George C. Leal, J.D.
Dean, College of Law and Professor of Law
Dean Leal was appointed in June of 2018 after a lengthy career practicing law in both the public and private sector. Dean Leal started his career in 1980 as a trial attorney with the U.S Department of Justice. Assigned to the Antitrust Division, he served on the trial staff of U.S. v. AT&T. He then entered the private practice of law in San Francisco in 1985 where, in 1995, he helped form the firm of Chan, Doi & Leal, LLP. As its litigation partner, he handled complex commercial and civil litigation in a wide array of matters involving Fortune 500 and international corporations, small businesses and individuals. Dean Leal returned to the public sector in 2009 with his appointment as the Director for Educational Standards in the Office of Admissions of the State Bar of California. In that capacity, he acted as the senior staff member working to support the Committee of Bar Examiners’ role as the accreditor and regulator of California-accredited and registered law schools.
Dean Leal is also a legal educator having taught Torts and Remedies at San Francisco Law School from 1991-2000, and he participated in various pro bono activities including acting as a pro tem judge and court-appointed mediator and by serving on two State Bar committees, the Committee for Administration Justice (1989-1992) and the Committee of Bar Examiners (2008-2009). Dean Leal earned his J.D. degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1980 and holds a B.A. degree, in Economics, from San Diego State University. Dean Leal has been a licensed California attorney since 1980.
Veronica Jimenez, M.A.
Registrar and Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Mrs. Jimenez earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Whittier College and her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education at the University of Southern California. Given her background in education, Mrs. Jimenez provides essential administrative support to the law school’s students and faculty. She also provides students with personal assistance and guidance to complete their curriculum and earn their Juris Doctor degree. Mrs. Jimenez has continued to mentor students at Irvine University College of Law for the past three years. As the University Registrar and Associate Director of Academic Affairs, she is committed to assisting students and faculty administratively within the Department of Academics.
Claudia Huerta Ponce
B.A. Assistant Registrar
Mrs. Ponce earned her B.A. degree in Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Over the last several years Mrs. Ponce provided assistance to our Admissions Department and was recently appointed to Assistant Registrar where she provides administrative support to the Registrar, Dean, and students. Currently, Mrs. Ponce also manages the law school’s Billing Department, keeping student accounts up to date.
Ronald Johnson, M.A.
Director of Admissions
Ronald L. Johnson is the Director of Admissions.
Mr. Johnson has a comprehensive career in education management. In 2000 he became a member and later a chairperson of the Association of Christian Schools International Accrediting Commission. He also served as a member and chairperson of the visiting committee for the accrediting body of the Association of Christian Schools International, and for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Mr. Johnson was also chosen by ACSI to serve on and chair the accreditation visit to Morrison Academy in Taiwan.
Additionally, Mr. Johnson served as seminar leader for staff development and educational events for the Association of Christian Schools International at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from 1992 to 2003.
Mr. Johnson began his career in education at the First Church of God Christian School, where he first worked as a social studies teacher and later became the school’s Vice President, a position he held from 1987 to 2006. He later became the Principal of Desert Christian High School in Lancaster, California, and in 2007, joined the Antelope Valley Desert Montessori School as its Executive Director and Principal.
Mr. Johnson received his B.A. in Sociology from Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa in 1979, and his M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1990.