Christine L. Lofgren

Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills

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B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, 1990, University of California, Los Angeles; Phi Beta Kappa; J.D., 1993, University of California, Davis School of Law

Member, California State Bar (active), Colorado (inactive); and, Hawaii (inactive)

Joined Southwestern: 2018


Professor Lofgren has twenty-five years of experience as a practicing attorney, as well as recent experience teaching Legal Research and Writing to paralegal students and prior experience as a law school teaching assistant and tutor.  She takes a practical approach to teaching and practicing law which is ideal for Southwestern's legal skills programming.

During law school at UC Davis, Professor Lofgren served as a paid teaching assistant and tutor; an experience that cultivated her academic teaching skills at a practical level.  Professor Lofgren also worked as a full-time judicial extern for a U.S. District Court judge during her last semester of law school.  Just prior to joining Southwestern, Professor Lofgren taught Introduction to Legal Research and Writing and Advanced Legal Writing in El Camino College’s ABA-Approved paralegal program. 

“Clear and concise writing will serve you well, wherever your legal education takes you.  I encourage law students to invest in writing and analysis skills and to develop their reputation as future lawyers.”

Professor Lofgren practiced intellectual property law in both firm and in-house settings, including ten years as the lead trademark and IP litigation counsel for Toyota’s North American operations. Before joining Toyota, Professor Lofgren was an equity partner in the intellectual property practice group of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP, where she represented clients in a wide range of industries.  In her intellectual property practice, Professor Lofgren directly handled or managed all phases of pre-litigation, litigation, appeals, alternative dispute resolution, legislative policy work, and proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  She also contributed her expertise to transactional matters.  Some of her most rewarding experiences during practice were the time spent counseling and coaching clients on IP best practices.