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Trinity Law School – Deans

Dana Clark

Dana Clark

ASSOCIATE DEAN

Daniele Le

Daniele Le

ASSISTANT DEAN

Myron Steeves

DEAN

J.D., Georgetown University B.A., Biola University
Myron Steeves has served as a law professor at Trinity Law School since 1992. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Steeves has practiced law in the nonprofit area, particularly advising churches. Professor Steeves frequently speaks on issues including the integration of faith and law, legal careers as tools for Christian ministry, law and public policy, and law and theology.

Dana Clark

ASSOCIATE DEAN

J.D., Western State University College of Law B.A., Point Loma College
Professor Clark is an Orange County native. Growing up in the City of Anaheim, he graduated from Anaheim Union High School. He then attended Point Loma College in San Diego where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. He twice published while studying at Point Loma College before earning his degree. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton while working full-time for the in-house counsel operation of State Farm Insurance Companies. During his time as a student at Western State, Professor Clark was on the Law Review where he again was published. While in law school he also served as an officer both in student government and in his law fraternity, was active in moot court, and served as a teaching assistant. After having passed the California Bar Examination, he first was engaged as an attorney at the firm of Parker, Stanbury, McGee, Babcock and Combs where he began his practice in civil litigation and appeals. Thereafter, he was a senior associate trial attorney at the Law Offices of Richard J. Wianecki; house counsel for Safeco Insurance Companies. In 2007, Professor Clark left Safeco to open his own private practice where he has continued to practice civil litigation and appeals. He has also expanded his practice into the areas of transactions, contracts, and estate planning. He has been AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell for over 10 years and began serving as a Temporary Judge for the Orange County Superior court over 12 years ago. During the same time, Professor Clark has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Western State University, College of Law and at Trinity Law School, and an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University, Irvine where he currently serves as a lead course instructor in two of their courses. He instructs classes at Concordia University, Irvine including Business Law and Ethical Principles of Successful Businesses. At the law school level, Professor Clark has taught courses including Torts, Contracts, Wills, Trusts, Remedies, Products Liability, Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Logic and Advocacy, Legal Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation Skills. During his time as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School, he once again published an article in their Law Review. Professor Clark joined the full-time faculty at Trinity Law School in August 2013 and is emphasizing his instruction in the areas of Torts and Remedies. He is also active in the community where he continues to serve the Orange County Superior Court as a Temporary Judge and is currently the Chairman of the Council of Elders at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California.

Daniele Le

ASSISTANT DEAN

J.D., Chapman University School of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Daniele Le is an Assistant Dean at Trinity Law School, where she oversees the Online Juris Doctor program and the Legal Research & Writing program.  She teaches Legal Research & Writing I and Legal Research & Writing II.

Professor Le has been a Lecturer in Law for the residential program at the USC Gould School of Law, where she taught Legal Writing to LL.M. students and supervised LL.M. and M.C.L. students in Directed Research. She has also taught Topics in American Law as part of USC’s online LL.M. and MSL programs. Previously, she served as the Director of Academic Support at Trinity Law School.

Professor Le received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then attended the Chapman University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Chapman Law Review and an extern for the late Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A member of the California State Bar since December 2006, she practiced primarily in the area of municipal finance, where she represented California school districts, water districts, and special districts.

Trinity Law School – Full Time Faculty

Adeline A. Allen

Adeline A. Allen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Narcis Brasov

Narcis Brasov

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Andrew DeLoach

Andrew DeLoach

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Craig Hawkins

Craig Hawkins

VISITING SCHOLAR, CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

R. Neil Rodgers

R. Neil Rodgers

VISITING PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Full Time Faculty

Joy Statler

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND CLINICAL PROGRAMS

Trinity Law School – Full Time Faculty

Kevin Holsclaw

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Adeline A. Allen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

J.D., Regent University School of Law B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Adeline A. Allen teaches Contracts and Tort law. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Anthropology, Professor Allen taught English as a Second Language. In law school, she was part of the honors track and studied on a full academic merit scholarship. She also served as the Executive Editor of the Regent University Law Review. She was a 2017-18 Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where her work on the boundaries of contract as grounded in natural law and applied to surrogacy contracts was published by the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She has also published in the areas of defamation and tech law, as well as the relationship of Internet statutory protection and sharing-economy platforms.

Narcis Brasov

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

University of Southern California Biola University Talbot School of Theology Trinity Law School
After receiving two bachelor’s degrees (Spanish and Philosophy) from the University of Southern California, Narcis Brasov went on to attend Biola University where he received a master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (2002) from Talbot School of Theology. Thereafter, Professor Brasov taught Spanish (and for a few years, Philosophy) at Norwalk High School, where he also served as Foreign Language Department Chair and on the Principal’s Advisory Committee. Professor Brasov graduated from Trinity Law School in 2017 at the top of his class, and joined the faculty as an Adjunct Professor in January 2018 for the MLS program, and an Assistant Professor in June 2018 in the JD program. Aside from teaching, he practices law in the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning. Professor Brasov is active in the Spanish-speaking ministry at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California, where he attends with his wife and daughter.

Andrew DeLoach

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

J.D., California Western School of Law B.A., University of California, San Diego F.C.A., International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights
Andrew DeLoach received his B.A. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego. While there, he competed with the Trial Team and served as Vice President of the Federalist Society. After law school, Professor DeLoach attended the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and became a Fellow of the Academy. From 2009–2012, he hosted a radio program discussing Christian apologetics, world religions. He has published articles in the Journal of Christian Legal Thought, Public Discourse, and Modern Reformation, and co-authored a book chapter titled “Myth and Resurrection,” in The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics (New Reformation Press, 2016). His teaching and research interests include human rights and international law, religious freedom, philosophy of law, law, and literature, and law, religion, and culture. Professor DeLoach practiced in civil litigation and appeals for several years before opening his own practice specializing in estate planning and probate. He teaches courses in International Human Rights; International Law; Constitutional Law; and Jurisprudence. He is Director and Professor of the summer International Human Rights program in The Hague, Netherlands, and Strasbourg, France. Prof. DeLoach also oversees the Human Rights track of the MLS program, for which he has created and taught courses in International Human Rights Law, Philosophy and Theology of Justice, and The Law of Genocide. He also teaches at Chapman University (M.A. and School of Law), and has taught in the Department of History and Political Thought at Concordia University, Irvine.

