Dedicated Teachers, Mentors and Advocates

Loyola’s legal writing faculty is comprised of experienced full-time clinical professors, all with outstanding academic credentials and a commitment to teaching legal writing. With well-over 50 years of combined experience in both civil and criminal practice, and an average of 10 years experience in the classroom, Loyola’s legal writing professors bring their extensive practice skills to the classroom and to the legal community. In addition to legal writing, the faculty teach a variety of other skills and doctrinal courses, and are active in the academic and Los Angeles legal community.

Susan Bakhshian: After graduating from Loyola Law School's evening program, Susan Smith Bakhshian practiced with a Los Angeles law firm as a trial attorney, representing clients in a variety of environmental and general litigation matters. Her clients ranged from multinational oil companies to a small chain of non-profit retail stores here in Southern California. Before joining the faculty at Loyola, Bakhshian taught at Whittier Law School. She has been a member of the Loyola Law School faculty since 1997 and she became the Director of Bar Programs and Academic Success in 2011. E-Mail

Sascha Bensinger: BA, cum laude, Yale University; MA in Urban Planning, UCLA; JD, UCLA. After law school, Bensinger practiced mainly in the areas of fair housing and employment law in Chicago. She then became a Visiting Assistant Professor at Chicago Kent College of Law where she taught legal writing and family law. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1997.  E-Mail

Robert Brain: BS, Biology, Stanford University, with honors and with distinction; MS, Biochemistry, Stanford University; JD, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley.  Robert Brain began his legal career in the litigation department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutche. He later joined the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law where he taught contracts, torts, constitutional law, sales and trial practice. While at Pepperdine, he co-taught a course on the history of the Supreme Court with Chief Justice Rehnquist. Thereafter, as a partner at the litigation firm of Howarth & Smith, he tried fraud, defamation, securities, products liability and assault matters. He joined the Loyola faculty in 2006. E-Mail

Mary Dant: BA, summa cum laude, UCLA; JD, Columbia Law School. While in law school, Mary Dant was a Stone scholar and articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. After law school, she practiced civil litigation at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and specialized in appellate litigation with the firm of Horvitz & Levy in Los Angeles, where she handled appeals in the areas of medical malpractice, employment law and insurance litigation. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 2001. E-Mail 

Professor Amy B. Levin

Amy Levin: Professor Levin is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and the Department of Social Welfare, where she was an editor on the UCLA Law Review and earned membership in Order of the Coif. Professor Levin clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit during 2002-2003. Before joining the Loyola faculty, she was on the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law for eight years and Co-Director of the Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute for five years. She taught Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy, and created and taught the Legal Research and Writing for Non-Lawyers course for the online Master of Legal Studies program. In 2019, Professor Levin earned the Pepperdine Waves of Excellence (Teaching) award. Before teaching, she was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP, specializing in civil commercial and trademark litigation. E-Mail

Katherine Lyons: BA, Miami University; JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Katherine J. Lyons is an associate clinical professor of law and currently teaches Legal Research and Writing and Ethical Lawyering. Upon graduating from Loyola’s evening program, Lyons litigated wage and hour class actions for one of California’s largest plaintiff firms and then transitioned to defending claims of professional liability made against physicians and attorneys. She spent eight years litigating employment related matters and providing advice and counsel to California employers. Lyons co-founded a law firm specializing in workplace investigations for public entities and private employers. Prior to joining Loyola’s faculty, Lyons was an adjunct professor, teaching Legal Drafting and the Civil Litigation Practicum.  E-Mail

Patricia Winograd: Winograd received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with distinction, and holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.  Following attainment of her law degree, Winograd enjoyed a near decades-long stint as a litigator in Los Angeles firms with local and global presence.  She has done work on behalf of a range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in diverse tribunals—from arbitration to the grand jury. Winograd’s litigation experience includes extensive work in complex litigation spanning primarily the business, insurance and employment arenas.  Prior to coming to Loyola Law School, Winograd received a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education—allowing her to merge her passion for teaching and the law.  Although now a member of the Legal Writing team, Winograd has also taught Remedies at LLS as an Adjunct Professor. E-Mail