McGeorge School of Law

John E.B. Myers

Professor of Law
John E.B. Myers
Contact
Phone: 916.739.7176
Email: jmyers@pacific.edu
Office Hours
Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Education

BS, JD, University of Utah

Biography

If you want to help people in a way that is similar to being a doctor or a psychologist, become a lawyer.

Professor Myers has given more than 400 presentations on child abuse in the United States and abroad. Judges, attorneys, police, doctors, and mental health professionals have sought his expert advice, and his writings have been cited by more than 150 courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. Professor Myers is the author or editor of 16 books and 40 chapters, with three case books currently being used at McGeorge, and has written a hundred articles on child abuse. Prior to coming to McGeorge, Professor Myers practiced law in Utah, where he represented the poor and the disabled.

As a family law attorney who has represented hundreds of abused, neglected children and victims of domestic violence, John E.B. Myers is one of the country’s foremost authorities on child abuse litigation and family law. A Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law since 1984, when he is not in the classroom teaching the law, Professor Myers is in the courtroom practicing the law, defending children and victims of domestic violence who have been injured physically and emotionally.

An unfaltering advocate of abused and neglected children, Professor Myers continues to win difficult child custody and protection cases while teaching at McGeorge School of Law. Two of these cases involved children who were abducted by a non-custodial parent and taken to a different country. Professor Myers succeeded in returning both children to their families — pro bono. Family law encompasses a wide area of specialties but representing abused children and domestic violence victims in criminal proceedings is one of the most complex and emotionally volatile areas of law. Although these difficult and disturbing cases often extract a personal toll, Professor Myers is steadfast in the battle because he knows the law is in a position to play an important role in bettering the lives of victimized children.

In addition to child abuse and domestic violence cases, new and exciting areas of law affecting children and families are arising in immigration, housing, emancipation, reproductive laws, and others.

Professor Myers believes a family law attorney’s duties closely parallel the duties of a doctor or phycologist. Professor Myers recently stated, “Helping families and children, keeping them safe and well, responding in emergencies – a family lawyer may not be curing illnesses but a lawyer who practices family law is curing family problems and keeping kids safe.”

Courses

Criminal Law

Evidence

Juvenile Law

Family Law

Community Property

Scholarship/Professional Activities

California Criminal Law, Cases and Materials (Thomson/West 2012).

Child Maltreatment: A Collection of Readings (John E.B. Myers ed., Sage 2011).

Children in Court, in Children Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases, at Ch. 30. (Donald Duquette & Ann Haralambee eds., Bradford 2010).

Special Evidentiary Issues, in Children Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases, at Ch. 31. (Donald Duquette & Ann Haralambee eds., Bradford 2010).

Trial Advocacy, in Children Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases, at Ch. 32. (Donald Duquette & Ann Haralambee eds., Bradford 2010).

Editor, The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (3d ed. Sage 2010).

Juvenile Court, in The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (John E.B. Myers ed., 3d ed. Sage 2010).

The Criminal Prosecution of Child Maltreatment, in The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (John E.B. Myers ed., 3d ed. Sage 2010).

Proving Child Maltreatment in Court, in The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (John E.B. Myers ed., 3d ed. Sage 2010).

History of Child Protection in America, in The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (John E.B. Myers ed., 3d ed. Sage 2010).

Hearsay Evidence in Child Maltreatment Cases, in The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (John E.B. Myers ed., 3d ed. Sage 2010).

Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice, in The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (John E.B. Myers ed., 3d ed. Sage 2010).

Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Litigation: Consensus and Confusion,14 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol’y 1 (2010).

Expert Psychological Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Trials, in Children as Victims, Witnesses, and Offenders: Psychological Science and the Law(Bette L. Bottoms et al. eds., Guilford 2009).

The History of Child Protection in America (U. of the Pacific 2010).

Myers on Evidence in Child, Domestic and Elder Abuse Cases (Aspen 2005) (Supp. 2006 & 2009).

A Short History of Child Protection in America,42 Family L.Q. 449 (2008).

Legal Issues in the Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse, in Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse, at 313 (Martin A. Finkel & Angelo P. Giardino eds., 3d ed. 2009).

Legal Aspects of Child Abuse, in Child Abuse: Medical Diagnosis and Management, at 813 (Robert M. Reece & Cindy W. Christian eds., 3d ed. American Academy of Pediatrics 2009).

Improved Forensic Interviewing: The Legacy of the McMartin Preschool Case,in The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment and Testimony (Kathryn Kuehnle & Mary Connell eds., John Wiley & Sons 2009).

A Comparison of Types of Attorney Representation for Children in California Juvenile Court Dependence Cases, 32 Child Abuse & Neglect 497 (2008) (with Gail S. Goodman et al.).

The Child Witness,in Przyjazne Przestuchanie Dziecka(Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje Warsaw 2007).

Repeated Questions, Deception, and Children’s True and False Reports of Body Touch, 12 Child Maltreatment 60 (2007) (with Jodi A. Quas et al.).

Neglect of Children’s Health: Too Many Irons in the Fire, 8 J.L. & Fam. Stud. 317 (2006).

Hearsay Versus Children’s Testimony: Effects of Truthful and Deceptive Statements on Jurors’ Decisions, 30 Law & Hum. Behav. 363 (2006) (with Gail S. Goodman et al.).

Child Protection In America: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford 2006).

Child Protection In America: An Online Resource for Students and Scholars (2006).

Book Review, 30 Child Abuse & Neglect 447 (2006) (reviewing Michael Donnelly & Murray A. Straus eds., Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective (2005)).

Book Review, 29 Child Abuse & Neglect 292 (2005) (reviewing Kathleen Malley-Morrison ed., International Perspectives on Family Violence and Abuse: A Cognitive Ecological Approach (2004); and World Perspectives on Child Abuse, 6th ed. (International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 2004)).

Legal Issues, in Child Maltreatment: A Clinical Guide and Reference (Angelo P. Giardino et al. eds., 3d ed. G.W. Medical 2005).

Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals Treating Victims of Child Sexual Abuse, in Handbook for the Treatment of Abuse & Neglected Children, at 359 (P. Forrest Talley ed., Haworth 2005).