Burcham, David

David W. Burcham, Distinguished Retired Faculty

Distinguished Retired Faculty

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethical Lawyering
  • Legal Process
  • Supreme Court Seminar


  • BA, Occidental College
  • JD, Loyola Law School


While in law school, David Burcham was chief articles editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and received the William Tell Aggeler Award for attaining the highest cumulative grade point average in his class. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then as law clerk to Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the faculty in 1991, Burcham practiced in the areas of labor and employment law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Burcham served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1999-2000 and was appointed the 15th dean of Loyola Law School in 2000. In 2008, he was named to his current position at Loyola Marymount University.

Selected Scholarship

  • Introduction, "The Rampart Scandal Symposium," 34 Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 537 (2001) (with Catherine Fisk)
  • The Rutter Group, "Employment Law Litigation" (Chap. 2 on Professional Responsibility) (2001)
  • Introduction, "The Brennan Legacy: The Art of Judging," 32 Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 651 (1999)
  • "High Profile Trials: Can Government Sell the 'Right' to Broadcast the Proceedings?," 3 UCLA Entertainment Law Review 169 (1996)
  • "School Desegregation and the First Amendment," 59 Albany Law Review 213 (1995)
  • "Fair Employment Practices Statutes," in Sexual Harassment in Employment Law (chap.12) (Lindemann & Kadue) (1992)
  • "The Legal Problems with 'New Age'Training Programs," 14 ALI-ABA Course Materials Journal, Dec. 1989, at 7
  • 1990 Supplement to Barbara Lindemann Schlei & Paul Grossman, "Employment Discrimination Law" (2d ed. 1983) (editor, Chapters 5 & 6)
  • "Nonfeasance Immunity Slides by the California Supreme Court," 16 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 625 (1983)

Public Service

  • Lawyer Representative, Central District of California
  • Consultant, Long Beach Unified School District