Law Faculty

College of Law

George C. Leal
Dean, College of Law and Professor of Law
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1980
B.A., San Diego State University, 1976

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.

Nicholas Edward Trent
Interim Dean and Professor of Law
J.D., Irvine University College of Law, 1996
B.A., Carleton University, 1962
Edward Trent is Interim Dean of the College of Law. He was appointed to that position after serving for 12 years as Associate Dean. A skilled attorney and former business executive, he practices business law, with emphasis on contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. During a long career he has served as vice-president and general manager of the Canadian operations of the Macmillan Company, general manager of printing operations for the Carswell Company, a legal publisher subsequently acquired by Westlaw, president and chief executive officer of Sutton Industries, Inc., whose properties were eventually acquired by the Walt Disney Company, president of Alan Weston Publishing Inc., a motion picture promotion company, and president of Maxoil, Inc., an independent petroleum company. He practiced law with the firm of Smith Silbar Parker & Woffinden, retiring in 2005.Dean Trent received his BA in Journalism from Carleton University in 1962, and his JD from Irvine University in 1996. He is an active member of the California State Bar.

George J. Gliaudys,Jr., J.D.
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
J.D., Loyola Marymount University, 1968
B.A., University of Southern California, 1965

George Gliaudys is Dean Emeritus of the College of Law. He retired as Dean in December, 2017, after serving in that position with distinction for 13 years. He continues to act in an advisory role. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Westcliff University. He is a past member of the Law School Council, appointed by the State Bar to advise on aspects of law school education including content and format of bar examinations. Dean Gliaudys was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County for over 25 years. He retired from the department in 2002 as Deputy Director of Management and Administrative Services. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel in the army reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps.Dean Gliaudys received his BA in psychology from the University of Southern California in 1965, and his JD from Loyola University in 1968. In 1983, he received his Diploma in Military Studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. Dean Gliaudys is an active member of the California State Bar.

Richard D. Hoang
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2004
B.S., University of California, San Diego, 2000
Richard 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.Professor Hoang is an active member of the California State Bar and is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee.

Robert A. Hufnagel
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2000
B.A., University of California, Riverside, 1997
Robert Hufnagel is a civil and business litigator with an emphasis on professional liability. Earlier in his career he worked in municipal government, serving in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Redondo Beach City Attorney’s Office, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.While in law school, Professor Hufnagel was a Board Member of Southwestern’s Trial Advocacy Honors Program and a recipient of the Beverly Hills Bar Association scholarship.Professor Hufnagel is an active member of the California State Bar and currently practices with Wait & Colfer, LLP.

Charles Mandel
Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1980
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976, cum laude
Charles Mandel has dedicated his career to public service and has focused on the needs of children, particularly child support enforcement.

Professor Mandel is currently a retired head attorney in the Department of Child Support Services of the County of Los Angeles, and has managed child support offices in Encino, Torrance, West Covina, and in the area of Criminal Prosecution. In 2006 he won national recognition and was received the Outstanding Manager of the Year award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association.

Professor Mandel is an active member of the California State Bar and has spoken publically on establishing paternity judgments and obtaining and enforcing child support orders.

Scott E. Caron
Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Whittier Law School, 2003, summa cum laude
B.F.A., New York University, 1998
Scott Caron has 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. He has also served on the Moot Court Honors Board for the Criminal Procedure Competition and the Burton Weschler First Amendment Competition, both held at the University of San Diego.Professor Caron attended Whittier Law School on a full merit scholarship, was the solicitations editor of the Whittier Law Review and graduated in the top 2% of his class.He currently practices with Kirkpatrick and Fields, LLP and is an active member of the California State Bar

Gilbert A. Sanchez
Professor of Law
J.D., Irvine University College of Law, 2001
B.S.L., Irvine University College of Law, 1998
G. Anthony Sanchez Jr. is a 1979 graduate of the Rio Hondo College Police Academy in Whittier California. He went on to obtain his BSL and JD from Irvine University College of Law in 1998 and 2001 respectively. Prof. Sanchez has served as the Operational and Regulatory Affairs Officer for J&T Management in Corona California, a $40mil+ per year provider of HR – AR/AP – Payroll – Accounting, development, operational and regulatory management services to refiners and marketers of petroleum products, fuel service stations, fast food franchises, office building and strip malls throughout California. He also has extensive negotiating and consulting experience in the areas of higher education, commercial property management, land acquisition and development, automotive manufacturing and financing, and regularly consults for several California law firms and litigators in the areas of investigations, SEVIS, HLS under student rights, human resource issues, labor disputes, criminal defense, complex civil litigation and family law.

