Laura M. Padilla
Associate Dean for Administration and
Professor of Law
J.D. Stanford University
B.A. Stanford University [communications]
Courses Taught: Property I & II;
Land Use Regulation; Trusts & Estates
Professor Laura M. Padilla joined the California Western School of Law faculty in 1992, and earned tenure in 1997. Her research interests lie in the area of property rights, race, gender and spirituality. She has served on AALS committees and site teams, has been on numerous Stanford boards, and was a Kellog Fellow. She was recognized by the San Diego County Bar Association with its 2008 Service to Legal Education Award, and by Stanford University with a Governor's Award in 2009. In 2010 she was elected into the American Law Institute.
Padilla was educated at Stanford University, receiving a B.A. in Communication in 1983. She received a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1987. While at the law school, she was business manager of the Stanford Journal Of International Law, co-chaired the Stanford Latino Law Students Association, and externed with Professor Mauro Cappelletti at the European University Institute. She was in private legal practice where she specialized in transactional law for several years.
- "A Gendered Update on Women Law Deans: Who, Where, Why and Why Not?," 15 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 443 (2007).
- "Gendered Shades of Property: A Status Check on Gender, Race and Property," 5 Journal of Gender, Race and Justice 361 (2002).
- "Re/forming and Influencing Public Policy, Law and Religion: Missing from the Table," 78 Denver University Law Review 211 (2001).
- "'But You're Not a Dirty Mexican': Internalized Opression, Latinos and Law," 7 Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy 59 (2002).
- "Latinas and Religion: Subordination or State of Grace?,"
33 University of California at Davis Law Review 973 (2000).
- "Social and Legal Repercussions of Latinos' Colonized Mentality," 53 University of Miami Law Review 769 (1999).
- "Single-Parent Latinas on the Margin: Seeking a Room with a View, Meals and Built-In Community," 13 Wisconsin Women's Law Journal 179 (1998).
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