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  Jul 25, 2024
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Institution and Accreditation

2.1 Institutional Identity and Degrees Offered

  1. The School is incorporated in California as The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. Its website URL is:; its password-protected Student Gateway (“Gateway”) URL is: It operates two campuses:
  Santa Barbara campus Ventura campus
  20 E. Victoria St. 4475 Market St.
  Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Ventura, CA 93003
  (805) 979-9860 (805) 765-9300


  1. The School offers three educational degree programs, as described in this Catalog:

Juris Doctor (JD) , an evening program with onsite classes, offered at both campuses

Hybrid Juris Doctor (HJD) , an online program with onsite residences at the Ventura campus

Master of Legal Studies (MLS) , an online program. 

  1. The School is an affiliate of TCS Education System (TCS), a charitable, tax-exempt entity identified under IRS regulations as a Type II supporting organization because it supports its affiliates, including the School, in the advancement and achievement of their missions. TCS maintains its offices at 203 N. LaSalle Drive, Ste 1900, Chicago, IL 60601; its telephone number is (312) 379-1699.

2.2 Mission and Vision Statements

  1. Mission
    The mission of The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law is to provide access to law and law-related professions, through emphasizing opportunity, academic excellence and community engagement. (Adopted by Board of Trustees, April 27, 2018.)
  2. Vision
    To be a pioneer in modernizing legal education. (Adopted by Board of Trustees, April 27, 2018.)

2.3 Accreditation and Bar Eligibility

  1. Accreditation and State Authorization
    The School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as a single institution with two campuses. In keeping with our mission to offer excellent yet accessible legal education, the School has neither sought, nor presently expects to obtain, accreditation from the American Bar Association.

    The School is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.  WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and serves higher education institutions primarily in the western United States.
  2. State Authorization
    For information on where The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval, please visit
  3. JD Program Information
    Students who enroll in a Juris Doctor program, other than students admitted as “special students,” are not required by the State Bar to sit for the First Year Law Students’ Examination. JD graduates are eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam and, upon passing the exam and meeting the State Bar’s other admission requirements, eligible to practice law in California. The following language is provided by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California:

    Study at, or graduation from The Colleges of Law may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.
  4. MLS Program Information
    The following language is provided by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California:

    Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal Education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

2.4 Governing Boards, Administration, and Faculty

  1. General Provisions
    The School is governed by the Board of Trustees and the Fiduciary Council, which approves strategic goals and final budgets set by the Board. The Board has delegated authority for daily operations of the School to the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO); the Dean serves as Chief Academic Officer.
  2. Fiduciary Council members for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year include:
  Edward Bergmark
George Mitchell
Richard Chaifetz
Michael Horowitz
Jana Johnston
Kevin Kotecki
Douglas Patinkin
Matthew Nehmer
Patricia Potter
  1. Board of Trustees members for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year include:
  Jana Johnston (Chair) Bernie Luskin
  Richard Winn (Vice-Chair)
Stacey Lydon
  Farfalla Borah Matthew Nehmer
  Michelle Castillo Carlita Shelton
  Art Herdandez Casey Summar
  Michael Horowitz Catharine Swysen
  Betty Jeppesen  
  1. Administrative Staff includes:
  Ruby Baer Student Services Coordinator, Santa Barbara
  Alexis Burdick Business Manager and Special Assistant to the Executive Director
  Barbara Doyle Registrar/Assistant Dean/Disabilities Coordinator
  Andrea Funk Associate Dean of Hybrid and Online Learning
  Jackie Gardina, JD Dean/Chief Academic Office/Professor of Law
  Nick Hendry On-site IT Support
  Deborah Jurgensen, JD Law Librarian, Title IX coordinator
  Jennifer Mackie Student Services Coordinator, Ventura
  Matthew Nehmer, PhD President
  Mehul Patel CFO 
  Rosalie Robles Program Manager of Hybrid and Online Programs
  Shannon Stark Enrollment Counselor
  Christian Winnewisser Program Manager of Onsite and Special Programs/Assistant Registrar
  Shawn Taylor Director, Admissions
  1. Faculty members committed to teach in the 2019-2020 Academic Year are listed below. Others who have taught recently and who may teach in upcoming terms are listed on the School’s website.

1. Full-time Faculty (law degrees/school/graduation years)

Jackie Gardina, JD, Boston College Law School ‘99 (Dean)
Andrea Funk, JD, UC Los Angeles, ‘90, (Faculty Director of Hybrid and Online Learning)
Craig Smith, JD, UC Hastings, ‘76

