Cindy I.T. Archer

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

BA, Stanford University
JD, Georgetown University


After 10 years of practice and 12 years on the Loyola faculty, Cindy Archer was appointed the Director of Lawyering Skills. As such she coordinates a program with 13 full time faculty members. Cindy is also the inaugural Director of Concentration Programs at Loyola. In this position, she has helped to develop Loyola’s ten Concentration programs. As Director Cindy not only provides administrative guidance to faculty advisors and course counseling for students, but oversees the development of curriculum in a number of the programs. For example, she created and taught the Civil Litigation Skills Practicum simulation course which is a capstone course for the Civil Litigation and Advocacy Concentration. Finally, she enjoys the opportunity to further develop relationships with alumni and practitioners seeking to support the students with externship opportunities, mentoring and training.

Cindy developed her love for skills training 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.

Public Service

  • Education Committee Chair, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Faculty Advisor, Christian Legal Society (former Board Member)

Clinical Achievements

Cindy has recently presented "Ethical Obligations in California and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," at the Orange County Bar Association, "Negotiation Skills for New (and Old) Lawyers," at the ABA Litigation Section Annual Meeting, and "Effective Student Conferencing Techniques which Promote Professionalism in Young Lawyers," at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference.