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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 with Professors Thomas J. Leach and Cary Bricker in the Trial Advocacy program. He was the Director of the Trial Advocacy program for five years. 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 serves each year as a judge pro tem for the Sacramento Superior Court, and he tries jury trials as a trial attorney during the summer months. He has authored or co-authored ten trial practice cases, nine 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 also serves on the California Parole Advocacy Program Advisory Committee.

Courses: Trial Advocacy

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