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Christine Chambers Goodman, J.D.
Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • B.A., Harvard College, cum laude

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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.



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  • Christine Chambers Goodman, EXAMPLES & EXPLANATIONS: CALIFORNIA EVIDENCE (Wolters Kluwer 2010). WorldCat
  • Articles

  • Chris Chambers Goodman, Augmenting Transparency in the Ballot Initiative Process: Impacts of the 2014 Reforms on the 2016 Election Cycle, 19 CHAP. L. REV. 129 (2016)
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Confrontation's Convolutions, 47 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 817 (2016)
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Net (Race) Neutral: An Essay on How GPA + (Reweighted) SAT - Race = Diversity, 59 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 303 (2015) SSRN
  • Chris Chambers Goodman, Evidence, California Litigation Review: Review of 2014 Developments
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Now Children Learn Better: Revising NCLB to Promote Teacher Effectiveness in Student Development, 14 U. Md. L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 81 (2014) HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, When Privacy is Not an Option: Codifying the Contours of Necessary Third Parties in Emergency Medical Situations, 63 SYRACUSE L. REV. 399 (2013) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, A Teacher Who Looks Like Me, ST. JOHN'S J. C.R. & ECON. DEV. 105 (2013) SSRN
  • Christine Chambers Goodman & F. Jason Far-Hadian, Discrimination and Bias: Strategies for Preventing and Responding in the Intellectual Property Bar (MCLE Self Study Article), California Bar Journal, 2012
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, The Gate(way)s of Hell and Pathways to Purgatory: Eradicating Common Law Protections in the Newly Sculpted Character Evidence Rules of the United Kingdom's 2003 Criminal Justice Act, 66 U. MIAMI L. REV. 79 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Goodman, Carol A. Chase & H. Mitchell Caldwell, Unpredictable Doom and Lethal Injustice: An Argument for Greater Transparency in Death Penalty Decisions, 82 TEMP. L. REV. 997 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, (M)Ad Men: Using Persuasion Factors in Media Advertisements to Prevent a "Tyranny of the Majority' on Ballot Propositions, 32 HASTINGS COMM. & ENT. L.J. 247 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, A Modest Proposal in Deference to Diversity, 23 NAT'L BLACK L.J. 1 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman & Rebecca J. Joseph, An Open Letter to President Faust and the Harvard Community, HARVARD CRIMSON, June 2, 2009
  • Christine Chambers Goodman & Carol Chase, Death Penalty Criteria Must Be Transparent, SACRAMENTO BEE, July 2, 2009
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Protecting the Party Girl: A New Approach for Evaluating Intoxicated Consent, 2009 BYU L. REV. 57 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Retaining Diversity in the Classroom: Strategies for Maximizing the Benefits that Flow from a Diverse Student Body, 35 PEPP. L. REV. 663 (2008) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Examining "Voter Intent" Behind Proposition 209: Why Recruitment, Retention and Scholarship Privileges Should Be Permissible under Article 1, Section 31, 27 CHICANA/O-LATINA/O L. REV. 59 (2008) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Beneath the Veil: Corollaries on Diversity and Critical Mass Scholarships from Rawls' Original Position on Justice, 13 WASH. & LEE J. CIV. RTS. & SOC. JUST. 285 (2007) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, The Color of Our Character: Confronting the Racial Character of Rule 404(b) Evidence, 25 LAW & INEQ. 1 (2007) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Redacting Race In The Quest For Colorblind Justice: How Racial Privacy Legislation Subverts Antidiscrimination Laws, 88 MARQ. L. REV. 299 (2004) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Disregarding Intent: Using Statistical Evidence to Provide Greater Protection of the Laws, 66 ALB. L. REV. 633 (2003) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Reports

  • Christine Chambers Goodman, H. Mitchell Caldwell & Carol A. Chase, Structure and Administration of the Exercise of Discretion by California District Attorneys in Prosecuting Homicides as Death Cases, submitted to the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, http://www.ccfaj.org/rr-dp-expert.html.
  • Popular Press

  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Western Regional Conference of the National Black Law Students' Association in Las Vegas, "Success after Law School", 2011.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Lecturer, Black History Month Lecture Series at Seaver College of Pepperdine University, 2010.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Moderator, panel for Martin Luther King Week at Pepperdine Law School, "The Civil Rights Movement Then and Now", 2009.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Presenter, Mock law class for high school students, LACBA Diversity in the Profession Committee and Pepperdine Law School, 2009.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman & Carol Chase, Radio interview re district attorney responses to 2008 death penalty survey, 2009.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Speaker, California Association of Licensed Investigators Semi-Annual Conference, Evidence and Death Penalty cases, El Segundo, CA, 2009.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Keynote Speaker, Pepperdine Women of Color Leadership Dinner, Malibu, CA, 2009.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Witness before the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice in Los Angeles re: survey on death penalty policies and statistics and the responses from District Attorney Offices, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Moderator, panel on "Nuts and Bolts of College and Law School" for students at Garfield High School who participated in the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Diversity in the Profession Mentoring Program, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Speaker/panelist, "Recognizing and Reducing Gender Bias in the Legal and Accounting professions," the Ethics Symposium of the CPA/ Law Society of Ventura, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Speaker and moderator, panel on "Nuts and Bolts of College and Law School" for students at Wilson High School who participated in the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Diversity in the Profession Mentoring Program, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Presenter, "Writing about Political and Other Passions," AALS Mid-Year Conference on Evidence Law, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Facilitator, Constitutional Rights Foundation's Summer Law Institute, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Facilitator and Commerntator, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Boston University Law School, 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Panelist, Pepperdine Law School Family Day, "Student life", 2008.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Organizer, Panelist, Pepperdine Law Review Symposium on Post-Grutter diversity in Legal Education, 2007.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Panelist and Co-Moderator, Pepperdine Faculty Conference, "Preparing Students to Work with Diverse Populations" and "Civility as the Foundation of Academic Culture", 2007.
  • Christine Chambers Goodman, Debate on Affirmative Action, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2007.

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