Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

September 27, 2012
Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Several prominent members of the bench and bar will share their expertise in a variety of electives as members of Southwestern's adjunct faculty for the 2013 Spring Semester.

Judge Daniel J. Buckley - California Civil Procedure

The Hon. Daniel J. Buckley, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will teach California Civil Procedure in the 2013 Spring Semester. He currently presides over Division 9 of the Citrus/West Covina Superior Court. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Buckley was a managing partner with the law firm of Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting & Hamblet, where he handled civil cases. He was named to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis and was re-elected in 2010. He has served as a Lecturer in Law on the faculty of USC's Gould School of Law. A member of the California State Bar, Judge Buckley earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he was an honors student, and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Donna Encinas - Family Law Practice and Procedure

Donna Encinas, a sole practitioner, will teach Family Law Practice and Procedure during the 2013 Spring Semester. Professor Encinas has been practicing family law exclusively since being admitted to the bar and has been a sole practitioner since 1998. Early in her career, she was an associate at Edwards, Edwards & Ashton in Glendale, where she specialized in general family law with a particular emphasis on child custody disputes. She has been a volunteer mediator with the Los Angeles Superior Court for the past 18 years, and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Family Law Courts. She is active in the family law sections of several local bar associations as well as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Los Angeles Standing Committee of the State Bar Family Section on CDR. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Encinas earned her B.A. in Speech and Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her J.D. from Southwestern.

Benjamin Gluck – White Collar Crime

Benjamin Gluck, a shareholder in the firm of Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, & Lincenberg, will teach White Collar Crime during the 2013 Spring semester. Professor Gluck represents clients in a broad range of federal and state criminal matters. He represents businesses, business owners, accountants, lawyers, and public companies and their executives in investigations and at trial. Active on the ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Professor Gluck has served as chair or co-chair of the Southern California Regional and Healthcare Fraud Subcommittees, as well as the Newsletter and Young Lawyers Division. He has written and lectured extensively on a variety of white collar crime issues and serves on the National Editorial Board of Criminal Justice Magazine. In 2011, he was named as a Southern California Super Lawyer and was listed for several years prior as a Southern California Rising Star in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Gluck earned his A.B. and M.A. degrees at ISTRE in France and his J.D., with distinction, at Stanford, where he was executive editor of the Stanford Law Review. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Dean D. Pregerson, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Amy Peikoff - Jurisprudence Seminar

Professor Peikoff, former Visiting Fellow at Chapman University School of Law, will teach a Jurisprudence Seminar during the Spring semester. At Chapman, she taught courses in Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Information Privacy Law and Philosophy of Law. She previously served on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy as an Assistant/Associate Professor; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Visiting Assistant Professor; and the University of Texas at Austin as a Visiting Lecturer. Professor Peikoff has lectured extensively around the country and internationally on privacy law and other issues, and her scholarship has appeared in NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, and Brandeis Law Journal, among other publications. A member of the California State Bar, she completed her B.S. in Math/Applied Science (Physics and Economics) and her J.D. at UCLA, where she was an editor of the UCLA Law Review, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy at USC.

Vanessa Terzian - Wills and Trusts

Vanessa Terzian, a sole practitioner, will teach Wills and Trusts during the 2013 Spring Semester. She began her legal career as a Trust Administrator for Wells Fargo before entering private practice with a focus on estate and tax planning, asset protection, elder law, probate and trust administration.  Professor Terzian has conducted numerous seminars on various topics of estate planning, including kids protection planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal planning, advanced tax planning and asset protection for individuals and small businesses. She is a member of the Family Wealth Planning Institute and is a certified Personal Family Lawyer. Active in the community, she is a board member of the Northridge Hospital Foundation and co-founder of Collaborative Advisory Group and Seniors Providers Network. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Terzian earned her B.A. degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, where she was awarded the Dean's Full Tuition Academic Scholarship.

Norman Van Treeck - Patent Preparation and Prosecution

Norman Van Treeck, a partner at Sheldon, Mak & Anderson, will teach Patent Preparation and Prosecution during the 2013 Spring Semester. Professor Van Treeck is a registered patent attorney and represents clients ranging from startup ventures to Fortune 500 corporations in all aspects of intellectual property. His legal practice incorporates his computer science and electronics experience to service high-tech intellectual property clientele. Prior to joining the law firm, Professor Van Treeck was the Vice President of Information Systems, Information Security and Quality Assurance at His computer science and electronics experience began in the Navy, where he served as a Chief Petty Officer/Network Engineer for the Personnel Research and Development Center as well as Chief Petty Officer/LAN Administrator for the Afloat Training Group. Professor Van Treeck is a member of the State Bar of California and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Novell Administrator (CNA). He earned his B.S. in Computer Science with minors in Math, Business and Statistics from Mesa State College in Colorado and his J.D. with a certificate in Intellectual Property from Whittier Law School. He also holds an A.A. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University.

Saundra K. Wootton - Remedies

Saundra K. Wootton, a partner in Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC, will be teaching Remedies during the 2013 Spring Semester. Professor Wootton is a complex business litigation attorney focusing her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, construction, environmental, product liability, professional liability, contract/UCC, and governmental entity liability. She has extensive trial, arbitration and mediation experience and represents a variety of middle market companies, including architects, engineers, contractors and product manufacturers in employment, antitrust, real estate and professional malpractice matters. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, she was listed in the Southern California Super Lawyers -Rising Stars Edition. Active in the professional community, she has served on the executive board of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Southern California Chapter, and on the Diversity in the Profession Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Wootton earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was a recipient of the John J. Schumacher Leadership Scholarship. She has served on the board of directors of the Southwestern Alumni Association.