Law Professor Emeritus


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I recently retired as a full-time tenured law professor from Saddleback College.  I am enjoying my retirement and keeping crazy busy by teaching law classes part-time, designing and selling holiday decorations with a partner in a small startup business, in addition to logging dozens of volunteer hours in the Riverside County Master Gardener Program and two local charitable organizations.  Prior to my coming to the college, I practiced law in California with an emphasis on civil litigation.  I have a Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.), a Master's Degree in Education with a specialty in Online Teaching & Learning (M.Ed-OTL) and in June 2016 will graduate from the University of California, Riverside, Master Gardener Program.

My leadership roles for the college included numerous positions with the Academic Senate.  The Academic Senate represents the faculty in its role of shared governance of the college.  I served as Academic Senator 1987 to 1998, Secretary/Treasurer 1998-99, President Elect 1999-00, President 2000-01, Past President 2001-02)  In addition, I was Chair of the Legal Studies Department from 1987 to 1999, Chair of the Distance Education Committee 1999-2002, Chair of the Faculty Hiring Prioritization Committee 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05 and Chair of the Faculty Development Funding Committee 2010-11.  I was the faculty advisor to the Legal Assisting Association from 1988 to 1999 and Pre-Law Mentorship Program from 1990 to 1994. I served as a member of the District Resource Allocation Committee, College Budget Committee, Ethics and Professional Standards Committee, Honors Board, Disciplinary Committee, Partnership for Excellence Committee, Distance Education Committee and District Task Force on Distance Education. 

My educational philosophy is teaching students how to find information, their unique learning style, develop critical thinking skills and understand overall concepts.  I employ humor in the delivery of instruction and try not to take myself too seriously.  I constantly tell anyone who cares to listen that teaching is the best job on the face of the earth.

My personal education goals include using technology in the delivery of instruction, teaching law students critical thinking skills by analyzing life experiences, case law and separating opinions from facts.  I desire to inspire students to love education and be lifelong learners of new skills, both business-related and for personal enrichment. 

My personal enrichment goals are to spend quality time with my husband, teach the gardening community about native and drought-tolerant plants, water-wise gardening techniques and contribute as much time and effort as possible toward helping the less fortunate in my Riverside County Community.  Finally, feed my creative side by designing unique and elegant holiday decorations, with the fringe benefit of spending time with my BFF and partner in a new business venture.

A Prayer for the World
by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.

Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt and neglect.

Let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.

Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. 

Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness so that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.

Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly beyond the labels, accents, gender or skin color.

Let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors.

Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty.

Let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.