» Fowler School of Law - Administration

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law owes its success in large part to the dedication and hard work of its administrative team. Below is a list of senior administrators working to support the school's mission. Including Deans and Directors who currently do not teach, Fowler School of Law has 8 full time administrators.


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Scott Howe
Interim Dean and Frank L. Williams Professor of Criminal Law
(714) 628-2526
Scott Howe has been a professor at the law school since August, 1996. He has substantial experience both as a criminal defense lawyer and as a teacher in the fields of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in economics, from the University of Missouri, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan, where he was Administrative and Articles Editor on the Michigan Law Review. After law school, Professor Howe worked for five years as an attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, defending indigent persons charged with serious crimes, including first degree murder. He subsequently served as Deputy Director of the Texas Death Penalty Resource Center, in Austin, Texas, representing inmates under execution warrants on Texas' death row. His representation during this period of death-row inmate Kerry Max Cook is recounted in Mr. Cook's acclaimed memoir, Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit. Before coming to Chapman, Professor Howe taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School and then became a tenured full professor at Western New England College School of Law. At Chapman, he has been voted Professor of the Year three times by the graduating class. His articles have appeared in a variety of leading law journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. He is also a co-author of the third edition of Understanding Capital Punishment Law, a treatise published in 2012 by LexisNexis. Professor Howe served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999 to 2007 and Interim Dean from 2010 to 2011.
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Daniel B. Bogart
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Donley and Marjorie Bollinger Chair in Real Estate Law
(714) 628-2507
Daniel B. Bogart holds the Donley and Marjorie Bollinger Chair in Real Estate Law and serves as the Director of the Fowler School of Law's Center for Land Resources. He previously served as the Fowler School of Law Associate Dean for Administration.
Dean Bogart is past chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is an elected member of the American Law Institute as well as a Fellow of both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He received his B.A. (1982), J.D. (1986) and M.A. in Economics (1986) from Duke University.
Dean Bogart began his teaching career in 1990, when he was named to the faculty of the Drake University Law School. He joined the Chapman University School of Law faculty in 1998, a recipient of Chapman University's Valerie Scudder Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship, advising, and service. He has been named outstanding teacher at both Drake Law School and Chapman's Fowler School of Law.
Dean Bogart has chaired most of the key committees at the Fowler School of Law. Notably, he chaired the committee devoted to Fowler's successful membership application to the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association's accreditation review.
Dean Bogart is past chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is an elected member of the American Law Institute as well as a Fellow of both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He received his B.A. (1982), J.D. (1986) and M.A. in Economics (1986) from Duke University.
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Jayne Taylor Kacer
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration
Jayne Taylor Kacer is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Administration and an adjunct member of the law school faculty. Dean Kacer earned her JD cum laude from Loyola Law School in 1985.
While in law school, Dean Kacer was Co-Chief Notes and Comments Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and was a member of the law school's trial advocacy team. She graduated in the top two percent of her class and was selected to be a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society.
After graduating from law school, Dean Kacer became associated with the Orange County-based law firm of Rutan & Tucker, LLP and was made a partner in the firm in 1993. During the course of her career in private practice, Dean Kacer primarily handled large, complex civil litigation matters and civil appeals in both federal and state courts. She began teaching legal research and writing at Chapman's Fowler School of Law in 2001 as an adjunct professor.
In 2004, Dean Kacer left her practice to accept a full-time position at Fowler School of Law. She was selected by the students as Professor of the Year for 2006-2007. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties, Dean Kacer has served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) on the subject of depositions. She has taught Remedies; Pre-trial Civil Practice; Practice Preparation; Legal Research and Writing; and Mediation Clinic.
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Donald J. Kochan
Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law
(714) 628-2618
Donald J. Kochan's scholarship focuses on areas of property, administrative law, natural resources, law & economics, and jurisprudence, among others. He has published more than 35 scholarly articles and essays in well-respected law journals, including recently or forthcoming in the Cardozo Law Review, BYU Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, Berkeley Journal of International Law, and Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law, to name a few.
