Dov A. Waisman
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills
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, Professor Dov Waisman says he was drawn to that discipline and eventually law because he "loves to think analytically and I love to write." As a litigator, he devoted much of his time to writing memoranda, drafting motions and other pleadings, and extensive research.
"[Students need to grasp] the importance of stating things as simply and succinctly as possible, getting to the point early - and anticipating your opponent's objections."
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.
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. He most recently practiced family law as an associate with the firm of Harris - Ginsberg.
Professor Waisman was appointed to the LAWS faculty at Southwestern commencing in Fall 2007. As a teacher of legal writing, he wants to be sure that his students understand "the importance of stating things as simply and succinctly as possible, getting to the point early - and anticipating your opponent's objections."
Professor Waisman is a certified mediator with the Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services and serves on the American Arbitration Association's Expedited Commercial Panel. He was also 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.