Craig Hawkins

VISITING SCHOLAR, CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

M.A., Simon Greenleaf University M.A., Trinity Graduate School M.A., Claremont Graduate University B.A., University of California, Irvine
Professor Hawkins has taught at Trinity for a number of years. Classes he has taught include Jurisprudence, Ethics and the Profession, Bioethics and the Law, Human Rights, and Legal Institutions and Values. In 2014, he became the Visiting Scholar for the Center of Human Rights. He is involved in a number of ministries outside his TLS teaching responsibilities, including hosting a radio program titled “Living by the Word” (airing in southern California on Sundays from 10pm-12am on 99.5 FM) and an online program titled “The College of Theology”. He is the founder and president of Apologetics Information Ministry (A.I.M.) and has hosted and co-hosted many other radio programs centered on themes of apologetics, biblical teaching, and faith & culture. He has also published on religious occult movements. Professor Hawkins has taught at Biola University, Concordia University, Simon Greenleaf University, with the Talbot Institute of Biblical Studies (TIBS), and other institutions, on apologetics, cults, epistemology, ethics, jurisprudence, legal institutions and values, logic, the occult, relativism, religious pluralism, theology, world-views, and related issues.

R. Neil Rodgers

VISITING PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Neil Rodgers has practiced law privately in areas of bankruptcy, Chapter 11 reorganizations, workouts and debtor-creditor law. He has represented clients in all facets of bankruptcy practice, including service as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustee and counsel to trustees. He formed and advised business entities and handled business litigation in state and federal courts in addition to advising corporations on merger & acquisition matters and representing corporations in securities and IPO cases. Professor Rodgers also handled family law matters and served as special bankruptcy to the Orange County Tax Collector from 2006-2010. Professor Rodgers has taught at Trinity since 2001. He has taught many electives, as well as doctrinal courses, in Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Torts, Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, and Community Property. He also coaches Trinity’s interscholastic Moot Court team and provides consulting to Trinity alumni who are building bankruptcy practices.

Joy Statler

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND CLINICAL PROGRAMS

J.D., Trinity Law School
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in history, Joy Statler went on to attend Trinity Law School and graduated with her JD in 2006. While a student at Trinity, she was a staff editor of the Trinity Law Review, served as student body president, and interned at the Pacific Justice Institute. Shortly after graduating from law school, Professor Statler became an admissions counselor at Trinity and later the staff attorney of the Christian Legal Aid Office. At the Christian Legal Aid Office, she primarily practiced family law, including custody and guardianship cases and domestic violence restraining orders, in addition to other civil matters. In 2010, Professor Statler became the supervising attorney of the Trinity Law Clinic at the Orange County Rescue Mission. The law clinic operates as an internship for Trinity students to receive hands-on practice experience while serving the residents of one of the largest long-term homeless shelters in America. Presently, Professor Statler works as a liaison with the other clinical programs of Trinity to provide more top-notch internship opportunities and create other organizational partnerships to enhance the experience of Trinity students while the programs provide valuable legal services to the local community and beyond. As an Assistant Professor, she also provides academic counseling and guidance to students to help them excel in class and prepare for the bar exam.

Kevin Holsclaw

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

J.D., Pepperdine Law School
M.A., Trinity Graduate School
B.A., Whittier College
Kevin Holsclaw served as Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislation in the United States Department of Justice and formerly served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the California Department of Justice with the responsibility for development of criminal justice policy for the California Attorney General. He also participated as a member of the Megan’s Law Task Force, the U.S.-Medico Border Task Force, and the National Association of Attorneys General Task Force concerning the Victim’s Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from Victims, Families and Survivors of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Randolph Award, the highest award given by the United States Department of Justice, and the Marvin Award, given each year to the outstanding attorney by the National Association of Attorneys General. Professor Holsclaw also served as Legislative Counsel to Congressman Dan Lungren from 2005-2013 and served as Interim Dean of Trinity Law School in 2001.

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

George Ackerman

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Mark Allen III

Mark Allen III

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Anne Bachle Fifer

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Matthew Batezel

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

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Kristin Bengfort

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Preston Branaugh

Preston Branaugh

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

B. Tyler Brooks

B. Tyler Brooks

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Brittany Bulthuis

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

William Campbell

William Campbell

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Kenneth Chinn

INSTRUCTOR - CRIMINAL LAW

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Eddie Colanter

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Zach Cormier

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

William Evans

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Loyst Fletcher

Loyst Fletcher

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Stephanie Forbes

Stephanie Forbes

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Lora S. Friedman

Lora S. Friedman

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

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Jason Gaudy

INSTRUCTOR

Robert Grant

Robert Grant

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Venus Griffith Trunnel

Venus Griffith Trunnel

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Bruce Harbin

Bruce Harbin

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Chris Henderson

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

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Michele IronCastle

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Christopher Kall

Christopher Kall

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Bryan Kazarian

Bryan Kazarian

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Dr. Stephen Kennedy

Dr. Stephen Kennedy

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Ryul Kim

Ryul Kim

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Ronald Larson

Ronald Larson

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Daniel Lopez

Judge Daniel S. Lopez

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Eric Mackey-Fitzgerald

Eric Mackey-Fitzgerald

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Kelli Marsh

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Andrew McCarron

Andrew McCarron

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Ken McDonald

Ken McDonald

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

William Overtoom

William Overtoom

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Laurie Ellen Park

Laurie Ellen Park

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Michael Peffer

Michael Peffer

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Chester Puchalski

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Trevor Roberts

INSTRUCTOR

Trinity Law School – Adjunct Faculty Directory

Lisa Runquist

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Stephen Shepard

Stephen Shepard

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Laurie A. Stewart

Laurie A. Stewart

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

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Meghan Taylor

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Rachel Toberty

Rachel Toberty

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Lloyd Tooks

Lloyd Tooks

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Christine Torres

Christine Torres

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Dr. Thaddeus Williams

Dr. Thaddeus Williams

AFFILIATE FACULTY MEMBER

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Kelsey Zorzi

PROMOTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD: A LOOK AT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY’S CURRENT EFFORTS

Kelsey Zorzi serves as Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International. She leads efforts to address and counter global persecution against Christians and other religious minorities. Based in New York City, Zorzi engages with relevant UN and international bodies as well as U.S.-based institutions, including the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congress, and USCIRF, in order to reassert freedom of religion as foundational to the international human rights framework. In 2018, she was elected president of the United Nations’ NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Zorzi earned her J.D. at the George Washington University Law School, where she participated in the GW-Oxford International Human Rights Law Program and won first place in the 2013 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition. She is admitted to the state bars in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Steven D. Smith

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN A NATION “UNDER GOD”

Steven D. Smith is Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. He is Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Law & Religion, and Co-Executive Director for the Institute for Law & Philosophy. He writes widely in the areas of religious freedom, constitutional law, and legal philosophy. His books that deal most directly with religious freedom include Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac (Eerdmans 2018), The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom (Harvard 2014), and Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford 1995). Professor Smith has taught at the University of San Diego since 2002. Before coming to San Diego he was the Robert and Marion Short Professor at Notre Dame Law School and the Byron R. White Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. Professor Smith earned his J.D. from Yale in 1979 and his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1976. He and his wife Merina have five children.