His work has been cited in more than 300 published law review articles. In January 2016, Dean Kochan was elected as a new Member of the American Law Institute (ALI). He was also elected as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2014. Dean Kochan received the 2014 Valerie Scudder Award from Chapman University, a merit-based award selected by peers in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service, and one of the highest honors given to a faculty member at the University. Among his numerous activities, Dean Kochan currently is a Contributing Editor of the “Keeping Current-Property” section in Probate & Property, the bi-monthly magazine of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association; serves as the Chair-Elect for the Section on Property Law for the Association of American Law Schools; serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Environment & Natural Resources Regulation for the ABA Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice; and serves as an inaugural Co-Editor of the Property Section of JOTWELL.
Dean Kochan received his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics and managing editor of the Cornell International Law Journal.
He received his B.A. from Western Michigan University, magna cum laude, with majors in both political science and philosophy and where he studied as the John W. Gill Medallion Scholar and was honored as the Presidential Scholar (awarded to the top graduate in the political science department). After graduating from law school, Dean Kochan was a law clerk to The Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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Melissa Berry
Assistant Dean of Career Services
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
(714) 628-2517
Melissa Berry returned to the Fowler School of Law in fall 2014 as the Assistant Dean of Career Services after previously serving on the faculty and directing Chapman’s Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Emphasis Program. Dean Berry began her academic career at the University of Washington School of Law and most recently was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Before entering academia, Dean Berry practiced law on both coasts: at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., and at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. Selected as a Perkins Coie Community Service Fellow, she worked with TeamChild, a nonprofit civil legal services and advocacy organization serving at-risk youth. Dean Berry served as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Terence T. Evans, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She received her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. She graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in political science and Latin American studies and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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Justin Cruz
Assistant Dean of Admission and Diversity Initiatives
(714) 628-2594
Justin Cruz earned his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering with Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and his JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school, Dean Cruz was Managing Editor of the Washington University Law Review and received the CALI Excellence Award for his work in the Intellectual Property and Business Formation Clinic. After graduating from Washington University, Dean Cruz worked in the area of intellectual property law as in-house counsel for a fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Chapman, he served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, and as Assistant Director of Admission at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego, California. In addition, Dean Cruz was an adjunct professor at TJSL where he taught in the Intellectual Property Law Practicum course. Prior to his career in law, Dean Cruz worked as an engineer for Caterpillar, Inc. He currently serves in various diversity leadership positions including as a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee and as a standing executive committee member for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals (AMLSDP). He also previously served as Vice Chair for the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyer’s Division Minorities in the Profession Committee (MIPC) and Mentorship Chair for the Law School Admissions Minority Network Group.
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Richard Faulkner
Director of Academic Achievement Program and Assistant Professor
(714) 628-2663
Richard Faulkner is an alumnus of Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2004. He earned his B.A in English from California State University, Fullerton. While a student at Chapman, he served as the Senior Notes and Comments editor of the Chapman Law Review, was an executive board member of the Appellate Moot Court Honor Board and spent two years as a Dean's Fellow for Legal Research and Writing. Following law school, Professor Faulkner was a practicing family law litigator, handling a variety of cases at the trial and appellate court levels. He became an adjunct professor at Chapman's Fowler School of Law in 2006, teaching Legal Research and Writing and Remedies, and joined as a full-time faculty member in 2007.
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David Finley
Director of Communications and Lecturer
(714) 628-2565
David Finley joined Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2006. In addition to five years of litigation practice, he worked for more than a decade as an editor and publisher of legal books. From 1994 to 1999, he served as managing editor and marketing director at James Publishing. In 1999, he founded Litigation One Publishing, a publisher of litigation-focused practice guides. He served as president of Litigation One until 2005, when it was acquired by Thomson West Publishing. He is author or co-author of more than two dozen litigation practice guides and is recognized as the nation’s most widely published author on the subject of in limine motions. He is currently co-chair elect of the Institutional Advancement Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and previously served as the section's communications track chair. He is a frequent AALS panelist, moderator and program planner. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and a Moot Court Teaching Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to his administrative role, he currently teaches a course on California motion drafting and procedures and previously taught Legal Research and Writing at the Fowler School of Law.
