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Full-Time Faculty

Robert F. Somers

Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • B.A., University of California, Irvine
  • J.D., Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 246
Fax. 714.444.1854
Building Two, Room 246

Since joining the faculty in 2004, Professor Somers has prepared students to be lawyers by creating course materials that mirror documents and situations students will encounter practicing law. Additionally, he facilitates student comprehension of legal writing and advocacy by introducing legal concepts using nonlegal exercises and examples. In 2006, the California Court of Appeal appointed Professor Somers to a panel of attorneys who represent indigent clients during the appellate process. He continued this work until 2012. Professor Somers has published articles in the Southwestern Journal of International Law, The Learning Curve, The Law Teacher, The Second Draft, and other publications. He has presented on slander, lawyering skills, and the teaching process at several legal skills conferences.

Publications

  • Innovations in Persuasiveness: Formal Memo to Appellate Brief Continuity, AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter, Spring 2014, at 21.
  • Innovations in Persuasiveness: Creatively Using Cases to Argue, AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter, Spring 2014, at 22.
  • Innovations in Persuasiveness: An Exercise in Citation, AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter, Spring 2014, at 23.
  • Innovations in Persuasiveness: Persuasive Video Analysis, AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter, Spring 2014, at 23.
  • Lessons from My Scholarship Journey, The Learning Curve, Winter 2014, at 15.
  • Teaching Through the Test: Using Post-assignment Review Exercises to Improve Student Writing, The Law Teacher, Fall 2013, at 48.
  • Slander? Prove It: Why a Two Hundred-Year-Old Defamation Law Should Be Changed, 19 Southwestern Journal of International Law 133 (2012).
  • Using Video Clips to Teach Legal Analysis, The Second Draft, Spring 2009, at 10, Read Online.

Editorials and Commentaries

  • Estate Planning: Are You Prepared?, DAILY PILOT, February 23, 2003, at B7.

Presentations

  • Teaching Through the Test: Using Review Tests to Teach Students to Avoid Mistakes, Sixteenth Biennial Legal Writing Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2, 2014.
  • YouWait: Avoid Buffering and Other Issues While Using Video in the Classroom, Fourteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28, 2014.
  • YouWait: Avoid Buffering and Other Issues While Using Video in the Classroom, Global Legal Skills Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, March 12, 2013.
  • Slander? Prove It: Why a Two Hundred-Year-Old Defamation Law Should Be Changed, Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Scholars’ Forum, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, August 10, 2012.
  • Robert F. Somers and Kelley B. Poleynard, Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Using a Standardized Review Exercise as a Teaching Tool and Assessment Mechanism, Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, August 11, 2012.
  • Fair and Consistent Grading, Whittier Law School Legal Writing Conference, Rancho Mirage, California, August 12, 2006