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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.



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  • Richard 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) HeinOnline
  • Richard 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

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