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Faculty & Administration

Administration & Staff

James M. Smolich, Esq. 
CEO

Peggy McGaw
CFO

Brittney Adkins-Neumann, MBA
Executive Director

Filomena Yeroshek, Esq.
Dean

Aparna Aginhotri, Esq.
Student Resource Center Director

Melissa Fuller-Haskin
Registrar

Nikkole St. Mary, B.A.
Admissions Counselor

Faculty

Our professors do more than teach law, they practice it.

The faculty of Lincoln Law School consists of judges and lawyers from the legal community. Their practical experience provides context for the substantive material they teach, highlighting for the students the day-to-day application of the law. The students not only receive a realistic view of law practice but also have available highly qualified practitioners to act as mentors and role models.

Hon. Bunmi Awoniyi

Family Law; B.A., University of Essex; J.D., Inns of court School of Law; LL.M., University of Leicester School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1991; faculty member since 2015. Judge Awoniyi is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Hon. Michael Bowman

Community Property; B.A., California Polytechnic State University; J.D. McGeorge School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1988; faculty member since 2014. Judge Bowman is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Jessica Cheong

Legal Analysis; B.Com, University of the Witwatersrand; L.L.B, University of the Witwatersrand School of Law; admitted to practice in the Northern Province of South Africa in 1997; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2011; faculty member since 2012.

Tamiya Davis

Laws and the Judicial System of the United States; B.S., California Polytechnic State University; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2004; faculty member since 2008. Professor Davis is currently staff counsel with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Erin Doering

Legal Research and Writing and Moot Court; B.A.  Arizona State University; J.D. McGeorge School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Court, 2012. Faculty member since 2020. Professor Doering is currently a Deputy Attorney General with the Appeals Writs & Trials Section at the Department of Justice.

Hon. Laurie Earl

Criminal Law Pleading and Practice; B.A., University of California-Berkeley; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts. 1989; faculty member since 2014. Judge Earl is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court. In 2013, she received a Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence from the Judicial Council of California and Judge of the Year from the Sacramento County Bar Association. Named Alumnus of the Year in 2005 and 2012.

Hon. Curtis Fiorini

Evidence; B.S., California State University, Stanislaus; J.D., California Western School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1995; faculty member since 2011. Judge Fiorini is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Robert Gold

Criminal Law; B.A., University of California at Davis; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1986; faculty
member since 1987. Professor Gold recently retired as an Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. In 1993, he received an award for Outstanding Victim Service, and in 1996 he was named Sacramento County Prosecutor of the Year.

Stephen Grippi

Introduction to Legal Studies; B.A., California State University, Sacramento; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1986; faculty member since 1987. Professor Grippi recently retired as the Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. In 2002, he was named Sacramento County Prosecutor of the Year.

Amy Holiday

Trial Advocacy; B.S., California State University, Fresno; J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1997; faculty member since 2019. Professor Holiday is currently an Assistant Chief Deputy in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. In 2014 she received the Outstanding Victim Service Award and in 2015 she received the Brian L. Hintz Memorial Prosecutor of the Year Award.

Hon. Garen Horst

Trial Advocacy; B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D. George Washington University Law Center, Washington D.C.; Admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1993; faculty member since 2021. Judge Horst is currently a judge for the Placer County Superior Court. In 1997 and 2006 he was named Prosecutor of the Year, Placer County District Attorney’s Office and in 2008 the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) named him Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year, small and medium counties in the state of California.

Lisa Kobayashi

Immigration Law; J.D., University of California, Davis, LL.M., Keio Graduate School of Law; LL.B., Keio University; admitted to practice in California State Federal Courts, 2006; faculty member since 2015. Professor Kobayashi is currently in private practice specializing in Immigration Law.

Heath Langle

Wills and Trusts; B.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., University of Phoenix; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2006; faculty member since 2019. Professor Langle is currently in private practice specializing in estate planning, probate, conservatorship and probate and trust litigation.

Hon. Marcie Larson

Administrative Law and Real Property; B.A., California State University, Chico; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2000; faculty member since 2015. Judge Larson is currently an Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings, State of California.

Anisha Leibert

Workers’ Compensation; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; J.D., Southwestern Law School; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2012; faculty member since 2017. Professor Basi is currently in private practice.

Scott Mallery

Civil Procedure; B.A., University of California, Davis; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2012; faculty member since 2021. Professor Mallery is currently counsel at Sayfarth Shaw, LLP, a worldwide firm specializing in litigation and transactional legal service.

Hon. Troy Nunley

Business Associations; B.A., St. Mary’s College; J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1990; faculty member since 2006. Judge Nunley is currently a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California.

Linda Parisi

Criminal Procedure; B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1978; faculty member since 1988. Professor Parisi is a retired Public Defender from the Sacramento County Public Defender’s office and is currently in private practice.

Raymond Rouse

Contracts; B.S., California State University, Sacramento; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Valedictorian; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2005; faculty member since 2006. Professor Rouse is currently a Tax Counsel at the California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Division.

James Schiavenza

Torts, Government Tort Liability, ADR/Negotiations; B.S., Santa Clara University; J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1974; faculty member since 1984. Professor Schiavenza retired in 2010 from the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice, as a Senior Assistant Attorney General and served as the School’s Dean from 2010-2021.

Kathleen Schramm

Legal Writing; B.S., National University; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Valedictorian. Admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts in 2009. Professor Schramm is currently in private practice specializing in employment law, family law, and estate planning.

Selvi Stanislaus

Taxation; B.A., Sri Lanka College; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; L.L.M. McGeorge School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1995; faculty member since 2002. Professor Stanislaus is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Franchise Tax Board for the State of California.

Hon. Jill Talley

Remedies; B.A., Rutgers College, New Brunswick; J.D., Pepperdine School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1995. Faculty member since 2012. Judge Talley is currently a Judge for Sacramento County Superior Court

William Wright

Constitutional Law, Civil Law Pleading and Practice; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1983; faculty member since 1984. Professor Wright is currently in private practice in Sacramento practicing employment law and civil rights litigation.

Hon. Julie Yap

Civil Procedure; B.A. Fordham University; J.D., Fordham University School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2006; faculty member since 2021. Judge Yap is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Filomena Yeroshek

Dean, Professional Responsibility and Advanced Professional Responsibility; B.A. University of California at Davis; J.D., University of California at Davis School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 1986; faculty member since 1997. Dean Yeroshek retired in 2021 from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission as Chief Counsel.