Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills
B.A., honors, Political Science, 1997, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 2001, George Washington University; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-5747
As a practitioner, Christine Chorba discovered that the best attorneys all share an important skill: clear, well-organized and well-reasoned writing. "Cases are typically won on the briefs and if you are unable to write well, your career as a litigator will not be as successful," she explained. Now, as a professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS), Professor Chorba pushes students to cultivate this crucial ability.
"I have the best job in the world: I get to mentor my students into becoming skilled written and oral advocates."
While still in law school, she honed her legal writing skills during internships with the U.S. Marshals Service Office of General Counsel, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia Superior Court. During her third year of law school, she also began teaching as a writing fellow. After graduation, Professor Chorba joined the firm of Gutierrez, Preciado & House where she handled employment, tort and civil rights cases in both state and federal court and mediations, and presented labor and employment law seminars.
In 2003, Professor Chorba began teaching legal writing at the University of Southern California as an adjunct professor. "I thought I could contribute best to the legal community by teaching first-year students how to write effectively and efficiently," she recalled. The following year, Professor Chorba left private practice and joined Southwestern's full-time legal writing faculty. She also served as Director of the Writing Center for five years, beginning in 2008. According to Professor Chorba, Southwestern students challenge her to excel in the classroom. "They come to class with a positive attitude that is quite infectious," she commented. "They inspire me to be the best teacher that I can be." That sentiment appears to be shared by her students who voted to honor her with a prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.
2011, Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient