J.D. Northeastern University
A.B. Princeton University [History]
Professor Linda Mortonís academic focus in her teaching, service, and publications has been on interdisciplinary problem solving. At California Western, she co-teaches the class, Public Healthcare Clinic, with Dr. Howard Taras from the University of San Diego School of Medicine. In the course, students from the law and healthcare fields team up with community agencies to help solve actual public healthcare issues in San Diego. Prof. Morton also teaches the Mediation Clinic, which she started with Prof. Floralynn Einesman. Students enrolled in the Clinic, after a weekend advanced mediation training, mediate actual cases in Small Claims Court and Juvenile Hall. Prof. Mortonís years of practice enable her to supervise students in their academic internships, which she has done since coming to California Western in 1989. Her publications are primarily in the fields of interdisciplinary collaboration, legal education, and creative problem solving.
During her early years at California Western, Prof. Morton, with help from students, staff, and members of the San Diego community, created the law schoolís Pro Bono Honors program, which provides resources and support for students interested in doing pro bono work. More recently, with the law schoolís support, she founded the California Western Community Law Project, part of an interdisciplinary clinic in which law students work side-by-side with medical, dental, and social work students to help the underserved in San Diego. In her spare time, Prof. Morton volunteers as a mediator and conflict management trainer in San Diego. She has mediated cases from the community, as well as from Small Claims Court, Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals.
Prior to teaching at California Western, Professor Mortonís law practice included civil and criminal litigation, as well as appellate brief-writing. While practicing law, she also taught trial skills to new attorneys, to inmates in a state prison, and to students at Harvard law school. Just before coming to California Western, Prof. Morton taught Legal Drafting to students at the Univ. of Florida College of Law. She also volunteered as an arbitrator in juvenile cases.