Ms. Rita Barnett-Rose
- (714) 628-2629
- Barnard College, Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Juris Doctor
- B.A., cum laude: Barnard College of Columbia University, New York
J.D. with Honors: University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Prior to joining Chapman, Professor Barnett was a professor of legal writing at California Western School of Law and a former adjunct professor at Whittier School of Law. Prior to teaching, she was an associate in both the Los Angeles and Orange County offices of Latham & Watkins, practicing mainly in the area of intellectual property. She then joined the corporate boutique firm of Whalen, LLP, where she engaged in both general corporate and IP transactional work. Barnett has also represented minors as a juvenile dependency attorney in the San Diego courts. During law school, Barnett was an extern for Justice Greg Abbott of the Supreme Court of Texas. She was a staff member of the Texas Environmental Law Journal, where her Note "You Didn't Tell Me Your Lights Were Off: Negligence Per Se and Violations of EPCRA -- Will It Work?" was published. Barnett also won the University of Texas School of Law's Best Appellate Brief Award. A professional writer, Barnett has won numerous awards in both fiction and non-fiction. She is a produced playwright, an optioned screenwriter, and has worked on assignment as a screenwriter for Walt Disney studios. A member of the State Bar of California, Barnett's pro-bono work has included services for the California Lawyers for the Arts, Orangewood, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Her current scholarly interests are in the areas of legal writing pedagogy, intellectual property, and health & nutrition law.
Courses Taught: Legal Research and Writing, Legal Writing Skills