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Richard M. Peterson, LL.M.
Director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic and Assistant Clinical 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.



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  • Richard 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

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