Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Christine C. Kelton

Professor of Law Emeritus

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

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 244
Building Two, Room 244

Professor Kelton has been a member of the Lawyering Skills Institute at Whittier Law School since 1996. Currently, Professor Kelton teaches an upper level writing course, “Professional Skills II” to third year and fourth year students focusing on advanced legal writing skills, including legal analysis, fact gathering, problem solving, tactical strategies, and ethical considerations. In addition to Professional Skills II, Professor Kelton has taught other classes offered through the Institute for Legal Writing and Professional Skills, including Legal Skills I and II and Professional Skills I.

Prior to joining the faculty at Whittier Law School, Professor Kelton practiced law in Los Angeles and Orange County. Professor Kelton began her career as a trial lawyer in both the Los Angeles and Orange County Public Defender’s Offices. In addition, she has extensive civil litigation and administrative law experience specializing in defending mental health professionals.

Professor Kelton is licensed by the State Bar of California, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association, and the Legal Writing Institute.

  • [Forthcoming] Performance Test Self Assessments, 2010 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, 2d Annual ALWD Innovative Teaching Techniques Workshop
  • A Legal Writing Hybrid: Advanced Legal Writing Skills and the Performance Test, 2009 Ninth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Writing 101: Back to Basics, 2009 Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stetson University College of Law
  • Judge, University of California, Irvine Third Annual Mock Trial Competition
  • Judge, Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County Mock Trial Competition
  • Panelist, Career Symposium, University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology
  • Mentor, University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology Mentor Program

Whittier Law School Service

  • Judge, Whittier Law School Annual Susan E. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition
  • Brief Grader for Whittier Law School’s National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition
  • Coach Whittier Law students competing in national and local moot court competitions
  • Conduct workshops on the Performance Test for current Whittier Law Students and alumni taking the California Bar Examination
  • Attend Grading Calibration sessions on Performance Tests and Essays conducted by the California Committee of Bar Examiners
  • 1987-2010 Member, Orange County Bar Association
    Bridging the Gap Committee
    College of Trial Advocacy Committee
  • Member, Legal Writing Institute
  • 2002-2010 Member, American Bar Association
  • 2010 Member, Orange County Women Lawyers Association