Michael Waterstone

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

Phone: (213) 736-2243
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BA, summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles 
JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School

Professor Michael Waterstone was appointed the 18th dean and senior vice president of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Waterstone began his tenure on June 1, 2016.


Cindy Archer

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

Phone: (213) 736-8380
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BS, Stanford University
JD, Georgetown University

After 16 years on the Loyola Law School faculty, Cindy Archer was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning.  In this role she facilitates the experiential learning opportunities of the law school through live clinics, practica, internships, moot court and trial advocacy teams and integrated simulation courses. She not only provides administrative guidance to faculty advisors and course counseling for students, but oversees the development of curricula in a number of the programs. She was previously Director of Lawyering Skills and the Inaugural Director of Concentration Programs. She has taught Professional Ethics, Legal Research and Writing, California Civil Procedure, and developed new courses in Civil Litigation Advocacy and Negotiations Theory and Practice. 

She has researched and presented regionally and nationally on legal ethics, and legal skills pedagogy. Her favorite part of the academic profession is teaching and mentoring students. She also enjoys developing relationships with the practicing Bar seeking opportunities to support the students with internships, mentoring and training.

Cindy developed her love for teaching as a law student at Georgetown where served as a teaching fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program there and as a moot court team coach. After law school, Cindy honed her own professional skills as a business litigation associate with highly respected law firms in Los Angeles and Michigan spending the final seven years practicing with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Orange County) litigating commercial disputes, employment discrimination claims and bad faith insurance tort litigation.

Brietta R. Clark

Associate Dean for Faculty 
Professor of Law

Phone: (213) 736-1494
Fax: (213) 487-6736

BA, University of Chicago 
JD, University of Southern California, Order of the Coif


Professor Clark is an expert on health care law and inequality.  Her research focuses on the structural defects and biases that create inequity in our health care delivery and financing systems, and the role that law and government regulators play in ensuring equitable access to health care resources.  She has special expertise in the impact of Obamacare on Medicaid and private insurance access, reproductive and sexual health barriers, mental health care, and hospital closings in low-income neighborhoods.  Clark is an affiliate faculty member of The Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University, and provides active service to numerous legal, medical and consumer-based organizations and providers.   

Prior to joining Loyola in 2001, Clark worked in the Los Angeles office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, specializing in health care transactions and regulatory compliance.  She was a post-graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School.  

Alexandra Natapoff

Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Law & Rains Senior Research 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.

Lee Petherbridge

Acting Associate Dean for Research (2016-17)

Fax: (213) 487-6736

JD, University of Pennsylvania 
PhD, Baylor College of Medicine 
MA, Smith College 
BS, Western New England College

Prior to joining the faculty, Lee Petherbridge served as law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before clerking for Judge Clevenger, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Finnegan Henderson LLP, where his work focused on patent litigation. A graduate of Penn Law, he was the managing editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, worked in the school's Civil Practice Clinic, and also interned at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology Transfer. Prior to law school, he taught and performed original research in the life sciences.

Professor Petherbridge’s research interests derive from the intersection of the life sciences and the law. They include jurisprudence, administration of law, the rules and institutional arrangements developed to foster invention and innovation, and the impact of such rules and arrangements on law, science, and the public at large.  Professor Petherbridge is an author of over 30 articles and essays.  His work has been cited over 860 times in books and articles (source: google scholar), and is often featured in more informal fora such as blogs and media reports.  His papers are available at:

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

Associate Dean of 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

Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Services

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 Employer Engagement

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.

Linda Whitfield

Assistant Dean for Career Development

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

BS,  University of Southern California
JD, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Order of the Coif

Linda Whitfield received her JD, Order of the Coif,  from Loyola Law School in 1992. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1987. Linda practiced law at Perkins Coie and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and worked as a volunteer at Legal Aid in Atlanta. In her current position, she advises students and alumni, and develops strategies, initiatives and collaborations to maximize student and recent graduate preparation for the job market.