Timothy Shah

THE FOUNDATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Timothy Samuel Shah serves as Vice President for Strategy and International Research and the Director of the South and Southeast Asia Action Team of the Religious Freedom Institute. He serves as non-resident Research Professor of Government at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. Until mid-2018, he served as Director for International Research at the Religious Freedom Research Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He is a political scientist specializing in religious freedom as well as in the broad relationship between religious and political dynamics in theory, history, and contemporary practice. He has directed or co-directed numerous grant-funded collaborative research initiatives, including a Pew-funded study of evangelical Protestantism and politics that generated three volumes with Oxford University Press; a Harvard University-based study of religion and global politics; a study supported by the Templeton-funded Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs research initiative on Christianity and freedom; a multi-year standing seminar on religion and religious freedom and their relationship to human nature and human experience, which led to a volume published by Cambridge; and a study he co-directed with Daniel Philpott on contemporary Christian responses to persecution, which also led to a volume published by Cambridge. Shah is author of Even if There is No God: Hugo Grotius and the Secular Foundations of Modern Political Liberalism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2021); Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right (Witherspoon Institute, 2012); and, with Monica Duffy Toft and Daniel Philpott, God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (W.W. Norton and Company, 2011). He is also editor of numerous volumes, including, with Daniel Philpott, Under Caesar’s Sword: Christian Responses to Persecution (Cambridge University Press, 2018); with Jack Friedman, Homo Religiosus?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2018); with Allen Hertzke, Christianity and Freedom: Historical Perspectives and Christianity and Freedom: Contemporary Perspectives (both with Cambridge University Press, 2016); with Thomas Farr and Jack Friedman, Religious Freedom and Gay Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016); and with Alfred Stepan and Monica Duffy Toft, Rethinking Religion and World Affairs (Oxford University Press, 2012). His articles on religion, religious freedom, and global politics, in history and in the contemporary world, have appeared in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Journal of Law and Religion, the Journal of Democracy, the Review of PoliticsFides et Historia, and elsewhere.

Rebecca Shah

THE IMPACT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

Rebecca Samuel Shah serves as Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the South and Southeast Asia Action Team for the Religious Freedom Institute. A pioneering scholar of the impact of religious belief and practice on the social and economic lives of poor women in the Global South, Shah currently serves as Research Professor at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, where she is the Principal Investigator for the Religion and Economic Empowerment Project (REEP), funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Shah holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Economic History and a Master’s of Science in Demography, both from the London School of Economics. She is also an associate scholar with Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project, and is Project Leader of the Holy Avarice Project on religion and modern capitalism at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. From 1998 to 2002, Shah served as a Research Analyst with the World Bank’s Human Development Network. She is the author of Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development, and Religious Freedom (Fortress Press, 2018).

Francis Beckwith

FAITH, REASON, AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, at Baylor University, where he also serves as Resident Scholar in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). With his appointment in the department of philosophy, he also teaches in several other academic units of the university: political science, religion, and medical humanities. He is the author of over 100 academic articles, book chapters, reference entries, and reviews. Among his over twenty books are Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant, published in 2019 by Baylor University Press, as well as Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (2007) and Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (2015), both published by Cambridge University Press. Taking Rites Seriously is the winner of the American Academy of Religion’s prestigious 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Constructive-Reflective Studies. A graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (M.J.S.) and Fordham University, where he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy, he has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Notre Dame, and Princeton University. His website is francisbeckwith.com.

Israel Cortez

Admissions Counselor

Melissa Davis

Admissions Counselor

Dr. Stephen Kennedy

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Ph.D, University of Southern California M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary B.A., University of Southern California
Dr. Stephen Kennedy was a Congressional Fellow in the United States Senate in 1986 and was a speechwriter in the US Department of Health and Human Services for the three years following his fellowship. He has taught at Georgetown University, Concordia University – Irvine, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is director of the Human Rights Project at the Timothy Center for Sustainable Transformation and an adjunct faculty member at Biola University and Trinity Law School. At Trinity, Dr. Kennedy teaches Jurisprudence and Legal Institutions and Values, as well as the Summer Human Rights Program in Strasbourg, France.

Lisa Runquist

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., University of Minnesota B.A., Hamline University
Lisa A. Runquist, an attorney in Los Angeles, CA, has represented nonprofits for over 35 years. She is the winner of both the Outstanding Lawyer Award and the Vanguard (Lifetime Achievement) Award from ABA Business Law Section, NP Committee. She is the author/editor of Guide to Representing Religious Organizations (2009), The ABC’s of Nonprofits (2005), Nonprofit Resources (2007), as well as serving as ABA Liaison to the ALI/ABA Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations, ABA Advisor to ULC Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act (finalized 2008) and to the ULC Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act (finalized 2011). Her spare time is spent with her husband, Mike Savage, and competing with her three standard poodles.

Trevor Roberts

INSTRUCTOR

J.D., Trinity Law School

Chester Puchalski

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Kelli Marsh

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Trinity Law School

Judge Daniel S. Lopez

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Loyola University of Chicago M.A., Claremont Graduate University B.A., Claremont McKenna College
In 1989, Judge Daniel S. Lopez was first appointed to the East Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor George Deukmejian. In 1994, Judge Lopez was elevated to the Superior Court by Governor Pete Wilson. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Graduate University and Loyola Law School. As an attorney, Judge Lopez worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Orange County Public Defender’s Office, and was in private practice for ten years prior to his appointment to the bench. During the course of his 24 year career as a Superior Court Judge for the County of Los Angeles, Judge Lopez specialized in criminal assignments covering misdemeanor cases, felony matters and juvenile delinquency cases. Judge Lopez has served as a supervising judge at East Los Angeles Court, Pomona Juvenile Court and West Covina Court. Although he officially retired last year, Judge Lopez continues to pursue his passion of working with the youth of the El Monte City School District, where he established their Mock Trial Academy in 2010. Judge Lopez also continues to preside over their monthly sessions of Truancy Court and Teen Court. Most importantly, Judge Lopez has been a member of Trinity Law School’s Adjunct Faculty for almost 20 years, where he teaches Trial Advocacy and Juvenile Law & Procedure. Currently, Judge Lopez is on assignment as a retired judge in the East District of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the Pomona Courthouse. Judge Lopez is one of eight children born into the Lopez family, where he grew up in the South Gate area of Los Angeles County. He and his wife, Yolanda, have been married for over 40 years and have four adult children and one precious granddaughter.

