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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Carol A. Chase: Pepperdine Professor of Criminal Law


Professor of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978

View a list of Professor Chase's recent writings

Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, Professor Chase was an assistant U.S. attorney for the criminal division in Los Angeles. She has been an associate in the Los Angeles offices of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Professor Chase regularly teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Practice, and has been honored as a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She has commented extensively in the media on various legal topics, including the proceedings in People v. Simpson and People v. Jackson appearing for CNN, FOX-TV, E! Entertainment, KCET, and CBS-TV (Canada) and providing radio commentary for BBC (UK).

Her publications include a trial advocacy textbook, The Art & Science of Trial Advocacy (Anderson 2003), which she co-authored with Professors Perrin and Caldwell. In addition she has published "Bad Dream Team? The Simpson Defense Employs a Cynical Strategy," Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 1995; "Simpson Sideshow," Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 1995; "Police Action," Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 1995 (co-author); "Balancing Defendants' Confrontation Clause Rights Against the Need to Protect Child Abuse Victims," Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Newsletter; "Confronting Supreme Confusion: Balancing Defendants' Confrontation Clause Rights Against the Need to Protect Child Abuse Victims," 1993 Utah Law Review 407 (1993); "The Unruly Exclusionary Rule: Heeding Justice Blackmun's Call to Examine the Rule in Light of Changing Judicial Understanding About its Effects Outside the Courtroom," 78 Marquette Law Review 45 (1994) (co-author); "Hearing the 'Sounds of Silence' in Criminal Trials: A Look at Recent British Law Reforms with an Eye Toward Reforming the American Criminal Justice System," 44 Kansas Law Review 929 (1996); "A Challenge for Cause Against Preemptory Challenges in Criminal Proceedings," 19 Loyola International and Comparative Law Journal 507 (1997) (co-author); "If It's Broken, Fix It: Moving Beyond the Exclusionary Rule--A New and Extensive Empirical Study of the Exclusionary Rule and a Call for a Civil Administrative Remedy to Partially Replace the Rule," 83 Iowa Law Review 669 (1999) (co-author); "It is Broken: Breaking the Inertia of the Exclusionary Rule," 26 Pepperdine Law Review 971 (1999) (co-author); "Privacy Takes a Back Seat: Putting the Automobile Exception Back on Track After Several Wrong Turns," 41 Boston College Law Review (1999); "Rampart: A Crying Need to Restore Police Accountability," Loyola Law Review (2000); "The Five Faces of the Confrontation Clause," 40 Houston Law Review 1003 (2003); "Is Clawford a 'Get out of Jail Free Card' for Batterers and Abusers? An Argument for a Narrow Definition of 'Testimonials'" 84 Oregon Law Review 1093 (2006); and "Cars, Cops and Crooks: A Reexamination of Belton and Carroll with an Eye Towards Restoring Privacy Protection to Automobiles" 85 Oregon Law Review 101 (2007).

Professor Chase has also worked as a volunteer with elementary and high school children, teaching them about the American justice system and assisting them in participating in mock trials. She is an active volunteer in children's sports and holds an "F" license to coach soccer. [Mark Godsey]

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