Dorothy S. Landsberg
Associate Dean, Experiential Learning
Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
B.A., Earlham College
J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Dorothy Landsberg, an alumna of McGeorge School of Law, is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and an Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills. Professor Landsberg was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in July, 2013 after serving as Director of Legal Clinics for four years. Under her Clinical leadership, McGeorge launched a Federal Defender Clinic and a Criminal Appellate Advocacy Clinic, and created two mediation clinics — a Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic in cooperation with the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, and a Housing Mediation Clinic under a grant from the state of California. The law school was awarded the 2013 Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award for these two innovative mediation clinics. Both clinics are noteworthy not only for the services that they offer to the community and the education they provide to our students, but also for the unique public-private partnerships that the clinics' embody. While serving as Associate Dean, Professor Landsberg continues to co-teach in the Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic.
In October 2011, Professor Landsberg helped organize "Voices of the Civil Rights Division, Then and Now" a two-day, joint presentation of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice and the Civil Rights Division Association held in Washington, D.C.
In addition to directing the legal clinics at McGeorge School of Law, Professor Landsberg taught experiential legal skills to Chinese law professors in China and at the law school. She worked with Chinese law professor partners to develop a book of effective practices for legal experiential education that was published in China in June, 2012.
Before attending McGeorge, where she graduated with great distinction and was elected to the Order of the Coif, Professor Landsberg's distinguished career began in 1965 in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, on the staff of Assistant Attorney General John Doar. She also served as a litigation paralegal in the Washington, D.C. law firm, Shea & Gardner. In 1974, she served on the staff of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry during the investigation of President Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal. In November 2011, Professor Landsberg was interviewed (watch the interview on YouTube) by the Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library about her role as a researcher for the Impeachment Inquiry.
From 1987 until 2007, Professor Landsberg was initially an associate and later a partner with one of Sacramento's largest law firms, Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann, and Girard. At the Kronick firm she served as head of the Employment and Labor Group, the head of the Education Group, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. A specialist in education and employment law, Professor Landsberg has litigated cases before administrative law judges, trial courts and the California Courts of Appeal, as well as conducted independent investigations of employment practices and participated in collective bargaining.
Courses: Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic, Housing Mediation Clinic