Victor Gold

Fritz B. Burns Dean and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University

Phone: (213) 736-1062
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BA, cum laude, University of California Los Angeles
JD, University of California Los Angeles, Order of the Coif
Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England

Professor Victor J. Gold has earned many accolades as a legal educator and administrator since he started teaching at Loyola Law School in 1984. His tenure as associate dean for academic affairs from 2000-2005 saw an increased focus on Loyola’s national stature, a drive to recruit top-notch professors and an emphasis on faculty research. Gold earned an Excellence in Teaching Award from the graduating class of 2007.

Gold is the author of six books on the Federal Rules of Evidence. He has also written numerous articles on evidence and advocacy law. He lectures on evidence and contracts law for students preparing to take the bar exam in California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Widely considered one of the country’s top experts in evidence law, Gold served as a CBS News legal analyst from 1994-97. He taught in Loyola's LLM program at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2006. Additionally, he is a fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England.

Prior to joining Loyola, Gold was a tenured law professor at Arizona State University and an associate at Nossaman, Krueger & Marsh, where he rejected a partnership offer to pursue a teaching career. He graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA Law School, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.

Gold is a member of the American Law Institute and the author of bar exam questions on contracts, remedies and evidence in California and Arizona. In addition to CBS News, he has provided legal commentary to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, ABC News, NBC News, CNN and many other outlets. At Loyola, Gold teaches Contracts, Evidence, Remedies and Scientific Evidence.

Sean M. Scott

Senior Associate Dean
Professor of Law

Phone: (213) 736-1054
Fax: (213) 736-380-3769

BA, Smith College
JD, New York University

Professor Scott joined the faculty of Loyola Law School in 1989.  She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law.  While at NYU she was a recipient of the Arthur G. Hays Civil Rights, Civil Liberties fellowship and was chair of the Black Law Students Association.  Prior to joining the faculty she was an associate at the Los Angeles based firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. 

In 1998, Professor Scott was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Loyola Law School Black Law Students Association.  She has served as the associate dean for faculty since 2008.  In 2006, she was voted the Professor of the Year.  She has been an active participant in and organizer of the West Coast Law Teachers of Color Conferences.  Professor Scott is a past member of the board of directors of the California Women's Law Center and has sat on the boards of directors of three Los Angeles Independent schools. She speaks frequently on the subject of race, gender and the law.

Jean Boylan

Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning
Clinical Professor of Law  

Phone: (213) 736-8130
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BS, cum laude, Loyola Marymount University
JD, Loyola Law School

Clinical Professor Jean Boylan ’86 joined the Law School's administration as associate dean for clinical and experiential programs in 2011. In the newly created position, Boylan will be responsible for overseeing and developing clinics, simulation classes, skills classes (such as Legal Research & Writing and Ethical Lawyering), externships and public interest/pro bono programs. The latter includes moot court, trial advocacy and appellate advocacy activities, as well as the Advocacy Institute. In her new capacity, Boylan will serve on the faculty committee charged with recommending the appointment of clinical professors.

Boylan has been a student favorite since joining the faculty in 1996. Students presented her with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, and she was the recipient of the school’s St. Ignatius of Loyola Award in 2009. Her courses include Ethical Lawyering, Fundamentals of Bar Writing, Legal Drafting, and Legal Research & Writing.

A prolific scholar, Boylan’s law review articles include “After Katrina: Is the Emergency Exception to Public Bidding All Washed Up?” in the Loyola New Orleans Law Review and “The Admission Numbers Are Up: Is Academic Support Really Necessary?” in the Journal of Juvenile Law.

Prior to teaching, Boylan was a partner with the Century City, CA law firm of Gibbs, Giden, Locker & Acret, where she specialized in construction litigation. She also served as a volunteer attorney and board member for The HeArt Project, an arts education program for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Boylan received her JD from Loyola Law School and her BS cum laude from Loyola Marymount University.

