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COLLEGE OF LAW FACULTY

GLIAUDYS, GEORGE J., J.R., J.D.,

Dean of the College Of Law

Dean Gliaudys received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of So. California in 1965 and J.D. from Loyola University in 1968. He served for over twenty five years as a career Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles retiring as Deputy Director for Management and Administrative Services in 2002. Dean Gliaudys was elected and served as Chairman of the Los Angeles County Manager’s Quality and Productivity Network from 1995-1996. He was also a U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer serving a combined active and reserve thirty year career in positions of increasing responsibilities until his retirement in 1998 as a Colonel. He received his Diploma in Military Studies from the U.S Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1983. Dean Gliaudys served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Child Support Advisory Board and as Commissioner for the Senior Citizens Commission of the City of West Covina, California. Dean Gliaudys is currently a member of the Law School Council upon appointment by Board of Governors of the State Bar of California for a three year term ending in the fall of 2013; members of the Council advise the Committee of Bar Examiners on matters relating to the content and format of the bar examination, problems of coordinating curricula and on all aspects of law school education. He is an active member of the California State Bar and inactive member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

TRENT, NICHOLAS EDWARD, J.D.,
Associate Dean of Law

Dean Trent received his B.A. in Journalism from Carleton University, Canada. He received his J.D. degree from Irvine University College of Law in 1996. Dean Trent’s experience includes senior positions as a business executive as well as in the legal profession. He has served as President/C.E.O. of Sutton Industries, Inc., Chairman/C.E.O. of Alan Weston Communications, Inc., President of Maxoil Inc., and Chairman of Payday Publications, Inc. Previously a member of the law firm of Smith, Silbar, Parker and Woffinden, LLP, he is now in private practice. Dean Trent specializes in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and corporations and contract law. Dean Trent is an active member of the California State Bar.

CARON, SCOTT E., J.D.,
Associate Professor of Law

Prof. Caron received his B.F.A in Dramatic Writing from New York University in1998 and J.D. from Whittier Law School in 2003, graduating in the top 2% of his class. Prof. Caron has served on the Moot Court Honors Board for the University of San Diego Criminal Procedure Competition in 2001 and 2002, the Burton Weschler First Amendment Competition in 2002 and 2003 at the University of San Diego. He also received the CALI Awards for Excellence in the areas of Real Property, Commercial Transactions I (UCC), Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility Skills, and the First Amendment Seminar. Prof. Caron’s other experiences include serving as a Literary Assistant at Florida Studio Theatre in 1998-1999, a Quality Control Reviewer for Merrill Corporation in 1999 – 2000, and currently practices with Kirkpatrick and Fields, LLP since 2001. Prof. Caron is an active member of the California State Bar.

EICHLER, GREGG A., J.D.,
Professor of Law

Prof. Eichler received his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, San Jose in 1973 and J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1977. Prof. Eichler’s professional experiences include serving as an Attorney and Shareholder for Eichler Law Corporation from 1977-1987, as a Regional Assistant United States Trustee with the United States Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee from 1988-1990, and currently as the principal attorney with Law Offices of Gregg A. Eichler since 1999. Prof. Eichler serves as a Member of Board of Governors for Pilgrim School (term 2004-2007). He is an active member of the California State Bar.

JASON TOLERICO, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Tolerico received his Bachelor of Arts in 1996, in Political Science from the University of Southern California. He later attended Whittier Law School where he was graduated in 2005 Magna Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate degree. He also received CALI Awards in Wills, Entertainment Law and Legal Skills. While in school, he participated in several Moot Court trials throughout the state with his Trial Advocacy colleagues in competition against law schools from Southern California. He was also a Student Body Representative as well as an intricate part of a committee that worked side by side with the Dean dedicated to improving the school’s Bar Passage rate. Professor Tolerico worked as a clerk at the Public Defender’s Office at Harbor Court in Newport Beach during Law School. Furthermore, he has passed the bar exam in California as well as Nevada, New York and Arizona. Professor Tolerico runs a personal and private bar review course called One-Timers. Professor Tolerico is an active member of the Nevada State Bar.

