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Professors Justin P. Brooks and Joanna K. Sax
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California Western Grants Tenure to Professors Justin Brooks and Joanna Sax
Together they highlight the school’s focus on the theory and practice of law

SAN DIEGO, December 10, 2013 - California Western School of Law President and Dean Niels B. Schaumann announces that the Board of Trustees has approved tenure for Professor Justin P. Brooks and Professor Joanna K. Sax.

Both professors are experts in their respective fields, Brooks in criminal law and Sax in science and health law. They add highly specialized expertise to a faculty that shows leadership in many fields of law and practice.

“I am very pleased that we are able to attract and retain accomplished faculty like Justin Brooks and Joanna Sax," says Dean Schaumann. “They are an integral part of the law school’s talented, dedicated, and student-centered faculty.”

"This vote of confidence in my work and the support of my colleagues and the board validates my contributions to the law school,” says Brooks. “Over the past 15 years I have loved working at California Western and look forward to many more years.”

“The faculty, staff, students and Board of Trustees have contributed to and supported my growth as a teacher and scholar,” says Sax. “I am grateful to the members of the California Western community and the academy.”

About Professor Justin Brooks
Brooks is the Director of the California Innocence Project, the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, and California Western's LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law.  Prior to coming to California, Professor Brooks practiced as a criminal defense attorney in Washington D.C., Michigan, and Illinois. Over the course of his career he has served as counsel on several high profile criminal cases and has been successful in exonerating wrongfully convicted clients. 

He has been recognized several times by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.  In 2013, California Lawyer Magazine awarded him the prestigious "California Lawyer of the Year" award. He teaches California Innocence Project I & II, Comparative & International Criminal Procedure, LL.M. Federal Criminal Practice, LL.M. Federal Sentencing, Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law, and the Wrongful Convictions Seminar.

About Professor Joanna Sax
Sax joined the California Western faculty in 2009. She earned a law degree from University of Pennsylvania. After law school, Professor Sax was an associate in the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she litigated a wide variety of cases in state and federal court. Prior to law school, Professor Sax received a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Professor Sax's research combines her scientific background and legal education to focus on issues in biomedical policy and the life sciences. She teaches Contracts; Law, Science and Medicine, and Trusts & Estates.