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Roberta K. Thyfault

Roberta K. Thyfault

Legal Writing Professor Emerita


Before coming to California Western full time in 2001, Professor Thyfault, a criminal appellate attorney since 1989, was an adjunct professor at the law school, and prior to that, staff attorney for Appellate Defenders, Inc. She was a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Court Judge David R. Thompson in 1986, and to U.S. District Judge Sherman G. Finesilver, the chief judge for the District of Colorado, in 1985-1986. Prior to enrolling at California Western, Thyfault conducted research and data analysis for the National Institute of Mental Health funded Battered Women Research Project, and provided assistance to attorneys representing battered women charged with criminal offenses.

On May 16, 2007, Roberta Thyfault lectured at the Diplomado Internacional Estado de Derecho y Acceso a la Justicia in Santiago, Chile, a program that is jointly sponsored by the University of Heidelberg, The University of Chile, and California Western School of Law. In her lecture, Professor Thyfault compared the United States Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional Court and decisions from those two Courts on the issues of the right to life and the freedom of assembly.

  • JD, California Western School of Law [magna cum laude]
  • BA, Metropolitan State College of Denver [psychology]
  • Introduction to Legal Skills
  • Legal Skills I & II
  • Legal Research & Writing:Selected Topics
  • Legal Scholarship Training Seminar
  • Internship Seminar

Book Chapters

  • Ruth Hargrove & Roberta K. Thyfault, The Impact of, and Resistance to, the Use of Foreign Law on Juvenile Punishment in the United States, in Transnational Legal Processes and Human Rights 39 (Kyriaki Topidi & Lauren Fielder eds., 2013).

Law Review Articles

  • Roberta K. Thyfault & Kathryn Fehrman, Interactive Group Learning in the Legal Writing Classroom:  An International Primer on Student Collaboration and Cooperation in Large Classrooms, 3 J. Marshall L.J. 135 (2009).