Michele IronCastle

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Trinity Law School B.A., California State University, Fullerton
Michele IronCastle is a solo practitioner in the area of civil litigation. She received her J.D. from Trinity Law School and her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton. Ms. IronCastle’s experience ranges from working at the Christian Legal Aid Office assisting needy clients in Orange County pro bono to practicing law as a sole practitioner. She has served as second chair in an employment trial, resulting in a $477,000 jury verdict for her clients. Additionally, she was an associate attorney in a legal team for the Tijero v. Aaron Brothers class action lawsuit, which settled for $900,000. Ms. IronCastle has done extensive motion work and has argued before the Court of Appeal for her clients. In her free time, she serves as JV manager for the Ice Lions, the JSerra High School ice hockey team, for their 2015-16 season. She was manager for their previous season as well. Before the Ice Lions, Ms. IronCastle was involved as a team manager for the Orange County Hockey Club from 2011 to 2014. She joined the Trinity Law School faculty in 2016.

Kevin Holsclaw

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

J.D., Pepperdine Law School
M.A., Trinity Graduate School
B.A., Whittier College
Kevin Holsclaw served as Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislation in the United States Department of Justice and formerly served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the California Department of Justice with the responsibility for development of criminal justice policy for the California Attorney General. He also participated as a member of the Megan’s Law Task Force, the U.S.-Medico Border Task Force, and the National Association of Attorneys General Task Force concerning the Victim’s Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from Victims, Families and Survivors of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Randolph Award, the highest award given by the United States Department of Justice, and the Marvin Award, given each year to the outstanding attorney by the National Association of Attorneys General. Professor Holsclaw also served as Legislative Counsel to Congressman Dan Lungren from 2005-2013 and served as Interim Dean of Trinity Law School in 2001.

Chris Henderson

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

Jason Gaudy

INSTRUCTOR

J.D., Trinity Law School

William Evans

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Zach Cormier

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Pepperdine Law School

Eddie Colanter

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

BA, University of California San Diego MA, Simon Greenleaf University MA, Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University MA, Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University

Kenneth Chinn

INSTRUCTOR - CRIMINAL LAW

J.D., Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles

Brittany Bulthuis

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law

Kristin Bengfort

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
Kristin is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School and a partner at Nordhoff Bengfort. Kristin is a California Certified Family Law Specialist with nearly 15 years of practice experience. She teaches Community Property and Family Law. Kristin received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a Newport Beach native and is an active presence in her community, with two young children of her own. In addition to being a wife and mother, Kristin serves on the boards of Casa Theresa (a non-profit organization providing services to pregnant women in crisis) and the Lido Island Yacht Club.

Matthew Batezel

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Anne Bachle Fifer

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

JD, University of Michigan Law School

George Ackerman

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

JD, MBA, PhD, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Thaddeus Williams

AFFILIATE FACULTY MEMBER

Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam M.A., Talbot School of Theology B.A., Biola University
Dr. Thaddeus Williams began serving the Trinity Law School community in 2013. His Jurisprudence and Legal Institutions and Values courses challenge students to integrate their study of law with the distinctives of a biblical worldview, while meaningfully engaging the various philosophical and political ideologies that shape law and public policy. Professor Williams earned his Ph.D. in Theology with highest honors at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology. His books include Love, Freedom, and Evil (Rodopi, 2011), and The Exchange (AIMBooks, 2013), along with multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, blogs, and books. He serves as editor of the annual virtue edition of the Journal of Christian Legal Thought, a lecturer for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a Senior Fellow of the TruthXChange Thinktank, and a teaching pastor at TerraNova Church. Professor Williams has taught internationally, including Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowships in Holland and Switzerland, and currently teaches Systematic Theology at Biola University. He lives in Orange County with his wife and three daughters.

Christine Torres

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Christine received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, Long Beach in 2004. She attended Trinity Law School from 2004-2007, where she was a member of the Moot Court team and Law Review, and she interned with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She has been practicing for over 10 years. A highlight for her career thus far was working on The Scharpen Foundation v Becerra case. The research she assisted with evidencing that the state law, the FACT Act, targeted pro-life pregnancy clinics, was cited by Supreme Court Justices in the sister case of NIFLA v Becerra, 585 U.S. ___ (2018). Christine and her husband Greg have been married for 30 years, and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Her husband is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Hollywood, where they have been ministering for almost 4 years. Christine teaches in the children’s ministry and women’s ministry.

Lloyd Tooks

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Howard University School of Law B.A., Whittier College
Lloyd Tooks is a California native, born and raised in San Diego. Upon graduating from San Diego High School, he attended Whittier College on a football scholarship. After graduating from Whittier College, he attended Howard University School of Law, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, cum laude. He was also a member and officer of the Howard Law Journal. After graduation from Howard, Professor Tooks was selected to be a law clerk for the Honorable James M. Carter, Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After his one-year clerkship, Professor Tooks was hired as an associate attorney with the then-San Francisco law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. After two years with Pillsbury he left to become a founding partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Sanders & Tisdale. Four years later, he began his career as a sole practitioner in San Diego, specializing in federal court litigation concerning employment discrimination and constitutional issues. From 1985 through 2000, Professor Tooks was also a lecturer and trainer for employers regarding employment discrimination law and workplace diversity. Professor Tooks began his career as an adjunct professor of law at Trinity in 1998, teaching the Employment Discrimination Law course. He continues to teach that course while also continuing his federal court litigation practice.

Rachel Toberty

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Meghan Taylor

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Chapman University School of Law
Meghan O. Taylor teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. She received her undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at Point Loma she played for the nationally ranked Women’s Volleyball team and studied abroad in Galway, Ireland. In the year prior to attending law school she served in AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps. Professor Taylor attended law school at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, CA where she served on the Executive Board of Chapman’s Journal of Criminal Justice and was a member of the Mock Trial team, winning a National Championship at the American Bar Association’s Arbitration competition. She earned a Juris Doctor degree and passed the California State Bar exam on her first attempt. Professor Taylor clerked with both the Orange County Office of the Public Defender and the San Diego Office of the Public Defender. Prior to opening her own firm, she spent eight years at a prestigious Orange County Criminal Defense firm.

Laurie A. Stewart

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Chapman University School of Law B.A., California State University Fullerton
Laurie is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School, currently teaching Legal Research & Writing and Christian ADR. Originally from Iowa, Laurie moved to California to go to college, earning her B.A. from California University Fullerton. In 2003, Laurie graduated from Chapman University School of Law, earning her J.D. degree. While in law school, she served as the Associate Managing Editor for the Nexus Journal, where she also published an article, Reviving Religious Liberty in America 8 Nexus J. Op. 151 (2003) (a historical examination of the First Amendment establishment clause and the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution). Additionally, she served as the Vice-President of the Christian Legal Society, participated in Mock Trial competition, was selected as a Dean’s Fellow to teach legal research to first-year law students. After earning her law degree, she worked with Dr. John Eastman, supervising summer Blackstone Fellow students. Laurie started practicing law in 2003, first in California, then in Iowa. Her legal experience has focused on Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Municipal Law. In Iowa, she served as President for Iowa Association of Mediators and on the Council for the ADR section of the Iowa State Bar Association. Laurie had the privilege of serving on the Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Task Force ADR Work Group. Additionally, she is a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Laurie teaches seminars to universities, colleges, churches, and other groups all over the world on Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Christian Apologetics. As a civil litigator, Laurie has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of civil matters, including defending religious liberty and traditional family values. She has worked with several public interest groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Pacific Justice Institute, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and Center for Individual Freedom. In 2006, she received the C. William Carlson award from Pacific Justice Institute for her “exceptional level of integrity and commitment.” Laurie has served on the boards of the Iowa Association of Mediators, Marketplace Women of Orange County, Orange County chapter of the Federalist Society, Orange County Women Lawyers, and Camp Berachah. She currently sits on the board of Intelligent Faith and Women in Apologetics and is on the Advisory Board for Christ Transformational Ministries. Laurie currently works as an associate attorney for Fraser, Watson & Croutch. Additionally, she is finishing her Master’s Thesis for her M.A. degree in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. She and her husband John have three grown daughters, and an energetic German Shepherd.

