism and Legal Ethics in First-Year Legal Writing Courses, ALWD Innovative Teaching Techniques Workshop, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, March 2010.
  • Are We Getting It Right? Strategies to Measure Student Learning Outcomes in a Four Semester Legal Writing Program, ALWD Scholars’ Forum, March 2010.
  • Integrating Legal Writing in Advanced Doctrinal and Skills Courses, 2010 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida, June 2010.

  • 2014-2016 – LWI Teaching Resources and Development Committee
  • 2013-2014 – ALWD Teaching Grant Committee
  • 2010-2011 – AALS Section on Legal Writing Welcoming Committee
  • 2011 – Present Member, Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers
  • 2008 – Present Member, Legal Writing Institute
  • 2009 – Present Member, American Bar Association
  • 1994 – Present Member, State Bar of California
  • 2003 – Present Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • 1994 – 2000 Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • 1994 – 2000 Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego