Legal Writing Faculty

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.

Cindy Archer: AB, Stanford University; JD Georgetown University Law Center. Archer began teaching as a teaching fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program at Georgetown, and as a consumer law instructor in the District of Columbia Correctional Facility. After law school, Archer worked as a business and litigation associate with large law firms in Los Angeles and Detroit, Michigan. She spent the final seven years practicing with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Orange County) specializing in commercial litigation, employment law and insurance. She has been a member of Loyola Law School faculty since 2000. She was appointed Director of Lawyering Skills in 2012 and is now the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning. E-Mail

: 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

: 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

: After graduation from law school, Jean Boylan practiced with the Century City law firm of Gibbs, Giden, Locher and Acret specializing in construction litigation.  She made partner in 1991. She also served as a volunteer attorney and board member for The HeArt Project, an arts education program for high-risk youth in Los Angeles. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1996. In 2010, Boylan became Loyola's first associate dean of experiential education. Boylan served as Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Clinics from 2010-2015.  Boylan teaches Ethical Lawyering, Fundamentals of Bar Writing, Legal Drafting, Contract Drafting and Legal Research and Writing. In 2005, Loyola students voted her Professor of the Year. E-Mail

: Gary Craig is a Clinical Professor and teaches Civil Litigation Practice and courses in Legal Research and Writing, Ethical Lawyering, and Professional Responsibility in the U.S.  On July 1, 2013, Craig became the Director of Concentration Programs at Loyola. Craig also is the Faculty Advisor for the Civil Litigation and Advocacy Concentration and a Faculty Advisor for the Young Lawyers Program.  In 2013, 2015, and 2019 Craig received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the graduating class. In 2016, Craig received the David P. Leonard Memorial Faculty Service Award. E-Mail

: 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 

: BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; JD, University of California, Davis, School of Law. After law school Dudovitz clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the Central District of California. She practiced law in Los Angeles for nine years, including with Irell & Manella LLP and Strumwasser & Woocher LLP. Dudovitz joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 2010 and was appointed Director of Lawyering Skills in 2015.  E-Mail

Professor Amy B. 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

: 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