Meet the Faculty
Richard M. Peterson, LL.M.
Director of the Special Education Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
- LL.M., Pepperdine University, 2006
- M.D.R., Pepperdine University, 2001
- J.D., Western State University, 1979
- B.S.L., Western State University College of Law, 1978
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Following admission to the California State Bar in
1979 Professor Peterson spent twenty years practicing
law as a trial attorney where he frequently served the
community as a mediator, arbitrator, and legal representative of developmentally
disabled persons victimized by criminal acts or other civil wrongdoings.
Professor Peterson now focuses his energies on the Special Education
Advocacy Clinic where he directs law students providing advocacy and training
to parents of children with developmental disabilities who are regional center
consumers. He teaches Special Education Law, Disability Law, and Dispute
Resolution in Education.
All | Books |
Book Chapters | Articles |
Forthcoming | Popular Press
ArticlesRichard M. Peterson, Caught in the Cross-Fire --The Psychological and Emotional Impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) upon Teachers of Children with Disabilities: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Analysis, 33 PACE L. REV. 878 (2013) SSRN Richard M. Peterson, Examining Context in the Conflict over Same-Sex Marriage and Education: The Relevance of Substance, Process and the People Involved, 2011 BYU EDUC. & L.J. 323 (2011) HeinOnlineRichard M. Peterson, The Persistence of Low Expectations in Special Education Law Viewed Through the Lens of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, 33 INT'L J.L. & PSYCHIATRY 375 (2009) SSRN
Popular PressRichard M. Peterson, Panel Participant, "Becoming A Law Professor: Pathways Into Academia" (Clinical Law Perspective), J. Reuben Clark Law Society - National Conference, Southern Methodist University, 2011. Richard M. Peterson, Speaker, "Promoting High Expectations In Special Education For Children With Disabilities: A Framework For Parent Advocacy," CHADD/U.C. Irvine Child Development Center Guest Speaker, 2011. Richard M. Peterson, Workshop, "Promoting High Expectations In Special Education For Children With Disabilities: Six Steps To Connecting The Dots," California State PTA Annual Convention -Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, 2011. Richard M. Peterson, Speaker, "Caught in the Cross-Fire - The Psychological and Emotional Impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) upon Teachers of Children with Disabilities: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Analysis," Germany, 2011.