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Maryam Isles
(714) 628-2522
Maryam Isles is responsible for administering the school's academic operations relating to registration, schedule of classes, records maintenance, examinations, grades, and graduation. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining Chapman, she served as director of student services and as registrar for the Southern California College of Business & Law, where she also taught as part-time faculty for general education courses. Since 1999, she has served as admissions coordinator and counselor for the Fowler School of Law admissions office, becoming registrar in 2001. She is a member of the American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) and the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (PACRAO), and has presented at AACRAO's and PACRAO’s conferences. She also served as an area representative (2007 – 2008) and board member (2008 – 2011) for the National Network of Law School Officers.
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Linda Kawaguchi
Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Library Director and Professor of Law
(714) 628-2537
Linda Kawaguchi has two decades of law school library experience, including positions at Berkeley Law at University of California - Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Michigan, and Gonzaga University School of Law. She attended the University of Idaho where she received a B.A. in English; University of Washington, where she received a M.S. in Library Science; and, University of Idaho, where she received a JD. Linda is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools, and more than a dozen additional library and law-related organizations. She has presented numerous papers on advanced legal research, critical thinking and legislative intent. She teaches advanced legal research.
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Sesar Morfin
Financial Analyst
(714) 628-2693
Sesar Morfin earned his B.A from California State University, Fullerton and is currently pursuing his MBA degree from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Sesar served as a management analyst for the City of Tustin. Before that, he served as an accountant for the Orange Unified School District. Sesar is responsible for the oversight of financial activities and budget administration including approving, reviewing and monitoring all accounting, human resource and payroll requests. Sesar is an active member of the Association of Financial Analysts and the Pepperdine Finance Club.
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Dr. Ronald L. Steiner
Director of Law Graduate Programs and Professor
(714) 628-7356
Dr. Ronald L. Steiner oversees the LL.M. program at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He earned a B.A. from Lafayette College; an M.A. from University of Delaware; a JD (Order of the Coif) from the University of Southern California Law School; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Steiner served as a clerk for Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as an extern for Justice Miriam Vogel of the California Court of Appeal. He worked for several years with the major international law firm of Sidley Austin, handing appellate and law-intensive litigation, including telecommunications regulatory proceedings before the FCC. In addition, he served in 1999 and 2000 as Deputy Counsel on the California Governor’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Hate Groups. On a recent leave from the Fowler School of Law, he served as a temporary Deputy District Attorney for Orange County, California, handling misdemeanor arraignments, felony preliminary hearings, and a six-day jury trial. His scholarship generally examines the intersections of law and public policy, including his doctoral dissertation, “The Interpretation of Treaties and the Constitution of Native American Identity” (1993). His recent articles on “The Rise and Fall of Miranda Warnings in Popular Culture” and “Policy Oscillations in California’s Law of Premises Liability” have been extensively cited in legal scholarship and commentary. Dr. Steiner also has taught in Chapman University’s Political Science Department and undergraduate Honors Program. He was named Chapman’s Faculty Member of the Year in 2006, and is the winner of a number of other teaching awards. He has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legislation, Private Law as Public Policy, Criminal Law in the Political Process and Introduction to American Law (international LL.M.).
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George Willis
Director of the Tax Law Clinic, Associate Clinical Professor and Administrator of the Graduate Tax Programs
(714) 628-2531
George Willis earned his B.S. in Finance from California State University, Long Beach and earned his JD from the Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He has achieved numerous advanced certifications in varied areas of development. Prior to joining Fowler, he was a sole practitioner in tax, business and estate planning. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service, Estate and Gift Tax Division, and at the First American Corporation under their general counsel. As a member of the ABA section for Taxation, he is actively involved with the Committee for Low Income Taxpayers and serves as the moderator of their listserv. He also performs pro bono work as a member of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Panel, and as an attorney-volunteer for the Public Law Center in Orange County, California. George is also a popular speaker in the fields of estate planning, business and tax matters at private events throughout Southern California. He has taught Tax Procedure and Administration Clinic, U.S. Tax Court Clinic and Wills & Trusts.