Samantha Dang
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2000
B.A., Seattle University, 1996
Samantha N. Dang is currently a Professor at Irvine University College of Law and Lead Faculty at Westcliff University. Ms. Dang was honored with the prestigious “Professor of the Year” award in 2014. Previously, Ms. Dang has over 12 years of litigation and legal experience in the areas of commercial/business, real estate, telecommunications, construction, family law, immigration, medical malpractice/insurance defense and bankruptcy law. She opened the very first English-Vietnamese law office in the State of Oregon in 2002.
Ms. Dang has represented multi-million dollar companies in areas such as medical, legal, hospitality, construction and real estate. She graduated with honors from Seattle University with a degree in Business Administration in 1996. She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Oregon School of Law in 2000, where she was the editor of the Oregon Law Review. Besides being a professor and former litigator, Ms. Dang owns a restaurant, a construction company, an import and export company, and a movie franchising company. She also loves to run marathons in her spare time.

David A. Hanna
Assistant Professor of Law
M.B.A., Pepperdine University, 2011
J.D., Irvine University, 2006
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 2002
David Hanna is currently the Vice President of Sierra Network, Inc. which develops consumer products for the international trade industry. He was previously led operations for A&S Property Management and oversaw manufacturing, material management, and engineering for the firm.

Professor Hanna is interested in leadership, strategy, and coaching; he is also fluent in Arabic.

Katie Charleston
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2007
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

Katie Charleston has a background in both civil litigation and criminal prosecution. She currently practices in house where she represents her company in litigation matters as well as contract drafting and negotiations. She previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County where she practiced in both the misdemeanor and felony units. Ms. Charleston is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Orange County Bar Association.

Theodore H. Lamb
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Northrop University, 1976
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1970
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1965
Theodore Lamb began his law career as an attorney for a major aerospace corporation, advising purchasing agents about high tech contracts. After this position, Mr. Lamb began a 28-year career with the Los Angeles County District Attorney. As a Deputy District Attorney, he had a wide range of experience in both civil and criminal litigation, and was counsel for approximately 400 misdemeanor and felony jury trials. After he retired from the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lamb served as a Deputy City Attorney for a local municipality, as a criminal prosecutor. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Lamb was a supervisor and manager in University food service operations, then a financial administrator for a major aerospace corporation. Mr. Lamb served on active duty in the U.S. Navy in an enlisted rating, and was later commissioned as a reserve officer, rising to the grade of Commander. Mr.Lamb is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Tracy Sims
Associate Professor of Law
J.D., University of Pepperdine School of Law, 1995
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1990
Professor Sims has been an attorney for over 17 years. Born and raised in New York City, Professor Sims attended a prestigious prep school in Connecticut earning a full athletic and academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. Professor Sims was a two sport athlete at the University of Notre Dame (football and track) and majored in Political Science, earning his B.A. degree in 1990. Prof. Sims went to work briefly as a policy analyst for the New York City Dept. of Correction. From there, Prof. Sims moved west to attend law School at Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine, Prof. Sims was elected vice-president of the Black Law Student Association, while also working as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office. Professor Sims earned his JD in 1995 and immediately joined the DA’s office where he has enjoyed a long career as a prosecutor. During his tenure as a District Attorney Prof. Sims has prosecuted a variety of cases, from simple larceny cases to homicides, generally to a positive result. Most recently Prof. Sims was assigned to the Major Narcotics Unit and tasked with prosecuting major importers of large amounts of controlled substances into the U.S., working closely with multi-jurisdictional task forces including FBI, DEA and ICE. Professor Sims is an active member of the California State Bar.

Louis Greenwald
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., UC Davis School of Law, 1999
Louis Greenwald is a partner at the law firm Choi & Greenwald. His practice focuses primarily on employment and contract law matters. Over the years, Professor Greenwald has successfully represented clients at trial and in administrative hearings. Professor Greenwald regularly presents workshops for the non-profit organization, California Lawyers for the Arts. He is an active member of the California State Bar and a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Larry Fieselman
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1978
B.A., Kansas State Universality, 1969
Larry Fieselman earned his JD from Southwestern University in 1978. A practicing attorney for 35 years, Professor Fieselman has worked as a member of a firm as well as a sole practitioner. He has experience in bankruptcy, civil litigation, family law, criminal law and appeals. He formerly taught at CSULB in the graduate business department. He is an active member of the California State Bar.

Simina A. Gentry
Assistant Professor of Law
Harvard University, Extension School, Legal Studies Certificate
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Masters of Law
Titu M. Law School, L.L.B. (J.D.)
Academy of Economic Studies, BMAA (Business Management)

After graduating with an honorable academic record from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, attorney Gentry joined in the law practice of one of the most prestigious law firms, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Having obtained a business degree prior to the law degree, Professor Gentry expanded her practice to offer legal services with an individualized attention to each client’s needs by founding her private law firm and focusing primarily on business and estate planning related matters, whether transactional or litigation. Professor Gentry believes that thoroughness and attention to detail in each case is important for success regardless of the legal matter at stake, and intends to infuse these principles in the classroom. She is also an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Panel (2015 – Present).Simina Gentry is an active member of the California State Bar.

