Dorothy S. Landsberg
Director, Pacific McGeorge Legal Clinics
Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
B.A., Earlham College
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Professor Landsberg is the Director of Legal Clinics. Under her leadership, Pacific McGeorge has started a Federal Defender Clinic and a Criminal Appellate Advocacy Clinic. She has also helped to create two innovative mediation clinics — a Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic in cooperation with the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California and a Housing Mediation Clinic under a grant from the state of California. The Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic figured prominently in an individual award from the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit to Sujean Park, the director of the alternative dispute resolution and pro bono programs for the U.S. District Court, Eastern Distric of California.
Professor Landsberg, working with other clinical professors, established the Annual Citizenship Fair. During the fair, supervised, trained law students help hundreds of community members complete their naturalization applications to become U.S. citizens. The fair is held on the McGeorge Campus in the Fall, and has beome a major outreach event, reaching a number of ethnic communities.
Professor Landsberg has also taught experiential legal skills to Chinese law professors, in China and at McGeorge. She worked with Chinese law professor partners to develop a book of effective practices for legal experiential education that was published in China in June 2012.
From 1987 until 2007 she was initially an associate and later a partner with one of Sacramento’s largest law firms, Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann, and Girard. At the Kronick firm she served as head of the Employment and Labor Group, the head of the Education Group, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. She specialized in education and employment law. She litigated cases before administrative law judges, trial courts and the California Courts of Appeal, as well as conducting independent investigations of employment practices and participating in collective bargaining. She has also taught Education Law at Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Before attending Pacific McGeorge, where she graduated with great distinction and was elected to the Order of the Coif, she served as a paralegal in the Washington, D.C. law firm, Shea & Gardner. She began her career in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, on the staff of Assistant Attorney General John Doar. In October 2011, Professor Landsberg helped organize "Voices of the Civil Rights Division, Then and Now," a two-day, joint presentation of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice and the Civil Rights Division Association held in Washington, D.C.
In 1974 she served on the staff of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry. In November 2011 she was interviewed (watch the interview on YouTube) by the Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library about her role as a reasearcher for the Impeachment Inquiry in connection with the president's involvement in the Watergate scandal.
Courses: Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic, Housing Mediation Clinic