Faculty Profiles

Laurie Taylor

Laurie Jane Taylor

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Wittenberg University, 1974
M.A. State University of New York at Binghamton, 1976
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1986

LAW 850A/B - Advanced Judicial Process - Judicial Externship

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs.  Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting judicial opinions; judicial ethics and confidentiality; sincerity and justification in crafting judicial opinions; precedent and publication of judicial opinions; judicial bias and implicit bias; the role of settlement in a system with heavy caseloads; and judicial selection and retention. On occasion there will be guest speakers. Grading is based on a final paper and class participation and attendance. NOTE: This course is open only to students on judicial externships.