Flavia Lloyd
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Abraham Lincoln University, 2013
M.A., American Public University, 2013
B.S., University of Phoenix, 2011
Before graduating from law school, Professor Lloyd worked for 12 years in the immigration law field as a supervising immigration paralegal. While in law school, Professor Lloyd volunteered at immigration clinics and other immigration-related organizations. After passing the bar exam, Professor Lloyd became a full-time professor and immigration attorney at Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law. In addition to her teaching responsibilities as a bar review instructor and adjunct faculty at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, Professor Lloyd practices family and employment-based immigration law. She also devotes her time to scholarly work by writing research papers and presenting them at national and international conferences.

Anthony Radogna
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., La Verne Law School
B.A., Cal Poly Pomona, 2001
Anthony Radogna worked for over 5 years as an Investigator for the State Bar of California’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel (“OCTC”), investigating a wide-range of ethical complaints brought against attorneys.
In addition, he served on specialized task force teams and has experience investigating the unauthorized practice of law (Business and Professions code section 6126.3), abandoned law practices, disbarred and resigned attorneys, and other activities such as drug abuse and physical or mental illness (Business and Professions code section 6180 and 6190).
He is admitted to practice law in California and the United States Central District Court.
Anthony now provides advice, consultations, and representation to California attorneys involved in State Bar proceedings, from resolving complaints, to defense in State Bar trials and appeals.
Anthony graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Cal Poly Pomona. He received his Juris Doctorate from La Verne Law School and became a licensed attorney in 2008. He also holds a LL.M in Criminal Law and Practice from Southwestern Law School.
He currently serves as the 2nd Vice President in the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel and is a member in the national Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

Steven E. Wohn
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Southwestern School of Law, 1981
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
Mr. Wohn has practiced law in Torrance California since 1982. He was formerly a partner in the mid-size South Bay business law firm named Toomey, Artiano and Wohn, and has been practicing as a sole practitioner since 2000. The areas of Mr. Wohn’s practice includes real estate, business litigation and transactional work with a heavy emphasis on real estate contract matters, adjoining landowner disputes, condominium law, business formation and complex real estate litigation. He is an active member of the California State Bar.

Jennifer Baez-Silva
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Irvine University College of Law, 2009
B.A., University of Arizona, 2003
Professor Baez-Silva is an alumnus of Irvine University College of Law and received her J.D. in 2009. She has experience in providing high level support to various companies’ management and real estate professionals across several business lines in various tasks including; drafting, reviewing and/or negotiating transactional documents. Professor Baez-Silva is an active member of the California State Bar.

Charles Swartz, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, 1987
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984 Magna Cum Laude
Mr. Swartz graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of California, Los Angeles in 1984 where he majored in Economics. He received his Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley in 1987 where he graduated in the top third of class.
Charles A. Swartz specializes in business and commercial litigation, business torts and employment law, including discrimination and wage and hour claims. He has tried numerous cases during his 30 years as a trial attorney. He has extensive experience in the representation of both employers and employees in employment matters. Mr. Swartz has also represented developers, lenders, contractors and manufacturer’s representatives in commercial, contract, real estate and construction defect litigation. Mr. Swartz has been practicing in Orange County since 1987 and is currently the litigation partner in the Irvine and Tustin based law firm of Cornman & Swartz. Mr. Swartz’s primary areas of practice are business litigation, employment law and family law

Anthony Seferian, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., University of Southern California Law, 1989
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1986
Anthony Seferian is a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice, where he has worked for the past 16 years. Currently, he is a member of the Civil Rights Enforcement Section, which he joined in 2007. Previously, he worked in the Attorney General’s Health, Education & Welfare Section. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he was a litigator in private practice.
He was a grader for the California Bar Examination for five years, and has graded thousands of California Bar Exam essays. From 2010 to 2013 he was an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, where he taught courses in civil rights and real property. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center.

Johnny Griggs, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School, 1983
B.A., Lewis and Clark College, 1980
Johnny Griggs earned his J.J. from Yale Law School in 1983. As a lawyer and partner at prominent firms such as Sidley Austin, Johnny has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises in high-stakes, employment-related and complex business litigation matters. As a civil activist, Johnny has restructured, led and counseled a number of significant public benefit corporations, as well as represented clients successfully in significant civil rights litigation. As a consultant, he has advised numerous entities on issues related to human resources, diversity, strategic planning, governance and corporate culture.