Professor of Law
Director, Clinical Internship Program
Chair, J.D./M.S.W. Dual Degree Program
J.D. University of San Diego
[magna cum laude]
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Courses Taught: Internship,
Internship Seminar, Child Abuse & Neglect, Problem Solving for Children & Families
Professor Weinstein practiced in the areas of environmental law and consumer protection in the office of the California Attorney General. She then taught at the University of San Diego, where she created the country's first environmental law clinic. At California Western, Weinstein directs the Clinical Internship Program and the JD/MSW Dual Degree Program in Child Welfare.
Over the years, Weinstein's interests grew in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, child welfare, and family law. In recent years, she has focused on the connection between the law and neuroscience. She was a member of the San Diego Bar Association's Task Force on the Unmet Needs of Children and the Standing Committee on Children at Risk, and she served on the San Diego Juvenile Justice Commission. Weinstein served on the boards of the Casey Family Program Community Resource Council, San Diego Advocates for Social Justice, and Kids' Turn. She performs pro bono work in the area of special education.
- Janet Weinstein & Gregory Firestone, In the Best Interests of Children: A Proposal to Transform the Adversarial System, in RESOLVING FAMILY CONFLICTS (Jana Singer & Jane Murphy eds,. 2008).
- Weinstein, J. & Morton, L., Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Courses As A Context for Nurturing Intrinsic Values, 13 CLINICAL L. REVIEW 839 (2007).
- "I Know Better Than That: The Role of Emotions and the Brain in Family Law Disputes," Journal of Law & Family Studies (co-authored with Ricardo Weinstein) (2005).
- "In the Best Interests of Children: A Proposal to Transform the Adversarial System," 42 Family Court Review 203 (co-authored with G. Firestone) (2004).
- "Some Reasons Why the Adversary System Does Not Work in Child Custody and Visitation Cases," 19 Florida Commentator Family Law Section 5 (Sept. 2003).
- "Stuck in a Rut: The Role of Creative Thinking in Problem Solving and Legal Education," 9 Clinical Law Review 835 (co-authored with Linda Morton) (2003).
- "Before Itís Too Late: Neuropsychological Consequences of Child Neglect and Their Legal and Policy Implications," 33 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 561 (co-authored with Ricardo Weinstein) (2000).
- "Coming of Age: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Education to Law Practice," 74 Washington Law Review 319 (1999).
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