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Outreach Coordinator Pacific Legal Scholars Program
legalscholars@pacific.edu
209.946.2554
Dr. Cindy Ostberg
Professor of Political Science Director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program & Pre-Law Advisor
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
209.946.2554
costberg@pacific.edu

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Cindy

Cindy Ostberg, Ph.D.
Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
Director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program

Dr. Ostberg enjoys teaching pre-law student because she believes that it is possible and important to prepare students for the rigors law school so they can excel and thrive once they get there.  She offers stimulating courses in Constitutional and Criminal law that are designed to get students thinking creatively, hone their analytic reasoning and writing skills, develop well reasoned arguments, and have some fun in the classroom.  She also encourages students to participate in legal internships and provides opportunities for them to interact with judges, and attorneys in the Stockton community so students have a better understanding of the practice of law and sense of possible legal career paths they might want to pursue.  Dr. Ostberg earned her B.A. from University of California Berkeley in Anthropology, and her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in Political Science.  She came to Pacific in 1994 and helped develop the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, which she has directed since it was created in 2007.  Over the last 15 years, she has done extensive research systematically exploring judicial behavior on the Canadian Supreme Court, and has published numerous articles and books addressing such topics as court citation patterns, freshman effects, attitudinal conflict on the Canadian Court, gender effects, and leadership styles.  Her most recent publication is a book she co-authored with three other scholars titled Law, Ideology, and Collegiality:  Judicial Behavior in the Supreme Court of Canada.

In 2012 Dr. Ostberg received the Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award. To be eligible for the award, faculty members must go beyond teaching in the classroom by advising, directing research, and mentoring students and new faculty members. The same year, Dr. Ostberg also received the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Excellence Award, given to outstanding teachers who are faculty members at Northern California universities and colleges that harbor PBK chapters.


 


Dylan

Dylan Zorea, M.A., J.D.
Visiting Lecturer & Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
Assistant Director, Pacific Legal Scholars Program 

Pacific alumnus Dylan Zorea earned his B.A. from University of the Pacific, his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he garnered the Witkin Award for his legal scholarship in the area of Jurisprudence. He is also a member of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Professor Zorea has taught for Pacific's General Education Program in the areas of philosophy, classics, religious studies and political science since 1996. He also teaches the LSAT preparation course for the Pacific Legal Scholars Program.

 

 


 

Tom Brierton

Tom Brierton, J.D.
Professor, Pacific McGeorge School of Law    

Professor Brierton believes that it his job to ignite an interest and passion for the law in his students. The study of law "jurisprudence" is an exciting journey no matter what a student's is majoring in because the law impacts every profession.   Professor Brierton is one of the only people I know that actually enjoyed law school. Professor Brierton earned his B.B.A. at the University of Wisconsin in Accounting and Finance, and his J.D. at Northern Illinois University.  He teaches Commercial Law and Employment Law at the Eberhardt School of Business and Entertainment Law at McGeorge School of Law. In addition his teaches executive management programs for the Westgate Center for Management and Leadership. Professor Brierton has taught executive management programs for Atkins Graduate school of Management at Willamette University and Pepperdine University.  He still practices law on a part time basis. Professor Brierton and several business students started the Pre-Law Phi Alpha Delta student organization on campus and serves as a faculty advisor to Music Management Club and the Entertainment Law Club at McGeorge School of Law.

 


 

Peg Ciccolella, Ed.D, J.D.
Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific

Dr. Ciccolella believes that the study of law offers an exceptional foundation to affect societal change, and she urges students to think critically about the material they learn and consider the future roles they may assume in a rapidly changing world-not just adapting to inevitable change but being the ones who make the change. Dr. Ciccolella earned her B.A. from University of Colorado, M.A. from Brigam Young University and Ed.D. and J.D. from Humphreys College of Law. She has taught for Pacific's Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science since 1985, and she currently teaches courses in health, exercise science and sports law. Dr. Ciccolella focuses her research on legal issues in sports such as drug testing, disability law and contract disputes involving intercollegiate athletics.

 


 

Laurie Lichter-Heath , LL.M, J.D.
Professor, University of the Pacific Eberhardt School of Business

Professor Lichter-Heath's favorite quote by K. Patricia Cross states, "The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people." Professor Lichter-Heath has a passion for teaching, evidenced by her 25 years of bringing the best out of every student. Licensed to practice law in four jurisdictions, she earned her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School. She teaches many classes in the Eberhardt School of Business at Pacific, including legal and ethical environment of business, international commercial law, creativity and knowledge and the role of business in society. A true educator at heart, Professor Lichter-Heath also mentors students through her involvement in various student organizations, such as Pacific Mediation Club and Up'til Dawn. 

