Professor of Lawyering Skills
Director of Mock Trial Program
Co-Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
B.A., University of Rochester
J.D., Boston University
"I want [my students] to come away with a sense of ... knowing they can communicate in any form. We teach it in a litigation setting, but I want a student to graduate and go to a school board and be the person who stands up and makes a coherent, persuasive presentation." — Professor Cary Bricker
Professor Cary Bricker teaches in the law school’s multi-award winning Trial Advocacy program and leads our top-ranked competition teams. Professor Bricker began her legal career as a staff attorney with the New York Legal Aid Society, Criminal Division, taking 20 jury trials to verdict in four years. As a senior staff attorney with the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society, Professor Bricker tried 25 jury trials to verdict. In August 2013 Professor Bricker was cited as one of 26 “best law teachers” in the United States in the book “What the Best Law Teachers Do” (Harvard University Press, 2013). This “first of its kind” book was the result of a four-year study on what makes a great law professor. Professor Bricker was identified as an extraordinary law teacher whose students achieve exceptional learning.
Professor Bricker’s scholarly interests are focused on comparative criminal law, particularly in China, where she has lectured on topics of advocacy and evidence in several Chinese law schools. Following her passions for legal education and comparative legal systems, Professor Bricker is currently involved with the US-Russia Foundation “Legal Education Exchange” program. This program has hosted eight Russian law professors at McGeorge campus to learn best practice techniques for interactive and experiential teaching. As part of this program, Professor Bricker has also visited Russia to bring her expertise in “hands on” learning to help improve Russia’s system of legal education.
Professor Bricker’s recent academic recognitions include the 2011-2012 Professor of the Year Award and the 2015 Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award. In May 2015, Professor Bricker and the McGeorge Criminal Law Society received the 2015 Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards from the University of Pacific, a prestigious honor that recognizes Professor Bricker’s devotion not only to her students, but the wider University community.
Professor Bricker continues to serve as the faculty advisor for the Trial Advocacy Association and the Criminal Law Society. Through her leadership and coaching, McGeorge School of Law’s mock trial and moot court teams have competed and won at prestigious intercollegiate national and international events. Professor Bricker and her students have earned the law school a national reputation for the quality of its mock trial and moot court teams.
Professor Bricker is married to Jay Leach who also teaches at McGeorge. Together they lead and teach the law school’s Trial Advocacy program, and are highly sought after instructors with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) foundation, giving trial advocacy workshops around the country and abroad.
Courses: Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Principles of Legal Analysis, Federal Pretrial/Trial Seminar