Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Joyce S. Sterling

Joyce S. Sterling

Visiting Professor of Law

B.A., Sociology, 1967, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Sociology, 1970, University of Hawaii; Ph.D., 1977, University of Denver

Phone: (213) 738-6752
Office: BW311

Joyce Sterling will be visiting at Southwestern during the 2008-09 academic year, where she will be teaching legal profession and scientific evidence during the Fall semester. She has been a member of the law faculty at the University of Denver since 1977 where her teaching areas include history of American law, scientific evidence, legal profession, and a Law and Society Seminar. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1985-86), a Visiting Professor at the University of Cincinnati Law School (Fall 1990) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (2002-2003). She has also been awarded distinguished Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation.

Professor Sterling was the Executive Officer (1984-87) of the Law and Society Association, the leading interdisciplinary organization of law and social science professors from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. She served the Colorado Judicial Department as a member of the Advisory Council and Judicial Performance Council, was principal researcher appointed to conduct the Statewide Judicial Performance Evaluation; and was a member of the Colorado Supreme Court's Multicultural Commission.

A prolific scholar on legal education and the legal profession, she has published widely and presented papers throughout North America and Europe on such topics as the cultural foundations of tort law, lawyer careers and gender issues, careers in public interest law and comparative legal systems, among others. For the past several years, Professor Sterling has also been one of the principal investigators on the "After the J.D." Study, the first national, longitudinal study of lawyers' careers in the U.S.