McGeorge School of Law

Thomas J. Leach

Professor of Law Emeritus, Director, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration
Thomas J. Leach
Phone: 916.739.7002

BA, Cornell University
MAT, Wesleyan University
JD, University of Pennsylvania


Professor Jay Leach teaches in the law school’s award-winning trial advocacy program. Professor Leach has significant experience in courts and in various alternative dispute resolution settings. His scholarly interests are focused on evidence, advocacy in comparative perspective, and the teaching of advocacy. He is a frequent lecturer for programs sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has also lectured in several Chinese law schools.


Trial Advocacy

Pursuasive Public Speaking

Advanced Trial Advocacy

Evidence (ITAP)

Representative Scholarship and Activities

Bridge to Practice: Evidence (West 2013) (with Fred Galves, and Edward J. Imwinkelried).

Federal and California Evidence Rules: Printed on Facing Pages with Notes, Comments, Selected Legislative History and Comparative Commentary (with David W. Miller & Emily Garcia Uhrig, Wolters Kluwers 2012).

California Evidentiary Foundations, Supp. (with Edward J. Imwinkelried, 4th ed. LexisNexis 2010).

California Evidentiary Foundations (with Edward J. Imwinkelried, 4th ed. LexisNexis 2009).

Federal & California Evidence Rules (published biennially with David W. Miller, Aspen 2001).