Cindy Thomas Archer, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, Clinical Professor of Law

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

Courses Taught

  • Ethical Lawyering
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • California Civil Procedure
  • Civil Litigation Skills Practicum
  • Introduction to Negotiations
  • Legal Methods: Negotiations & Drafting


  • BA, Stanford University
  • JD, Georgetown University


Cindy Thomas Archer has been a member of the Loyola Law School faculty for almost 19 years. Currently, she serves as 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 also supports the public interest and pro bono program, and leads many effort to promote Diversity and Inclusion, including efforts to support first generation law students.

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 Loyola’s 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, cross-cultural competence, and lawyering skills pedagogy.

Cindy developed her love for teaching as a law student at Georgetown where she 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.