 


 

Hether Macfarlane

Hether C. Macfarlane, M.A., J.D.
Professor, Pacific McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills Program

Professor Macfarlane loves teaching pre-law and first-year law students because she is excited to help students at the beginning of their legal careers. She said, "The first year of law school was the most intellectually stimulating year I ever spent in school, and I get to relive it each year with new students." She has earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, M.A. from UC Berkeley and J.D. from Albany Law School, where she started teaching law. She has also practiced law in Washington D.C. while working for Hunton & Williams, a national and international law firm. Since 1995, Professor Macfarlane has taught law at Pacific McGeorge, and she currently teaches Lawyering Skills, Legal Process and Legal Reasoning & Writing. Hether teaches the legal writing seminar for the Pacific Legal Scholars Program.

 


 

Howard Moseley

Howard Moseley
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific

Howard E. Moseley graduated from the Pacific School of International Studies in 1989 and from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1996. In between, he served as a military intelligence analyst and linguist in the US Army. Upon graduation from law school, Howard served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Law Division of the California Department of Justice. In 2005 he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenneger to the Bureau of Independent Review, Office of the Inspector General, where he served until 2011, when he was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Parole Hearings. Howard also serves on the board of Survivors of Torture, International, a non-profit providing clinical services to torture victims seeking asylum in the United States. Howard has remained an active member of the Pacific community by teaching international law and criminal procedure at Pacific McGeorge. Howard also teaches both a Mock Trial class and a Model United Nations class and takes students to the United Nations in N.Y. to compete on a yearly basis.

 


 

Michael Mulvihill

Michael Mulvihill, J.D.
Supervising Deputy District Attorney, San Joaquin County
Guest Lecturer, Pacific Legal Scholars

Supervising Deputy D.A. Mulvihill teaches exclusively for the Pacific Legal Scholars Program. He earned his B.A. from University of San Diego and his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. As a practicing attorney who serves on the Felony Trial Team for the local community, he shares his expertise on various areas of the law with the Legal Scholars. Mr. Mulvihill believes that law reaches all aspects of society, and careers in the law are limitless. 

 


 

Timothy E. Naccarato

Timothy E. Naccarato, J.D.
Assistant Dean of Admissions at McGeorge School of Law (Current Assignment)
Professor, McGeorge School of Law  

Assistant Dean Tim Naccarato brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in military law and civil law practice to his current role in Admissions and his former role as Principal Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Life at Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  He earned his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1977.  He has over 28 years of service, including a Vietnam tour, as an Army JAG Officer, and retired in 1998 as a Colonel.  In the last phase of his military career, he supervised 25 attorneys who settled or prepared for litigation all tort claims against the U.S. Army.  Before joining the faculty, he was a civil litigator for four years at two large Sacramento law firms.  Dean Naccarato also served as the Chief Justice of the California Military Appeals Panel from 2004-2009 and serves as the president of the Retired Army Judge Advocates.  Aside from his various administrative duties, he currently teaches Criminal law and Principles of Agency and writes about national security and terrorism. Tim also serves as a guest speaker for numerous events, as well as lectures in courses exclusively for the Legal Scholars.


 

Richard Vlavianos

Richard Vlavianos, A.B., J.D. 
Professor, Humphrey College Laurence Drivon School of Law
Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific

Don't be surprised if you feel like an attorney around Professor Vlavianos, who strives to elicit the debater in each of his students. University of California, Davis and Pacific McGeorge alumnus, this faculty member is in demand at multiple campuses. Professor Vlavianos teaches evidence, juvenile law and criminal practice at Humphrey's Laurence Drivon School of Law, and he teaches judicial leadership at University of the Pacific. Before coming to Pacific, Professor Vlavianos spent five years teaching judges and legal professionals throughout the world, while he was still serving his own community as a judge.

 

Staff


Rosie Barboza

Rosie Barboza
Administrative Assistant

Among her administrative duties, Rosie oversees the budget and ensures that the students in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program have met all the requirements to complete the program successfully. She coordinates various events such as: the Welcome Reception, Society of Legal Scholars Club Meeting and the Graduation Reception.  She also arranges various field trips which expose the students to the legal field.  Rosie states, "The part I most enjoy about my job and brings most satisfaction is meeting the students at the Welcome Reception and seeing them grow throughout their journey in the program."