Michael Waterstone

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

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

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Disability Rights Law
  • Employment Law
  • Law and Leadership



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


Appointed as the 18th dean and senior vice president of LMU Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (LLS) on June 1, 2016, Dean Michael Waterstone is a nationally recognized expert in disability and civil rights law. Since the beginning of his tenure at LLS in 2006, Waterstone has served as the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers from 2009-2014, and as the dean from 2016 to present. 

Waterstone has been a visiting professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law, where he was selected as the Outstanding First Year Professor in 2014-1015.

Throughout his legal career, Waterstone consulted on projects for the National Council on Disability and testified before the United States Senate on issues related to voters with disabilities and older voters. Internationally, he worked with foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions on disability rights laws in Israel, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Ireland, and Vietnam.  He has published articles in the Harvard Law Review, Emory Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, amongst others. 

Before joining the LLS community, Waterstone taught at the University of Mississippi Law School and served as a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles, & Olson. Waterstone also clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

Today, Dean Waterstone enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, three children, Ava, Jack, and Sam, and their new puppy, Annie.  You can find him coaching little league, mountain biking, surfing, reading, and training for the annual faculty/staff vs. student whiffle ball game. 

Selected Scholarship



  • Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy: Cases and Materials, Third Edition, with Blanck, Myhill, and Siegal, West Group Publishing (2013)
  • Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy, with Blanck, Hill, and Siegal, West Group Publishing (2004)