Joy Statler

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND CLINICAL PROGRAMS

J.D., Trinity Law School
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in history, Joy Statler went on to attend Trinity Law School and graduated with her JD in 2006. While a student at Trinity, she was a staff editor of the Trinity Law Review, served as student body president, and interned at the Pacific Justice Institute. Shortly after graduating from law school, Professor Statler became an admissions counselor at Trinity and later the staff attorney of the Christian Legal Aid Office. At the Christian Legal Aid Office, she primarily practiced family law, including custody and guardianship cases and domestic violence restraining orders, in addition to other civil matters. In 2010, Professor Statler became the supervising attorney of the Trinity Law Clinic at the Orange County Rescue Mission. The law clinic operates as an internship for Trinity students to receive hands-on practice experience while serving the residents of one of the largest long-term homeless shelters in America. Presently, Professor Statler works as a liaison with the other clinical programs of Trinity to provide more top-notch internship opportunities and create other organizational partnerships to enhance the experience of Trinity students while the programs provide valuable legal services to the local community and beyond. As an Assistant Professor, she also provides academic counseling and guidance to students to help them excel in class and prepare for the bar exam.

Stephen Shepard

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Stephen Shepard joined the Trinity Law School faculty in 2011 and teaches Contracts to first-year students. With a strong background in litigation, he practices in the areas of business law, real estate litigation, probate court matters and estate planning. Professor Shepard attends Refuge, a Calvary Chapel in Huntington Beach, where he and his wife, Bari, provide pre-marital counseling, coordinate the annual Married Couples Retreat, and participate on the after-service prayer team. He also enjoys surfing, mountain biking and chess.

R. Neil Rodgers

VISITING PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Neil Rodgers has practiced law privately in areas of bankruptcy, Chapter 11 reorganizations, workouts and debtor-creditor law. He has represented clients in all facets of bankruptcy practice, including service as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustee and counsel to trustees. He formed and advised business entities and handled business litigation in state and federal courts in addition to advising corporations on merger & acquisition matters and representing corporations in securities and IPO cases. Professor Rodgers also handled family law matters and served as special bankruptcy to the Orange County Tax Collector from 2006-2010. Professor Rodgers has taught at Trinity since 2001. He has taught many electives, as well as doctrinal courses, in Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Torts, Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, and Community Property. He also coaches Trinity’s interscholastic Moot Court team and provides consulting to Trinity alumni who are building bankruptcy practices.

Michael Parker

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., McGeorge School of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Michael L. Parker is an adjunct professor at Trinity Law School, where he teaches Insurance Law, Professional Responsibility and Remedies. Professor Parker received his J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, and his B.A. in History from UCLA. Professor Parker has over 25 years of experience practicing insurance coverage, real estate and business litigation in State and Federal Courts. Professor Parker has also provided pro bono representation in Constitutional and Civil Rights litigation involving Free Speech and Free Exercise of Religion issues. Professor Parker’s research interests include global issues in Defamation, Privacy and International Human Rights Law. Professor Parker and his family attend the Evangelical Free Church in Cypress, California.

Laurie Ellen Park

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Chapman University
Laurie Ellen Park teaches in the MLS program. Laurie Ellen received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University, cum laude, in Philosophy & English, Minoring in Business, with an Honors Concentration. She was awarded the Target All-Around Scholarship and the Connelly-Delourvrier Honors Program Award funding her undergraduate study at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School where she was active in Hurricane Katrina recovery work. Laurie Ellen Practiced environmental law for several years post-graduation and then transitioned into higher education and non-profit management. From there she moved into the tech sector. She is currently a Director at a tech company, the general counsel for a privately help corporation, and has her own start-up.

Michael Peffer

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Simon Greenleaf School of Law A.A., Orange Coast College
Michael Peffer spent the first ten years of his adult life pursuing pastoral ministry. Thereafter, God opened the doors for ministry through the law. In his early adult years, Professor Peffer worked in various pastoral ministries at churches in California, as well as a church in Ontario, Canada. He worked in insurance claims for over 12 years prior to and during the time he was attending law school at Simon Greenleaf University, now called Trinity Law School, in Santa Ana where he graduated Cum Laude. Professor Peffer is currently Senior Counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute and Director of its Santa Ana, CA office. He began practicing law at Lynberg and Watkins in downtown Los Angeles and worked there for two years. He then practiced at McCune & Harber, also in downtown Los Angeles, for seven years. He managed his own law practice, The Law Office of Michael J. Peffer, for nearly 3 years before coming to work for Pacific Justice Institute. His work in civil litigation often intersected with religious liberties. This included a case where the plaintiff was arguing that the religious corporation exemption for the California Fair Employment and Housing Act was unconstitutional, a case in which a liturgy teacher in a Catholic school was arguing that the “Ministerial Exception” did not apply to her, and cases where he argued that particular piece of litigation would put the court in the improper position of deciding doctrinal issues. Professor Peffer attends Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and is active in the Men’s Ministry, known as the Iron League. He has also taught classes at the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Costa Mesa. He has been married to his wife, Valarie, for over 30 years.

Ken McDonald

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., California State University, Long Beach
Kenneth McDonald has always had two great passions as a child, baseball and the law. After realizing that his true gifts were in law, he went to law school. During his law school days, Professor McDonald was hired by then Assistant District Attorney of Los Angeles County, Johnnie L. Cochran (O.J. Simpson fame) to work full-time in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Hardcore Gang Unit, where he was one of the first law clerks hired in the newly formed unit. After passing the California Bar Exam, Professor McDonald was led to work in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, where he had a mission to represent the indigent and needy members of our society. Professor McDonald has worked for over thirty three years in the Public Defender’s Office rising to the level of Senior Trial Attorney, handling the most complex Capital Cases. He also had another great passion, which was to influence the young. He therefore is fulfilling that passion by teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Death Penalty at Trinity Law School and formerly Simon Greenleaf Law Schools. He has taught for over 23 years, receiving Professor of the Year Award, and currently assists Trinity’s Criminal Law Association as their faculty advisor. He often helps the students in their preparation for Moot Court in the statewide and national competitions. Professor McDonald is active in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Bar Foundation and works with Project Shortstop, a nonprofit community-based education and criminal diversion program for at-risk juveniles in the greater Long Beach area and surrounding communities. He teaches students how to pass the California Bar Exam for a Bar Review Program, called “Barwinners.” He frequently speaks to school children in the greater Long Beach area, and can be found from time to time leading groups of students from Trinity or public schools on tours of the new Long Beach Courthouse, where he speaks to the students about his role as a Public Defender. Professor McDonald is married and has two beautiful daughters. He attends and serves at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest.

