Dov A. Waisman
Associate Professor of Law
A.B., magna cum laude, Philosophy, 1995 Harvard College; M.S., Philosophy, 1999, University of California, San Diego; J.D., 2003, University of California, Los Angeles; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-5733
With two degrees in philosophy, Dov Waisman says he was drawn to that discipline and eventually law because he "love[s] to think analytically and love[s] to write." As a litigator, he devoted much of his time to writing memoranda, drafting motions and other pleadings, and extensive research.
Professor Waisman joined Southwestern in 2007 as a member of the LAWS faculty where he taught in the Trial Practice Track and emphasized with his students the need to "state things as succinctly as possible, get to the point quickly and anticipate their opponents' objections." In 2013, he became an Associate Professor of Law teaching in the areas of Contracts and Community Property. "In Contracts and other courses, I encourage students to ask not just what the law is in a given situation, but why the law is what it is," he said. "I like to see students get in the habit of identifying the deep policies, principles and values the law is intended to serve. This is critical to both the accurate analysis of legal problems and the effective representation of clients, and I think this will ultimately make them better lawyers."
"I like to see students get in the habit of identifying the deep policies, principles and values the law is intended to serve. This is critical to both the accurate analysis of legal problems and the effective representation of clients."
Prior to law school, Professor Waisman was a housing coordinator for Project Renewal in New York managing a permanent housing program for over 80 formerly homeless individuals, and as a research assistant for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in Los Angeles. After completing his law degree, he served as a litigation associate representing corporate clients for the firm of Sidley Austin, where he also supervised a group of 15 contract attorneys in a large document review project and served on the Pro Bono Committee. Just prior to joining the Southwestern faculty, he practiced family law as an associate with the firm of Harris - Ginsberg.
Professor Waisman was the recipient of the Harvard College Scholarship as an undergraduate and the University of California Regents Fellowship as a Masters student. In law school, he served on both the Moot Court Honors Program and the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs. He also worked as a judicial extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
A certified mediator with the Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services, Professor Waisman also serves on the American Arbitration Association's Expedited Commercial Panel. He was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, and received the organization's Criminal Justice Award in 2005.