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PROFESSORS EMERITI

Robert Calhoun

ROBERT CALHOUN

Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of Academic Affairs

BA, University of Rochester
LLB, Yale University

Professor Calhoun, a criminal law expert, created and directed the First District Appellate Project, a nonprofit corporation that administers the appointed criminal counsel for the California Court of Appeals. He is coauthor of the California Speedy Trial Law and "Waiver of the Right to Appeal," published in the Hastings Con Law Quarterly. He served in the Peace Corps in Turkey from 1965 to 1967. He taught Comparative Criminal Procedure Seminar, Criminal Procedure I & II, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy.

GGU Law created the "Robert Calhoun Award for Outstanding Professor" in his honor.

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THOMAS M. GOETZL

Professor Emeritus

BA, University of California, Berkeley
JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

A member of the first full-time class at GGU in 1966, Professor Goetzl finished his first year at the top of his class.  In 1967, he became the first law student from GGU to transfer to Boalt Hall (now U.C., Berkeley School of Law) from which he then graduated with honors ninth in a class of 250 in 1969.  After practicing law for three years, in 1972 he joined the GGU law faculty.  He taught a number of courses, but focused on Real Property and a seminar in Art Law.  He also taught as a visiting professor in Oregon, Tennessee and New Mexico as well as at McGeorge and U.S.F.
 
Professor Goetzl was a frequent speaker on Art Law at conferences around the country.  In 1993-94, he chaired the A.A.L.S. Section on Art Law.  A bill he drafted to protect artists rights, became law in 1982.  It was codified as Civil Code Section 987.  He also contributed to the drafting of what became the California Resale Royalty Act, Civil Code Section 986.  A few years later, he worked with Senator Edward Kennedy on the Visual Artists Rights Act which became law in 1990 at 17 U.S.C. Section 106A.
 
In addition to all the deans under whom he taught, John Gorfinkel (Dean from 1960 to 1969) was his Civil Procedure teacher.  As a practicing lawyer, he negotiated the sale of a business with Paul Jordan (Dean from 1943 to 1959.)  Professor Goetzl's association with the GGU law school extends over a considerable period of Golden Gate's history
 
Professor Goetzl retired from GGU in 2002.  Subsequently, he taught law and ethics to undergraduates in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University.
 

HELEN HARTNELL

Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor of Law

BS, University of Illinois
JD, University of Illinois School of Law
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Hartnell practiced law in Germany and in Wisconsin before she began teaching. In addition to GGU, she taught at the Free University of Berlin, Tulane Law School, ELTE Law School and the Central European University (both in Budapest, Hungary), SMU School of Law, Harvard Law School (where she was a visiting scholar), the American University of Armenia, the University of Cologne, the University of Helsinki, the University of Cyprus (in Nicosia), as well as at the University of Paris-Nanterre in connection with GGU's summer school.

At GGU, Professor Hartnell taught European Union (EU) Law, International Business Transactions, Private International Law (Conflict of Laws), International Trade Regulation/International Economic Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and Sales, and was involved with coaching both the Jessup and Vis (International Commercial Arbitration) Moot teams. She also taught courses on American legal history and constitutional law at a number of European universities. Professor Hartnell retired from full-time teaching in 2013, but has continued teaching “Law, Politics and Society in Comparative Perspective” on a regular basis at the Free University of Berlin. In 2020 she returned to GGU as an Adjunct Professor to teach EU Law.

Professor Hartnell was actively involved with the American Bar Association (International Law Section), the American Society of International Law, and the International Law Association, and held a variety of leadership positions in those organizations. She remains actively involved with numerous professional organizations that focus on the interdisciplinary study of law and society and on European integration, and co-edits the BAR Blog of the Berlin Working Group on Socio-Legal Studies (Berliner Arbeitskreis Rechtswirklichkeit).

Professor Hartnell has published articles on international business/trade law, European integration, legal history, and comparative constitutional law. She finished her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California-Berkeley in 2018, and is currently studying Instructional Design at the University of Wisconsin.

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PETER KEANE

Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the School of Law (1999-2003)

BA, City College of New York
JD, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

"One of the great joys for me as dean has been the students. It is a true pleasure to watch the new students arrive, get to know them, follow their progress, talk to them, counsel them, learn from them and, finally, hand them their diplomas at graduation."  After retiring as Dean, Professor Keane taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence law and Professional Responsibility.

