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Joseph E. Taylor

Joseph Taylor

Professor of Law
J.D., Loyola University, Los Angeles
M.B.A., Pepperdine University


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Professor Taylor teaches Trial Advocacy and serves as a Senior Advisor in McGeorge's Focused Decisions Program, a program that offers trial attorneys to pre-try their jury trials before a representative jury, all within the attorney/client privilege. This program enables trial attorneys to better evaluate their case and to fine tune their presentations in the real trial. Focused Decisions is the only such program in Central California.

He was an assistant chief deputy for the Sacramento County District Attorney's office for 8 years and tried more than 135 felony jury trials. He also was a senior attorney with the Ventura County DA's office, supervising three units, one of which was the major crimes unit. After a brief stint in private practice, he was named Public Defender for the County of Riverside where he managed a nine-office, 77-attorney operation and founded the Public Defender Academy. Professor Taylor is a co-founder of the California District Attorneys Association and was the California State Prosecutor of the Year, 1982-83.

Professor Taylor served as a judge pro tem for the Sacramento Superior Court for fourteen years, and he tries jury trials as a trial attorney during the summer months. He has authored or co-authored thirteen trial practice cases, eleven published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). In 2004, Professor Taylor was elected as McGeorge Professor of the Year. In 2006 he was appointed to the Police Advisory Committee for the City of Davis, CA and he has also served on the California Parole Advocacy Program Advisory Committee.

Courses: Trial Advocacy

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