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Shelley Ross Saxer, J.D.
Vice Dean and Laure Sudreau-Rippe Endowed Professor of Law

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  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
  • B.S., Pepperdine University, 1980, summa cum laude

Curriculum Vitae

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While in law school, Dean Saxer served as the chief managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California and then worked briefly as a corporate associate for the Century City law offices of O'Melveny & Myers.

She has published articles dealing with liquor store overconcentration in urban areas, the use of religious institutions for homeless shelters, conflict between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, eminent domain, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, sex offender property disclosures and residency restrictions, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights. Dean Saxer is a co-author of Contemporary Property, American Casebook Series, Thomson West (4th ed. with Grant S. Nelson, Dale A. Whitman, and Colleen Medill). She is also working on a book with Craig "Tony" Arnold, titled Environmental Sustainability & Resiliency Law & Policy to be published by Wolters Kluwer.

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  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Moderator, Public Land Development Corporation and Property Rights in Hawaii, University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law (Feb. 2013).
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Moderator, AALS 2013 Joint Program of the Property Section and Natural Resources and Energy Law Section, (Jan. 2013).
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, "Changing Conceptions of Water in the Law," Sections on Agricultural Law and Property Law Joint Program, AALS Annual Meeting, 2011.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Moderator, "RLUIPA a Trap for the Unwary"; Panel, Local Agencies On the Cutting Edge Conference, UCLA School of Law, 2011.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, Association for Law, Property, and Society Annual Conference, Georgetown School of Law, 2011.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, Expanding the First Year Curriculum: Making Course Choices in the First Year, The Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference, 2011.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, "Mosque at Ground Zero," Nootbaar Institute for Law & Religion, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2010.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies Workshop, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference, 2010.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, "California Water Rights: Who Is In Control?" Federalist Society, University of San Diego Law School, 2009.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, Workshop on Real Estate Planning: "Innovative Teaching and Research Strategies for Land Use and Development Law," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) 62nd Annual Meeting, 2009.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, "Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes: Who Owns the Lord's House? Pepperdine School of Law Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, 2009.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist and Contributor, Albany Government Law Review Symposium: "God and the Land: Conflicts Over Land Use and Religious Freedom", 2008.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Conversationalist, joining Ken Starr and Charles Eskridge for A Conversation Featuring Justice Clarence Thomas, Pepperdine School of Law 2nd Annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture, 2008.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Moderator, Professor Richard Epstein on "The Mortgage (Or, Subprime) Meltdown: Why One Bad Decision Deserves Yet Another," Pepperdine School of Law Palmer Center Foley Lecture, 2008.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist on Environmentalism Panel, Religious Americans & Political Choices: A Conversation About Shared Values and Citizen Responsibilities, Hamline University School of Law Journal of Law and Religion, 2006.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panel Moderator, "Til Death Do Us Part: Marriage, Same Sex Couples and The Law" at the Museum of Tolerance sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2006.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Faculty Advisor, Balancing Career and Family Symposium & Law Review Publication, Joint Program with Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2006.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Certified Toastmaster, Toastmasters International, Club No. 1864, 2006.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist and Contributor, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy Symposium: "The Rehnquist Court and the First Amendment", 2005.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, 2005.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, KKPC Talk of the City Radio Show Guest Speaker: Real Estate and Sex Offenders, 2005.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, American Planners Annual Meeting, Eminent Domain and the Kelo Case, 2005.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, Gonzaga Institute for Law Teaching, "A Property Story", 2004.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, AALS Property Conference 2004, "Religious Land Uses, Eminent Domain, and RLUIPA", 2004.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, CALI Conference 2003, Automated Course Scheduling for Law Schools, 2003.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, WASC Annual Meeting 2001, Teaching With Technology & Strategies for Increasing the Use of Classroom Technology, 2001.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Panelist, California State Bar, Section on Real Property, 2000.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker and Contributor, International Law School Deans' Conference on Legal Education for the 21st Century, Beijing, China, 1999.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, AALS Property Conference, Technology & Teaching Workshop, 1997.
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Speaker, AALS Plenary Workshop on Teaching With Technology - Wash., D.C., 1997.

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