Dennis T. Yokoyama

Professor of Law

Professor Dennis Yokoyama

B.A., Psychology, 1982, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Clinical Psychology, 1987, California State University, Los Angeles; J.D., cum laude, 1990, Loyola Law School; Order of the Coif; Member, California State Bar

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Dennis Yokoyama has always been intrigued by why people behave the way they do. As a result, he earned degrees in psychology and served as a counselor and therapist before pursuing a career in law, a field that he finds "is flush with true tales of human struggle and accomplishment and that empowers its practitioners to help people in profound ways."

"I want to inform and motivate my students, which I believe can best be accomplished through a classroom experience that is interactive, engaging, relevant and enjoyable."

As a law student, Professor Yokoyama was a judicial extern for Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He also served as an articles editor and staff writer for the Entertainment Law Journal. Following graduation, Professor Yokoyama joined the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Los Angeles, where he worked as an associate with the firm's environmental and commercial litigation practice group.

Professor Yokoyama joined Southwestern in 1992, and three years later was appointed as director of the Legal Research and Writing Program, a position he held for 12 years. Currently, in addition to teaching core courses in the traditional and SCALE programs, he also serves as faculty advisor to the law school's chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Professor Yokoyama's goal is "to teach students the critical thinking and writing skills that will lead them to excel in law school and practice—valuable tools that they can use the rest of their lives." In 2000, Professor Yokoyama was honored with Southwestern's Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2007, he was named as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law.

Selected Achievements

President, Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) of Greater Los Angeles, 2008 - 2009; President-Elect, 2007; Vice President, 2005-2006; Treasurer, 2000 - 2004

Executive Committee Member and Governor of JABA, one of the oldest ethnic minority bar associations in the country. Since it was founded over 30 years ago, JABA has served the legal community and the community at large and provided a vehicle and forum for the unified expression of opinions and positions upon current social, political, economic, legal or other matters or events of concern to JABA members.

Founding Member, Association of Legal Writing Directors (1995 – present)

Assistant Editor, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (1998 - 2004)