Professor Klein was born and raised in Texas. After graduating from
college and rejecting his initial plans either of being a mathematician
or working as a furniture factory representative with his father, he
attended law school where much to his and his family's surprise he
finished in the top ten in his class, serving both on the law review and
the board of advocates.
Professor Klein then began an over twenty-year career as a civil
litigator, practicing in both the federal and state courts of Texas and
California, with focus on business litigation and civil appeals. In the
course of his career, Professor Klein has litigated and/or arbitrated
scores of matters at both the trial and appellate level, for both
plaintiffs and defendants.
Before joining the Cal Western faculty, he was a partner in the
litigation department of the San Diego office of Foley & Lardner
LLP, heading the office's appellate practice, as well as serving as the
office's pro bono partner and professional responsibility partner. From
1994 through 1997, he interrupted his legal practice to be an Assistant
Professor at New England School of Law in Boston, MA. Professor Klein
left NESL and returned to private practice as a means to return to his
adopted hometown of San Diego.
Throughout Professor Klein's professional career he has been active
in his community, and has devoted substantial time to pro bono legal
matters. He currently is serving on the Advisory Board of the Community Law Project, Affordable Housing Advocates, and the Access to Law Initiative.
Professor Klein is twice the recipient of the Wiley E. Manuel Award
for delivery of pro bono services, and is the recipient of the State Bar
of California's 2008 President's Pro Bono Services Award. The latter
award primarily was predicated on Professor Klein's counseling of
survivors of the 2007 wildfires in San Diego. Professor Klein's
complete CV may be viewed <here>.
Much to embarrassment of Professor Klein's daughter, he has
been a frequent commentator on legal issues on local television (and
once on CNN). Professor Klein believes that as the title of a recent
book suggests, soccer does indeed explain the world, and he has played
(poorly) and coached (adequately) for over 40 years. He is also active
in his congregation, but contrary to what this might suggest, he does
not consider himself an "all-around good guy."