William Overtoom

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., California State University, Fullerton
William Overtoom has served as Senior Deputy District Attorney for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for over 33 years. He also served as Former Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, where he prosecuted at least 150 jury trials and hundreds of other types of hearings. Professor Overtoom has also argued cases on appeal at state, federal, and U.S. Supreme Court levels. He has been a member of the California State Bar since December 1980 and is also a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. Professor Overtoom joined the Trinity faculty in 2009 and teaches Criminal Law.

Andrew McCarron

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., California State University, Long Beach
Andrew McCarron is an experienced real estate and business litigation attorney and is currently a member of the firm of Harbin & McCarron. Professor McCarron is a Temporary Judge for the Orange County Superior Court. He also lectures for Continuing Education providers, including the Orange County Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy and the California Association of Realtors. At Trinity Law School, he teaches Contracts, Uniform Commercial Code and Property.

Eric Mackey-Fitzgerald

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Trinity Law School
Eric Mackey-Fitzgerald is an Orange County native and Trinity Law School graduate. During his time at Trinity, Professor Fitzgerald served as Editor-in-Chief of Trinity Law Review and was a member of The Federalist Society. He was an intern for a Social Security attorney in San Diego, California before becoming a clerk for a family law attorney in Garden Grove, California. It was during his clerkship that he decided to pursue a solo family law practice. Professor Fitzgerald practices family law in Garden Grove and is a volunteer attorney for California State University, Fullerton’s College Legal Clinic, as well as for the Christian Legal Aid Office in Santa Ana. At Trinity Law School, he teaches Community Property and Family Law.

Daniele Le

ASSISTANT DEAN

J.D., Chapman University School of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Daniele Le is an Assistant Dean at Trinity Law School, where she oversees the Online Juris Doctor program and the Legal Research & Writing program.  She teaches Legal Research & Writing I and Legal Research & Writing II.

Professor Le has been a Lecturer in Law for the residential program at the USC Gould School of Law, where she taught Legal Writing to LL.M. students and supervised LL.M. and M.C.L. students in Directed Research. She has also taught Topics in American Law as part of USC’s online LL.M. and MSL programs. Previously, she served as the Director of Academic Support at Trinity Law School.

Professor Le received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then attended the Chapman University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Chapman Law Review and an extern for the late Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A member of the California State Bar since December 2006, she practiced primarily in the area of municipal finance, where she represented California school districts, water districts, and special districts.

Ronald Larson

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., University of California, Davis B.A., California State University, Fullerton
Ronald Larson has been with Trinity Law School since 1999, teaching courses in business organizations and professional responsibility. He is a partner with the Irvine law firm Grant, Genovese & Baratta, LLP, where he practices business litigation. Professor Larson’s clients include real estate developers, corporations, partnerships, entrepreneurs, contractors, manufacturers and numerous other businesses throughout Southern California. From 1996 to 2006, Professor Larson also served as trial counsel as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Reserve.

Ryul Kim

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
For over 30 years, Ryul Kim has specialized in U.S.-Korea legal matters, serving as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator, consultant, educator, and expert witness in both transactional and litigation matters valued from a few thousand dollars to nine figures. Professor Kim teaches the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) class and Mediation Clinic courses at Trinity Law School and also serves as an arbitrator and mediator for ADR Services, Inc. and the Orange County Superior Court. Professor Kim has received many awards, including the Alliance Defense Fund (Honor Guard) for 500 Hours Pro Bono Services, The Wiley Manuel Award Recipient for Pro Bono Services, and State Bar of California Board of Governors Award for Pro Bono Services. In addition to the California State Bar Association, he has received membership and recognition from the U.S. Court of International Trade, Orange County Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy (Civil), and the National Litigation Academy in London, England. He has also spoken and written on a wide variety of legal topics with U.S.-Korea cross-border implications. He founded and served as Executive Co-Chair of the Korea Law Center at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he created and implemented the fellowship program for visiting Korean jurists in 2009. As a founder of the U.S.-Korea Law Foundation, he hosted the annual U.S.-Korea Law Day, which has been held at KIA corporate headquarters in Irvine since 2011.

Bryan Kazarian

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Western State College of Law B.A., California State University, Fresno A.A., Orange Coast College
Bryan R. Kazarian is an adjunct professor at Trinity Law School. He also specializes in criminal and personal injury law. His practices are predominately in the Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Professor Kazarian obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno while participating in the University’s football program on an athletic scholarship. Professor Kazarian then attended Western State University College of Law in Fullerton California and earned various honors such as American Jurisprudence Awards, Cum Laude, and Dean’s List and served on the Law School’s newspaper as a Law Review honors recipient before graduating in 1990. Professor Kazarian spent over six years as a prosecutor beginning with the Juvenile Division and ending up in the elite Gang Unit assigned to a specialized gang enforcement team. During his time as a prosecutor, Professor Kazarian spoke at high schools, community colleges and served on a city’s School Attendance Review Board for monitoring the attendance of students in local elementary and high schools. As a prosecutor, Professor Kazarian handled high-profile cases such as white collar embezzlement, attempted murder, elder abuse/poisoning, child molestation, jewelry store takeover robbery, various forms of hate crimes and of course gang crimes. As a Criminal Defense Attorney, Professor Kazarian has defended clients facing a variety of criminal statute violations such as burglary, grand theft, vandalism, vehicle theft, automotive “Chop Shop” crimes, DUI, driver’s license crimes, drug possession/sales amongst others. From these forums, Professor Kazarian has acquired a wealth of experience as a criminal attorney. In addition, Professor Kazarian has spearheaded the creation and administration of the Trinity Law School/Orange County Rescue Mission’s partnership for the pro bono Legal Clinic and Mobile Legal Clinic and currently serves as the lead professor for the Trinity Mobile Legal Clinic.

