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Professor Christine Goodman Elected to Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees

Christine Chambers Goodman, professor of law, was unanimously appointed to the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Board of Trustees in April. A LACBA member since 1998 and current chair of its Diversity in the Profession Committee, Goodman will serve a term that expires in June 2012.

Goodman most recently served for two years as the Education Committee cochair of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles. She is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles and the California State Bar Association.

Alan K. Steinbrecher, president of LACBA, said that Goodman brings “thoughtful insight into the law and topics of diversity as an educator” which “will add a unique perspective to the board.”

“I like keeping involved in what real lawyers do day-to-day in Los Angeles,” says Goodman of her involvement with LACBA. “One contribution I hope to make to the board is to be a role model for others, to show young people that they too can be leaders in their communities.”

The board meets monthly and plans initiatives to serve members of the bar by sponsoring events and providing MCLE credit. Goodman is also excited to begin work on a new program called CLAS, which will be a partnership between the state bar and Wilson High School, a local school in Boyle Heights.

“We are partnering with Wilson’s law academy program to provide exposure to the law and mentoring for these students,” explains Goodman. She hopes the program will grow to include other schools in Los Angeles and across California.

Goodman joined the faculty at Pepperdine in 2001, teaches Race and the Law, Evidence, and Community Outreach: Youth Mentoring in Law. She also serves as an advisor to the Black Law Students’ Association and Women’s Legal Association. She began her career in academia at UCLA in 1995, where she created and taught a course in lawyering skills for public interest attorneys.

After graduating cum laude from Harvard College, she attended Stanford Law School, where she 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 and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione, engaging in civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including affirmative action, preferences, diversity and racial privacy, as well as evidentiary and criminal law issues. Her most recent articles address the media's influence on ballot propositions and the lack of transparency in the death penalty decisionmaking process in California.

Tom Bost, interim dean of the School of Law, speaks to her leadership. “Professor Goodman’s membership on the LACBA Board of Trustees is a fitting continuation of her deep involvement in the community and her overriding goal of seeking equal justice under the law.”