  • Appointed to the San Francisco Ethics Commission by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and sworn in on Monday, October 21, 2013.
  • Author of San Francisco's Handgun Control Ordinance and of California's Proposition 190 amending the California Constitution and reforming the State Commission on Judicial Performance.
  • Former Vice-President of the State Bar of California.
  • Former President of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
  • Former Chief Assistant Public Defender in the San Francisco Public Defender's office from 1979 through 1998.
  • Former assistant professor at Hastings College of the Law.
  • Internationally known legal analyst for broadcast media: has appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, ABC World News, Larry King Live, Nightline, Burden of Proof, MSNBC InterNight, and other news programs throughout the world.
  • Provides regular legal analysis on CBS television and radio in San Francisco.
  • From 1994 to 1997, he hosted "Keane on the Law," a weekly program on KPIX radio in San Francisco.

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MYRON MOSKOVITZ

Professor Emeritus

BA, University of California, Berkeley
JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

After receiving his law degree from U.C. Berkeley Law School (law review, Order of the Coif), Professor Moskovitz served as a law clerk to Justice Raymond E. Peters of the California Supreme Court. He then practiced anti-poverty law. He represented farmworkers while serving as first Director of California Rural Legal Assistance’s Marysville Office.  He then represented low-income tenants while Chief Attorney of the National Housing Law Project.

At Golden Gate, he taught Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Advanced Appellate Advocacy.  He also taught and lectured at universities in China, Japan, Israel, France, England, Italy, and Turkey.   

He has written several casebooks on criminal law and criminal procedure, as well as practice books on appeals and landlord-tenant law.  He also wrote many articles – one of which was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.  His most recent book, Strategies On Appeal, is published by the University of California’s Continuing Education of the Bar. 

At Golden Gate, he founded the Moot Court for Lawyers program, where lawyers with cases pending in appellate courts came to the law school to practice their arguments in front of panels of lawyers and former judges.  Students had the opportunity to watch real lawyers in action, receiving feedback from experienced practitioners.

After retiring from teaching, Professor Moskovitz started a new law firm: Moskovitz Appellate Team.  He brought together several retired appellate Justices and appellate law clerks to handle civil appeals, in state and federal courts, and to consult with lawyers with appeals pending in those courts.  See his website: moskovitzappellateteam.com

In his spare time, Professor Moskovitz has served as Chair of the State of California Commission on Housing & Community Development, and as President of the Berkeley School Board.  He also writes Moskovitz On Appeal, a twice-monthly column for the Daily Journal.

Professor Moskovitz lives in Piedmont with his wife Diana and his 9-year-old son Ari.

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ALAN RAMO

Professor Emeritus, Former Interim Dean of the School of Law and Director of the LLM Program in Environmental Law

BA, Stanford University
JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
MJ, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Professor Ramo was Co-Director of the first Environmental Law Clinic in the Bay Area at GGU Law, which opened in 1993.

Professor Ramo specialized in toxics in the urban environment and is a former legal director of Communities for A Better Environment. He has served as an advisory member of two Cal-EPA committees, as a consultant to the Department of Health Services, and on a landmark case enforcing Bay Area air pollution plans in the San Francisco Federal District court. He is a founder of the Western States Legal Foundation.

Professor Ramo previously served as director of the LLM Environmental Law Program and acting director of the JD Environmental Law Program.During the course of his career, Ramo and the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic have received several awards, including The Clinical Legal Education Association Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project, the Environment Now Foundation Wells Family Award in Urban Renewal, the EPA Region IX Earth Day Award, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Commendation, the Environmental Law Foundation Chappell Hayes Environmental Justice Award, and the ABA SONREEL Law Student Clinic Award.

Community Activity: San Francisco Estuary Institute, Board of Directors 2010-2017; Impact Fund, Board of Directors and Advisory Board 1993 to present; Rose Foundation, Board of Directors 2016 to present.

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Leslie Rose

LESLIE ROSE

Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor of Law

BS, Boston University
JD, LLM, Golden Gate University School of Law

Professor Rose has taught at the law school since 1997.  She directed the Appellate Advocacy and Legal Writing Programs for many years as a tenured member of the full-time faculty. She retired in 2018, but continues to teach Criminal Procedure.   

She moved across the country to attend Golden Gate as a law student in 1980 – attracted by its location, its reputation for practical training, and its new dean - one of the first women law deans in the country.  

  • Full-Time GGU Law Faculty Member Since 2002
  • Former Director, GGU Law Legal Research and Writing Program
  • Handled death penalty appeals for Office of the State Public Defender
  • Former staff attorney, California Workers Compensation Appeals Board
  • Board of Directors, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
  • Past president, National Lawyers Guild, Bay Area Chapter

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Marci Seville
 

MARCI SEVILLE

Professor Emerita

BA, New York University
JD, Rutgers Law School

Professor Seville was the founder and director of the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic from 1993 to 2015.

Professor Seville specialized in employment and labor law and served as a U.S. District Court Consent Decree Monitor from 2002 to 2006. Prior to joining the law school, she practiced labor law as house counsel for the California School Employees Association, served as counsel to the California Industrial Welfare Commission, and was in private practice with an emphasis on employment discrimination litigation. 

She has served on the Board of Advisors of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, The Discrimination Research Center, and the POWER Legal Services Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of State Bar of California and a founder of the San Francisco General Hospital Occupational Health Clinic.

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KIMBERLY STANLEY

Professor Emerita, Former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Former Director of LLM in Taxation Program

BS, Brigham Young University
JD, George Washington University National Law Center
LLM in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center

From 2003 to 2019, Kim Stanley taught hundreds of California tax lawyers as a law professor and associate dean at Golden Gate University School of Law.  She taught a variety of tax and real estate courses and was the director of GGU’s prestigious LLM in Taxation program for ten years.  She also served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013 to 2017.  Prof. Stanley also has taught courses at Chapman Fowler School of Law, UC Hastings School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Santa Clara Law, and Whittier Law School.  Her teaching career – and especially introducing many law students to the world of taxation – has been enormously rewarding.  Prior to entering academia, Prof. Stanley was a tax litigator in private practice in San Diego, representing high net-worth individuals and corporate clients in a wide range of federal and state tax controversy matters, including litigation in the United States Tax Court and in administrative hearings before the Internal Revenue Service and California tax authorities.  Her opportunity to assist clients in these matters was tremendously satisfying. 

After completing her JD at George Washington University Law School and her LLM in Taxation at Georgetown Law, Prof. Stanley was honored to begin her career in Washington D.C. as an attorney-advisor for Judge Stephen J. Swift of the United States Tax Court in 1985.  Thereafter, she served as an appellate attorney for the United States Department of Justice Tax Division, where she represented the federal government before the US Courts of Appeal in more than 70 appellate cases on all issues of federal tax law.  She has been a long-time supporter and leader in the California tax bar, and encourages all young attorneys to become involved.  Her legal scholarship covers a broad array of federal tax issues including tax exemption for religious colleges, regulation of tax return preparers, and judicial deference to administrative action.  She loves spending time with friends and family, and doing almost anything outdoors.

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JON H. SYLVESTER

Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of Graduate and International Legal Studies

BA, Stanford University
JD, Harvard Law School
MJ, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Professor Sylvester taught full time at GGU from 1994 until 2017. During that time he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies. His areas of expertise include Contracts, Remedies, International Business Transactions and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition to GGU, he has taught at the Thurgood Marshal School of Law at Texas Southern University, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, University of California Hastings College of the Law, the University of San Francisco School of Law, the Law Faculty of the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Professor Sylvester earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a New York Times Fellow. He worked as a television news writer, producer and reporter before earning a J.D. at Harvard Law School. He then practiced law with the Washington, D.C. offices of two New York firms. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1981, and the District of Columbia Bar since 1982.

A commercial arbitrator for more than 25 years, Professor Sylvester has handled cases involving real estate; partnership agreements and dissolution; franchise agreements; insurance; banking, securities and financial matters; professional services fee disputes; intellectual property; high technology; construction; executive employment and compensation; health care; consumer law; privacy; international business transactions and a variety of other claims.

Professor Sylvester was a Fulbright Scholar and has served as a Consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a member of the Public Ethics Commission for the City of Oakland. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles regarding contract law, arbitration, and various international issues including development and international debt. He has taught in and/or directed legal education programs in China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya, Malta and Turkey, and has traveled to more than 50 countries.

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