Christopher Kall

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., University Of San Diego School Of Law M.A., University Of Southern California B.A., San Diego State University

Craig Hawkins

VISITING SCHOLAR, CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

M.A., Simon Greenleaf University M.A., Trinity Graduate School M.A., Claremont Graduate University B.A., University of California, Irvine
Professor Hawkins has taught at Trinity for a number of years. Classes he has taught include Jurisprudence, Ethics and the Profession, Bioethics and the Law, Human Rights, and Legal Institutions and Values. In 2014, he became the Visiting Scholar for the Center of Human Rights. He is involved in a number of ministries outside his TLS teaching responsibilities, including hosting a radio program titled “Living by the Word” (airing in southern California on Sundays from 10pm-12am on 99.5 FM) and an online program titled “The College of Theology”. He is the founder and president of Apologetics Information Ministry (A.I.M.) and has hosted and co-hosted many other radio programs centered on themes of apologetics, biblical teaching, and faith & culture. He has also published on religious occult movements. Professor Hawkins has taught at Biola University, Concordia University, Simon Greenleaf University, with the Talbot Institute of Biblical Studies (TIBS), and other institutions, on apologetics, cults, epistemology, ethics, jurisprudence, legal institutions and values, logic, the occult, relativism, religious pluralism, theology, world-views, and related issues.

Bruce Harbin

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law MBA, Oral Roberts University B.S., Oral Roberts University
Bruce Harbin is a partner in the firm of Harbin & McCarron, emphasizing a real estate and business law practice. Prior to attending law school, Professor Harbin was a real estate broker and owner of Harbin Real Estate Schools. A member of the California Bar, Professor Harbin is author of legal articles on topics including fair housing, ethics, real estate contracts, and arbitration. At Trinity Law School, he teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, and Contracts.

Venus Griffith Trunnel

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

LL.M., George Washington University Law School J.D., Southwestern Law School B.A., Loyola Marymount University
Venus Griffith Trunnel has been practicing law for over twenty years. She was admitted to practice in 1995 to the Georgia State Bar and in 1995 to the California State Bar. She is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, as well as all courts in the State of California, Central District. Professor Trunnel received her LL.M. in Intellectual Property in 2001 from George Washington University Law School and received her J.D. in 1994 from Southwestern Law School where she received a Certificate in International Business Law through the Inns of Court program at Regent’s College, London, England. She is a former Trademark Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office and White House Intern, who worked for former Vice President Al Gore’s Reinventing Government Project in 1994. Professor Trunnel specializes in the area of domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement and works with individuals, corporations and law firms on a broad range of copyright and trademark related matters including advising on clearance and adoption of marks, prosecution of marks, oppositions, infringement and cancellation actions, copyright and domain name issues, and drafting and negotiating various agreements. Professor Trunnel completed her thesis on Intellectual Property Barriers to Treating HIV/Aids in Africa. Professor Trunnel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles California. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar and an active participant in the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Robert Grant

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., University of La Verne College of Law M.Div, Promise Christian University B.S., Excelsior College
Robert Grant practices at the Law Offices of Robert Grant with offices in San Bernardino and Pomona. He is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law and also concentrates in employment law. Professor Grant is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as the Federal Central District of California and the State Bar of California, since 2001. Professor Grant joined the Trinity faculty as an adjunct professor in 2012 and teaches workers’ compensation law and contracts. He is also an ordained minister who teaches and preaches internationally.

Lora S. Friedman

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Trinity Law School B.S. Chapman University
Lora S. Friedman attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Chapman University with a major in Criminal Justice. Thereafter she attended Trinity Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree. While attending Trinity Law School she participated in the Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition, was the Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Law Review and served as the President of the Associated Student Body. She was also the recipient of three Trinity Scholar Awards, and was honored at her graduation ceremony by receiving the Law Student of the Year Award. Professor Friedman’s areas of practice include general civil litigation and appeals, estate planning, probate and business litigation. Professor Friedman accepted a position at Trinity Law School as an Adjunct Professor in the Fall of 2013 and has instructed classes in Civil Procedure, Civil Litigation Skills and Legal Writing.

Stephanie Forbes

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

M.S., University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Forbes teaches Performance Assessment and Staffing and Compensation in the MLS Human Resources track. She earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Liberal Studies from Chapman University where she was the founder and President of the Chapman chapter of Student CTA and an executive member of her sorority, Alpha Phi. She obtained her master’s degree in Urban Education from University of Pennsylvania. She taught secondary math and science in Philadelphia where she partnered with the Drexel University STEM fellows to incorporate technology into the classroom. She served on the Teach for America Junior Development Board and as a new teacher advisor. After moving back to her home state of California, she transitioned from teaching to Human Resources, working primarily with Nordstrom in their LA flagship store. She is excited to combine her two passions, education and HR, as a professor here at Trinity.

Loyst Fletcher

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., College of William and Mary B.A., Hampton University
Loyst P. Fletcher is experienced at all levels of litigation, from preliminary analysis and strategy through settlement, trial and when necessary, on appeal. His firm regularly represents clients in federal and state courts in California, Nevada, Michigan and throughout the country and has a proven track record of obtaining extraordinary relief for his clients. While Professor Fletcher’s expertise in the courtroom is unparalleled, he is acutely aware that his clients’ objectives are sometimes better attained through alternate strategies. Thus, he is equally familiar with a variety of arbitration and mediation forums. Professor Fletcher’s clients range from emerging companies to entrepreneurs, professionals, hourly employees and artists. He has represented businesses and individuals involved in entertainment, technology, media, real estate, financial services and consumer products. Consistent with his focus on employment and complex litigation, Professor Fletcher has extensive experience in consumer and employment class action litigation, has played a significant role in large and complex class cases, and currently serves as class counsel representing consumers and employees across California. At Trinity Law School, he teaches Evidence and Civil Procedure.

Andrew DeLoach

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

J.D., California Western School of Law B.A., University of California, San Diego F.C.A., International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights
Andrew DeLoach received his B.A. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego. While there, he competed with the Trial Team and served as Vice President of the Federalist Society. After law school, Professor DeLoach attended the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and became a Fellow of the Academy. From 2009–2012, he hosted a radio program discussing Christian apologetics, world religions. He has published articles in the Journal of Christian Legal Thought, Public Discourse, and Modern Reformation, and co-authored a book chapter titled “Myth and Resurrection,” in The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics (New Reformation Press, 2016). His teaching and research interests include human rights and international law, religious freedom, philosophy of law, law, and literature, and law, religion, and culture. Professor DeLoach practiced in civil litigation and appeals for several years before opening his own practice specializing in estate planning and probate. He teaches courses in International Human Rights; International Law; Constitutional Law; and Jurisprudence. He is Director and Professor of the summer International Human Rights program in The Hague, Netherlands, and Strasbourg, France. Prof. DeLoach also oversees the Human Rights track of the MLS program, for which he has created and taught courses in International Human Rights Law, Philosophy and Theology of Justice, and The Law of Genocide. He also teaches at Chapman University (M.A. and School of Law), and has taught in the Department of History and Political Thought at Concordia University, Irvine.

