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Christine Chambers Goodman

Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law


Professor Goodman joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2001. She teaches Evidence, Constitutional Law, Trial Practice and Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law. She has participated in the Sudreau Global Justice Program in Uganda and India, and taught in the London 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 American Constitution Society Chapter, and formerly served as adviser to the Women's Legal Association, and as a mock trial team coach. Professor Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including implicit bias, 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. The second edition of her book, California Evidence, in Aspen's Examples and Explanations series, as well as the Seventh edition of the Mendez, Goodman and Mainero Evidence textbook are now available.

While at Stanford Law School, Professor Goodman served 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 as the 2016-2017 President of California Women Lawyers, and the 2017-18 President of its Foundation. She now serves as Chair-Elect of the AALS Litigation section, and as immediate past chair of the Evidence Section. She is also on the board of Schools on Wheels, a local nonprofit that provides tutors and school supplies for homeless youths, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She has served as an officer of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is now a Co-chair of its Diversity in the Profession Committee. Professor Goodman is a frequent speaker on the subject of bias.



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






  • Antidiscrimination
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy