Practicum Leadership

The Patrick J. McDonough Director of the Business Law Practicum is Shannon Treviño. Therese H. Maynard, William G. Coskran Professor of Law, founded the Business Law Practicum and was instrumental in the conception and development of the program, with the support of former Loyola Law School Deans David W. Burcham and Victor J. Gold. Professor Maynard, together with Molly M. Coleman, created the unique approach used for the Practicum’s capstone course Business Planning I. Director Emeritus Dana M. Warren led the Practicum from 2008 until his retirement in 2015. 

 Adjunct Faculty

The Business Law Practicum draws from the expertise of local practitioners to teach Business Planning each semester. Students benefit from the offering of multiple sections of the course each academic year and, most importantly, from receiving instruction and feedback from practicing corporate attorneys. Below are the names of past and present adjunct faculty, with links to their biographical profiles.

Dana M. Warren
Emeritus Director of the Business Law Practicum/Clinical Professor of Law

B.S., with highest honors, Montana State University
J.D.  Stanford Law School; Senior Editor, Stanford Journal of International Law

After law school graduation, Warren served as a law clerk to the Honorable Procter R. Hug of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He spent his career in practice as a corporate/securities lawyer specializing in acting as outside general counsel to growth companies financed by venture capital investors. He was an associate and principal at Riordan & McKinzie in Los Angeles for more than 20 years and, following a merger in 2003, was a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP until March, 2006, when he began his own practice. He was listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 until he retired from practice in 2012. His involvement at Loyola Law School began in 2006 and he became the Co-Director of the Business Law Practicum in 2008. In 2009, Warren became the inaugural Patrick J. McDonough Director, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. Warren is the co-author, with Therese Maynard, of Business Planning: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing - 2d Ed. 

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Interested in Teaching? Consider Joining Us as an Adjunct Professor of Law, Business Planning I

Loyola Law School is seeking experienced practitioners who would like to participate in teaching the capstone course of the Business Law Practicum. Teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up and Venture Capital Financing as an adjunct professor will provide an experienced transactional lawyer with the opportunity to explore teaching as a potential new career, part-time career or as a service to the profession. Compensation is currently $6,600 per semester.


To accommodate the schedules of most practitioners, the course is taught in one three-hour session each week and can be scheduled either in the evening (5:00 to 8:00 pm or 6:00 to 9:00 pm) or during the day--for example, from 8:50 to 11:50 a.m.  

Course Materials

Student reading materials, teaching notes, homework assignments, extra class handouts, and graded assignment materials are all provided. In addition, grading rubrics for the graded papers and sample papers, with grading comments, are also provided. The primary time commitments are review of the lecture notes and student reading materials in preparation for class sessions and grading and commenting on the three written assignments. The number of students is limited to a maximum of fifteen per section.


Applicants are expected to have strong academic credentials and to have practiced corporate transactional law at a sophisticated level for at least eight to ten years. A significant element of the student experience in taking Business Planning I is receiving work product feedback from the professor in a manner consistent with what a corporate practice at a high quality firm aspires to provide to its junior associates. As a result, experience in supervising and managing junior transactional attorneys is an important aspect of an outstanding candidate’s background.

To apply for the position, applicants are requested to submit a written description of their experience and qualifications, as well as a resume and two professional references who can comment on the applicant’s experience and ability to meet the requirements of this position. Applications should be submitted electronically (with attachments in Word or PDF files) by email, and any questions should be addressed, to businesslaw@lls.edu

The school welcomes applications from women and minority candidates, and others whose background may contribute to faculty diversity.