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WLS Honors Faculty with 25 Years of Service


On Saturday, September 27th, Whittier Law School honored six members of its faculty who have been at the law school for over 25 years.

Colleagues of the honorees spoke about their long standing commitment, dedication, and service to Whittier Law School. Dean Penelope Bryan, who hosted the event, presented honorees with a plaque and medallion in recognition and appreciation of their loyalty.

The reception also provided faculty and senior staff an opportunity to reconnect before the start of a new school year.

The faculty members who were honored:

Warren H. Cohen

A Native American Law and Contract Law expert, Professor Cohen, joined the law school in 1977 from Arizona State University, where he helped provide technical assistance to Native American court systems. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Judith Daar, spoke about Professor Cohen’s positive effect on students and alumni.

Howard Foss

A UCC expert, Professor Howard Foss joined the law school in 1979. Professor Foss has influenced the law school as a former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and has served as faculty advisor to the Law Review and as a coach of Whittier Law School moot court team. Professor Tom Kelch spoke about Professor Foss’s willingness to mentor younger faculty and students. Prior to coming to Whittier Law School, Professor Foss practiced commercial law at Bank of America and the Los Angeles law firm of Parker, Milliken, Clark, and O’Hara.

Mary Ellen Gale

A long time constitutional law and individual rights expert, Professor Mary Ellen Gale joined Whittier Law School in 1981 after a first career as a journalist. Professor Patricia Leary spoke about the importance of Professor Gale’s scholarship, which centers on Professor Gale’s interests in constitutional law and democratic governance, civil liberties, civil rights, economic justice, women’s rights, and feminist legal theory. Professor Gale has also been a long standing board member of the National and Los Angeles ACLU.

J. Denny Haythorn

Professor Haythorn joined the Whittier faculty in 1976 and is responsible for the operation of the law library and information technology on the Law School Campus. Professor Peter Reich mentioned Professor Haythorn’s devoted library staff who spoke very highly of his exemplary leadership. Professor Haythorn has also served as the Program Director at Whittier’s Summer Programs in Santander and Toulouse, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and representative for two Dean’s search committees. He is an active member of the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law and has served as a team member on ABA Site Inspections Teams.

William W. Patton

Professor Patton joined the Whittier Law School faculty in 1984 after teaching several years at UCLA Law School. His primary research interest is at the intersection of juvenile law, ethics, and forensic child and adolescent psychiatry which he teaches at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Associate Dean for Legal Writing and Professor of Law, Andrea Funk, spoke about Professor Patton’s long standing commitment to children’s issues. Professor Patton is the Founding Director of the Whittier Law School Center for Children’s Rights, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit law firm, Los Angeles Dependency Attorneys. Professor Patton has also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, Assistant Dean of Students, and Externship Director at Whittier Law School.

David Welkowitz

Professor Welkowitz joined the Whittier faculty in 1983. Prior to that time, he practiced law as a litigation associate with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York. His primary teaching emphases at Whittier Law School have been Civil Procedure and Intellectual Property, particularly Trademark Law. Professor Welkowitz previously served as the Director of the Whittier Law School Center for Intellectual Property Law and his scholarship includes topics in Civil Procedure and various domestic and international Intellectual Property issues. Professor Elizabeth Rosenblatt talked about Professor Welkowitz’ highly regarded treatise on Trademark Dilution Law and casebook on Rights of Publicity.