The Whittier Experience


Media Experts By Area

We invite members of the media to use the experts within the Whittier Law School faculty to provide commentary on current events in a wide range of legal issues. Below is a listing of common story topics and links to faculty experts in that area.

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Admiralty Law: Denny Haythorn

Adoption, International Law: Jennifer Mertus

Adoption, Domestic Law: Deborah Forman, Jeanne Thomas

Affirmative Action: Sheldon Bernard Lyke

Animal Law: Thomas Kelch

Asian American Issues: Stewart Chang

Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Judith Daar, Deborah Forman

Aviation Law: Denny Haythorn

Bankruptcy Law: Thomas Kelch

Business Litigation: Martin Pritikin

Business Transactions: Joseph Donnini

Celebrity Images/Publicity: David Welkowitz

Child Abuse and Neglect: Bill Patton

Child Custody/Support: Deborah Forman, Jeanne Thomas, Stewart Chang

Civil Litigation: Martin Pritikin, Radha Pathak

Civil Rights: Stewart Chang, Seval Yildirim

Community Property: Calvin Peeler

Constitutional Law: Manoj Mate, Neil Cogan, Mary Ellen Gale, Seval Yildirim

Contracts: Erez Aloni

Courts, Federal and State: Radha Pathak

Copyright Law: Joseph Donnini, Betsy Rosenblatt

Criminal Law: Martin Pritikin, Robert M.C. Webster

Domestic Violence: Jeanne Thomas, Stewart Chang

Divorce, Family Law: Dean Penelope Bryan, Deborah Forman

Election Law: Manoj Mate

Entertainment Law: Joseph Donnini, Robert Webster

Environmental Law: Peter Reich

Families, non-traditional: Deborah Forman

Family Law: Erez Aloni

Foreign Policy: Seval Yildirim

French Law: Calvin Peeler

Gambling Law: I. Nelson Rose

Guardianships: Jeanne Thomas

Human Rights Law: Manoj Mate, Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Seval Yildirim

Immigration Law: Stewart Chang

International and Comparative Law: Manoj Mate, Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Seval Yildirim

International Relations: Calvin Peeler

International Security: Seval Yildirim

Islamic Law: Seval Yildirim

Israeli Law: Neil Cogan

Jail Overcrowding: Martin Pritikin

Jewish Law: Martin Pritikin

Juvenile Law: Bill Patton

Law and Religion: Seval Yildirim

Law in India: Manoj Mate

Legal History: Peter Reich

Limited Conservatorships: Jeanne Thomas

Maritime Law: Denny Haythorn

Mexico/U.S. Relations: Peter Reich

Mexican Law: Peter Reich

Muslims in the United States: Seval Yildirim

Middle Eastern Law: Seval Yildirim

National Security: Seval Yildirim

Native American Law: Warren Cohen

Natural Resource Law: Peter Reich

Patent Law: Betsy Rosenblatt

Politics of India and South Asia: Manoj Mate

Property Law: Peter Reich

Real Estate Transactions: Joseph Donnini

Racism/Discimination: Stewart Chang, Sheldon Bernard Lyke

Reproductive Technology: Judith Daar, Deborah Forman

Same-Sex Marriage: Deborah Forman

Sexual Orientation and the Law: Sheldon Bernard Lyke

Sexuality and the Law: Erez Aloni

Sports Law: Joseph Donnini

Stem Cell Research: Judith Daar

Surrogacy: Judith Daar Deborah Forman

Tax Law: Julie Manasfi

Trademarks: Betsy Rosenblatt, David Welkowitz,

Videogame Law: Betsy Rosenblatt

Water Law: Peter Reich

White Collar Crime: Martin Pritikin

Women’s Rights: Patricia Leary