Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Andrea Susnir Funk

Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment
Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • B.S., California State University, Long Beach, summa cum laude
  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 214
Fax. 714.444.1854
Building Two, Room 214

After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Andrea Susnir Funk clerked for a federal district court judge and then practiced law in both state and federal courts for six years before joining the faculty at Whittier Law School. Dean Funk served as a full-time legal writing professor for three years and has directed the Lawyering Skills Institute since 2000.

Dean Funk’s passion is teaching students how to practice law. To that end, she has designed and implemented a comprehensive legal writing and professional skills curriculum that prepares students to transition from student to lawyer. Dean Funk believes that lawyers must write well and act professionally. Through the Institute, her goal is to impress the importance of these two principles upon her students with the hope that they will carry them into practice — and to life — once they graduate.

A dedicated proponent of assessment in legal education, Dean Funk has focused her recent energies on the rapidly developing area of law school assessment. She has shared her experience with the legal community through her publications, presentations, and service on both national and institutional committees.

Publications and Editorials

  • The Art of Assessment (work-in-progress, forthcoming 2016).
  • “Professionalism and What to Expect in the Workplace” (including Attorney Video Testimonials), in Diana Roberto Donahoe, (Bloomberg L.P. 2012).
  • Starting from the Top: Using a Capstone Course to Begin Program Assessment in Legal Education, 37 Okla. City U.L. Rev. 477 (2012), with Kelley M. Mauerman.
  • Using Formative Writing Assignments to Assess Student Learning Outcomes Across the Curriculum, The Law Teacher, Spring 2012.
  • Private Plaintiff May Sue for Restitution Under RCRA, Volume 1995, Issue No. 4, California Environmental Law Reporter (April 1995).
  • Hosted “Building an Assessment Plan from the Ground Up,” November 2015.
  • Invited presenter, Embracing the Future with Assessment: The New ABA Assessment Standards Have Arrived – What Should You Do Now?, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Loyola Law School, August 2015.
  • Invited panelist, Legal Writing Directors Discuss the Future of Director-Led Programs, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Loyola Law School, August 2015.
  • Invited panelist, The Future of Legal Education in an ABA World: Creating Learning Objectives Under the New ABA Standards, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, Florida, July 2015.
  • Fifty Shades of Pink: Is Gender Discrimination in Legal Education Obsolete, or Is It Just a Lighter Shade of Pink?, ALWD Conference, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, June 2015.
  • Institutional Assessment: Sharing Experiences and Resources, 2014 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2014.
  • The Art of Assessment: Changing the Conversation, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, UNLV, March 2014.
  • Hosted Third Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, August 2013.
  • Essential Skills Law Students Can Learn from Extreme Cliff Camping, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Colorado School of Law, March 2013.
  • A Tale of Two Accreditors, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Oregon, August 2012.
  • Measuring Student Learning Outcomes in Law School: An Empirical Study of a Capstone Legal Writing Course, Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, September 2011.
  • Measuring Student Learning Objectives in a Capstone Writing Course, ALWD Conference, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, June 2011.
  • Using Exams as Assessment Tools in First-Year Writing Courses, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, March 2011.
  • Integrating Legal Writing in Advanced Doctrinal and Skills Courses, 2010 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida, June 2010.
  • Are We Getting It Right? Strategies to Measure Student Learning Outcomes in a Four-Semester Legal Writing Program, ALWD Scholars’ Forum, March 2010.
  • E-munication: Should Lawyers and Professors Tweet? Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, March 2010.
  • Legal Writing 101: Back to Basics, Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stetson University College of Law, September 2009.
  • Notes from the Editing Floor, National Conference of Law Reviews, March 2009.
  • A Legal Writing Hybrid: Advanced Legal Writing Skills and the Performance Test, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, March 2009.
  • Hosted Entertainment Law Presentation, March 2009.
  • Hosted Public Interest Law Presentation, October 2008.
  • Pilot Program, Legal Education at the Crossroads: Ideas to Implementation Conference, University of Washington School of Law, September 2008.
  • TeachingLaw.Com Roundtable, AALS, January 2008.
  • Hosted Institute of Legal Writing and Professional Skills Legal Writing Conference, Rancho Mirage, August 2006.
  • The Substantive Edit, National Conference of Law Reviews, March 2002.
  • Persuasive Writing, Orange County Bar Association, June 2001.
  • 2012-2014 — LWI Outcomes and Assessment Resources Committee
  • 2014 — ALWD Scholarship Grant Committee
  • 2014 and 2011 — AALS Annual Meeting Poster Committee
  • 2015, 2014 and 2011 — ALWD Annual Survey Committee
  • 2011 — ALWD Conference Committee
  • 2010 — Present Member, Scribes
  • 2000 — Present Member, Association of Legal Writing Directors
  • 1997 — Present Member, AALS Section of Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research
  • 1997 — Present Member, Legal Writing Institute
  • 1997 — Present Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • 1990 — Present Member, American Bar Association
  • 1990 — Present Member, State Bar of California
  • 1990 — 1997 Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association