Christine Chambers Goodman, J.D.
Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
- J.D., Stanford Law School
- B.A., Harvard College, cum laude
Professor Goodman joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2001. She teaches Race and the Law, Evidence, and Trial Practice. She taught Evidence as well as Anti- Discrimination in the London Summer program. Professor Goodman also has taught courses in Community Outreach/ Youth Mentoring, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Trial Preparation and Settlement. She serves as an advisor to the Black Law Students' Association and the Women's Legal Association, and has been a mock trial team coach. Professor Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including affirmative action, preferences, diversity and racial privacy, as well as evidentiary and criminal law issues, such as the lack of transparency in the death penalty decision-making process in California and medical privacy. Her book, California Evidence, in Aspen's Examples and Explanations series was released in June.
While at Stanford Law School, Professor Goodman participated on the board of directors for the Annual Women of Color and the Law Conference, worked as a teaching assistant in the political science department, and was an assistant editor for a new journal on gender issues. After law school she worked as an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (1991-93) and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione (1993-1995), engaging in civil litigation in state and federal courts. In 1995, Professor Goodman began teaching at UCLA, and created and taught a course in lawyering skills for public interest attorneys.
Professor Goodman served on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and was chair of its Diversity in the Profession Committee. She has served as an officer of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and on the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers, and will become President of CWL in the fall. Professor Goodman is a frequent speaker on the subject of bias.