2012 Professor of the Year: Peter Reich


Whittier Law School Professor Peter Reich has been on the faculty since 1988 and directs directs the study abroad program in Mexico City at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has also taught Latin American law at the University of California, Irvine, and modern Mexican history at the University of California, Riverside. A former research attorney for the California Court of Appeal in Santa Barbara and associate at the downtown Los Angeles law firm Parker Milliken, Professor Reich has published numerous books and articles on the legal history and environmental law of Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. Professor Reich has been a recipient of Fulbright, Huntington Library, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships.

Professor Reich serves on the editorial boards of the journals International Wildlife Law & Policy and Western Legal History, and is a past Chair of the AALS Legal History Section.

He speaks frequently at academic and professional conferences, and has twice addressed the Senate of Mexico, on California water law and on federalism in the U.S. Southwest. Professor Reich coaches Whittier’s student teams in the California State Bar’s Environmental Negotiations Competition, and has litigated (pro bono) cases applying Mexican law in the United States. He also finds time for biking, camping, and sea kayaking with his family and volunteering in local political campaigns.

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