William Campbell

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Southwestern Law School B.A., California State University, Fullerton
After graduating from Southwestern University College of Law and passing the California State Bar Exam, William Campbell sought as much time in the courtroom as possible and started his legal career working for the Fresno County Public Defender and District Attorney’s Office. Professor Campbell’s start as a criminal defense attorney with the Public Defender’s Office was short lived after securing an acquittal for his client in his first jury trial as a lawyer. It was soon after that acquittal that he found himself working for the District Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, he spent almost every day in the courtroom arguing motions and doing jury trials. Professor Campbell has prosecuted and defended individuals in cases involving low-level misdemeanors to three strike felony cases. With all the necessary skills to be an effective litigator, Professor Campbell moved to the private sector and to civil law. He began working as a Senior Litigator with The Seideman Law Firm, P.C. and fought for consumers who were harassed by creditors, debt collectors, and debt buyers as a Plaintiff’s lawyer using the Federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and its California equivalent, The Rosenthal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Currently, Professor Campbell is a Partner at Fitzgerald Campbell, APLC focusing on consumer protection and criminal defense.

B. Tyler Brooks

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Vanderbilt University B.A., Wake Forest University
B. Tyler Brooks is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School and a lawyer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was formerly a partner in a civil litigation firm and then Senior Trial Counsel with a public interest law firm concentrating in constitutional law litigation. In his career, he has represented states in suits against the federal government and other parties in high profile litigation, including employees discriminated against because of their religious beliefs and pro-life sidewalk counselors. He graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Latin, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Narcis Brasov

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

University of Southern California Biola University Talbot School of Theology Trinity Law School
After receiving two bachelor’s degrees (Spanish and Philosophy) from the University of Southern California, Narcis Brasov went on to attend Biola University where he received a master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (2002) from Talbot School of Theology. Thereafter, Professor Brasov taught Spanish (and for a few years, Philosophy) at Norwalk High School, where he also served as Foreign Language Department Chair and on the Principal’s Advisory Committee. Professor Brasov graduated from Trinity Law School in 2017 at the top of his class, and joined the faculty as an Adjunct Professor in January 2018 for the MLS program, and an Assistant Professor in June 2018 in the JD program. Aside from teaching, he practices law in the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning. Professor Brasov is active in the Spanish-speaking ministry at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California, where he attends with his wife and daughter.

Preston Branaugh

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

JD, University of Denver
Preston J. Branaugh teaches Conflict Management for Business and Nonprofit Organizations. After attaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, Professor Branuagh entered private law practice. He has since practiced for over 20 years in business, nonprofit, and tax-exempt organizations, as well as estate and probate matters. Professor Branaugh has multiple publications and papers in legal training programs, together with various speaking engagements for community groups, including serving as a guest lecturer at Denver Seminary. Preston has received an award for his work in the Mediation/Arbitration Clinic at the University of Denver College of Law, and has recently joined Trinity Law School as an Adjunct Professor.

Adeline A. Allen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

J.D., Regent University School of Law B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Adeline A. Allen teaches Contracts and Tort law. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Anthropology, Professor Allen taught English as a Second Language. In law school, she was part of the honors track and studied on a full academic merit scholarship. She also served as the Executive Editor of the Regent University Law Review. She was a 2017-18 Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where her work on the boundaries of contract as grounded in natural law and applied to surrogacy contracts was published by the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She has also published in the areas of defamation and tech law, as well as the relationship of Internet statutory protection and sharing-economy platforms.

Mark Allen III

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles B.A., Grinnell College
Mark C. Allen III has over twenty years of experience in alternative energy, real estate, environmental and land use law. His clients include national real estate developers; hotels; schools; churches; financial institutions and local governments. Professor Allen is one of a small number of attorneys with experience in the particular land use issues of nonprofits and religious institutions. He has been involved in environmental ligation, land use issues, alternative energy siting and environmental remediation projects for many years. Professor Allen has taught the Environmental Law and Administrative Law classes the Trinity for many years. He has also taught on environmental law issues to lawyers though state local and national organizations. He is a published author and lecturer on real estate and environmental issues affecting public, non-profit and religious organizations. Professor Allen received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, and is an honors graduate of Grinnell College. He has been active in California State Bar committees, including the Public Law and Environmental Law Sections, and the State Bar select committee on the courts. He is actively involved in national and community organizations.

Maria Gurule

Director of Academic Services

Carol Cotton

TLS Receptionist

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Assistant Director of Academic Services

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TLS Central Coordinator

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Assistant Director of JD Admissions

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Director of Financial Aid

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Chief Operations Officer

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Assistant Director of Online Admissions

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Financial Aid Counselor

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Executive Director of Admissions

Dana Clark

ASSOCIATE DEAN

J.D., Western State University College of Law B.A., Point Loma College
Professor Clark is an Orange County native. Growing up in the City of Anaheim, he graduated from Anaheim Union High School. He then attended Point Loma College in San Diego where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. He twice published while studying at Point Loma College before earning his degree. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton while working full-time for the in-house counsel operation of State Farm Insurance Companies. During his time as a student at Western State, Professor Clark was on the Law Review where he again was published. While in law school he also served as an officer both in student government and in his law fraternity, was active in moot court, and served as a teaching assistant. After having passed the California Bar Examination, he first was engaged as an attorney at the firm of Parker, Stanbury, McGee, Babcock and Combs where he began his practice in civil litigation and appeals. Thereafter, he was a senior associate trial attorney at the Law Offices of Richard J. Wianecki; house counsel for Safeco Insurance Companies. In 2007, Professor Clark left Safeco to open his own private practice where he has continued to practice civil litigation and appeals. He has also expanded his practice into the areas of transactions, contracts, and estate planning. He has been AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell for over 10 years and began serving as a Temporary Judge for the Orange County Superior court over 12 years ago. During the same time, Professor Clark has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Western State University, College of Law and at Trinity Law School, and an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University, Irvine where he currently serves as a lead course instructor in two of their courses. He instructs classes at Concordia University, Irvine including Business Law and Ethical Principles of Successful Businesses. At the law school level, Professor Clark has taught courses including Torts, Contracts, Wills, Trusts, Remedies, Products Liability, Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Logic and Advocacy, Legal Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation Skills. During his time as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School, he once again published an article in their Law Review. Professor Clark joined the full-time faculty at Trinity Law School in August 2013 and is emphasizing his instruction in the areas of Torts and Remedies. He is also active in the community where he continues to serve the Orange County Superior Court as a Temporary Judge and is currently the Chairman of the Council of Elders at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California.

Myron Steeves

DEAN

J.D., Georgetown University B.A., Biola University
Myron Steeves has served as a law professor at Trinity Law School since 1992. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Steeves has practiced law in the nonprofit area, particularly advising churches. Professor Steeves frequently speaks on issues including the integration of faith and law, legal careers as tools for Christian ministry, law and public policy, and law and theology.