2. Adjunct Faculty (law degrees/school/graduation years)

  Lani Baron, JD, Whittier Law School ‘11    
  Lydia Lai, JD, UCLA ‘90
  Erica Bristol, JD, UC Los Angeles, ‘99
  Paul Larson, JD, UCLA ‘88
  The Hon. Michael Carrozzo, JD, Loyola ‘92
  Julie Lawrence, JD, Colleges of Law ‘12
  Jared Carter, JD, Vermont Law School “09
  Lori Lewis, JD, Colleges of Law ‘90
  Julie Casey
  Kathryn Lohmeyer-Rohrer, JD, Whittier Law School ‘05
  Peter Cooney, JD, UC Hastings ‘72
  Monique Magar
  Alyson Decker, JD, USC ‘07
  Michael Martin
  The Hon. von Nguyen Deroian, JD, Colleges of Law ‘06 Rylan Martin, JD, Washburn ‘01
  Jason Dominguez, JD, UC Berkeley ‘95
  JiAe Moon, JD, Loyola ‘98
  Jennifer Drury Deborah Moritz, JD, Hofstra Law School ‘79
  Jeannette Eicks, JF, Vermont Law School ‘96
  Joaquin Nava, JD, Colleges of Law ‘08
  Steve Feder, JD, U. of San Diego ‘82, LL.M ‘87 Laruen Nicholson, JD, Colleges of Law
  April Frisby, JD, Whittier Law School ‘09 David Nyssen, JD, UC Davis ‘90
  Jack Futoran, JD, Colleges of Law ‘98 Ivy Paek
  Brooke Gerard Roger Pao, JD, Harvard Law ‘06
  Gisele Goetz, JD, UC hastings ‘85 Jill Reza, JD, USC ‘02
  William Gynan Gary Rosenberg
  The Hon. James Herman Mark Saatijian, JD, Loyola ‘05
  Atossa Jackson The Hon. Anthony Sabo, Univ. of ND ‘92
  Olwen Jaffe
Robert Sanger, JD, UCLA ‘73
  Damon Jenkins, JD, U of San Francisco, ‘10
James Scafide, JD, Boston College ‘99, LL.M., Harvard ‘02
  Joseph Jones, JD, Colleges of Law ‘09
Tracy Splitgerber, JD, California Western ‘94
  Vanessa Kirker-Wright Jake Stoddard, JD, Loyola ‘77
  Christopher Kroes, JD, Colleges of Law ‘87
Lacy Taylorc
  Jeanne Kvale, JD, Pepperdine ‘95
Matthew Zavala

3. Adjunct Faculty - Academic Advisors (law degrees/school/graduation years)

Kata Kim, JD, Colleges of Law, ‘10
Virginia Fuentes, JD, College of Law, ‘14

2.5 Administration Office

  1. General Provisions
    Unless the context otherwise makes clear, the term Administration Office denotes the Administration Office at the campus where the student is principally enrolled (JD students at the campus they attend, MLS students at the Santa Barbara campus). Students should contact the Administration Office for information about the School’s curriculum and policies, to make appointments with the Dean, to inquire about Veterans’ benefits, and to attend to other matters referred to in this Catalog.
  2. Administration Office Hours During Terms (Closed on Holidays.)
    Santa Barbara Hours Ventura Hours
  Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  Friday by appointment by appointment

Emergency messages cannot be relayed after 6:30 p.m. on class nights or on weekends and holidays, as the Office is closed.

Administration Office Hours Intercession at Both Campuses: 9:00am - 5:00pm

  1. Transcripts and Student File Reviews

    A student’s request to review his or her student file must be made in writing to the Registrar. Hard copies of the student’s digital file will be made available to the student at the Administration Office within 45 business days. A student who believes that information in his or her education record is inaccurate or misleading may submit a written request to the Registrar to amend the information. See Section 3.7  for details on file review and amendment requests.  Requests for official copies of transcripts must be in writing. A charge of $15.00 will be made for each such transcript requested. Students who are not in good financial standing with Colleges of Law will not be eligible to receive a transcript.
  2. Requests for Administrative or Faculty Action

    All requests for action by the Administration or Faculty must be made in writing, dated and signed by the student, and submitted to the Administration Office. Submissions must clearly state what action the student requests. Submissions must fulfill any applicable requirements set forth elsewhere in this Catalog (for example, as applicable to requests for disability accommodation, petitions for change of grade or probation, etc.). Where a form is available for the purpose sought by the student, the form should be used. Forms are found on the Gateway. Inquiries not set forth in writing will be treated as casual inquiries; students should assume that casual inquiries will not be acted upon by the School, administrative staff, or faculty.

2.6 Facilities

  1. Description of Facilities

    Each school has a physical campus where instruction for the Juris Doctor degree program is held.  The Santa Barbara campus consists of a single-story building of approximately 8,000 square feet, with four classrooms, a library, a student lounge, and faculty and administrative office space.  The Ventura campus consists of a two-story building of approximately 20,000 square feet, with six classrooms, a library, a student lounge/common room, and faculty and administrative office space.
  2. Parking Regulations
    1. At the Ventura campus, the parking lot is for use by students only while attending classes or otherwise participating in campus activity. Under no circumstances is overnight parking allowed.
    2. At the Santa Barbara campus, the parking lot is restricted to staff ONLY at all times. On-street parking and a city parking lot are available for students. The Santa Barbara campus can be reached by a variety of alternative means including bicycle, bus, shuttle, or by foot. A student intending to take Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District transportation to and from campus for class may submit a bus pass reimbursement request to the Administration Office.
  3. Facilities Regulations
    Smoking is prohibited by law in the School’s buildings and within 25 feet of them. Eating In the classrooms is prohibited except by express permission during special school activities.  Drinking from non-spillable containers is allowed during class session but is prohibited during examinations. Outside doors at the Santa Barbara campus may not be propped open.
  4. Campus Visitors
    Campus facilities are open for use only by enrolled students and invited guests of the School. With prior permission of the administration, an adult guest may accompany an enrolled student to a class session. However, to enhance the educational experience of all students and to promote safety, the facilities are not open to minor children and pets.

2.7 Transcripts

COL maintains a permanent record of any student who was or is enrolled in a course.  The transcript may be changed only upon a showing of cause, in writing, authorized by the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee.  Requests for a change to a student’s transcript must be made in accordance with Sections 10.6 (JD) and 16.3 (MLS) of this Catalog.