Paul T. Hayden

Associate Dean for Faculty
Thomas V. Girardi Professor of Consumer Protection Law

Phone: (213) 736-1064
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BA, cum laude, with distinction, Yale University 
JD, University of California Los Angeles, Order of the Coif

Professor Paul T. Hayden has been a member of the Loyola Law School faculty since 1995, concentrating his teaching and writing on tort law and legal ethics. Since coming to Loyola, Professor Hayden has authored or co-authored a four-volume torts treatise, The Law of Torts; several editions of four different casebooks in torts and legal ethics; and a number of law review articles. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

Alexandra Natapoff

Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Law & Theodore A. Bruinsma Fellow

Phone: (213) 736-8397
Fax: (213) 380-3769

BA, cum laude, Yale University 
JD, with distinction, Stanford Law School

Professor Natapoff’s scholarship has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Law and Society Association Article Prize, two Outstanding Scholarship Awards from the AALS Criminal Justice Section, selection by the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, and Honorable Mention in the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition. Her original work on criminal informants has made her a nationally-recognized expert: she has testified before Congress and her book Snitching won the 2010 ABA Silver Gavel Award Honorable Mention for Books. Her current work focuses on misdemeanors and their powerful influence over the criminal system as a whole. In 2012, she spent the summer at NYU School of Law as a Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Natapoff was elected to the American Law Institute in 2007; she is quoted frequently by major media outlets.

Prior to joining the academy, Professor Natapoff served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship. She clerked for the Honorable David S. Tatel, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia and for the Honorable Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court, Washington, D.C.

Priya Sridharan

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Phone: (213) 736-1028
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BA, University of Maryland at College Park
JD, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley 

Priya Sridharan joined Loyola Law School as associate dean of student affairs in June 2014. Previously, she was assistant dean and dean of students at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she also served as director of career services. Her practice experience includes serving as a deputy city attorney with the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and as a litigation associate at Tuttle & Taylor, A Law Corporation.

Thanh Hoang

Assistant Dean for Advancement

Phone: (213) 736-1025

BA, cum laude, University of California, Irvine
MBA, University of California, Los Angeles

Thanh Hoang joined Loyola Law School in August 2013 as assistant dean for advancement where she is responsible for the school’s development efforts through support from alumni, corporations, foundations and friends. Prior to joining Loyola, Hoang was vice president of development at the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. She has also held several fundraising positions, including gift planning, major gifts, annual giving, and phonathons at the YMCA, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Occidental College and UC Irvine. She currently serves as chair of the UCLA Anderson Fund Development Committee and on the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Club Leadership Council.

Debra J. Martin

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Phone: (213) 736-7420
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BS, magna cum laude, University of Massachusetts

Debra Martin is the associate dean for business, responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the school, including fiscal and business affairs, campus planning, information technology, special event support and human resources. She began her career in public accounting with KPMG and was most recently the director of institute finance at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the director of financial management at New York University’s School of Law. She is a member of the Accounting Principles Council of the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers, on the board of directors for Verbum Dei High School and on the audit committee for the Thirty Meter Telescope Project, a joint venture between Caltech and the University of California.

Jannell Roberts

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Phone: (213) 736-1074
Fax: (213) 736-6523

BA, Loyola Marymount University
MA, University of California Los Angeles

Jannell Roberts’s fourteen-year tenure in higher education includes work in admissions, student services and financial aid.  She joined the Loyola community in 2005 where she works closely with senior deans and faculty to manage and implement admission goals and policies.  Roberts is an active member of Law School Admission Council (LSAC) committees including LSAC's Minority Affairs Committee,  Newcomers Planning Work Group and Annual Meeting and Educational Conference. Prior to joining Loyola, Roberts worked at USC Law School,  Southwestern University School of Law and her alma mater, Loyola Marymount University.

Graham Sherr

Assistant Dean for Career Services

Phone: (213) 736-1150
Fax: (213) 385-5133

BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
JD, Vanderbilt University Law School

Graham Sherr has been involved in legal recruiting and career counseling since leaving law practice in 1982. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services in 1994, Sherr spent nearly 12 years as a legal recruiter placing attorneys in major Southern California law firms. In addition to counseling students and alumni, Sherr serves as the Law School's primary ambassador to the job market,working to expand the Law School's network of employers.