Faculty Profiles

Eileen Scallen

Eileen A. Scallen

Professor of Practice and Director of Part-time Faculty
B.A. St. Olaf College, 1981
M.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1983
J.D. University of Minnesota School of Law, 1986
UCLA Faculty Since 2013

Eileen A. Scallen is Professor of Practice and Director of Part-time Faculty. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs at UCLA School of Law. As Director of Part-time Faculty, Professor Scallen remains responsible for helping hire, train, coach, and provide teaching feedback to UCLA School of Law’s extensive and important part-time faculty.

Professor Scallen received her M.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, and then became an associate with Latham & Watkins, in downtown Los Angeles.

Professor Scallen began her academic career at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She received the “Outstanding Faculty Member” award” in 1992, and served as Associate Academic Dean from 1996 to 1998. In 2000, Scallen returned to Minnesota for family reasons, joining the faculty at William Mitchell (now called Mitchell Hamline) College of Law as the first lateral, hired as a tenured full Professor of Law at the law school. While back in Minnesota, she did extensive pro bono work for national, state, and local LGBT organizations in addition to expanding her research and teaching interests. In 2007, she received the “Everyday Hero” award from Twin Cities Pride for her pro bono service to the LGBTQ community. Professor Scallen also has volunteered many hours of training on evidentiary topics to state court judges through their judicial education programs in both Minnesota and California.

Her current research interests include rethinking theories of evidentiary privilege, and developing new theories of influence in small group and team settings. She is the primary author of California Evidence Courtroom Manual (with Glen Weissenberger) (published annually by LexisNexis), and Working Together in Law: Teamwork and Small Group Skills for Legal Professionals (with Sophie M. Sparrow and Clifford S. Zimmerman) (Carolina Academic Press, 2014). She has most recently taught Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Advocacy. She has also taught Cross-Cultural Negotiations and Dispute Resolution, Theories of Legal Argumentation & Persuasion, Team Leadership for Lawyers, and Estates and Trusts.