Dean Daar profiled in OC Lawyer feature article


Whittier Law School’s interim dean, Judith Daar, is profiled in an in-depth feature article appearing in the December 2016 issue of OC Lawyer, the magazine of the Orange County Bar Association.

Presented in a Q&A style by author Jonathan S. Fish, Supervising Judge at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, the article provides Dean Daar’s own insights into her leadership role at Whittier and her extensive legal scholarship in the field of assisted reproduction.

Dean Daar assumed her current role at Whittier in the summer of 2016, but her service to the law school began more than 25 years ago as a faculty member. That historical perspective on the evolution of legal academia serves her well as dean, particularly as she leads the ongoing enhancement of Whittier’s experiential curriculum.

“I envision continuing to provide and perpetually improving our practical skills curriculum, while exposing students to core doctrinal, theoretical, and social aspects of our legal system,” she says in the article.

In addition to her role at Whittier, Dean Daar is a nationally-recognized expert on the legal issues surrounding reproductive technologies. The OC Lawyer article notes her appointment as a clinical professor of medicine at UC Irvine, where she lectures on a variety of legal and ethical issues such as end-of-life care and patient-physician relationships. But childbirth by means of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is a central focus of her scholarship.

“I cannot imagine a more vibrant and engaging field,” she says, “and [I] so enjoy the opportunity to introduce the ART world to my students at Whittier.”

Indeed, it is a passion for the complex and indispensable nature of law in general that shapes Dean Daar’s philosophy as she shepherds Whittier Law School’s preparation of aspiring attorneys.

“Today’s lawyers must be agile in their ability to recognize, assess, and address the multifaceted problems that present in the legal realm,” she says. “We are committed to preparing students to be tomorrow’s problem-solvers in whatever field they choose to be of service.”

Click here to read the entire OC Lawyer article about Dean Daar.

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