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Faculty & Administration

Administration & Staff

James M. Smolich, Esq. 
CEO

Kelly White
Chief Financial Officer

Brittney Adkins-Neumann, MBA
Executive Director

Filomena Yeroshek, Esq.
Dean

LeeAnn Stone, Ed.D.
Director, Institutional Research, Curriculum & Assessment

Aparna Aginhotri, Esq.
Director, Student Resource Center

Melissa Fuller-Haskin
Registrar

Bailey Hicks
Public Affairs Coordinator

Madison McPhaill
Administrative Assistant

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

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

Hon. Michael Bowman

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

Commissioner Benjamin J. Cassady

Constitutional Law I & II; B.A. California State University, Chico; J.D. Yale Law School; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2013; faculty member since 2024.  Commissioner Cassady is currently a commissioner for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Hon. Daniel Calabretta

Constitutional Law I & II and Direct Democracy in California; B.A., Princeton University; J.D., Chicago School of Law; admitted to practice law in California State and Federal Courts, 2004; faculty member since 2023. Judge Calabretta is currently a district judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

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, 1997; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2011; faculty member since 2012.

Hon. Laurie Damrell

Civil Procedure I & II and Complex Civil Litigation; B.A. University of Pennsylvania; J.D. University of California, Davis; admitted to practice law in California State and Federal Courts, 2005; faculty member since 2023. Judge Damrell is currently a judge for the Sacramento Superior Court.

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

Moot Court; B.A. Arizona State University; J.D. University of the Pacific, 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. Curtis Fiorini

Evidence I & II; 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

Legal Analysis; B.A., University of California, 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.

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.

Hon. Amy Holliday

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 Holliday is currently a Judge for Sacramento County Superior Court.

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.

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.

Commissioner Heath Langle

Wills and Trusts and Professional Responsibility; 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. Commissioner Langle is currently a commissioner for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Hon. Marcie Larson

Administrative Law and Real Property I & II; 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.

Derrek J. Lee

Legal Research and Writing; B.A., University of California at Davis; J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2014; faculty member since 2022. Professor Lee is currently Deputy Legislative Counsel for the 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 Leibert is currently general Counsel at Pacific Specialty Insurance Company.

Scott Mallery

Civil Procedure I & II; 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.

Jamie Mauhay Powers

Introduction to Legal Studies, Business Associations and Agency; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2019; faculty member since 2021. Professor Mauhay Powers is a Civil Litigation Attorney at Kershaw, Cook & Talley, specializing in class actions and mass torts.

Frank Noey

Criminal Procedure I & II; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2007; faculty member since 2023. Professor Noey currently works at the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

Linda Parisi

Criminal Procedure I & II; 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 I & II; B.S., California State University, Sacramento; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, ; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2005; faculty member since 2006. Professor Rouse is currently a Deputy Chief Counsel of Settlement and Litigation

James Schiavenza

Torts I & II, 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; L.L.M. McGeorge School of Law; J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; 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. Myrlys Stockdale Coleman

Family Law; B.A. Howard University; J.D. Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2002; Faculty Member since 2023. Judge Stockdale Coleman is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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.

Hon. Allison M. Williams

Criminal Law Pleadings and Practice; B.A. California State University, East Bay (Hayward); J.D. Thomas Cooley School of Law; admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts, 2005; Faculty Member since 2024. Judge Williams is currently a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Hon. Julie Yap

Civil Procedure I & II; 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, Davis; J.D., University of California, 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.