Monica Todd joins the College of Law as a teaching professor of legal writing. Most recently, she was a legal writing professor at Western State College of Law in Southern California, and she served as a visiting professor at Cal Western School of Law during the 2019-2020 academic year. She has taught courses in family law, community property, and academic support, and she served as Director of Western State’s Family Practice Certificate Program.
A specialist in family law practice and crossover social and legal issues related to family law and domestic violence, Todd’s research has appeared in Akron Law Review and Western State University Law Review. She also has written on academic integrity and practice-oriented courses, and she has presented conference papers on legal writing, client communications, appellate advocacy, cultural literacy, and other topics.
Before her law career, Todd attended graduate school at the University of California at Irvine, completing both a master’s degree in Social Ecology (with an emphasis on Human Development Studies) and the Elementary Education Teaching Internship Program. She taught elementary school for several years before earning her J.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2007. At UCLA she was Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow and Copyright Editor of the Women’s Law Journal. After law school, she was associate attorney at Stegmeier & Gelbart LLP and the Law Office of John A. Bledsoe.