Meet the Faculty

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 concentrated on creating course materials and lesson plans that use technology to facilitate student comprehension of legal writing and advocacy. He strives to create writing and advocacy problems that interest and challenge students. In 2006, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District appointed Professor Somers to a panel of attorneys who represent indigent clients on appeal.

Publications

Slander? Prove It: Why a Two Hundred-Year-Old Defamation Law Should Be Changed, forthcoming, ___ SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW ___ (2013).

Editorials and Commentaries

  • Using Video Clips to Teach Legal Analysis, The Second Draft, Spring 2009, at 10, \“Read Online\”:http://www.lwionline.org/uploads/FileUpload/Second_Draft_Spring_2009.pdf.
  • Estate Planning: Are You Prepared?, DAILY PILOT, February 23, 2003, at B7.

Presentations

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