NICOLE R. LEWIS, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Lewis received her B.A. in Political Science from CSU, Fresno in 1996 and J.D. from Western State University College of Law in 2000. During her undergraduate studies, Prof. Lewis was earned the following awards / distinctions: Dean’s Honor List – Spring 1993 and Fall 1994, Dean’s Honor List – Spring 1995 and Fall 1995, Black Faculty and Staff Scholarship Recipient – Fall 1995, Honorable Mention – National Black Graduate Student Research Conference – Spring 1996 and the Outstanding Student Award, Department of African American Studies – Spring 1996. During her graduate studies, Prof. Lewis was earned the following awards /distinctions: West Publishing Company Corpus Juris Secundum Award, Criminal Law (San Francisco Law School), American Jurisprudence Bancroft – Whitney Award, Criminal Law (San Francisco Law School) – 1997 – 1998, the Eric Falconer Scholarship Recipient (San Francisco Law School) and the Ester F. Blum Foundation Award Recipient (San Francisco Law School) in Fall 1998, and the Dean’s Scholar in Fall 2000. Prof. Lewis’ professional experiences include serving as the Mayoral Aide – Constituent Services Representative with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office from 2001 – July 2002, as a Staff Attorney with County of Los Angeles Child Support Services Department from 2002 –2003, and as an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of Douglas and Garey, LLP from 2003 –2004, as the Solo Practitioner for the Law Office of Nicole R. Lewis since 2004. Prof. Lewis’ educational experiences include serving as a Structured Study Group Leader for Western State University College of Law preparing written lesson plans, reviewing practice exams, and helping first-year law students to engage in cooperative learning. Prof. Lewis is an active member of the California State Bar. She was a nominees for the 2007 State Bar Diversity Award.

NICOLL, SID L. , J.D.,
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law

Prof. Nicoll received his B.S. in Journalism from Boston University in 1958 and J.D. from Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA in 1964. He is principal in Sidco Benefits Plans of Long Beach, California. He is an active Member of the Massachusetts State Bar.

MANDEL, CHARLES, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Mandel received his B.A. cum laude from University of California- Los Angeles in 1976 and J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1980. He is a Head Attorney in the Department of Child Support Services of the County of Los Angeles. Prof. Mandel is an active member of the California State Bar.

SIMMONS, DALLAS, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Simmons received his B.A. from Purdue University in Indiana in 1973 and J.D. from University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 1985. He has been in practice for 22 years as an attorney for a major insurance company performing staff, trial and corporate functions. He has been involved in teaching seminars and workshops on insurance law for attorneys, adjusters and other claims risk managers. He is an active member of the California State Bar.

BARILLA, FRANK, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Barilla received his B.S. from Mercy College in New York in 1972 and J.D. from Western State University Law School in 1979. Since 1982 he has been in private practice focusing on criminal defense and family law. He has taught paralegal courses and law courses at various educational institutions since 1986. Prof. Barilla is an active member of the California State Bar.

JAROSCAK, MAUREEN P., J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Jaroscak received her B. A. from California State University, Fullerton, in 1973 and J.D. from Western State University Law School in 1984. She was the Editor in Chief of the Western State University Law Review while attending law school. Since 1983 Prof Jaroscak has worked in corporate, private law offices, and is currently a partner in Oxman and Joroscak Law Firm. She has lectured in CLE courses for attorneys from 2005 until currently in legal ethics, bias and substance abuse. Prof. Jaroscak is an active member of the California State Bar.

KLEIN, GERALD, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Klein received his B.S.L and J.D. from Western State University Law School in 1975. He is a Certified Specialist – Family Law – by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has served as Juvenile Court Referee, Judge Pro Tem and Consultant on Domestic Violence for various groups. He was Founder and Executive Director for a non-profit agency “Kids First” that addresses children issues. He received the State Bar’s “President’s Pro Bono Service Award” in District 8 in 1985. Prof. Klein is an active member of the California State Bar.

LUGO-RINALDI, CHRISTINE, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Lugo-Rinaldi received her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and J.D. from Whittier Law School in 1983. While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Honors board where she received the award for Bests Competitor. Prof. Lugo-Rinaldi was chosen by the California Young Lawyers Association to receive their Most Outstanding Student award and First Place oralist and Second Place Team Award in the Robert J. Traynor statewide moot court competition. Prof. Lugo-Rinaldi practiced civil law in the firm of Findley, Clark and Tanzman where she handled a variety of civil cases. In 1984, Prof. Lugoi-Rinaldi joined the Office of The Public defender where she , literally, practiced her career in the court room as a criminal lawyer. She completed more than 80 jury trials, 44 court trials and numerous and various kinds of motions. Her practice included Felony and Misdemeanor criminal court, Juvenile court and Family law court. Prof. Lugo-Rinaldi also has taught at Whittier Law school where her classes have included Trusts and Estates, Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure and the Uniform Commercial Code. Her professional experience also includes teaching at U.C. Irvine, where she was recognized for her contribution to the Gifted Student Program. Prof. Lugo-Rinaldi has been active with the California State Bar serving as vice president of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Relations and was a featured speaker in the role of the public service lawyer. She is an active member of the California State Bar.

