Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Esposito to Speak at Orientation August 07, 2006
Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Esposito to Speak at Orientation

Joseph P. Esposito, Assistant Head Deputy in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Hardcore Gang Division, adjunct professor and Southwestern alumnus, will welcome members of the entering class as the keynote speaker at Orientation on August 14. Professor Esposito teaches courses in trial advocacy and has worked in several divisions of the D.A.'s Office, including the Hate Crimes Suppression Unit and Central Trials. He has personally tried more than 80 felony cases and now supervises dozens of lawyers in the Hardcore Gang Division, which is devoted almost exclusively to murder cases.

Professor Esposito has been recognized for his outstanding skills in the courtroom by such entities as the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and Justice for Homicide Victims who named him as "Prosecutor of the Decade" in 1999. He has also been honored for his performance in the classroom as the recipient of Southwestern's first Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty.

He earned his bachelors degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 1986. As a law student at Southwestern, he chaired the Moot Court Honors Program Board of Governors, and won top writing and oralist awards in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He completed his J.D. degree in 1989.

Professor Esposito returned to Southwestern just 3 years later, this time as a member of the adjunct faculty, to teach Trial Advocacy. He also served as faculty advisor to the teams following in his footsteps in the Jessup Moot Court Competition for 10 years.

The Moot Court Honors Program presented him with the Faculty Appreciation Award in 1995, and in 2000, he and his teaching partner and fellow alum, Bill Seki, were jointly awarded Southwestern's first annual Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy and is co-advisor to the law school's Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program.