Law Faculty

College of Law

George C. Leal
Dean, College of Law and Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
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 sectors. He started his career in 1980 as a trial attorney with the U. S. Department of Justice, serving five year with the Antitrust Division including being assigned to the trial staff of U.S. v. AT&T. Over the next twenty-five years, Dean Leal practiced as a civil litigator and trial attorney in San Francisco, eventually becoming a partner of Chan, Doi & Leal. A such, he represented a wide variety of corporate and commercial clients, along with numerous individual clients in employment and unlawful discrimination claims. Dean Leal was also involved in various pro bono matters, including serving as a pro tem Superior Court Judge and court-appointed mediator in pending state and federal court cases.

In 2009, Dean Leal returned to public service with his appointment as the Director for Educational Standards working for the California State Bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners where he was involved in the Committee’s oversight of all non-ABA-approved legal education in California.

Dean Leal is also an experienced legal educator having served on the faculty of San Francisco Law School from 1991 through 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and his J.D, degree at the University of San Francisco School Of Law and has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1980.


Nicholas Edward Trent
Interim Dean and Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
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.

Charles Mandel
Associate Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
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.


Tracy Sims
Associate Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
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
EDUCATION:
J.D., UC Davis School of Law, 1999
B.A., UCLA, 1993, SUMMA CUM LAUDE
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
EDUCATION:
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.

Anthony Radogna
Assistant Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
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.

Johnny Griggs, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
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.

Probal Young, J.D.
Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1996
Professor Young earned his J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1996 and, since then, he has practiced civil law as a litigator and trial attorney in both northern and southern California specializing in the defense of catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice and other complex civil liability. Professor Young is also a very experienced legal educator having served for 12 years on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy College of Law in Pleasant Hill where he taught a variety of classes including Remedies, Trial Practice and Electronic Discovery. He currently practices law in Irvine with the national firm Gordon, Rees, Scully & Mansukhani, LLP and is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Gordon Smearer, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
J.D., Irvine University College of Law, 2015
Professor Smearer earned his J.D. degree from Irvine University College of Law in 2015. He started his career with the U.S. Army as a con-commissioned officer and tank commander. After leaving active duty, Professor Smearer started his 25+ year career in law enforcement with his appointment to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and, currently, the Torrance Police Department where he serves as a sworn officer. Professor Smearer is also an experienced trial attorney prosecuting and trying misdemeanor criminal cases for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Melissa Petrofsky, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
J.D., Whitter Law School, 2007
B.S., Culver-Stockton College
Professor Petrofsky earned her J.D. degree at Whitter Law School in 2007 after earning her B.S. degree at the Culver-Stockton College. She is the principal of the Petrofsky Law firm that specializes in business and employment litigation and advice and counsel to small businesses. Professor Petrofsky is an active member of the California State Bar and serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference of California Bar Associations.

Susan McCormick, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
J.D., Western State University Law School, 2007
M.S., California State University, 2016
B.A., California State University, 1993
Professor McCormick earned her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Western State University Law School in 2007. She earned her B.A. degree in 1993 and her M.S. degree in counseling in 2016 from California State University, Fullerton. Professor McCormick provided pro bono legal working with the Orange County Legal Aid Office and Public Law Center and now practicing law in Orange County where she specializes in workers’ compensation law. She is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Cherol Katz, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
EDUCATION:
J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.A., University of California
Professor Katz earned her J.D. degree at Western State University College of Law and her B.A. degree in English at the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Katz has practiced law in both the public and private sector working as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Garden Grove and with the well-regarded law firm Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. She was also the assistant V.P. of business and legal Affairs at Concorde-New Horizons Motion Picture Corporation and the V.P. of Business & Legal Affairs at TeleSeminars, Inc. and was the as Associate Director of the Orange County Anti-Defamation League where she was involved in various Civil Rights and Discrimination cases and matters. As a legal educator, Professor Katz has 30 years of experience teaching at Western State University College of Law, U.C.I., South Coast College, Cerritos College and in both the undergraduate and graduate schools of the University of Phoenix. She is also frequently asked to appear on radio as a legal commentator. Professor Katz has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1989.