LAM, TUAN A., J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Lam received his B.A. from University of California, Irvine, in 1993 and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. He has been active in private law practice with several large law firms as well as serving as Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County handling criminal hearings. Prof. Lam is on the Board of Directors for the City of Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity and is involved in several other community-based organizations in Orange County. Prof. Lam is an active member of the California State Bar.

TANNEHILL, MADELINE, J.D.,
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Tucci Tannehill received her Bachelor of Arts in History, Magna Cum Laude, from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1977 and her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in 1980. For over 17 years, she worked as a personal injury and commercial litigator, during which time she became the first female partner of a law firm where she practiced for nine years prior to opening the doors of Tannehill & Tannehill with her husband in 1995. Since 2003, Professor Tucci Tannehill has operated her own private mediation practice and during this time she has conducted in-house mediations for Vons, and worked as a court and private mediator through Dispute Resolution Service, Inc. of the Riverside County Bar Association. She also received a three-year appointment, 2009-2011, as court mediator of Riverside Superior Court’s 2009 Civil Mediation Program. Professor Tucci Tannehill has mediated in excess of 300 cases and is an active member of the California State Bar.

RAINEY, GEORGETTA, J.D.,
Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Rainey received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama in 1982 and her Juris Doctor degree at Howard University Law School in 1986. She received the AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD in the areas of Commercial Paper and Legal process and was selected to be Assistant to the Vice President of Howard University School of Law. Ms. Rainey served as a Student Assistant Instructor in Property Law and graduated in the top 25% of Law School Class. In 1987, she was admitted to practice in California and became a member of the California Bar. In September of 1990, Ms. Rainey founded the law firm Ricks Rainey Attorneys at Law. The firm was formerly the Law Offices of Georgetta Ricks Rainey. The firm specializes in Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Real Estate Law and Entertainment Law.

HUFNAGEL, ROBERT, JD
Assistant Professor of Law

Robert A. Hufnagel received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 2000. While in law school, Robert was a Board Member of Southwestern’s Trial Advocacy Honors Program. Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside in 1997. He is a civil and business litigator with an emphasis on professional liability. Robert is an active member of the California State Bar.

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NAIMI, HALEH, LLM

Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Naimi received her B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from UCLA and Master of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University. She is a Dean’s List graduate from Southwestern University School of Law where she earned CALI Excellence Awards in Secured Transactions and Federal Corporate Taxation. In 2005, she earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

After serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Arthur M. Greenwald, United States Bankruptcy Court Judge, Professor Naimi spent six years in private practice representing clients in many of the country’s most complex Chapter 11 proceedings. She currently operates her own law practice specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

She is an active member of California State Bar.

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HOANG, RICHARD, J.D.,

Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Hoang received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2000. He then received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2004. Professor Hoang is a civil litigator with experience in employment law, as well as professional and executive liability. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is currently a member of the executive committee to the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s delegation to the Conference of California Bar Associations. He is an active member of the California State Bar.

He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee.

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WIGGINS, HERBERT, J.D.,

Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Herbert Wiggins received a B.A. cum laude in History and Spanish from Dartmouth College in 1981, a Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, in 1985, and an MBA from Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, in 2000. He is a Los Angeles-area litigator of long experience, having served as a retained outside attorney for companies such as Ford Motor Company, Kaiser Permanente, McDonnell Douglas, and Mobile Oil, as well as public entities such as the Los Angeles and Oakland Unified School Districts, the County of Los Angeles, the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Housing Authority. He currently practices in the field of Bankruptcy Law, assisting individuals and businesses in financial distress to find solutions to their financial hardships. Mr. Wiggins He is an active member of the State Bar of California.

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SALZMAN, CHAD, JD

Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Salzman earned a B.A. degree from Arizona State University in 2003, and received a JD from McGeorge School of Law, at University of the Pacific, in 2006. He is currently a Deputy City Prosecutor for the City of Long Beach. Prior to that position he was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Sacramento. He is a trial attorney specializing in criminal prosecution. He also sits on the Board of Governors for the Long Beach Bar Association. While attending McGeorge School of Law, he served on the Student Bar Association and held leadership roles in several other student organizations. Mr. Salzman is an active member of the State Bar of California.